Colorado Supreme Court
Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel
Promoting Professionalism. Protecting the Public.
Colorado Supreme Court Committees
Attorney Regulation Counsel serves at the pleasure of the Colorado Supreme Court. The Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel works with eight permanent Supreme Court committees in regulating the judiciary and the practice of law in Colorado.
Supreme Court Advisory Committee
The Supreme Court Advisory Committee is a volunteer committee that assists the Court with administrative oversight of the entire attorney regulation system. The Committee’s responsibilities are to review the productivity, effectiveness and efficiency of the Court’s attorney regulation system including that of the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, the Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge, the Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program (COLAP) and the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP).
The next meeting will be held March 10, 2017 at the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, 1300 Broadway, Suite 500, Denver, CO.
The Advisory Committee has formed subcommittees to study innovative solutions to issues facing the legal profession.
Board of Law Examiners – Law Committee
The Law Committee is composed of 11 volunteer attorney members. It reviews and approves the standards that must be met to pass the written examination.
Board of Law Examiners – Character and Fitness Committee
The Character and Fitness Committee is composed of 11 volunteer members: seven attorneys and four non-attorneys. The Committee is charged with investigating applicants’ character and fitness to practice law in Colorado.
Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education
The Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education consists of nine members: six attorneys, one judge and two non-attorneys. The Board administers the program requiring attorneys and judges to take continuing education courses.
Attorney Regulation Committee
The Attorney Regulation Committee is composed of nine volunteer members: six attorneys and three public members. The Committee, known as ARC, is the gatekeeper for all official disciplinary proceedings against respondent attorneys. It considers reports prepared by Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel attorneys and determines whether reasonable cause exists to seek discipline. The Committee also considers, and enters into, investigation-level diversion agreements.
Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
The Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee is composed of nine members: six attorneys and three non-attorneys. The Committee has jurisdiction over allegations involving the unauthorized practice of law.
Board of Trustees, Attorneys’ Fund for Client Protection
The Board of Trustees is composed of five attorneys and two non-attorney public members. The trustees evaluate, determine and pay claims made on the Attorneys Fund for Client Protection based on reports submitted by the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. The Board of Trustees issue a separate report, found here.
Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline
The Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline is composed of 10 members of the public. Members are appointed by the Supreme Court, the Governor, and the Legislature. The Commission is charged with monitoring the conduct of the judiciary, including judges of county and district courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court.
The Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel also works with the Colorado Supreme Court Rules of Professional Conduct Standing Committee, which is charged with the responsibility of periodic review, correcting, updating and improvement of the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct.