Colorado Supreme Court
Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel
Promoting Professionalism. Protecting the Public.
The Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel's duties involve assisting the Colorado Supreme Court in regulating all phases of the practice of law in Colorado. The primary purpose behind each of these duties is protection of the public, ensuring that Colorado providers of legal services are competent, diligent, communicative, honest and in compliance with the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct.
The Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel administers the bar examination, screens each applicant's character and fitness to practice law in Colorado, and enforces all other attorney admission and annual registration functions. The office educates the general public and the legal profession on the underlying duties and requirements contained in the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct. The office enforces the Colorado rules regarding attorney discipline and disability proceedings and mandatory continuing legal and judicial education. When necessary, the office oversees the handling of client files for attorneys who can no longer practice law.
The Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel also investigates and prosecutes individuals who cause harm to consumers when engaging in the unauthorized practice of law in Colorado.
The Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel works with six permanent Supreme Court committees in regulating the practice of law in Colorado.
Attorney Regulation Counsel serves at the pleasure of the Colorado Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Advisory Committee assists the Court by reviewing the productivity, effectiveness and efficiency of the attorney regulation system, including Attorney Regulation Counsel.