A newly released attorney competence assessment is applying a self-initiated approach to ethics.
The voluntary assessment from the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, termed a “proactive management-based program,” is designed to help attorneys identify strengths and weaknesses in their practices. The assessment encompasses 10 topics including effective communication, access to justice, wellness and inclusivity, all of which are deemed core practice principles and important components of an ethical foundation for a law practice.
Attorney Regulation Counsel Jim Coyle said Colorado is the first U.S. state to have a program of this kind implemented by the attorney regulator. Illinois also has one in the works, he added.
“We’re hoping other states will follow suit as well,” Coyle said, “And we can help lawyers be better lawyers.”