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FAQ/Judicial District Professionalism Program [+] Show All Answers

  1. Are Journey Through Justice souvenirs available?

    Yes. Every student receives a free personalized Honorary Attorney for the Day certificate. In addition, students and teachers may purchase a Journey Through Justice patch. Patches are $1.00 each (tax is included). We do not have change available. We suggest that you collect patch money from students in advance of the tour.

  2. Are communications between the Outside Mentor and the Beginning Lawyer confidential?

  3. Does "Group Mentoring" apply to me?

  4. How does a Beginning Lawyer enrolled in GROUP MENTORING certify to the TILPP Director that they have satisfactorily completed TILPP?

  5. How does the Program work for Beginning Lawyers working in prosecutors’ offices, governmental agencies, public interest law settings, in-house positions, and other special practice settings?

    Judicial District Professionalism Program

  6. How long does a Beginning Lawyer have to complete TILPP?

  7. What does JDPP not handle?

    * Lawyer/client disputes. Inquiries by clients or other members of the public are handled by the Consumer Assistance Program or other appropriate State Bar programs.
    * Fee disputes. These can be handled by the Fee Arbitration Program of the State Bar.
    * Employment matters. Example: Allegation that managing attorney sexually harasses associates and support staff.
    * Lawyer/vendor disputes. Example: Court reporter alleges that lawyer has not paid bill.
    * Disciplinary matters. Example: Lawyer receives trust account check from opposing counsel; check bounces.

  8. What is the procedure for a JDPC inquiry?

    Step 1: Concern or inquiry is reported to:

    * State Bar Executive Director Jeff Davis, or any member of the Board of Governors or
    * State Bar Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) intake staff lawyer; (404) 527-8759 or (800) 334-6865.

    Step 2:
    Person receiving inquiry and information:

    * Routes inquiry to CAP for preparation of JDPP Inquiry Data Form.
    * May call the local JDPC Chair of the Judicial District where the responding judge/lawyer maintains his or her principal office.

    Step 3: CAP intake staff will:

    * Assign JDPP inquiry number.
    * Gather Inquiry Data Form information. Note: In the interest of privacy, this form does not contain the name of any person about whom an inquiry or concern has been expressed (responding party).
    * Place phone call to local JDPC Chair to provide name of responding party.
    * Forward JDPP Inquiry Data Form to local JDPC Chair.

    Step 4: Local JDPC Chair will:

    * Refer inquiry to local sub-committee of JDPC for handling; or
    * Call a meeting to discuss appropriate action based upon nature of inquiry.

    Step 5: Local JDPC or sub-committee of JDPC will determine whether:

    * Inquiry merits study or intervention.
    * Judicial Advisor should be consulted, depending upon nature of the inquiry.
    * Inquiry needs to be referred to Lawyer Assistance, Law Practice Management, or other State Bar program. 

    Step 6: If local JDPC determines further study or intervention is warranted, a meeting with the responding lawyer/judge will be scheduled, or sub-committee members and/or Judicial Advisors will be designated to handle.

    Step 7: If local JDPC determines no further study or intervention is warranted, inquiry will not be pursued further.

    Step 8: After resolution of inquiry, JDPP Inquiry Data Form will be completed showing how inquiry was handled and then returned to Consumer Assistance Program. This form does not contain the name of any person about whom an inquiry or concern has been expressed.

  9. What should my students wear to Journey Through Justice?

    Confidentiality is of paramount concern. If you have a need, a SOLACE coordinator will work with you to write an email that explains the need and maintains your confidentiality. You will need to provide contact information for potential donors, but you are encouraged to use an anonymous email address for this purpose if you are concerned about confidentiality. Depending on the nature of the request, you may also wish to designate a family member to receive the SOLACE responses.