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  1. After 9/1 of each dues year, unpaid members are ineligible to practice law until their dues are paid.

  2. What is the Annual Report?

  3. Which members of the State Bar of Georgia are required to complete MCLE?

  4. What grades can attend Journey Through Justice?

  5. Bar Rule 1-208 states that members who would like to resign their membership need to petition the Executive Committee for leave to resign from the State Bar of Georgia. Members who desire to resign their membership need to fill out the Official Petition for Resignation and send the notarized form to the address on the form. Members may resign while in good standing with the State Bar. Members may also resign while delinquent or suspended for failure to pay dues, or for failure to comply with CLE requirements. The process to be reinstated after resignation is similar to the process for non-payment of dues. After the five-year period, you will be required to retake the Bar Exam to be readmitted. Click here for Official Petition for Resignation. Click here for full text of Rule 1-208.

  6. Resources

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  8. What is the maximum number of students I can bring?

  9. Do not unload the bus in front of the building. Your bus driver should continue past our building to the traffic light at Fairlie Street. Turn right on Fairlie Street, and then take the first right-hand turn into the alley behind our building. Look on the right-hand side of the alley for the sign which says "Unloading/Loading Here for Journey Through Justice." Once the students have exited the bus, the bus should park on the right-hand side of the alley, between the base of the stairs and Loading Bay #3. The bus should remain there until the end of the tour, as we reload students there rather than on the street to avoid blocking traffic in the afternoon.

    In the event of rain or other inclement weather, students should exit the bus into Loading Bay #3 itself, where we will be waiting, so that they can stay as dry as possible. The bus should follow the parking directions above.

    1. You will receive a checklist, which includes the list of law lessons and museum topics, that will need to be filled out, and returned within seven business days.
    2. Once the checklist has been returned, you will receive the official confirmation email that contains all of the logistics and details for the visit.
    3. After the confirmation email you will receive your mock trial roles.
    4. You will get a one-week email reminder if we have not received your list of student names.
    5. A three-day "Are You Ready" email, summarizing our understanding of the logistical details for your tour. If you do not receive these emails, please check your junk or spam folders first, then contact us by email or telephone.

    Yes

  10. A woman came to my office for help with her divorce case, but there is another lawyer representing her now. May I speak with her?

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

    No. The Beginning Lawyer shall not reveal to the Outside Mentor any confidential communications between the Beginning Lawyer and the Beginning Lawyer’s client, according to the terms of the CLE Agreement that Outside Mentors and Beginning Lawyers are required to sign.

  12. Can CLE hours be carried forward?

    Yes. Regular CLE hours - 12 hours can be carried to the next year In-House CLE hours - 6 hours can be carried to the next year Ethics hours - 2 hours can be carried to the next year Professionalism hours - 2 hours can be carried to the next year Trial hours - 3 hours can be carried to the next year

  13. Can a Beginning Lawyer nominate the person he wishes to have appointed as his Inside Mentor?

    The assignment of Mentors within a firm, office, or practice group will be based on the recommendation of the firm or other employer itself subject to the stated qualifications for appointment as a Mentor and compliance with the other TILPP requirements.

  14. Can any CLE hours be taken by online or other distance learning format?

    Yes, 6 hours per year can be taken in a distance-learning format. These type of hours are called in-house hours and they are tracked on attorneys' CLE transcripts maintained by the State Bar of Georgia CLE department staff. An attorney can take 6 in-house hours per year and can carry forward 6 CLE hours to the next succeeding year.

  15. Does "Group Mentoring" apply to me?

    If you are unable to find employment as a lawyer or you are employed but in a job setting where you are not practicing law, you still have to comply with TILPP unless you elect Inactive Status. Your compliance will occur in a Group Mentoring environment. Group Mentoring events cover the Model Mentoring Plan developed by TILPP. See more. Do you have questions about Group Mentoring? Download your Group Mentoring Manual which includes timelines, answers to frequently asked questions, a copy of the model mentoring plan utilized in Group Mentoring events, and other applicable forms.

  16. Does the State Bar need a member's official mailing address on file? Can the address be marked private?

    Bar Rule 1-207 requires that all members maintain a valid official address and phone number with the State Bar of Georgia. All address changes must be in writing by one of the following methods: (1) logging into the member's account at www.gabar.org and selecting "Edit Contact Information", (2) emailing the Membership Department at membership@gabar.org or (3) mailing information to State Bar headquarters, attention Membership Department. 

    If a member does not want their contact information visible in the printed or online directories, they may contact Membership at 404-527-8777 or email membership@gabar.org and request their information be marked private. Their firm/employer name, street address, phone, fax and email addresses will be hidden from public view. To release the privacy restriction, the Membership Department must be contacted. 

  17. Each dues-paying student member receives a membership certificate and pin, and graduating seniors in good standing will have the opportunity to purchase purple honor cords to reflect their membership at graduation ceremonies.

    Georgia Law Honor Society

  18. GLHS was founded in August of 2007 as a project of the Georgia Law-Related Education Consortium, which at that time was housed at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. GLHS is now administered by the State Bar of Georgia's Law-Related Education Program.

    Georgia Law Honor Society

  19. Georgia Law Honor Society

  20. How are CLE exemptions taken by attorneys?

    Age 70 exemptions are automatic

    Inactive exemptions are automatic for members electing that membership status for a full calendar year.

    Hardship Exemptions - Forms to request hardship exemption can be found on our website by clicking here.

    All other exemptions must be marked on the Status Report mailed in October of each year or the Annual Report mailed in January of each year.

    Also, you can login by clicking here to view your current CLE Status.

  21. How can I best comply with my MCLE requirements?

    Mandatory Continuing Legal Education

  22. How can I get more information about Fee Arbitration?

    “Equivalent” refers to those Mentors covered as an employee under a policy related to their practice setting with a law firm or corporate entity. Also, it refers to those Mentors employed by government entities eligible for immunity status.

  23. How can I view my CLE record?

    You can check you CLE by logging into your account by clicking here.

  24. How do I apply for an exemption?

    Complete the Exemption Affidavit which is a portion of the paperwork required in order to enroll with the State Bar of Georgia.

  25. How do I book a Journey Through Justice tour?

  26. How do I book a Journey Through Justice tour?

  27. How do I change my name?

    CLICK HERE to download the Name Change Form. This is a fillable form, which may be completed online before you print it for a signature. Please fax or mail this form.

  28. How do I obtain information about Admission on Motion (Reciprocity)?

  29. How do I order a Photo ID?

    A photo ID card is a convenient and quick way to identify you as a State Bar of Georgia member.

    To order your photo ID, please login by clicking here and proceed to the storefront.

    Once you make your purchase, you will need to email membership@gabar.org and attach a high-resolution picture. Be sure to include your Bar Number. The State Bar of Georgia reserves the right to decide if the photo you provide is appropriate for use on your State Bar of Georgia photo ID.

    If you would prefer to pay by check, mail $11 to Membership, State Bar of Georgia, Suite 100, 104 Marietta Street, Atlanta GA 30303. Be sure to include your Bar Number with the request.

    (If you don't have the ability to send a photo electronically, you may mail those to Membership as well. Be sure to include your Bar Number on all requests.)

  30. How do Mentors sign up to attend or to view a Mentor Orientation Program?

  31. How do Mentors sign up to attend or to view a Mentor Orientation Program?

    All Mentors receive copies of the program brochure from ICLE of Georgia whenever a live version of the event is scheduled. To arrange a video rental or internet streaming of a previously recorded “Mentor Orientation Program” contact ICLE of Georgia at icle@iclega.org or 800-422-0893 (toll free).

  32. How do students prepare for the mock trial?

  33. How do students prepare for the mock trial?

    We use the lunch break to prepare students with speaking roles for the mock trial.  We cannot supply the scripts in advance. The students use the scripts throughout the trial (no memorizing).

  34. How does a Beginning Lawyer enroll in TILPP?

    Beginning Lawyers don’t enroll in TILPP until after admission to practice in Georgia. Once admitted to practice, the TILPP Enrollment form is a portion of the material submitted when registering with the State Bar of Georgia. When the TILPP Enrollment form is received and processed, Beginning Lawyers are given additional TILPP compliance information, including a checklist and manuals. COMPLIANCE WITH TILPP IS MANDATORY. State Bar enrollment materials must include TILPP Enrollment form.

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

    TILPP consists of two (2) components: (1) Mentoring and (2) CLE. Beginning Lawyers receive written confirmation from the TILPP Director for their records upon successful completion of both components. To Complete CLE – Attendance is automatically reported to our computer database if you attend CLE events facilitated by ICLE of Georgia because a portion of your registration fee pays for that service. If they attend CLE events facilitated by other CLE providers, you must insure that the CLE provider will forward proof of attendance to the State Bar of Georgia CLE department. Remember, all attorneys can check their CLE status online by logging on to the State Bar of Georgia website. To Complete Group Mentoring – Participate in six (6) hours of Group Mentoring activities. Generally, each individual Group Mentoring activity last three (3) hours, but program agendas are subject to change.

  36. How does a school apply for chapter membership?

    Fee Arbitration

  37. 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?

    Prosecutors, Solicitors: Contact your supervisor or the Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia at 404-969-4001. Public Defenders: Contact your supervisor or the Public Defender Standards Council at 404-232-8900. Other Beginning Lawyers employed by large legal organizations or large law firms: Contact your supervisor to determine if your organizations or law firm has a Master Mentoring Plan in place for newly admitted attorneys to comply with TILPP requirements.

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

    TILPP covers Beginning Lawyers in the year of their admission in Georgia and the next calendar year. The pertinent State Bar Rule is 8-104.

  39. How long should I keep closed client files?

    Due to the complexities and time involved with refunds for status changes, we do not refund any portion of the active dues.

  40. How many SOLACE emails will I receive?

    Each SOLACE request generates only one email. You can expect to receive one or two emails per month. If you are able to assist, the email will contain information regarding how to contact the person in need or that person’s representative. If you are not able to assist, there will be no further contacts regarding the request.

  41. How may I submit a request for SOLACE assistance?

    I'd like to offer my paralegal a bonus based on the legal fees I've taken in each month. Is that ethical?

  42. I can't find...

    Membership

  43. I have a hardship right now and cannot pay my dues. Is there a hardship exemption I can apply for or can I make payments?

    Typically, an attorney when applying for admission to another jurisdiction raises this question. The other jurisdiction normally is interested in a copy of the Bar Admission application, not the data enrollment form for the State Bar of Georgia. A copy of the Bar Admission's application can be obtained by calling 404-656-3490.

  44. I've graduated from law school, taken the Bar Exam and am working in a law office. Can I call myself a lawyer?

    You will owe CLE for the year you activate in as well as any hours that you owed CLE from prior years when you deactivated. These hours would need to be completed by March of the following year.

    NOTE:
    You will owe CLE for the current year even if you are only active for one day, week, etc. during the year. Be sure to consider this when you are activating at the end of a year.

  45. If I am a judicial law clerk, does the Transition Into Law Practice Program apply to me?

    A judicial law clerk is not exempt, but he or she is deferred from TILPP compliance during the term of the clerkship. Although compliance is deferred, a judicial law clerk must still enroll with the Program using a form provided with State Bar of Georgia enrollment materials (Rule 8-104 (B)(1)(b)).

  46. If I am inactive and wish to take CLE hours anyway are there any restrictions?

    Fee Arbitration

  47. If I go inactive, how difficult is it for me to become active again?

    You would simply need to send a check for the difference in active and inactive dues for that year. Be sure to include your Bar Number and a note that you would like to become active. The check should be sent to:

    State Bar of Georgia
    P.O. Box 102054
    Atlanta, GA 30368-2054

  48. If I have a need and make a request through SOLACE, will my confidentiality be maintained?

    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.

  49. If I live out of state and do not practice in Georgia, am I required to go inactive?

  50. Judicial District Professionalism Program

    What kinds of issues does JDPP handle?

  51. Mandatory Continuing Legal Education

  52. Now that I have passed the Bar, where can I get sworn in?

  53. Resources

  54. SOLACE Program

    The Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) of the State Bar of Georgia handles problems between attorneys and clients. CAP has many ways to help solve your problems. For general and statistical information about CAP, please see the CAP Web page. If you wish to speak to a CAP Administrator, please call 1-800-334-6865 and ask for the CAP line, or dial direct to 404-527-8759. CAP cannot receive inquiries by email.

  55. Students wishing to apply for membership are required to complete a Student Membership Application and pay $10.00 student dues ($5.00 to the school chapter and $5.00 to the State Bar of Georgia Law-Related Education Program). The school chapter will collect all of the applications, checks and transcripts, and mail the documents together. On the application, the student must prove that he or she has met/exceeded the required minimum GPA and has completed, or is currently enrolled in, qualifying law-related coursework by attaching an official school transcript to the application. If the qualifying coursework does not appear on the transcript, the student is required to include a copy of his or her current schedule proving enrollment. The student will need to demonstrate an active interest in law and/or criminal justice by proving participation in at least one qualifying law-related activity and at least one qualifying law-related community service project. The student must have two Chapter Council Faculty Members sign the application to verify his or her eligibility for membership.

    How do I obtain a disciplinary history?

  56. The confidentiality of communications between the Inside Mentor and Beginning Lawyer will depend on the firm’s or office’s policies subject to applicable Rules and Regulations of the State Bar of Georgia.

    SOLACE is a program of the State Bar of Georgia. Ken Shigley, past president of the State Bar of Georgia, is chair of the SOLACE Committee and coordinates requests and responses. Additional coordinators may be added in the future. Voluntary donations for operational expenses of SOLACE shall be held in a separate SOLACE fund by the State Bar of Georgia.

  57. The following touch-enabled mobile devices: iOS, Android, BlackBerry OS6+, and Kindle Fire.

    How do I book a Journey Through Justice tour?

  58. Website

    Yes

  59. What are the benefits of being inactive?

  60. What are the law lesson topics?

    Yes

  61. What are the minimum qualifications to serve as a Mentor?

  62. What browsers are supported for viewing your website?

    Internet Explorer 8 and 9, Firefox 3.6+, Chrome 13+ and Safari 5+ (the Mac version). 

  63. What browsers are supported for viewing your website?

    Out-of-state attorneys seeking admission pro hac vice to appear before the State Board of Workers' Compensation should review State Board of Workers' Compensation Rule 102(A)(3), which requires out-of-state attorneys to comply with Rule 4.4 of Uniform Superior Court Rules and its appendix. (There is no prescribed form for the motion.) In most circumstances, a per case per attorney fee of $200 is required. (The $200 fee can be paid by check or money order, made payable to the State Bar of Georgia). Where possible, applicants should include the name of the judge assigned to hear the motion/case and the case number of the action on the motion or in the body of the cover letter to the State Bar of Georgia. Applicants should inform the Office of the General Counsel of any upcoming hearing or trial date in the body of the cover letter. Applicants should file their notarized original motion with the Board of Workers' Compensation in the case in which they seek to appear (either to the judge or to the Settlement Division, as applicable) and send a copy of the motion to the Office of the General Counsel at: Office of the General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, Attn: Kathy Jackson, 104 Marietta Street NW, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30303. For additional information please contact Kathy Jackson at 404-526-8603 or kathyj@gabar.org.

  64. What do I do upon the completion of my judicial clerkship?

    What do I do upon the completion of my judicial clerkship?

  65. What do I do upon the completion of my judicial clerkship?

    Complete and submit the Completion of Judicial Clerkship Form to the State Bar of Georgia Transition Into Law Practice Program. Upon receipt of your completion form, you will receive complete information about how to enroll in TILPP, or how to request an exemption from TILPP.

  66. What does “equivalent” mean as used in “Certify that he or she has professional liability insurance with minimum limits of $250,000.00/$500,000.00, or its equivalent?”

    “Equivalent” refers to those Mentors covered as an employee under a policy related to their practice setting with a law firm or corporate entity. Also, it refers to those Mentors employed by government entities eligible for immunity status.

  67. What grades can attend Journey Through Justice?

    The State Bar of Georgia is a mandatory membership organization and cannot refer an attorney since we have an obligation to represent each of our members equally. Please see our list of Local/Voluntary Bars for full contact information of the Bar Associations near you. Many Local or Voluntary Bars offer Attorney Referral Services. For additional information on choosing an attorney, visit our online pamphlet "How to Choose a Lawyer."

  68. What happens if the Beginning Lawyer does not complete the mentoring component in the required time period?

    The same deadlines, late fees and penalties for general CLE apply to TILPP. See Rule 8-107.

  69. What happens if the Beginning Lawyer needs to change to a different Mentor?

    Administratively, the Program refers to a change from one Mentor to another Mentor as a “Migration.” The Migration request is made in writing using the Migration Form. Neither the Beginning Lawyer nor the Mentor is required to report the reason for a Migration request.

  70. What is Fee Arbitration?

    We do have alternatives available; please contact a member of the Law-Related Education Department for details.

  71. What is SOLACE?

    SOLACE is a network of individuals within the legal community who are willing to consider assisting others in need because of a sudden catastrophic event such as illness, injury, fire or natural disaster. It is administered through the State Bar of Georgia. Ken Shigley, a past president of the State Bar of Georgia and chair of the SOLACE Committee, coordinates requests and responses. Other coordinators may be designated in the future.

  72. What is the Judicial District Professionalism Program (JDPP)?

    There is no official dress code, but our experience has been that students who "dress for court" generally seem to pay more attention and behave more appropriately.

  73. What is the yearly CLE requirement?

    12 CLE hours including 1 ethics hour, 1 professionalism hour, 3 trial hours (only required for trial attorneys)

  74. What time does the tour begin and what time does it end?

    How are CLE exemptions taken by attorneys?

  75. Which members of the State Bar of Georgia are required to complete MCLE?

    All active, non-exempt members who are not part of the Transition into Law Practice Program.

  76. Which schools are eligible?

    Fee Arbitration

  77. Which students are eligible?

    Membership,Resources

  78. While on inactive status, would I have to take CLE hours? Are there other requirements to maintain inactive status besides paying inactive dues?

    You are not required to take CLE hours while you are inactive. There are no other requirements to maintain your inactive status. You may remain inactive for an unlimited amount of time. While you are inactive it is very important to keep your address updated with the Bar and pay your dues. You may change your address by clicking here.

  79. Who are the arbitrators?

    Georgia Law Honor Society

  80. Who is exempt from MCLE?

    a. members who are inactive (on their dues status with the Membership Department) for the entire calendar year b. out-of-state members who neither practice in Georgia nor represent Georgia clients c. out-of-state members who comply with the CLE requirements of their resident state ($75 fee required with this exemption.) d. members over age 70 e. judges who are prohibited from practicing law f. designated statewide elected officials g. attorneys who establish special circumstances constituting undue hardship

  81. Who qualifies for assistance through SOLACE?

    Any lawyer or judge and anyone who is employed by a law firm, a court, or the State Bar of Georgia, and their family members (wherever they may be located), are eligible for assistance through SOLACE. As we do not have the capacity to do all things for all people, the scope of the SOLACE program is limited to the categories listed.

  82. Yes

    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.

  83. Yes

  84. Yes. A school with an established chapter needs to complete the School Chapter Membership Application every year to confirm that the school has a civic or community service project related to law studies and/or criminal justice as required by Article II, Section 2 of the GLHS Constitution.

    The Online Directory is a direct reflection of the State Bar of Georgia's membership database. To change this information, you can change your address online by clicking here, write an email to membership@gabar.org or send a fax to the Membership Department at 404-527-8747.

  85. Yes. Homeschool groups may attend Journey Through Justice on Mondays and Tuesdays. If your group wants to come on another day of the week, we will try to accommodate you, but we may not be able to provide free parking in our parking deck. Our program is designed for students in grades 4-12 , so we do ask that you make alternate arrangements for any younger siblings.
     

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