Are communications between the Inside Mentor and the Beginning Lawyer confidential?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or 800-422-0893 (toll free).
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.
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.
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.
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.
How much time is a Mentor expected to spend with the Beginning Lawyer?
The Mentor and Beginning Lawyer are expected to spend sufficient time to carry out the Mentoring Plan mutually agreed upon. While regular meetings are suggested, the Program does not specify the number or length of meetings.
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
Is any training required to serve as a Mentor?
No. However, TILPP offers an optional “Mentor Orientation Program” facilitated by ICLE of Georgia. The Mentor Orientation is a three-hour program created by ICLE and currently offered live at the State Bar Building in Atlanta and simulcast to State Bar satellite offices. Each Mentor who takes the Mentor Orientation will receive three (3) hours of complimentary CLE credit including one (1) hour of Ethics and one (1) hour of Professionalism. Mentors who have attended the Mentor Orientation in one year are not required to repeat it if they serve as Mentors in subsequent years.
What are the minimum qualifications to serve as a Mentor?
Minimum Qualifications for Mentors are set out in Regulation (6) of State Bar Rule 8-104 (B).
The qualifications of prospective Mentors are screened by the Program Director. The names of prospective Mentors satisfying minimum qualifications are forwarded to the Supreme Court of Georgia for consideration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who is exempt from TILPP?
(a) Newly admitted attorneys who elect to take Inactive Status (Rule 8-104 (C)(1)); (b) attorneys
practicing in other jurisdictions admitted on motion without taking the Georgia Bar Examination
(Rule Rule 8-104 (B)(1)(a)); (c) Foreign Law Consultants (Rule 8-104 (B)(1)(a)); (d) attorneys passing the
"1-Day Attorney Examination" who meet other pertinent minimum previous law practice
requirements (Rule 8-104 (B)(1)(a)); and, (e) attorneys admitted to practice in Georgia but with
principal practices in another state (Rule 8-104 (C)(4)) or Rule 8-106(A)(6)).
Why are Mentors required to have minimum levels of professional liability insurance or the equivalent?
Serving as a Mentor in the Transition Into Law Practice Program is not an ordinary volunteer opportunity. It is a Supreme Court appointment. Therefore, it is appropriate to view minimum levels of professional liability insurance coverage as one factor in assessing whether or not a potential Mentor handles the business management of his law practice in a responsible manner.