Committees, Programs & Sections

Access to Justice
This standing committee shall consider and make recommendations to the Board of Governors on: (1) promoting the growth of pro bono service to the poor by members of the State Bar; (2) operation of the Bar's efforts to facilitate the participation of Georgia's lawyers in the delivery of pro bono services through the Pro Bono Project; and (3) how best to give appropriate recognition to Georgia lawyers whose pro bono efforts inspire the members of the legal profession. It shall also promote the establishment and efficient maintenance of legal aid organizations equipped to provide free legal services to those unable to pay for such service. It shall study the administration of justice as it affects persons in low income groups, and shall study and report on methods of making legal service more readily available to persons of moderate means, and shall encourage and assist local Bar associations in accomplishing this purpose.
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Audit
This standing committee will assist the Treasurer, Executive Committee and Board of Governors in fulfilling their oversight responsibilities for the accounting, financial, and internal control process of the Bar's audits of its financial statements. It shall recommend annually to the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer either the retention of the current audit firm or three qualified firms as replacements of the current audit firm. The Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer shall recommend to the Board of Governors either the retention of the current audit firm or one replacement firm from the Audit Committee's list.
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B.A.S.I.C.S.
This standing committee shall monitor and render advice to the staff, Executive Committee, and Board of Governors with respect to the rules, procedures, policies and operations of the BASICS program.
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Bar Center
This standing committee will continue to monitor the Bar's needs and uses of its headquarters in Atlanta.
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Bench and Bar
This standing committee shall 1) oversee the Judicial District Professionalism Program, and 2) identify and facilitate solutions to issues of mutual interest between State judges and Georgia lawyers for the benefit of the bench, bar and the public.
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Business Court
This special committee shall monitor the performance of the Business Court pilot project, perform a liaison function between the Court, the Bar, and Georgia's business community, and report to the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors on its advice and recommendations.
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Children and the Courts
This standing committee shall consider the interests of children in the judicial system and proposals for reform of the law governing juveniles, and provide advice and expertise to the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors.
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Civil Legal Services Task Force
In order to help achieve equal access to justice for all Georgians, this special task force will explore options and make recommendations to the Executive Committee and Board of Governors for securing reliable and adequate funding for civil legal services to the poor.
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Clients' Security Fund Board of Trustees
This program committee shall monitor and render advice to the staff, Executive Committee, and Board of Governors with respect to the rules, procedures, policies and operations of the Clients' Security Fund. It shall decide claims for compensation in accordance with the Fund's rules and policies.
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Communications/Cornerstones of Freedom
This standing committee shall monitor and render advice to the staff, Executive Committee, and Board of Governors with respect to the State Bar's program of communications with its members and the public. It shall strive to improve public understanding of American constitutional values, the necessity of fair and impartial courts, and the rule of law through ongoing implementation of the Cornerstones of Freedom Program.
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Consumer Assistance Program
This program committee shall monitor and render advice to the staff, Executive Committee, and Board of Governors with respect to the rules, procedures, policies and operations of the Consumer Assistance Program.
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Continuing Lawyer Competency, Commission on
It is of utmost importance to members of the Bar and to the public that attorneys maintain their professional competence throughout their active practice of law. To that end, this commission establishes the minimum requirements for continuing legal education.
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Continuity of Law Practice
This special committee will (1) develop a planning guide for lawyers to provide for continuity of protection of client interests in the event of the lawyer's death or disability; (2) develop a registry of qualified law practice receivers; and (3) consider rules changes regarding reporting of practice continuity plans, emeritus membership status, and change of membership status to protect clients in the event of mental or physical incapacity to continue in practice.
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Disciplinary Rules and Procedures
This standing committee shall advise the Executive Committee and Board of Governors with respect to all procedural and substantive disciplinary rules, policies, and procedures.
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Elections
This standing committee shall prepare, supervise and conduct the elections of all officers and members of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia and conduct all Bar polls.
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Electronically Stored Information Task Force, Discovery of
This joint Task Force of the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce will work towards developing a proposed uniform court rule to govern e-discovery in superior and state courts in Georgia.
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Fee Arbitration
This program committee shall monitor and render advice to the staff, Executive Committee and Board of Governors with respect to the rules, procedures, policies and operations of the Fee Arbitration Program.
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Finance
This standing committee, which shall include the State Bar Treasurer, State Bar President-elect, and YLD President-elect as ex-officio members, shall be appointed and organized by the President-elect within the six (6) months immediately preceding the Annual Meeting of the State Bar so as to facilitate the preparation of a budget of estimated receipts and disbursements for the approaching fiscal year, which said budget with appropriate recommendations the committee shall cause to be submitted to the meeting of the Board of Governors held either during or immediately after the Annual Meeting for appropriate consideration and approval. The committee also shall be responsible for monitoring the finances of the State Bar throughout each Bar year to ensure that all State Bar funds are being received, held and disbursed in accordance with the provisions of the budget approved by the Board of Governors. In the event this committee feels that developments during any Bar year dictate, it shall have the duty and responsibility for initiating consideration of proposed budget amendments to the Executive Committee, and in turn to the Board of Governors for action.
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Formal Advisory Opinion Board
This board is authorized to draft Formal Advisory Opinions concerning a proper interpretation of the Rules of Professional Conduct or any of the grounds for disciplinary action as applied to a given state of facts, as set forth in Bar Rule 4-403.
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General Counsel Office Overview Committee
This standing committee shall monitor and render advice to the staff, Executive Committee, and Board of Governors with respect to the rules, procedures, policies and operations of the Office of General Counsel.
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Georgia Bar Journal Editorial Board
This standing committee shall monitor and render advice to the staff, Executive Committee and Board of Governors with respect to the scholarship of legal articles in the Georgia Bar Journal.
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Georgia Diversity Program
This standing committee shall monitor and render advice to the staff, Executive Committee and Board of Governors with respect to the rules, procedures, policies and operation of the State Bar of Georgia Diversity Program.
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ICivics
This special committee will work towards implementing iCivics into Georgia's 8th grade curriculum. Founded by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, iCivics is the nation's most comprehensive, standards-aligned civics curriculum that is available freely on the Web. Working with the Young Lawyers Division (YLD), attorney volunteers will be solicited to assist Georgia's social study teachers with the curriculum units.
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Inclusion in the Profession, Committee to Promote
This standing committee shall facilitate, analyze, and present for consideration initiatives and programs which increases participation, retention, and representation of diverse attorneys in the legal profession in Georgia that accurately reflects the makeup of our State. In this effort, the Committee will work towards inclusion of lawyers who have been historically underrepresented. It shall advise the Executive Committee and Board of Governors with regard to those interests.
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Indigent Defense
This special committee monitors the progress and funding for Georgia's Public Defender Standards Council and works in conjunction with the Advisory Committee on Legislation, the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors to provide advice, expertise and advocacy on behalf of systemic reform designed to satisfy the State's constitutional obligation to provide adequate counsel for indigent persons accused of crime.
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Insurance
This special committee shall monitor the State Bar's insurance coverage and advise the Executive Committee with respect thereto.
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International Trade in Legal Services
This special committee shall monitor the impact of international developments on the legal profession, including, but not be limited to the effect of, the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), other free trade agreements having an impact on delivery of legal services, changes in the regulation of the legal profession in foreign countries that may have local impact, and all other events affecting the delivery of legal services across international borders. It shall consider these matters from both the perspective of outbound legal services delivered in foreign countries by member lawyers and inbound delivery of legal services in this State by foreign lawyers. The committee shall also consider any international issues as requested by, and make reports and recommendations concerning its activities to, the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors.
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Investment
This special committee will review and monitor the State Bar's Investment Policy and report to the Finance Committee on its advice and recommendations.
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Judicial Procedure and Administration/Uniform Rules
This standing committee shall observe the practical working of the judicial system of this state in all courts and recommend such changes to the law or uniform rules as observation or experience of the committee may suggest. It shall receive and review all proposed legislation affecting the courts of this state and report findings and recommendations on any such legislation to the Advisory Committee on Legislation and the Executive Committee. It shall also consider and make recommendations on all proposed uniform or other court rules. The committee will also confer and advise with the American Law Institute in its work and promote its programs as may be of interest and benefit to the State Bar.
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Law Practice Management Program
This program committee shall monitor and render advice to the staff, Executive Committee and Board of Governors with respect to the rules, procedures, policies and operation of the Law Practice Management Program.
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Law School Outreach
This special committee will inform law students at Georgia's five law schools what the State Bar of Georgia does for the legal profession, how it can help them embark on their professional careers, and the wealth of resources and opportunities available to them as soon-to-be State Bar members.
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Law-Related Education
This standing committee shall monitor and render advice to the staff, Executive Committee and Board of Governors with respect to the procedures and operations of the Law-Related Education program.
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Lawyer Assistance Program
This program committee shall monitor and render advice to the staff, Executive Committee and Board of Governors with respect to the rules, procedures, policies and operation of the Lawyer Assistance Program.
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Legislation, Advisory Committee on
This standing committee shall prepare for legislative action such matters requiring legislation as may have received the approval of the Board of Governors. It shall keep itself informed as to all proposed legislation affecting members of the Bar and the practice of law.
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Legislative Representation
This special committee may be empanelled at the discretion of the President to advise the President on legislative representation on behalf of the State Bar. The committee's membership shall be the four members of the Advisory Committee on Legislation who are authorized under Standing Board Policy 100, Legislative Policy and Procedure, Section 1.03(c) to act upon pending or proposed legislation in an emergency situation, plus the current YLD President, YLD President-elect, and YLD Immediate Past President, and the three most recent past presidents of the State Bar.
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Local and Voluntary Bars
This standing committee shall have the duty of promoting the organization and maintenance of local and circuit bar associations throughout the State and creating a closer affiliation between such associations and the State Bar.
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Long Range Planning & Bar Governance
This standing committee shall identify issues and trends affecting the practice of law and the operation of the State Bar of Georgia. It shall make recommendations to the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors to ensure the well-being and efficiency of the State Bar of Georgia.
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Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration
The foundation of the Anglo-American right to due process of law was laid in 1215 in the Magna Carta. This special committee will plan and coordinate the State Bar of Georgia's commemoration of the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta that will take place in 2015, together with the American Bar Association.
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Member Benefits
This standing committee focuses on the State Bar's mission of Lawyers Serving the Public and the Justice System.It identifies opportunities for serving lawyers, implements legal support services, including but not limited to, lists of vendors who offer services and products of interest to lawyers, and communicates to members the existence and benefits of State Bar services that offer value to them and their law practice.
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Military Legal Assistance Program
This standing committee shall monitor and render advice to the program's director, Executive Committee, and Board of Governors with respect to the operation of the Military Legal Assistance Program, which facilitates pro bono representation of veterans and service members in addressing their unmet legal needs.
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Non-Traditional Legal Careers
This special committee will work to maintain professional identity and engagement of lawyers who work in settings other than traditional law practice.
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Pension Plan, Committee on the Bar Employees
This special committee is charged with the discretion, responsibility and authority to oversee the management of the State Bar's employee defined contribution pension plan.
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Personnel
This standing committee shall advise the Executive Committee and Board of Governors with respect to staffing, salaries, and other personnel matters. It shall consist of the five current State Bar Officers and the three YLD Presidential Officers, with the State Bar's President-elect serving as chair.
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Professionalism
This standing committee shall consider and make recommendations to the Executive Committee and Board of Governors necessary to advance professionalism in the practice of law. It shall concern itself with the various facets of professionalism including knowledge, technical skill, integrity in relations with both clients and courts, dedication to the law and public good, and ultimately the providing of competent legal services to the public.
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Programs
This standing committee shall advise the Executive Committee with respect to the addition, deletion, change, and operation of all State Bar programs and services. It shall solicit and review staff and budget impact statements whenever any proposal is made for the addition, deletion, or change of any State Bar program or service.
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SOLACE
Through this special committee (an acronym for Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel - All Concern Encouraged) members of the legal community will be able to reach out in small, but meaningful and compassionate ways to judges, lawyers, court personnel, and law office staff that have a medical crisis in their family. Types of assistance range anywhere from a need for a place for a family to stay near a distant hospital during cancer treatment or a transplant, or help in getting an appointment with a medical specialist with a long waiting list.
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State Disciplinary Board-Investigative Panel
This is one of two panels that consist of the State Disciplinary Board, which has the power to investigate and discipline members of the State Bar of Georgia for violations of the Standards of Conduct set forth in Bar Rule 4-102.
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State Disciplinary Board-Review Panel
This is one of two panels that consist of the State Disciplinary Board, which has the power to investigate and discipline members of the State Bar of Georgia for violations of the Standards of Conduct set forth in Bar Rule 4-102.
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Statewide Judicial Evaluation
This standing committee shall advise the President with regard to the qualifications of all candidates for appointment to the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Georgia courts. The purpose is to assist the Judicial Nominating Commission.
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Suicide Prevention and Awareness Committee
This special committee will develop new means through which to provide Bar members, their families and colleagues with suicide prevention resources and information, including understanding the warning signs, myths and realities, and attorney specific risks.
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Technology Advisory
This special committee will advise Bar staff and the Executive Committee on cost-effective uses of technology by the State Bar.
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UPL District 1 Committee

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UPL District 10 Committee

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UPL District 2 Committee

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UPL District 3 Committee

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UPL District 4 Committee

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UPL District 5 Committee

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UPL District 6 Committee

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UPL District 7 Committee

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UPL District 8 Committee

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UPL District 9 Committee

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UPL Standing Committee
This program committee shall investigate and diligently inquire into the unauthorized practice of law by law agencies and other unauthorized persons specifically including any person not an active member in good standing of the State Bar, and the participation of lawyers therein, and proper methods for the prevention thereof.
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