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, with the assistance of a subcommittee of the Standards of the Profession Committee known as the Mentor Subcommittee. The names of prospective Mentors satisfying minimum qualifications are forwarded to the Georgia Supreme Court for consideration. The Supreme Court of Georgia appoints Mentors for one-year terms.
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 their law practice in a responsible manner.
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; as well as those Mentors employed by government entities eligible for immunity status.