About the Bar

IOLTA/Georgia Bar Foundation

The Georgia Bar Foundation was created for charitable, religious, and educational purposes in 1967. It is a 501(c)(3) organization named by the Supreme Court of Georgia in 1983 to receive IOLTA funds to support legal services for the poor, to improve the administration of justice, to promote professionalism in law practice in order best to serve the public, to aid children involved in the justice system, and to advance the legal system through historical study. The Foundation has a 19-member Board of Trustees, 16 of whom are appointed directly by the Supreme Court of Georgia and three of whom are members by virtue of being officers of the State Bar of Georgia. The Foundation has three staff members.

Len Horton, executive director

Lisa Smith, IOLTA coordinator

Carrie Raynor, finance director

Bank of America Settlement Funds - Round 2

The Georgia Bar Foundation is opening the application process for the second round of a special grant program funded by a Bank of America donation resulting from a court settlement. If you are interested in submitting an application to be funded through this program, please review the Request for Proposal (RFP), download and complete the application, and submit it electronically by 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28. Paper applications can be submitted to the Georgia Bar Foundation, 104 Marietta St., Suite 610, Atlanta, GA 30303. For more information, please download the announcement.

If you have questions about the the RFP or application, please contact Len Horton, HortonL@Bellsouth.net or 404-588-2239. If you have difficulty accessing the RFP or making a proposal electronically, please contact Carrie Raynor, craynor@bellsouth.net or 404-588-2238.

Georgia Bar Foundation Grant Application

Each year the Foundation accepts applications for grant awards to support law-related projects for the public good throughout the state. The 2017-18 Georgia Bar Application is now available. Click here to download the instructions and click here to download the application. The deadline for submission is Monday, May 1, at 4:30 p.m.

Notice Regarding Amendments to Georgia Rule of Professional Conduct 1.15

The Supreme Court of Georgia, having considered a Motion to Amend the Rules and Regulations for the Organization and Government of the State Bar of Georgia, has ordered that Rule 1.15(I). Safekeeping Property–General; Rule 1.15(II). Safekeeping Property–Trust Account and IOLTA; and Rule 1.15(III). Record Keeping; Trust Account Overdraft Notification; Examination of Records, be amended and that new Part XV regarding the Georgia Bar Foundation be approved. These amendments are effective Jan. 1, 2016. Click here to access a copy of the Supreme Court's order. In accordance with Rule 15-103(b), the initial benchmark interest rate or index for consideration of financial institutions offering IOLTA accounts is 65% of the Federal Funds target rate.

All questions regarding this matter should be directed to:
Len Horton, Executive Director
Georgia Bar Foundation

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