Standing Executive Committee Policy 1100 (Member Legal Service Programs)
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Consistent with the purpose of the State Bar of Georgia to foster among its members the principles of duty and service to the public, State Bar sections, divisions, committees, and programs (“State Bar Entities”) are encouraged to adopt, establish or participate in legal service programs and projects, including, but not limited to pro bono legal services through the Pro Bono Project or a 501(c)(3) legal services organization whose services conform to the American Bar Association Standards for Programs Providing Civil Pro Bono Legal Services to Persons of Limited Means.
In an effort to provide qualified volunteers and to ensure that competent services are provided to the public, the State Bar expects the State Bar Entities to select legal service opportunities that provide their volunteers with adequate training and supervision, and require volunteers to maintain, or be covered by, legal malpractice insurance at all times when volunteering. All volunteers must comply with State Bar of Georgia rules and regulations and the rules and guidelines of the Pro Bono Project or other organizations through which the services are provided.
Prior to adopting, creating, or participating in a legal service program or project, each State Bar Entity must seek advance approval of the Executive Director of the State Bar of Georgia. All requests for approval of a legal service program or project must be submitted in writing in such form as may be prescribed by the Executive Director. The Executive Director may refer any request for approval to the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Georgia.
The State Bar Entity shall provide the Executive Director with an annual report by April 30th of each year the program or project is in operation, which includes: (1) the name of the organization through which the services are offered; (2) a brief summary of the services provided; (3) the number of service events supported; (4) the number of volunteers involved; (5) the total number of service hours; and (6) the number of clients served.
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