State Bar of Georgia

Changes to How Active Members of the State Bar will Pay the Professionalism Surcharge

The Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism was created in 1989 by the Supreme Court of Georgia to enhance professionalism among Georgia's lawyers and judges. Since 1998, a $15 per hour fee for each professionalism hour has been charged. On Feb. 16, 2018, the Commission changed the Supreme Court-mandated surcharge to a $15 per year fee for unlimited professionalism courses taken for CLE credit during a calendar year. The change will take effect for CLE courses taken on or after July 1, 2018. The Supreme Court-mandated professionalism surcharge shall be assessed annually on the State Bar of Georgia dues notice for all active members, so beginning this year, active members of the State Bar of Georgia will see the surcharge on their dues statement. You may read more about the change here. The Commission welcomes the opportunity to present professionalism programming and information on the change to the professionalism surcharge to local and voluntary bar associations and to State Bar sections. For more information or to arrange a presentation, please contact Commission Executive Director Karlise Y. Grier at or 404-225-5040.