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  1. The Museum of Law contains walls on such topics as the civil rights movement, independent judiciary, the death penalty, and famous Georgia and U.S. cases. You may select one of these walls as the focus of your museum visit, or you may choose to have your docent select the museum content to be covered. The list of available focus areas can be found on the website. The museum tour begins with a 12-minute film called "Reel Justice," a compilation of 75 clips from Hollywood movies dealing with the law and lawyers.

  2. How did SOLACE originate?

  3. How did SOLACE originate?

    SOLACE started in Louisiana. It was conceived by United States District Court Judge Jay Zainey of New Orleans as a way for the bar to reach out in a meaningful way when a member of the legal community suffered a loss or developed a need as the result of a sudden catastrophic event.

  4. Will I be asked for money?

    SOLACE will not solicit cash contributions. The point of SOLACE is to tap into the legal community’s network of contacts. Often what is needed is in-kind donations or non-monetary assistance such as transportation, housing, or a medical referral. Any monetary donations that SOLACE receives will be returned to the donor.

  5. Will I be asked for money?

  6. Will I be asked for money?

    SOLACE will not solicit cash contributions. The point of SOLACE is to tap into the legal community’s network of contacts. Often what is needed is in-kind donations or non-monetary assistance such as transportation, housing, or a medical referral. Any monetary donations that SOLACE receives will be returned to the donor.

  7. Any Superior Court Judge in the State can swear you in. You can make an appointment by contacting the clerk of the court in the county that you choose. A directory of Superior Court Clerks can be found at www.gsccca.org/clerks. If you reside out of state and wish to be sworn in by proxy, contact the Fulton County Superior Court Clerk’s office at 404-613-4217 or email nicholas.cotten@fultoncountyga.gov for additional information. They will require a copy of your original certificate of eligibility and a copy of a state issued ID.

    We use the lunch break to prepare students with speaking roles for the mock trial.  We cannot supply the scripts in advance. The students use the scripts throughout the trial (no memorizing).

  8. Are Journey Through Justice souvenirs available?

  9. Are Journey Through Justice souvenirs available?

    Yes. Every student receives a free personalized Honorary Attorney for the Day certificate. In addition, students and teachers may purchase a Journey Through Justice patch. Patches are $1.00 each (tax is included). We do not have change available. We suggest that you collect patch money from students in advance of the tour.

  10. Are communications between the Inside Mentor and the Beginning Lawyer confidential?

  11. Are communications between the Inside Mentor and the Beginning Lawyer confidential?

    The confidentiality of communications between the Inside Mentor and Beginning Lawyer will depend on the firm’s or office’s policies subject to applicable Rules and Regulations of the State Bar of Georgia.

  12. Are communications between the Outside Mentor and the Beginning Lawyer confidential?

  13. Are communications between the Outside Mentor and the Beginning Lawyer confidential?

    No. The Beginning Lawyer shall not reveal to the Outside Mentor any confidential communications between the Beginning Lawyer and the Beginning Lawyer’s client, according to the terms of the CLE Agreement that Outside Mentors and Beginning Lawyers are required to sign.

  14. Can a Beginning Lawyer nominate the person he wishes to have appointed as his Inside Mentor?

  15. Can a Beginning Lawyer nominate the person he wishes to have appointed as his Inside Mentor?

  16. Can a Beginning Lawyer nominate the person he wishes to have appointed as his Inside Mentor?

    The assignment of Mentors within a firm, office, or practice group will be based on the recommendation of the firm or other employer itself subject to the stated qualifications for appointment as a Mentor and compliance with the other TILPP requirements.

  17. Can homeschool groups attend Journey Through Justice?

    Yes. Homeschool groups may attend Journey Through Justice on Mondays and Tuesdays. If your group wants to come on another day of the week, we will try to accommodate you, but we may not be able to provide free parking in our parking deck. Our program is designed for students in grades 4-12 , so we do ask that you make alternate arrangements for any younger siblings.
     

  18. Can homeschool groups attend Journey Through Justice?

    Yes. Homeschool groups may attend Journey Through Justice on Mondays and Tuesdays. If your group wants to come on another day of the week, we will try to accommodate you, but we may not be able to provide free parking in our parking deck. Our program is designed for students in grades 4-12 , so we do ask that you make alternate arrangements for any younger siblings.
     

  19. Does "Group Mentoring" apply to me?

    If you are unable to find employment as a lawyer or you are employed but in a job setting where you are not practicing law, you still have to comply with TILPP unless you elect Inactive Status. Your compliance will occur in a Group Mentoring environment. Group Mentoring events cover the Model Mentoring Plan developed by TILPP. See more. Do you have questions about Group Mentoring? Download your Group Mentoring Manual which includes timelines, answers to frequently asked questions, a copy of the model mentoring plan utilized in Group Mentoring events, and other applicable forms.

  20. Does the State Bar need a member's official mailing address on file? Can the address be marked private?

    Bar Rule 1-207 requires that all members maintain a valid official address and phone number with the State Bar of Georgia. All address changes must be in writing by one of the following methods: (1) logging into the member's account at www.gabar.org and selecting "Edit Contact Information", (2) emailing the Membership Department at membership@gabar.org or (3) mailing information to State Bar headquarters, attention Membership Department. 

    If a member does not want their contact information visible in the printed or online directories, they may contact Membership at 404-527-8777 or email membership@gabar.org and request their information be marked private. Their firm/employer name, street address, phone, fax and email addresses will be hidden from public view. To release the privacy restriction, the Membership Department must be contacted. 

  21. Due to the complexities and time involved with refunds for status changes, we do not refund any portion of the active dues.

  22. Ethics,Membership

    Any member seeking a disciplinary history that includes information about grievances or actions that are currently pending in confidential status, or about private discipline, should send their written request to the Office of the General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, 104 Marietta Street, Suite 100, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, Attn: Deloise Mathews. The request must include the member's explicit authorization to release such information. Requests sent via email are not accepted. There is no cost to a member requesting their own disciplinary history.

  23. How can I be sworn in to practice in the higher courts?

    CLICK HERE to download the Name Change Form. This is a fillable form, which may be completed online before you print it for a signature. Please fax or mail this form.

  24. How do I apply for an exemption?

    Complete the Exemption Affidavit which is a portion of the paperwork required in order to enroll with the State Bar of Georgia.

  25. How do I apply for an exemption?

    Complete the Exemption Affidavit which is a portion of the paperwork required in order to enroll with the State Bar of Georgia.

  26. How do I book a Journey Through Justice tour?

  27. How do I book a Journey Through Justice tour?

  28. How do I book a Journey Through Justice tour?

    Journey Through Justice tours are booked on a first-come, first-served basis, and we begin accepting reservations five years in advance. Determine which dates are available by clicking the calendar HERE and confirm that your preferred date does not conflict with your school calendar (holidays, early release dates, testing). You may book a tour by contacting a member of the Law-Related Education Department:

    Deborah Craytor, director, Law-Related Education
    Email: deborahcc@gabar.org
    Phone: 404-527-8785

    Shannon Jenkins, program assistant, Law-Related Education
    Email: shannonj@gabar.org
    Phone: 404-526-8617

  29. How do I change my name?

    CLICK HERE to download the Name Change Form. This is a fillable form, which may be completed online before you print it for a signature. Please fax or mail this form.

  30. How do I change my name?

    CLICK HERE to download the Name Change Form. This is a fillable form, which may be completed online before you print it for a signature. Please fax or mail this form.

  31. How do I obtain a disciplinary history?

    Any member seeking a disciplinary history that includes information about grievances or actions that are currently pending in confidential status, or about private discipline, should send their written request to the Office of the General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, 104 Marietta Street, Suite 100, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, Attn: Deloise Mathews. The request must include the member's explicit authorization to release such information. Requests sent via email are not accepted. There is no cost to a member requesting their own disciplinary history.

  32. How do I obtain a disciplinary history?

    Any member seeking a disciplinary history that includes information about grievances or actions that are currently pending in confidential status, or about private discipline, should send their written request to the Office of the General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, 104 Marietta Street, Suite 100, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, Attn: Deloise Mathews. The request must include the member's explicit authorization to release such information. Requests sent via email are not accepted. There is no cost to a member requesting their own disciplinary history.

  33. How do I obtain information about Admission on Motion (Reciprocity)?

    Under some circumstances, Georgia offers admission on motion without examination to lawyers who are licensed in another jurisdiction. Out-of-state lawyers who wish to apply for admission on motion without examination to the State Bar of Georgia should visit the website of Georgia's Office of Bar Admissions: www.gabaradmissions.org. Each jurisdiction may have different eligibility requirements. Please contact the Office of Bar Admissions at 404-656-3490 for more detailed information.

  34. How do I opt out of SOLACE emails?

  35. How do I opt out of SOLACE emails?

    If you do not wish to receive SOLACE emails, reply to any SOLACE email you receive and request to be removed from the mailing or follow the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of any SOLACE email.

  36. How do I order a Letter of Good Standing?

  37. How do I order a Letter of Good Standing?

    A Letter of Good Standing is usually required for a member of the State Bar of Georgia to be admitted to practice in another jurisdiction. Letters of Good Standing include the attorney's name, Bar Number, address, current status and a history of any public disciplinary actions that have been taken against the attorney. If the jurisdiction you are applying to requires information about grievances or actions that are currently pending in confidential status, or about private discipline, please see the last paragraph below for instructions.

    Some jurisdictions require that the letter come from the highest court in the state. In Georgia, the highest court that you are required to be admitted in, in order to practice, is the Superior Court. However, you may have been separately sworn in to the Supreme Court of Georgia and/or the Court of Appeals of Georgia.

    The State Bar of Georgia is an official arm of the Supreme Court, but if the jurisdiction in which you are applying requires you to submit a letter from the highest court to which you are admitted (i.e., Supreme Court of Georgia, Court of Appeals of Georgia, etc.), you must contact those courts directly, (but only if you are admitted to them) to request a letter of good standing. Otherwise, if you have only been admitted in Superior Court, a letter of good standing from the State Bar of Georgia will be sufficient.

    Letters are available from the Membership Department at a cost of $15 for the first letter and $5 for each additional letter requested at the same time. Requests for Letters of Good Standing will be processed and mailed out each business day. Cutoff time for receipt of orders is 12 p.m. If your order indicates that you would like to pick up your letter, you will be notified by email or phone when the letter is ready. To order a letter after 12 p.m. for same day pick up, an additional charge of $20 will apply for expedited letters. To receive a Letter of Good Standing your Membership Dues must be current.

    To order your letter of good standing please login by clicking here and proceed to the storefront. To order with a check by mail or courier, click here to download an order form.

    Any member seeking a disciplinary history that includes information about grievances or actions that are currently pending in confidential status, or about private discipline, should send their written request to the Office of the General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, 104 Marietta Street, Suite 100, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, Attn: Deloise Mathews. The request must include the member's explicit authorization to release such information. Requests sent via email are not accepted. There is no cost to a member requesting their own disciplinary history.

  38. How do I order a Membership Certificate that is suitable for framing?

  39. How do I order a Membership Certificate that is suitable for framing?

    Any active member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia is eligible to order a personalized membership certificate. Printed on ivory parchment paper, these certificates are stamped with the official seal of the State Bar and signed by the current president. Unframed certificates are $25.

    Framed membership certificates are double-matted in black and gold and enclosed in a gold wood frame. Complete with a hook for easy hanging, they are available for $50.00.

    To order your certificate, please login by clicking here and proceed to the storefront.

  40. How do I order a Photo ID?

    A photo ID card is a convenient and quick way to identify you as a State Bar of Georgia member.

    To order your photo ID, please login by clicking here and proceed to the storefront.

    Once you make your purchase, you will need to email membership@gabar.org and attach a high-resolution picture. Be sure to include your Bar Number. The State Bar of Georgia reserves the right to decide if the photo you provide is appropriate for use on your State Bar of Georgia photo ID.

    If you would prefer to pay by check, mail $11 to Membership, State Bar of Georgia, Suite 100, 104 Marietta Street, Atlanta GA 30303. Be sure to include your Bar Number with the request.

    (If you don't have the ability to send a photo electronically, you may mail those to Membership as well. Be sure to include your Bar Number on all requests.)

  41. How do I order a Photo ID?

    A photo ID card is a convenient and quick way to identify you as a State Bar of Georgia member.

    To order your photo ID, please login by clicking here and proceed to the storefront.

    Once you make your purchase, you will need to email membership@gabar.org and attach a high-resolution picture. Be sure to include your Bar Number. The State Bar of Georgia reserves the right to decide if the photo you provide is appropriate for use on your State Bar of Georgia photo ID.

    If you would prefer to pay by check, mail $11 to Membership, State Bar of Georgia, Suite 100, 104 Marietta Street, Atlanta GA 30303. Be sure to include your Bar Number with the request.

    (If you don't have the ability to send a photo electronically, you may mail those to Membership as well. Be sure to include your Bar Number on all requests.)

  42. How do Mentors sign up to attend or to view a Mentor Orientation Program?

    All Mentors receive copies of the program brochure from ICLE of Georgia whenever a live version of the event is scheduled. To arrange a video rental or internet streaming of a previously recorded “Mentor Orientation Program” contact ICLE of Georgia at icle@iclega.org or 800-422-0893 (toll free).

  43. How do Mentors sign up to attend or to view a Mentor Orientation Program?

    All Mentors receive copies of the program brochure from ICLE of Georgia whenever a live version of the event is scheduled. To arrange a video rental or internet streaming of a previously recorded “Mentor Orientation Program” contact ICLE of Georgia at icle@iclega.org or 800-422-0893 (toll free).

  44. How do students prepare for the mock trial?

  45. How do students prepare for the mock trial?

    We use the lunch break to prepare students with speaking roles for the mock trial.  We cannot supply the scripts in advance. The students use the scripts throughout the trial (no memorizing).

  46. How does JDPP relate to the Office of General Counsel or the Judicial Qualifications Commission?

  47. How does a Beginning Lawyer enroll in TILPP?

    Beginning Lawyers don’t enroll in TILPP until after admission to practice in Georgia. Once admitted to practice, the TILPP Enrollment form is a portion of the material submitted when registering with the State Bar of Georgia. When the TILPP Enrollment form is received and processed, Beginning Lawyers are given additional TILPP compliance information, including a checklist and manuals. COMPLIANCE WITH TILPP IS MANDATORY. State Bar enrollment materials must include TILPP Enrollment form.

  48. How does a Beginning Lawyer enrolled in GROUP MENTORING certify to the TILPP Director that they have satisfactorily completed TILPP?

  49. How does a Beginning Lawyer enrolled in GROUP MENTORING certify to the TILPP Director that they have satisfactorily completed TILPP?

    TILPP consists of two (2) components: (1) Mentoring and (2) CLE. Beginning Lawyers receive written confirmation from the TILPP Director for their records upon successful completion of both components. To Complete CLE – Attendance is automatically reported to our computer database if you attend CLE events facilitated by ICLE of Georgia because a portion of your registration fee pays for that service. If they attend CLE events facilitated by other CLE providers, you must insure that the CLE provider will forward proof of attendance to the State Bar of Georgia CLE department. Remember, all attorneys can check their CLE status online by logging on to the State Bar of Georgia website. To Complete Group Mentoring – Participate in six (6) hours of Group Mentoring activities. Generally, each individual Group Mentoring activity last three (3) hours, but program agendas are subject to change.

  50. How does the Program work for Beginning Lawyers working in prosecutors’ offices, governmental agencies, public interest law settings, in-house positions, and other special practice settings?

    Prosecutors, Solicitors: Contact your supervisor or the Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia at 404-969-4001. Public Defenders: Contact your supervisor or the Public Defender Standards Council at 404-232-8900. Other Beginning Lawyers employed by large legal organizations or large law firms: Contact your supervisor to determine if your organizations or law firm has a Master Mentoring Plan in place for newly admitted attorneys to comply with TILPP requirements.

  51. How does the Program work for Beginning Lawyers working in prosecutors’ offices, governmental agencies, public interest law settings, in-house positions, and other special practice settings?

    Prosecutors, Solicitors: Contact your supervisor or the Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia at 404-969-4001. Public Defenders: Contact your supervisor or the Public Defender Standards Council at 404-232-8900. Other Beginning Lawyers employed by large legal organizations or large law firms: Contact your supervisor to determine if your organizations or law firm has a Master Mentoring Plan in place for newly admitted attorneys to comply with TILPP requirements.

  52. How is SOLACE funded and administered?

    There is no limit on the number of days a particular school may attend Journey Through Justice during the school year. For instance, if you want to bring more than our maximum of 70 students, you can schedule multiple dates in order to accommodate your entire group.

  53. How is SOLACE funded and administered?

  54. How is SOLACE funded and administered?

    SOLACE is a program of the State Bar of Georgia. Ken Shigley, past president of the State Bar of Georgia, is chair of the SOLACE Committee and coordinates requests and responses. Additional coordinators may be added in the future. Voluntary donations for operational expenses of SOLACE shall be held in a separate SOLACE fund by the State Bar of Georgia.

  55. How is a mock trial selected for my tour?

  56. How long does a Beginning Lawyer have to complete TILPP?

    TILPP covers Beginning Lawyers in the year of their admission in Georgia and the next calendar year. The pertinent State Bar Rule is 8-104.

  57. How many SOLACE emails will I receive?

    Each SOLACE request generates only one email. You can expect to receive one or two emails per month. If you are able to assist, the email will contain information regarding how to contact the person in need or that person’s representative. If you are not able to assist, there will be no further contacts regarding the request.

  58. How may I submit a request for SOLACE assistance?

    To submit a request for SOLACE assistance for yourself or another member of the legal community, start with an email to SOLACE@gabar.org, briefly identifying and describing the crisis and needs.

  59. How may I submit a request for SOLACE assistance?

    To submit a request for SOLACE assistance for yourself or another member of the legal community, start with an email to SOLACE@gabar.org, briefly identifying and describing the crisis and needs.

  60. How much time is a Mentor expected to spend with the Beginning Lawyer?

  61. How much time is a Mentor expected to spend with the Beginning Lawyer?

    The Mentor and Beginning Lawyer are expected to spend sufficient time to carry out the Mentoring Plan mutually agreed upon. While regular meetings are suggested, the Program does not specify the number or length of meetings.

  62. I am a member of the State Bar of Georgia and my information in the online directory is incorrect. Who must I contact to fix it?

    The Online Directory is a direct reflection of the State Bar of Georgia's membership database. To change this information, you can change your address online by clicking here, write an email to membership@gabar.org or send a fax to the Membership Department at 404-527-8747.

  63. I am not employed yet, should I wait to be sworn in?

    You have one year from the date you received your certificate of eligibility from Bar Admissions to be sworn in. If you do get sworn in, you have 60 days from the date you were sworn in to apply for admission to the State Bar of Georgia. If you passed the July exam and are not practicing, you can save ½ year of dues by waiting until after January 1 to be sworn in. Or if you passed the February exam and are not practicing, you can save ½ year of dues by waiting until after May 14 to be sworn in.

  64. I have to appear in court but my dues are unpaid, can I still appear in court?

    After 9/1 of each dues year, unpaid members are ineligible to practice law until their dues are paid.

  65. I wish to check my membership status, or check the membership status of an attorney. Who should I speak to?

    The State Bar of Georgia's Membership Department maintains and updates each bar member's status. For information about your membership status, or to make sure an attorney is in good standing, please check our online membership directory which is updated daily. If you still have questions call the Membership Department at 404-527-8777 or e-mail membership@gabar.org.

  66. If I am a judicial law clerk, does the Transition Into Law Practice Program apply to me?

    A judicial law clerk is not exempt, but he or she is deferred from TILPP compliance during the term of the clerkship. Although compliance is deferred, a judicial law clerk must still enroll with the Program using a form provided with State Bar of Georgia enrollment materials (Rule 8-104 (B)(1)(b)).

  67. If I am a judicial law clerk, does the Transition Into Law Practice Program apply to me?

    A judicial law clerk is not exempt, but he or she is deferred from TILPP compliance during the term of the clerkship. Although compliance is deferred, a judicial law clerk must still enroll with the Program using a form provided with State Bar of Georgia enrollment materials (Rule 8-104 (B)(1)(b)).

  68. If I go inactive, how difficult is it for me to become active again?

  69. If I have a need and make a request through SOLACE, will my confidentiality be maintained?

  70. If I have a need and make a request through SOLACE, will my confidentiality be maintained?

    Confidentiality is of paramount concern. If you have a need, a SOLACE coordinator will work with you to write an email that explains the need and maintains your confidentiality. You will need to provide contact information for potential donors, but you are encouraged to use an anonymous email address for this purpose if you are concerned about confidentiality. Depending on the nature of the request, you may also wish to designate a family member to receive the SOLACE responses.

  71. If I live out of state and do not practice in Georgia, am I required to go inactive?

  72. Is an established school chapter required to pay the $50.00 chapter dues every year?

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  73. Is any training required to serve as a Mentor?

    No. However, TILPP offers an optional “Mentor Orientation Program” facilitated by ICLE of Georgia. The Mentor Orientation is a three-hour program created by ICLE and currently offered live at the State Bar Building in Atlanta and simulcast to State Bar satellite offices. Each Mentor who takes the Mentor Orientation will receive three (3) hours of complimentary CLE credit including one (1) hour of Ethics and one (1) hour of Professionalism. Mentors who have attended the Mentor Orientation in one year are not required to repeat it if they serve as Mentors in subsequent years.

  74. Is any training required to serve as a Mentor?

    No. However, TILPP offers an optional “Mentor Orientation Program” facilitated by ICLE of Georgia. The Mentor Orientation is a three-hour program created by ICLE and currently offered live at the State Bar Building in Atlanta and simulcast to State Bar satellite offices. Each Mentor who takes the Mentor Orientation will receive three (3) hours of complimentary CLE credit including one (1) hour of Ethics and one (1) hour of Professionalism. Mentors who have attended the Mentor Orientation in one year are not required to repeat it if they serve as Mentors in subsequent years.

  75. There is no official dress code, but our experience has been that students who "dress for court" generally seem to pay more attention and behave more appropriately.

  76. What are the benefits of being inactive?

    As an inactive member, you are not required to complete CLE hours and your dues are lower. However, inactive status requires that you do not practice law in Georgia. A possible disadvantage is the fact that if you plan to use your Georgia license to be admitted by reciprocity to another jurisdiction, the other jurisdiction often requires that you have been active 5 of the last 7 years.

  77. What are the law lesson topics?

    We offer a variety of law lessons correlated to the Georgia Performance Standards; among the topics we can cover are torts, contracts, juvenile delinquency and unruliness, and business crimes. When you book a tour, you'll receive the full list of law lesson selections to choose from. A sample list of lessons available during the 2012-2013 school year can be found HERE.

  78. What are the minimum qualifications to serve as a Mentor?

  79. 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. The names of prospective Mentors satisfying minimum qualifications are forwarded to the Supreme Court of Georgia for consideration.

  80. 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. The names of prospective Mentors satisfying minimum qualifications are forwarded to the Supreme Court of Georgia for consideration.

  81. What browsers are supported for viewing your website?

  82. What browsers are supported for viewing your website?

    Internet Explorer 8 and 9, Firefox 3.6+, Chrome 13+ and Safari 5+ (the Mac version). 

  83. What can I expect during a Journey Through Justice tour?

    When the students arrive, they are greeted by Edith Galt Wilson, Woodrow Wilson's second wife. She tells them about his life and takes them on a tour of his law office, which has been reproduced in our lobby.

    The students then have a law lesson taught by an experienced attorney or teacher docent. At the end of the law lesson, the students are given a "bar exam," which may be either oral or written; of course, everyone passes and receives an Honorary Attorney for the Day certificate, personalized with their name.

    The students break for lunch. During lunch, those students selected for speaking roles in the mock trial are given their scripts to review.

    After lunch, the students go to our fully functioning courtroom, where they put on a scripted mock trial. Students who do not have speaking roles serve as jurors.
    The students then tour our Museum of Law and watch a 12-minute film called "Reel Justice."

  84. What do I do upon the completion of my judicial clerkship?

  85. What do I do upon the completion of my judicial clerkship?

    Complete and submit the Completion of Judicial Clerkship Form to the State Bar of Georgia Transition Into Law Practice Program. Upon receipt of your completion form, you will receive complete information about how to enroll in TILPP, or how to request an exemption from TILPP.

  86. 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. Also, it refers to those Mentors employed by government entities eligible for immunity status.

  87. 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. Also, it refers to those Mentors employed by government entities eligible for immunity status.

  88. What happens if the Beginning Lawyer does not complete the mentoring component in the required time period?

  89. What happens if the Beginning Lawyer does not complete the mentoring component in the required time period?

    The same deadlines, late fees and penalties for general CLE apply to TILPP. See Rule 8-107.

  90. What happens if the Beginning Lawyer needs to change to a different Mentor?

  91. What happens if the Beginning Lawyer needs to change to a different Mentor?

    Administratively, the Program refers to a change from one Mentor to another Mentor as a “Migration.” The Migration request is made in writing using the Migration Form. Neither the Beginning Lawyer nor the Mentor is required to report the reason for a Migration request.

  92. What if I want to participate in Journey Through Justice but can't travel to the Bar's headquarters?

    We do have alternatives available; please contact a member of the Law-Related Education Department for details.

  93. What if my complaint is for negligence, malpractice or unethical conduct?

    Yes

  94. What is SOLACE?

    SOLACE is a network of individuals within the legal community who are willing to consider assisting others in need because of a sudden catastrophic event such as illness, injury, fire or natural disaster. It is administered through the State Bar of Georgia. Ken Shigley, a past president of the State Bar of Georgia and chair of the SOLACE Committee, coordinates requests and responses. Other coordinators may be designated in the future.

  95. What is SOLACE?

    SOLACE is a network of individuals within the legal community who are willing to consider assisting others in need because of a sudden catastrophic event such as illness, injury, fire or natural disaster. It is administered through the State Bar of Georgia. Ken Shigley, a past president of the State Bar of Georgia and chair of the SOLACE Committee, coordinates requests and responses. Other coordinators may be designated in the future.

  96. What is covered in the Museum of Law?

    The Museum of Law contains walls on such topics as the civil rights movement, independent judiciary, the death penalty, and famous Georgia and U.S. cases. You may select one of these walls as the focus of your museum visit, or you may choose to have your docent select the museum content to be covered. The list of available focus areas can be found on the website. The museum tour begins with a 12-minute film called "Reel Justice," a compilation of 75 clips from Hollywood movies dealing with the law and lawyers.

  97. What is the Judicial District Professionalism Program (JDPP)?

  98. What is the structure of the JDPP?

  99. What kinds of issues does JDPP handle?

  100. What mobile devices can I use to view your website?

    The following touch-enabled mobile devices: iOS, Android, BlackBerry OS6+, and Kindle Fire.

  101. What mobile devices can I use to view your website?

  102. What mobile devices can I use to view your website?

    The following touch-enabled mobile devices: iOS, Android, BlackBerry OS6+, and Kindle Fire.

  103. What time does the tour begin and what time does it end?

  104. What will happen once I schedule my Journey Through Justice?

  105. What will happen once I schedule my Journey Through Justice?

    You will receive the following standard e-mail communications from us:
    A confirmation of your reservation, with full logistical details, the list of available law lessons, and the list of museum focus areas
    The list of speaking roles for your mock trial, once you have selected your law lesson
    A one-month reminder, containing the deadlines for submission of your law lesson selection and the list of names of all students attending your Journey Through Justice
    A two-week reminder if we have not received your law lesson selection
    A three-day reminder if we have not received your list of student names
    A two-day "Are You Ready?" e-mail, summarizing our understanding of the logistical details for your tour
    If you do not receive these e-mails, please check your junk or spam folders first, then contact us by e-mail or telephone.

  106. Where can I find information about the Bar Exam?

  107. Where can I find information regarding the application process to appear pro hac vice before the State Board of Workers' Compensation?

  108. Where can I find information regarding the application process to appear pro hac vice in Superior and State Courts in Georgia?

  109. Where do we park if we're traveling by bus?

    Do not unload the bus in front of the building. Your bus driver should continue past our building to the traffic light at Fairlie Street. Turn right on Fairlie Street, and then take the first right-hand turn into the alley behind our building. Look on the right-hand side of the alley for the sign which says "Unloading/Loading Here for Journey Through Justice." Once the students have exited the bus, the bus should park on the right-hand side of the alley, between the base of the stairs and Loading Bay #3. The bus should remain there until the end of the tour, as we reload students there rather than on the street to avoid blocking traffic in the afternoon.

    In the event of rain or other inclement weather, students should exit the bus into Loading Bay #3 itself, where we will be waiting, so that they can stay as dry as possible. The bus should follow the parking directions above.

  110. Where do we park if we're traveling by car?

  111. Where do we park if we're traveling by car?

    If you will be traveling by private cars instead of a bus, you should park in our parking deck at the corner of Spring Street and Marietta Street (adjacent to our building); we will validate your parking, so please bring your parking ticket in with you. Also, please bring lunches and anything else you will need for the day. Cars should come to the sixth floor of the parking deck and drop off students at the door marked “Entrance to Conference Center,” where a docent will be waiting for them, before parking. Once you park, you should return to the conference center entrance, which will put you on the third floor of the building. The docent or a security officer will direct you to an available conference room, where we will assemble until everyone in the group has arrived and we can proceed to our classroom for the day (SB-1), which is located on the sub-basement level. 

    Please note: Most passenger vans will not fit in our parking garage due to height. Please contact a member of the LRE Department for alternative parking options if you plan on traveling by passenger van.

  112. Where is the State Bar of Georgia located?

    We are at 104 Marietta Street, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

    Driving directions:

        From the East on I-20: Take the Windsor-Spring Exit. Turn right on Spring Street. Turn right on Marietta Street.

        From the West on I-20: Take the Windsor-Spring Exit. Turn left on Spring Street. Turn right on Marietta Street.

        From the South on 75-85: Take Andrew Young International Boulevard Exit. Turn left on Andrew Young International Boulevard. Turn left on Centennial Parkway. Turn left on Marietta Street.

        From the North on 75-85: Take Williams Street Exit. Turn right on Andrew Young International Boulevard. Turn left on Centennial Parkway. Turn left at Marietta Street.

        From Marta -- Five Points Station: Exit the train station heading towards Peachtree Street. Turn left out of the station onto Peachtree Street. Follow Peachtree Street to Marietta Street. Turn left on Marietta Street. Follow Marietta Street for four blocks.

  113. While on inactive status, would I have to take CLE hours? Are there other requirements to maintain inactive status besides paying inactive dues?

  114. Who is exempt from TILPP?

  115. Who is exempt from TILPP?

  116. Who is exempt from TILPP?

    (a) Newly admitted attorneys who elect to take Inactive Status (Rule 8-104 (C)(1)); (b) attorneys practicing in other jurisdictions admitted on motion without taking the Georgia Bar Examination (Rule Rule 8-104 (B)(1)(a)); (c) Foreign Law Consultants (Rule 8-104 (B)(1)(a)); (d) attorneys passing the "1-Day Attorney Examination" who meet other pertinent minimum previous law practice requirements (Rule 8-104 (B)(1)(a)); and, (e) attorneys admitted to practice in Georgia but with principal practices in another state (Rule 8-104 (C)(4)) or Rule 8-106(A)(6)).

  117. Who qualifies for assistance through SOLACE?

    Any lawyer or judge and anyone who is employed by a law firm, a court, or the State Bar of Georgia, and their family members (wherever they may be located), are eligible for assistance through SOLACE. As we do not have the capacity to do all things for all people, the scope of the SOLACE program is limited to the categories listed.

  118. Who qualifies for assistance through SOLACE?

    Any lawyer or judge and anyone who is employed by a law firm, a court, or the State Bar of Georgia, and their family members (wherever they may be located), are eligible for assistance through SOLACE. As we do not have the capacity to do all things for all people, the scope of the SOLACE program is limited to the categories listed.

  119. Who receives SOLACE emails?

    Initially, attorneys who are members of the State Bar of Georgia will receive SOLACE emails. Anyone within the legal community can be added at their request.

  120. Who receives SOLACE emails?

    Initially, attorneys who are members of the State Bar of Georgia will receive SOLACE emails. Anyone within the legal community can be added at their request.

  121. Why are Mentors required to have minimum levels of professional liability insurance or the equivalent?

  122. 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 his law practice in a responsible manner.

  123. Would I have to take CLE hours to regain my active status from inactive?

  124. Yes.

    Yes.