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  1. The Program operates independently from the disciplinary systems presently in place with the Office of General Counsel and the Judicial Qualifications Commission. The JDPP is informal, private and voluntary rather than formal and mandatory, and it does not address violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct or violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. How does a Beginning Lawyer enroll in TILPP?

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

  8. How is JDPP authorized?

    The Program was submitted to and approved by the Executive Committee and Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia and ultimately by the Georgia Supreme Court by Order dated February 24, 2000. The Supreme Court adopted Rules governing the operation of the Program which are found at Part XIII of the Rules and Regulations for the Organization and Regulation of the State Bar of Georgia ("Bar Rules"). At the same time, the Supreme Court approved Internal Operating Procedures for the administration of the Program and granted the Bench and Bar Committee of the State Bar authority to adopt additional Operating Procedures not inconsistent with the Rules.

  9. 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.

  10. Journey Through Justice

    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.

  11. Journey Through Justice

    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

  12. 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.

    What is the Judicial District Professionalism Program (JDPP)? JDPP is an informal, private, and voluntary program developed by the Bench and Bar Committee of the State Bar to improve the profession and bolster public confidence in the judicial system. The goal of the JDPP is to promote professionalism through increased communication, education, and the informal use of local peer influence to open channels of communication on a voluntary basis. While no judge or lawyer is required to cooperate or counsel with the JDPP, the Program is intended as a source of support for all Georgia judges and lawyers in maintaining and enhancing the professionalism of the legal system.

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

    Dues must be paid in full by the 9/1 date or you will be ineligible to practice. If you are not practicing, you can pay inactive dues and later in the year convert to active.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

    The JDPP is the name of the overall program which is comprised of committees of Board of Governors members from each of Georgia's ten Judicial Districts. These committees are called Judicial District Professionalism Committees. Each Judicial District Professionalism Committee (JDPC) consists of the current members of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia from the particular Judicial District. The JDPC members for each of the Judicial Districts select one or more Judicial Advisors within each district. The longest serving member on the Board of Governors serves as the Chair for that District.

  17. Yes

    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.