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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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).

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. How does a student apply for membership?

    Mandatory Continuing Legal Education

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

    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.

  9. I have a hardship right now and cannot pay my dues. Is there a hardship exemption I can apply for or can I make payments?

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. What do Judicial District Professionalism Committees do?

    (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)).

  12. 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.

  13. What happens if I do not pay my Bar Dues?

    The State Bar of Georgia's website is equipped with two tools to help you navigate our site -- the Site Map and the Search function at the top of the page. The Site Map is a detailed listing of all major areas of the State Bar of Georgia's website. The Search function allows you to search the entire site for specific information. Both tools are available at the top of every page.

    If you cannot find what you are looking for on the State Bar of Georgia's website, you might wish to search the World Wide Web. You can do so by going to Search Engines on our Online Resources page.

  14. What is considered an "inquiry" for purposes of the JDPP?

    The Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) of the State Bar of Georgia handles problems between attorneys and clients. CAP has many ways to help solve your problems. For general and statistical information about CAP, please see the CAP Web page. If you wish to speak to a CAP Administrator, please call 1-800-334-6865 and ask for the CAP line, or dial direct to 404-527-8759. CAP cannot receive inquiries by email.

  15. What is the structure of the JDPP?

    What is the structure of the JDPP?

  16. 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.

  17. Yes

    Domestic and foreign attorneys seeking admission pro hac vice to appear in Superior and State Courts of Georgia should review Rule 4.4 of Uniform Superior Court Rules and its appendix. This rule, amended in September 2011, requires pro hac applicants to send a copy of their motion to appear to the Office of the General Counsel of the State Bar of Georgia. (There is no prescribed form for the motion.) In most circumstances, a per case per attorney fee of $200 is required. (The $200 fee can be paid by check or money order, made payable to the State Bar of Georgia). Where possible, applicants should include the name of the judge assigned to hear the motion/case and the case number of the action on the motion or in the body of the cover letter to the State Bar of Georgia. Applicants should inform the Office of the General Counsel of any upcoming hearing or trial date in the body of the cover letter. Applicants should file their notarized original motion with the court in which they seek to appear, and send a copy of the motion to the Office of the General Counsel at: Office of the General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, Attn: Kathy Jackson, 104 Marietta Street NW, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30303. For additional information please contact Kathy Jackson at 404-526-8603 or kathyj@gabar.org.

  18. Yes

    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.