Status Descriptions

Active Member In Good Standing – Member who paid active dues for the current bar year*, is in good standing** and is eligible to engage in the active practice of law in Georgia.

Foreign Law Consultant – Certified by Office of Bar Admissions to practice in Georgia only in regard to law of country in which he is admitted.

Foreign Law Consultant Uncertified thru Bar Admissions – This member’s certification for Foreign Law Consultant has lapsed and they are no longer eligible to practice in Georgia in regards to law of the country in which he/she is admitted.

Inactive Member in Good Standing* – Member who is in good standing, paid inactive dues, but by member’s election is currently not eligible to practice law in Georgia.  Eligible to activate membership; Includes members found to be permanently disabled by the Social Security Administration;

Emeritus Member – Member who is not practicing law, is age 70 or greater, has practiced 25 years or more, has same privileges as an inactive member***, however, annual fee is waived.

Unpaid Dues - Ineligible to Practice – Member who is not in good standing and not eligible to practice because of unpaid dues and/or fees. Eligible for reinstatement by payment of dues and/or fees.

Unpaid Active Member / CLE Suspended – Member currently ineligible to practice due to Bar dues and/or fees being unpaid and also CLE Suspended for non-compliance with Continuing Legal Education rules and regulations. Eligible for reinstatement by payment of dues and/or fees and CLE compliance.

Disbarment – Member who has been disbarred or voluntarily surrendered their license pending disciplinary action by Supreme Court Order.  A form of public discipline where the attorney is ineligible to practice law in Georgia.  This level of discipline is appropriate in cases of serious ethical misconduct.

OGC Suspension – Member who has been suspended by Supreme Court Order. A form of public discipline where the attorney is ineligible to practice law in Georgia for a definite period of time or until satisfaction of certain conditions imposed as a part of the suspension.

OGC and Administrative Suspension – Member has dual suspensions. See OGC Suspension and Administrative Suspension - Dues.

OGC Suspension and Unpaid Dues – Member is under OGC Suspension (see above) and has unpaid dues and/or fees.

CLE Suspension-Noncompliance – Member who has been suspended by Supreme Court Order for non-compliance with Continuing Legal Education rules and regulations; therefore, they are ineligible to practice law in Georgia.

Administrative Suspension-Dues – Member who has not paid dues for a period of no less than one or greater than five consecutive bar years; not eligible to practice, but eligible for reinstatement by specific steps mandated in bar rules, but will not be required to take bar exam to reinstate.

Administrative Suspension-Non-payment of Child Support – A Bar member who has willfully refused, as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction under the procedures of O.G.C.A. § 19-6-28.1, to timely pay a child support obligation and continues such refusal for thirty days after said determination becomes final; not eligible to practice, but eligible for reinstatement by specific steps mandated in bar rules.

Terminated –Nonpayment of Dues – Member delinquent in dues payment for greater than 5 consecutive bar years; the membership is automatically terminated and member will be required to take bar exam before being eligible to practice law in Georgia again. Member is not eligible for reciprocity.

Deceased – Members who have died, but record is retained in system

Resigned Membership – A member in good standing who chose to resign their membership; therefore, is not eligible to practice law in Georgia; (Resignation requires Executive Committee approval)

Resigned CLE Deficient – A member not in good standing due to Continuing Legal Education deficiency who chose to resign their membership; therefore, is not eligible to practice law in Georgia; (Resignation requires Executive Committee approval)

Resigned Dues Deficient – A member not in good standing due to unpaid membership dues deficiency who chose to resign their membership; therefore, is not eligible to practice law in Georgia; (Resignation requires Executive Committee approval)

Resigned CLE/Dues Deficient – A member not in good standing due to Continuing Legal Education deficiency  and unpaid membership dues deficiency who chose to resign their membership; therefore, is not eligible to practice law in Georgia; (Resignation requires Executive Committee approval)

*Current Bar Year:  The annual fiscal year of the State Bar of Georgia runs July 1 of the current calendar year through June 30 of the following calendar year.  Annual license fees for membership in the State Bar shall be due and payable on July 1 of each year.  Upon the failure of a member to pay the license fee by September 1, the member shall cease to be a member in good standing.

**Good Standing: A person shall not be deemed a member in good standing if delinquent in annual license fees; suspended for disciplinary reasons; while disbarred; while suspended for failure to comply with continuing legal education requirements; or while in violation of Bar Rule 1-200 for failure to pay child support obligations.

***Inactive Member:  All lawyers who are neither engaged in the practice of law nor holding themselves out as practicing attorneys, nor occupying any public or private position in which they may be called upon to give legal advice or counsel or to examine the law or to pass upon the legal effect of any act, document, or law may be inactive members at their election. All inactive members shall pay annual dues; be exempt from continuing legal education requirements for period that they are inactive, affirmatively represent their status as inactive members of the State Bar of Georgia when any statement of State Bar membership is made; not hold themselves out as being able to practice law in Georgia or render advice on matters of Georgia law; not hold any position that requires the person to be a licensed Georgia attorney; keep the membership department advised of their current name, address and phone number;  an inactive member in good standing may on application become an active member by payment of active dues for the year of activation and complying with an CLE requirements.  A member found to be permanently disabled by the Social Security Administration has the same privileges as an inactive member but the requirement to pay dues is waived.