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  1. Membership
  2. How did SOLACE originate?

    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 is necessary.
  3. A list of frequently used forms may be found below. Please refer to specific individual FAQs for more information.

    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?”
  4. Are Journey Through Justice souvenirs available?

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

    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.
  6. Can homeschool groups attend Journey Through Justice?

    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.
  7. Do I have to stay with my homeschooled child(ren) during Journey Through Justice?

    Yes, unless you have arranged, in advance of your arrival at the Bar, for another parent to take full responsibility for your child(ren) and have completed and returned your group leader form HERE.

  8. Do I have to stay with my homeschooled child(ren) during Journey Through Justice?

    Yes, unless you have arranged, in advance of your arrival at the Bar, for another parent to take full responsibility for your child(ren) and have completed and returned your group leader form HERE.

  9. 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.
  10. TILPP

    Complete the Exemption Affidavit which is a portion of the paperwork required in order to enroll with the State Bar of Georgia.
  11. What if I don't belong to a homeschool group, I can't come on the date my homeschool group has selected, or my group does not have the minimum 20 students?

    We offer Homeschool Week during the first full week of January. The dates for the 2017 Homeschool Week are Jan. 3-6, 2017. Homeschool Week registrations will be based on your child's grade level: 4th and 5th grade on Tuesday; middle school on Wednesday and Thursday; and high school on Friday, with a maximum of 50 students per day. If your children cross these grade divisions, you may register older children on a younger day to avoid making multiple trips to the Bar; younger children may not register for older days. To register for Homeschool Week, complete the Homeschool Week Registration Form HERE and then email your completed registration form to us at homeschool_week@gabar.org. Registration for Homeschool Week will open on Wednesday, July 20.

  12. What if I don't belong to a homeschool group, I can't come on the date my homeschool group has selected, or my group does not have the minimum 20 students?

    We offer Homeschool Week during the first full week of January. The dates for the 2017 Homeschool Week are Jan. 3-6, 2017. Homeschool Week registrations will be based on your child's grade level: 4th and 5th grade on Tuesday; middle school on Wednesday and Thursday; and high school on Friday, with a maximum of 50 students per day. If your children cross these grade divisions, you may register older children on a younger day to avoid making multiple trips to the Bar; younger children may not register for older days. To register for Homeschool Week, complete the Homeschool Week Registration Form HERE and then email your completed registration form to us at homeschool_week@gabar.org. Registration for Homeschool Week will open on Wednesday, July 20.

  13. What if I need to cancel my Journey Through Justice?

    If you are unable to keep your reserved date, you must notify us by reply email or phone within three business days of the date on which your "Looking Forward to Seeing You at Journey Through Justice!" email was sent, so that a school on the waiting list will have sufficient time to reserve their bus and complete any other field trip paperwork requirements. If you cancel after this three-business-day window, you will not be allowed to take a Journey Through Justice during the following school year. If you subsequently decide that you still want to come to Journey Through Justice in the current school year, and your previously reserved date (or an alternate date) is available, you may do so; however, this will not affect your placement on the following year's exclusion list.

    We realize that sometimes you must cancel a Journey Through Justice with less than six weeks' notice due to circumstances beyond your control. Should that happen, we will be happy to discuss the situation with you before placing you on the exclusion list for the following year. Please note, however, that the following are among the circumstances which will not be considered beyond your control: failure to obtain or scheduled transportation; failure to obtain necessary approval from your school or district administration; testing dates; other school activities; poor behavior by your students; and lack of interest among your students.

  14. What if I need to cancel my Journey Through Justice?

    If you are unable to keep your reserved date, you must notify us by reply email or phone within three business days of the date on which your "Looking Forward to Seeing You at Journey Through Justice!" email was sent, so that a school on the waiting list will have sufficient time to reserve their bus and complete any other field trip paperwork requirements. If you cancel after this three-business-day window, you will not be allowed to take a Journey Through Justice during the following school year. If you subsequently decide that you still want to come to Journey Through Justice in the current school year, and your previously reserved date (or an alternate date) is available, you may do so; however, this will not affect your placement on the following year's exclusion list.

    We realize that sometimes you must cancel a Journey Through Justice with less than six weeks' notice due to circumstances beyond your control. Should that happen, we will be happy to discuss the situation with you before placing you on the exclusion list for the following year. Please note, however, that the following are among the circumstances which will not be considered beyond your control: failure to obtain or scheduled transportation; failure to obtain necessary approval from your school or district administration; testing dates; other school activities; poor behavior by your students; and lack of interest among your students.

  15. What is the minimum number of students for a Journey Through Justice?

    The minimum number of students required for a Journey Through Justice is 20. Groups which arrive with fewer than 20 students will be asked to leave and reschedule.

  16. What is the minimum number of students for a Journey Through Justice?

    The minimum number of students required for a Journey Through Justice is 20. Groups which arrive with fewer than 20 students will be asked to leave and reschedule.

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

    1. You will receive a checklist which you should complete and return to LRE@gabar.org within seven business days. Attached to the checklist will be the list of available law lessons and museum topics, and a copy of these FAQs, which must be initialed in the places indicated. Groups which fail to return the checklist and initialed FAQs within this time frame may have their requested date(s) released to our waiting list.
    2. Once you have returned your checklist, you will receive the "Official Confirmation" email containing all of the details for your visit. Your reservation is not final until we send this email.
    3. After the Official Confirmation email you will receive a "Mock Trial Speaking Roles" email, containing a list of your mock trial speaking roles for assignment to your strongest readers.
    4. You will receive a "Looking Forward to Seeing You at Journey Through Justice!" six weeks before your scheduled tour date. If you are unable to keep your reserved date, you must notify us by reply email or phone within three business days of the date on which the six-week reminder was sent, so that a school on the waiting list will have sufficient time to reserve their bus and complete any other field trip paperwork requirements. If you cancel after this three-business-day window, you will not be allowed to take a Journey Through Justice during the following school year. If you subsequently decide that you still want to come to Journey Through Justice in the current school year, and your previously reserved date (or an alternate date) is available, you may do so; however, this will not affect your placement on the following year's exclusion list.
    5. One week before your scheduled tour date, you will receive an "URGENT: Students Names for Journey Through Justice Tour" email if we have not received your list of the names of the attending students as requested in the Official Confirmation email.
    6. Three days before your visit, you will receive an "Are You Ready?" email, summarizing our understanding of the details for your tour. You should contact us by email or phone immediately if this email does not match your understanding.

    If you do not receive an Official Confirmation or Are You Ready? email, please check your junk or spam folders first before contacting us by email at LRE@gabar.org or telephone at 404-526-8617.

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

    If you are unable to keep your reserved date, you must notify us by reply email or phone within three business days of the date on which your "Looking Forward to Seeing You at Journey Through Justice!" email was sent, so that a school on the waiting list will have sufficient time to reserve their bus and complete any other field trip paperwork requirements. If you cancel after this three-business-day window, you will not be allowed to take a Journey Through Justice during the following school year. If you subsequently decide that you still want to come to Journey Through Justice in the current school year, and your previously reserved date (or an alternate date) is available, you may do so; however, this will not affect your placement on the following year's exclusion list.

    We realize that sometimes you must cancel a Journey Through Justice with less than six weeks' notice due to circumstances beyond your control. Should that happen, we will be happy to discuss the situation with you before placing you on the exclusion list for the following year. Please note, however, that the following are among the circumstances which will not be considered beyond your control: failure to obtain or scheduled transportation; failure to obtain necessary approval from your school or district administration; testing dates; other school activities; poor behavior by your students; and lack of interest among your students.

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

    Where do we park if we're traveling by car?
  20. Where is the State Bar of Georgia located?

    We are at 104 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303.

    Driving directions:

    • From the East on I-20: Take the Windsor-Spring Exit. Turn right on Ted Turner Drive. Turn right on Marietta Street.
    • From the West on I-20: Take the Windsor-Spring Exit. Turn left on Ted Turner Drive. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Who receives SOLACE emails?