At a minimum, the Mentoring Plan must include the following key elements:
Does TILPP apply to a Beginning Lawyer employed by a government agency, in a public interest law setting, or as in-house counsel?
Yes. A lawyer who enters the practice of law as federal, state, local, or other governmental employee or in-house counsel may satisfy the requirements of TILPP by participating for twelve months in a TILPP approved new lawyer mentoring program specially designed for the office or agency under policies and procedures established by the Standards of the Profession Committee and the Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency. If the office or agency does not have a TILPP approved specially designed program, the Beginning Lawyer will complete TILPP in Inside Mentoring using the Model Mentoring Plan.
During the 12-month mentoring period, does the Mentor initiate contacts with the Beginning Lawyer or should the Beginning Lawyer initiate contacts?
This is a matter to be addressed and established between the Mentor and the Beginning Lawyer at the outset of the mentoring relationship.
How do I comply with the mentoring component if I am in Group Mentoring?
Participate in 2 Group Mentoring seminars. Generally, each individual Group Mentoring activity lasts three (3) to four (4) hours, but program agendas are subject to change. Additionally, you are required to complete and submit the Mandatory Advocacy Experiences form.
How do Mentors sign up to attend or to view a Mentor Orientation Program?
All Mentors will receive an invitation from ICLE whenever a live/in person version of the event is scheduled.
How does a Beginning Lawyer certify to the TILPP Director that they have completed TILPP satisfactorily?
TILPP consists of two (2) components: (1) Mentoring; and (2) CLE. Beginning Lawyers receive written confirmation from the TILPP Director upon successful completion of both components.
To Complete CLE: Complete twelve (12) CLE hours, inclusive of the mandatory Beginning Lawyers Program. Attendance is automatically reported to TILPP if you attend CLE seminars sponsored by TILPP and/or facilitated by ICLE. For CLE events facilitated by other CLE providers, Beginning Lawyers must ensure that the CLE provider forwards proof of attendance to the State Bar of Georgia CLE department.
Remember, all attorneys can check their CLE status online by logging onto the State Bar of Georgia website.
To Complete Inside or Outside Mentoring: Submit the Completed Mentoring Plan and Mentoring Completion Certificate (signed by your Mentor upon completion of your mentoring plan. The proposed Mentoring Plan, Mentor Volunteer Form, Compliance Checklist and Continuing Legal Education Agreement (if Outside Mentoring) should be submitted within 90 days of admission to practice.
To Complete Group Mentoring: Submit the completed MAE form (within 90 days of admission) and attend 2 Group Mentoring seminars.
How does a Beginning Lawyer enroll?
Beginning Lawyers enroll in TILPP upon admission to practice in Georgia. COMPLIANCE WITH TILPP IS MANDATORY. Once admitted to practice, the TILPP Enrollment form must be submitted with the membership application 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. However, prior to that time, information on the program can be found on the tilpp page of the website.
How is TILPP administered?
TILPP is operated under the auspices of the Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency (“CCLC”) pursuant to its general supervisory authority to administer the continuing legal education rules.
The Standards of the Profession Committee is a committee of the CCLC with responsibilities for devising and recommending policy to the CCLC as to the operation of TILPP.
How is an Outside Mentor nominated?
A Beginning Lawyer is asked to nominate his or her own Outside Mentor. The Beginning Lawyer may direct a potential Outside Mentor to the 1-Page Executive Summary for Inside & Outside Mentor Volunteers.
The nomination must be approved by the TILPP Director (“Director”).
A Beginning Lawyer who, for whatever reason, is unable to identify an Outside Mentor notifies the Director within ninety (90) days of admission by submitting answers to the Solo Practice Email Questionnaire received after enrollment. The Director, working with the Standards of the Profession Committee (“Committee”), will draw upon their knowledge of potential Mentors in proximity to the Beginning Lawyer as well as seek assistance from local judges, voluntary bar associations, and the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors.
In the event no Mentor can be found for a Beginning Lawyer to act on a one-on-one basis, then the Beginning Lawyer will complete TILPP in Group Mentoring (see below).
How is the Mentoring Plan monitored?
The Mentor and the Beginning Lawyer both have responsibility for evaluating the mentoring relationship, but the Mentor has sole responsibility for assessing whether the Beginning Lawyer has fully completed TILPP.
How long did it take to develop the “Transition Into Law Practice Program?”
10 years. See 10 Years In The Making.
How long does a Beginning Lawyer have to complete TILPP?
A beginning lawyer enrolls in TILPP upon admission to practice and has the remaining time in the year of admission and the following year to complete the program. State Bar Rule 8-104.
How many CLE hours do I receive for Group Mentoring activities?
You do not receive CLE hours for Group Mentoring activities, because your attendance at Group Mentoring seminars satisfy TILPP’s Mentoring component. You receive mentoring credit for your attendance.
How many other States have mandatory programs for newly admitted attorneys like Georgia’s Transition Into Law Practice Program?
As of 2019, there are 8 mandatory first year legal mentoring programs throughout the United States.
How much is the registration fee for Group Mentoring activities?
Fee information is provided in the brochure forwarded to you by ICLE of Georgia. This information can also be found on the registration page of the seminar on the State Bar of Georgia website.
How much time is a Mentor expected to spend with the Beginning Lawyer?
The Mentor and Beginning Lawyer are expected to spend a sufficient amount of time to fully carry out the Mentoring Plan mutually agreed upon. While regular meetings are suggested, TILPP does not specify the number or length of meetings.
How will TILPP deal with problems that arise in the mentoring relationship?
For concerns about Program requirements or procedures in general, a Mentor or Beginning Lawyer should convey such concerns to the TILPP Director, who will seek the assistance of the Standards Committee, if necessary, to resolve the issue.
Appeals from decisions of the Standards Committee will be made to the Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency.
I am in Group Mentoring, but I have located an attorney willing to serve as an individual Mentor for me (either through an employment change or on my own). What do I do next?
Complete and submit the Migration Form, Compliance Checklist and Mentor Volunteer Form to the TILPP Director and provide your potential Mentor with information for Mentors located under TILPP Documents on the TILPP page of the State Bar of Georgia website.
I am not currently practicing law or only practice part-time – why am I required to participate in Group Mentoring activities of TILPP?
Because you have elected “ACTIVE” status with the State Bar of Georgia instead of “INACTIVE” status. Your compliance with TILPP is based upon your “ACTIVE” status, regardless of how much time, or how little time, you actually devote to the practice of law. (State Bar Rule 8-104(B)(1)).
TILPP is designed for Beginning Lawyers who are actually practicing law. If you are not currently practicing law, you should consider taking “INACTIVE” status.
Group Mentoring is geared toward those who are: 1) employed in a non-legal setting; 2) employed as a contractor; 3) working in a part-time legal position; 4) not paired with a mentor; 5) in solo practice; or 6) seeking employment.
I want a Mentor assigned one-on-one to assist me. How does a Beginning Lawyer get assigned one-on-one to a Mentor?
There are three ways to transfer or migrate out of Group Mentoring and have an individual Mentor:
NOTE: The Program Director only assists Beginning Lawyers who are sole practitioners in locating Outside Mentors and only within 90 days after admission to practice.
Is any training required to serve as a Mentor?
No. However, TILPP offers an optional mentor orientation program. The program provides three credit hours and is offered live at the State Bar Building in Atlanta every even numbered year (i.e. 2020, 2022, 2024, etc.). and simulcast to State Bar satellite offices. In odd numbered years such as 2019, 2021, 2023 and so on, the program can be viewed by webcast. Each Mentor who takes the Mentor Orientation will receive three (3) hours of complimentary CLE credit. Mentors who have attended the mentor orientation program in one year are not required to repeat it if they serve as Mentors in subsequent years. However, we encourage mentors to take the seminar every couple of years to receive updated information.
What are the Beginning Lawyer’s responsibilities?
What are the Mentor’s responsibilities?
The Mentor’s responsibilities include:
What are the minimum qualifications to serve as a Mentor?
Minimum Qualifications for Mentors are set out in State Bar Rule 8-104(B), Regulation (6). The qualifications of prospective Mentors are screened by the TILPP Director. The names of prospective Mentors satisfying minimum qualifications are forwarded to the Supreme Court of Georgia for consideration and approval.
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.
What happens if the Beginning Lawyer does not complete TILPP in the required time period?
The same deadlines, late fees and penalties for general CLE applies. See Rule 8-107.
What happens if the Beginning Lawyer needs to change to a different Mentor?
Administratively, TILPP 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.
What happens if the Mentor becomes unavailable to serve?
The Mentor shall inform the TILPP Director as soon as practicable. In the event the Mentor is unable to do so, the Beginning Lawyer is required to immediately notify the TILPP Director of the situation.
In all situations, completion of a full year of mentoring is required. Decisions regarding how and whether to reconstitute a mentorship because of the inability of a Mentor to continue will be made by the TILPP Director. The decision will be made on a case-by-case basis taking into consideration individual circumstances and what has or has not been achieved during the original mentorship.
The Standards of the Profession Committee has the ultimate authority and responsibility for policies and procedures for situations where a mentorship ends prematurely.
What if I have a date conflict with the Group Mentoring activities?
It is wise to file a conflict letter for TILPP seminars, so as to lessen the possibility of conflicts. However, if you find yourself with an unavoidable conflict attend a Group Mentoring event on an alternate date. Group Mentoring events are typically offered in March, May and August.
What is included in the mentor orientation CLE program?
The mentor orientation program presents an overview and background of TILPP. Additionally, the program provides information to aid mentors in developing an effective mentoring relationship with the Beginning Lawyer.
What is the Model Plan of Mentoring Activities and Experiences?
The intent of TILPP is to create a synergy between the CLE and mentoring component. To assist Mentors and to help insure some structure and uniformity, a Model Plan of Mentoring Activities and Experiences is provided.
This Model Plan features a list of experiences and topical questions that the Mentor and Beginning Lawyer can use as presented or customize with comparable substitutions that fit their particular needs and circumstances.
Should any substitutions be made to the Model Plan, the plan shall be submitted to TILPP’s Director for approval.
Although great flexibility in designing each particular plan is warranted, the plan should foster discussion and implementation of professional skills and values.
What is the goal of the Transition Into Law Practice Program (“TILPP”)?
The goal of TILPP is to provide professional guidance and counsel to assist Beginning Lawyers who are newly admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in acquiring the practical skills, judgment and professional values necessary to practice law in a highly competent manner.
When are the Group Mentoring activities?
Group Mentoring events generally occur in March, May and August, but future schedules are subject to change. Advance notices of Group Mentoring activities can be found on the TILPP and/or ICLE pages of the State Bar of Georgia website. Additional, reminders are forwarded to Beginning Lawyers by the ICLE department. You will receive reminders via email and/or first class mail to the address you have on file with the State Bar of Georgia. [You are required to keep current address information on file with the State Bar of Georgia (State Bar Rule 1-207)].
Where can Beginning Lawyers determine dates, times and locations of the required CLE programs?
Prosecutors, Solicitors: Contact your supervisor or the Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia at 770.282.6300.
Public Defenders: Contact your supervisor or the Public Defender Standards Council at 404.795.2440.
All Other Beginning Lawyers: Please check the TILPP page or the ICLE seminars page on the State Bar of Georgia website.
Why are Mentors required to have minimum levels of professional liability insurance or the equivalent?
Serving as a Mentor in TILPP 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 a potential Mentor handles the business management of his law practice in a responsible manner.
Why do I have to pay for Group Mentoring Activities?
Group Mentoring is a part of TILPP. Both the mentoring and CLE components of TILPP satisfy the CLE requirement for Georgia’s Beginning Lawyers. All Lawyers subject to CLE requirements pay applicable fees for the production and logistical costs associated with programs. Further, Beginning Lawyers not in Group Mentoring still pay for their respective mentoring activities just as you do in Group Mentoring. Beginning Lawyers in Outside Mentoring and Inside Mentoring environments engage in mentoring activities during time periods when they would otherwise be generating income and/or billable hours.