Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism
The Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, the first body of its kind in the nation, was created in 1989 by the Supreme Court of Georgia with the primary charge to enhance professionalism among Georgia’s lawyers. In carrying out its charge, the Commission provides ongoing attention and assistance to the task of assuring that the practice of law remains a high calling, enlisted in the service of the client and the public good.
Nominations Are Open for the 21st Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service
The Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism invites nominations for the 21st Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service. The awards will be presented at a special ceremony to be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Nominations opened on Friday, October 18, 2019, and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2019. Listen to Justice Robert Benham talk about the awards by clicking here.
For information about the 20th Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service, click here. The ceremony for the 20th Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service can be seen on AIBTV at 6 pm on November 8, 2019; November 15, 2019; November 22, 2019; and November 29, 2019.
Convocation on Professionalism Then (1988) and Now (2019)
Join Convocation Co-Chairs, Vice Chief Judge Carla Wong McMillian, Court of Appeals of Georgia, and Associate Dean A. James Elliott, Emory University School of Law, for the Commission’s 2019 Convocation on Professionalism Then (1988) and Now (2019). For more information, click here.
Learn About the REVISED Professionalism CLE Guidelines
The Commission issued REVISED Professionalism CLE Guidelines that took effect on July 1, 2019. For more information about the Professionalism CLE Guidelines, click here.
Read About "The Real Man Behind the Robe"
Commission Member, Maria Mackay, went to Auburn University with Chief Justice Harold Melton. Her wonderful article, The Real Man Behind The Robe, about her long-time friend was featured on the Commission’s Professionalism Page in the October issue of the Georgia Bar Journal. You can find the article on the page here: http://cjcpga.org/georgia-bar-journal-articles/
Resources for Professionalism Programs
The Commission serves as a resource for information and materials regarding professionalism initiatives past and present. The Commission is also available to assist any sponsor, group, or person planning a CLE session on professionalism to tailor their professionalism sessions to the issues relevant to the group to whom the sessions are presented.
For help with planning your professionalism CLE, review the Commission’s CLE Planning Guidelines found here. To see sample professionalism CLE/CJE papers and presentations, visit the link here. If you still have questions, call the Commission at (404) 225-5040. We are happy to assist you and to answer your questions.
Georgia Bar Journal Professionalism Page
View the Commission's Professionalism Page articles here.
View Commission Video List.
CLE Presentations and Papers
View CLE Presentations and Papers.
Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service
The Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service are sponsored by the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism and the State Bar of Georgia.
Law School Orientations
You can find the most up-to-date information about the Law School Orientation Professionalism Programs here.
2018 Convocation: Professionalism and the Global Community
The Commission's state-wide convocations on professionalism give greater impetus and sharper focus to professionalism issues.
Learn more about upcoming CLE/CJE programs that explore the meaning and aspirations of professionalism in contemporary legal practice and reflect upon the fundamental premises of lawyer professionalism.