Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism

Chief Justice David E. Nahmias

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.

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Professionalism After the Statewide Judicial Emergency Order CLE

REGISTER NOW for the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism After the Statewide Judicial Emergency Order CLE on September 28, 2021, from 11 am – 2 pm via Zoom

About theProfessionalism After the Statewide Judicial Emergency Order CLE

This online webinar explores professionalism and other best practices that we want to maintain now that the Statewide JEO has expired..

The Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism will apply in Georgia only for 3 hours of General CLE credit, including 1 professionalism CLE hour and 1 trial CLE hour for those who attend the entire 3-hour CLE.

The Program will be free to attend, but Georgia attorneys who want CLE credit must pay the cost of the CLE credit directly to the State Bar of Georgia’s CLE Department.  

Please click here for more information and to register.

Law School Orientations on Professionalism 2021

Justice (now Chief Justice) David Nahmias, Supreme Court of Georgia, swears in law students during a 2017 Law School Orientation on Professionalism.

Group Leader and Student Materials for the 2021 Law School Orientations on Professionalism are being posted to the Commission’s website.  Please click here to learn the dates and times for the orientations and to look for the orientation materials. The website is being updated as we get closer to each school’s orientation date, so please check back if you do not yet see information for your school.

Evaluation Results from last year’s 2020 Law School Orientations on Professionalism are available by clicking here.

To read articles on the Law School Orientations on Professionalism, please click here and here.

Suicide Awareness Program

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The Justice’s Commission on Professionalism convened a Suicide Awareness Program on April 30, 2021.

 

About the Suicide Awareness Program

During the Suicide Awareness Program we made the case that death by suicide is preventable and that it is okay to ask our colleagues if they need help and to ask for help ourselves.  Continue this important conversation and share the resources from the program.

If you want to plan a similar CLE with a voluntary, local, or specialty bar association in your jurisdiction, you are welcome to do so.  Please simply let us know and acknowledge the Commission and the original program participants for their work during your CLE.  

Please check with the authors of the written materials for their permission to use the materials in future programming.  

If you are thinking of hurting yourself, or if you are concerned that someone you know may be suicidal, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by phone 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or via chat at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/.

Members of the State Bar of Georgia may also contact the Bar’s Lawyer Assistance Program confidential hotline at 800-327-9631. #UseYour6

The Necessity of Unparalleled Unity CLE Webinar

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On March 19, 2021, the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism held an online webinar via the Zoom.us platform entitled “The Necessity of Unparalleled Unity.”  The program participants were as follows: Program Chair: Ms. Dawn Jones, President of the State Bar of Georgia; Special Guest: Chief Justice Harold D. Melton, Supreme Court of Georgia; ModeratorProfessor Tanya M. Washington, Georgia State University College of Law, Center for Access to Justice; PanelistsHonorable Carla Wong McMillian, Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia; Honorable Nina Markette Baker, Judge of Superior Court Coweta Judicial Circuit; Mr. Ashley Bell, Partner, Dentons US LLP; Mr. Jake Evans, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP; Honorable Dax E. López, Judge, State Court of DeKalb County; and Ms. Patrise Perkins-Hooker, Past President, State Bar of Georgia.

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If you want to plan a similar CLE with a voluntary, local, or specialty bar association in your jurisdiction, you are welcome to do so and to use the materials here.  Please simply let us know and acknowledge the Commission and the original program participants for their work during your CLE.

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.

The Commission has compiled resources to help CLE Sponsors plan professionalism programs in one place.  For more information, click 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.

Commission Videos

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.

Law School Orientations

You can find the most up-to-date information about the Law School Orientation Professionalism Programs here.

2019 Convocation: Professionalism Then (1988) and Now (2019)

The Commission's state-wide convocations on professionalism give greater impetus and sharper focus to professionalism issues.

CLE/CJE Programs

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.