Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism

Chief Justice Harold D. Melton
Chief Justice Harold D. Melton

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.

Professionalism Resources for CLE Sponsors

The Commission has resources to help CLE Sponsors plan professionalism programs.  For more information, click here.

The Commission has issued REVISED Professionalism CLE Guidelines

The Commission has issued REVISED Professionalism CLE Guidelines that took effect on July 1, 2019.  For more information about the Professionalism CLE Guidelines, click here.

Materials Are Now Available For Most Schools for the 2019 Law School Orientations on Professionalism

• Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School: Saturday, August 17, 2019, 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

• Emory University School of Law: Thursday, August 15, 2019, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Group Leader Registration is now CLOSED for Emory)

• Georgia State University College of Law: Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

• Mercer University School of Law: Friday, August 9, 2019, 12:45 pm – 3:30 pm

• University of Georgia School of Law: Friday, August 16, 2019, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

For more information about the 2019 Law School Orientations on Professionalism , click here.

Important Law School Orientation Links

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:


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.

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 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.

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.