Chief Justice Harold D. Melton Declares A Statewide Judicial Emergency
On May 11, 2020, Chief Justice Harold D. Melton EXTENDED FOR A SECOND TIME a Statewide Judicial Emergency effective immediately due to the spread of the coronavirus throughout Georgia “and the potential infection of those who work in or are required to appear in our courts.” Read the Second Extension Order here.
On April 6, 2020, Chief Justice Harold D. Melton EXTENDED a Statewide Judicial Emergency effective immediately due to the spread of the coronavirus throughout Georgia “and the potential infection of those who work in or are required to appear in our courts.” Read the Extension Order here.
On March 14, 2020, Chief Justice Harold D. Melton declared a Statewide Judicial Emergency effective immediately due to the spread of the coronavirus throughout Georgia “and the potential infection of those who work in or are required to appear in our courts.” Read the Order here.
Please register now through June 5th to express your interest in serving as a Group Leader for the 2020 Law School Orientations on Professionalism. Volunteers who are selected to serve as Group Leaders will be notified in July. For more information and to access the interest form to apply to serve as a Group leader, please click here.
Criminal Justice, Professionalism, and Coronavirus
On Thursday, June 11, 2020, from Noon – 1 pm, the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism will offer an online webinar via the Zoom.us platform to discuss Criminal Justice, Professionalism, and Coronavirus. The Program Co-Chairs are Rebecca Holmes Liles Grist, Solicitor-General, State Court of Bibb County and Claudia S. Saari, Public Defender, DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office. Chief Justice Harold D. Melton will give brief Welcome Remarks. The Commission will submit an application for CLE credit in Georgia, including 1 hour of professionalism credit.
Moderator: The Honorable Leisa Johnson, Judge, Probate Court of Dougherty County
- Mr. Stephen A. Bradley, District Attorney, Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit
- Ms. Jennifer Leigh Lewis, Circuit Public Defender, Flint Judicial Circuit Office of the Public Defender
- Mrs. Omeeka P. Loggins, Solicitor General, State Court of Richmond County
- Mr. Lawrence Zimmerman, President, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
To register, please click here.
Moving Forward with Professionalism In The Midst of A Public Health Emergency CLE Webinar
THANK YOU to each of the Georgia attorneys who attended the online webinar via Zoom.us – Moving Forward with Professionalism In the Midst of A Public Health Emergency. The Commission has posted CLE credits for the attorneys who attended the CLE; therefore, attorneys who attended the CLE should now see the course on their CLE transcript. Please visit www.gabar.org and click on the “Member Login” Button in the top right-hand corner. After you are logged in, look for the Blue “My Account” Box to the left. Click on the first link, “CLE Status.”
The cost of the CLE credits required by the State Bar’s Commission on Continuing Legal Education are NOT included in the registration fee.
Supreme Court of Georgia Enters Order Rescheduling July 2020 Bar Exam
On April 17, 2020, the Supreme Court of Georgia entered an Order postponing the July 2020 Georgia bar examination until September 9-10, 2020 and authorizing certain recent law graduates to practice law under the supervision of a licensed Georgia lawyer pending receipt of their bar examination results. To read the Order, click here. For additional information from the Supreme Court’s website, click here.
Lawyers are Encouraged to Mutually Support Each Other During This Time
Please read this important message from the Chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Lawyer Assistance Program, Lynn Garson, regarding resources available to lawyers during this time. You may find her message here: https://tinyurl.com/uwbunxw. Remember that one tenant of A Lawyer’s Creed and the Aspirational Statement on Professionalism says: “To my colleagues in the practice of law, I offer concern for your welfare. I will strive to make our association a professional friendship.” Let’s build or maintain our professional relationships, keeping the CDC’s safety guidelines in mind, during this Judicial Emergency.
SAMHSA has a pamphlet with tips for taking care of your behavioral health during times of social distancing, quarantine, and isolation.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has a web page with many different resources to help individuals support their Emotional Well Being During the COVID-19 Outbreak
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.
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.
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.
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.