Chief Justice Harold D. Melton Declares A Statewide Judicial Emergency

Chief Justice Harold D. Melton today 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.

POP-UP Professionalism CLE Webinar

Do you need to satisfy your professionalism CLE hour before the end of the CLE deadline on April 30?  Even better, get started on your 2020 CLE hours!  The Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism will offer at least one (and maybe more depending on interest) FREE POP-UP professionalism CLE online webinar via between now and April 30. Attorneys will be responsible for self-reporting and paying the $4 CLE fee required by CCLC. To sign up for notifications about the date and time of the online FREE POP-UP professionalism CLE online webinar via, please 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:  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

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.

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:


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.

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.