Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism

Chief Justice Michael P. Boggs

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
23rd Annual Justice Robert Benham
Awards for Community Service

The Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism invites nominations for the 23rd Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November  11, 2022The 23rd Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service will be presented in a special ceremony on Thursday, March 2, 2023. Since 1998, these awards have been presented to honor lawyers and judges in Georgia who have made significant contributions to their communities and who demonstrate the positive contributions of members of the Bar beyond their legal or official work.

For more information or to submit a nomination during the nomination period, click here.

Justice Robert Benham

Law School Orientations on Professionalism 2022

For information on the 2022 Law School Orientations on Professionalism, click here.

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

Evaluation Results from the 2022 Law School Orientations on Professionalism are available by clicking here.

Suicide Awareness Program

CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION

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

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.