The Supreme Court of Georgia has mandated that all active Georgia lawyers complete one hour of Professionalism CLE each year [Rule 8-104 (B)(3) of the Rules and Regulations for the Organization and Government of the State Bar of Georgia and Regulation (4) thereunder]. The Commission recognizes the need to provide guidance to Professionalism CLE providers as to the Court’s expectations regarding professionalism training. In adopting these guidelines, the Commission intends that CLE providers and speakers understand the goals of the above-referenced requirement and the desired outcomes for professionalism training.
In 2019, the Commission recognized the need to provide updated guidance to CLE sponsors as to the Court’s high expectations regarding professionalism training, and therefore the Commission revised the Professionalism CLE Guidelines. The revised Professionalism Guidelines took effect on July 1, 2019. To see the revised Professionalism CLE Guidelines, click here.
For information on the Professionalism CLE Guidelines that were in effect until June 30, 2019, see the 2018 ICLE Manual Excerpts with Professionalism Guidelines vJuly2018
For information on the application process, click here.
Last Revised on August 3, 2019
You may find sample professionalism CLE/CJE papers and presentations at the link here.
In March 1990, the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism adopted A Lawyer’s Creed and the Aspirational Statement on Professionalism. These two documents should serve as the beginning points for professionalism discussions, not because they are to be imposed upon Georgia lawyers or bar associations, but because they serve as words of encouragement, assistance and guidance. These comprehensive statements should be utilized to frame discussions and remind lawyers about the basic tenets of our profession.
Highlights of the Professionalism CLE Guidelines are as follows.
• The Professionalism CLE Guidelines require discussion of professionalism concepts as an integral and substantive part of the presentation;
• The Guidelines require written materials on professionalism;
• The professionalism segment should create a forum in which participants can explore the meaning and aspirations of professionalism and discuss the professional conflicts that confront judges and lawyers in their work;
• The seminar must contain an Evaluation specifically of the professionalism programming; and
• Submission should be made at least 30 days in advance of the date for which you are requesting approval. If you wish to advertise that a seminar is approved for Professionalism credit, leave sufficient time for submission and approval prior to publication of seminar registration brochures.
The following items may NOT be approved for Professionalism CLE credit.
• The Commission may not approve CLEs primarily devoted to activities such as meditation, journaling, yoga, nutrition, physical fitness or other similar activities for Professionalism CLE credit.
• The Commission may not approve trainings on substantive law for Professionalism CLE credit, except as provided in the revised Professionalism CLE Guidelines effective July 1, 2019.
• The Commission may not approve the provision of general information, data, or statistics regarding wellness or pro bono for Professionalism CLE credit.
• The Commission may not approve courses that primarily concern the rules of professional conduct (i.e. legal ethics) for Professionalism CLE credit
Last Revised on June 18, 2019