Regulations of the Commission on Continuing Legal Competency implementing Rule 8-104.(6) Appointment of Mentors; Minimum Qualifications.
(a) Appointment of Mentors. The Supreme Court of Georgia has the sole authority to appoint Mentors.
(b) Nomination of Mentors. The Standards of the Profession Committee may nominate individuals satisfying the Minimum Qualifications to the Supreme Court of Georgia for appointment consideration; provided however, that the Supreme Court of Georgia retains the authority to appoint Mentors upon its own recommendation and/or motion.
(c) Minimum Qualifications for Mentors. A volunteer shall meet the following Minimum Qualifications to be eligible for nomination to the Supreme Court of Georgia for appointment as Mentor:
(i) Active Status. Be an active member of the State Bar of Georgia, in good standing; and,
(ii) 5 Years of Practice. Have been admitted to the practice law for not less than five (5) years; and,
(iii) Professional Reputation. Maintain a professional reputation in his or her local legal community for competence, ethical and professional conduct; and,
(iv) Disciplinary Action. Never have received the sanction of disbarment or suspension from the practice of law in any jurisdiction, nor have voluntarily surrendered his or her license to practice law for the purpose of disposing with a pending disciplinary proceeding in any jurisdiction. During the ten (10) years preceding the nomination as mentor, the prospective mentor shall not have been otherwise sanctioned by the pertinent entity governing the admission and practice of law in any jurisdiction. The term "sanctioned" means subjected to disciplinary action. (For example, in Georgia, "sanctioned" currently means any of the levels of discipline whether public or confidential listed in State Bar of Georgia Rule 4-102(b) (i.e., Disbarment; Suspension; Public Reprimand; Review Panel Reprimand; Investigative Panel Reprimand; Formal Admonition); Rule 8-107 (C) (i.e., Administrative Suspension for deficiency in continuing legal education hours); or State Bar Bylaws Article I, Section 4, Item 2 (i.e., Failure to Register with State Bar of Georgia within one year upon eligibility)). Nominations of individuals having formal complaint (s) pending before the Supreme Court of Georgia will be deferred until the final disposition of the formal complaint (s); and,
(v) Court-ordered Disciplinary Action. During the ten (10) years preceding the nomination as mentor, the prospective mentor shall not have been the subject of a written order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction that prohibits or otherwise limits the prospective mentor from practicing before that court or class of courts. A directive, request or order by a judge of a court requesting or directing that an attorney employed by an agency of government or a legal aid organization who is assigned to handle cases before that judge be transferred or reassigned to other duties or another courtroom does not constitute court-ordered disciplinary action under this part. A prospective mentor who is or has within the preceding ten (10) years been the subject of such a written order may petition the Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency (the "Commission") for a waiver of this requirement. After review of the facts and circumstances which led to the entry of such order, the Commission may, upon good cause shown, grant such waiver if the prospective mentor is otherwise qualified to be a mentor; and
(vi) Professional Liability Insurance or Equivalent. Be covered under a professional liability insurance policy with minimum limits of $250,000.00/$500,000.00, or, if applicable, the equivalent to such coverage through the legal status of his or her employer.
How do I apply to become a mentor?
If you meet the minimum qualifications to be a mentor prescribed by the State Bar, you must also be approved by the elected or appointed head of the office. If the elected head of the office approves your becoming a mentor, you will need to complete the Mentor Volunteer Form. (See instructions below.)
Because liability insurance provided by state or local government provides coverage only when you are acting in an official capacity, prosecution mentors may only serve as an 'Inside Mentor' which means that you will only supervise attorneys within your office.
Mentors are appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia for a one-year term and must renew their appointment annually.
Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Transition Into Law Practice Program Office and the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council that approved the Transition Into Prosecution Program, the Council Training Division is responsible for submitting the Mentor Volunteer Form to the State Bar.
To apply to become a mentor:
Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia
ATTN: Training Division
1590 Adamson Parkway, 4th Floor
Morrow, Georgia 30260