Enews: June 2019 (Volume 15, Issue 6)

In this Issue…

– Avoid Late Fees – Pay License Fee by Aug. 1
– Georgia Bar Journal – June 2019
– Update on Vetoed Legislation
– The Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism Issues New Professionalism CLE Guidelines
– 2019 Law School Orientations Group Leader Interest Registration is Now Open!
– Wellness Corner
– Free Fastcase Offered Through the State Bar

June 26, 2019

AVOID LATE FEES – PAY LICENSE FEE BY AUG. 1

Annual Bar license fees are due each year on July 1 and are considered past due after Aug. 1. Any payments made online or postmarked after Aug. 1 will be assessed a $75 late fee.

If you have not already done so, you may pay your license fee online at www.gabar.org [ www.gabar.org ] . If you prefer to mail your payment, you can pay by check or write your credit card information in the designated area on the license fee notice mailed in May. If you need another copy of your license fee notice, you can print one without logging in by using the “Print License Fee Notice” Quick Link [ www.gabar.org ] .

For questions regarding your membership, please contact the Membership Department at membership@gabar.org [ mailto:membership@gabar.org ] . Due to the volume of payments received during this period, please allow 15 days before contacting the Membership Department to check on your payment.

GEORGIA BAR JOURNAL | JUNE 2019

The June 2019 issue of the Georgia Bar Journal is available online. Some of the highlights include:

– From the President: “The Benefits of Kindness and Compassion” [ digitaleditions.walsworthprintgroup.com ] by Hon. Kenneth B. Hodges III
– From the YLD President: “A Year of Serving the Profession and the Public” [ digitaleditions.walsworthprintgroup.com ] by Hon. Rizza P. O’Connor
– From the Executive Director: “Miles Alexander: An Inspirational Dedication to Justice” [ digitaleditions.walsworthprintgroup.com ] by Jeff Davis
– Legal Article: “Behavioral Economics and the Practice of Law” [ digitaleditions.walsworthprintgroup.com ] by Robert C. Port
– Fiction Winner: “The Incident at Gulf Shores [ digitaleditions.walsworthprintgroup.com ] ” by Dick Donovan

Visit the website [ www.gabar.org ] to start browsing the most recent issue of the Georgia Bar Journal .

UPDATE ON VETOED LEGISLATION

Gov. Brian Kemp vetoed 14 bills on May 10. You can find a list of those bills and the governor’s veto statements here [ gov.georgia.gov ] .

Notable for those attorneys litigating in Georgia courts, the governor vetoed HB 311 [ www.legis.ga.gov ] , the 2019 sovereign immunity bill. This is the second time in the past five years that a governor has vetoed sovereign immunity legislation.

THE CHIEF JUSTICE’S COMMISSION ON PROFESSIONALISM ISSUES NEW PROFESSIONALISM CLE GUIDELINES

The Supreme Court of Georgia has mandated that all active Georgia lawyers complete one hour of Professionalism CLE each year. This year, the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism recognized the need to provide updated guidance to CLE sponsors as to the Court’s high expectations regarding professionalism training; therefore, the Commission revised the Professionalism CLE Guidelines. The revised Professionalism Guidelines take effect on July 1. For more information on the revised Professionalism CLE Guidelines, visit the Commission’s website [ cjcpga.org ] .

2019 LAW SCHOOL ORIENTATIONS GROUP LEADER INTEREST REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Please register now to express your interest in serving as a group leader for the 2019 Law School Orientations on Professionalism. The orientations are designed to provide incoming 1Ls with their first introduction to professionalism. Georgia lawyers and judges are invited to serve as group leaders during the orientations to help students learn the meaning of professionalism and why it is important for them as law students. Read more [ cjcpga.org ] .

WELLNESS CORNER

Stress is inevitable in the practice of law, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. While we often seek to eliminate stress from our lives, in her book “The Upside of Stress” [ kellymcgonigal.com ] Kelly McGonigal, a research psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, makes a compelling research based argument that changing our mindset about stress can help us maximize its benefits (i.e. more focus and energy, stronger relationships, and better learning) while minimizing its negative impact on our health. The book is well written with ample research citations, but for people too stressed to read a book, check out McGonigal’s TED talk [ www.ted.com ] .

FREE FASTCASE OFFERED THROUGH THE STATE BAR

Free online legal research is available to all Bar members. Learn how to effectively use and navigate Fastcase. To register for a 1-hour or 3-hour CLE at one of the three State Bar locations or to sign up for a webinar hosted by Fastcase, please visit the website [ www.gabar.org ] .

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