The State Bar of Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency (CCLC) and the State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project are teaming up to help attorneys in Georgia meet their continuing legal education requirements and give a boost to pro bono.
In 2009, $60,000 in CLE vouchers will be made available to 400 lawyers in Georgia who are experiencing severe economic hardship and haven’t yet completed their Georgia CLE requirements for 2009. The vouchers, each worth $150, will be provided to attorneys connected to civil pro bono programs. The vouchers will cover CLE programs hosted by ICLE in Georgia. Civil pro bono programs will provide an attorney’s eligibility information to the State Bar Pro Bono Project to secure a voucher for that attorney. Specific details for participation will be announced shortly.
The goal of the CLE Law Practice Stimulus Voucher program, which builds on an existing CLE voucher program for pro bono attorneys, is to encourage attorneys to remain active and networking, and pro bono participation is seen as an important tool in that effort. A $150 voucher could cover half or more of an attorney’s annual CLE requirement expense.
About the State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project
Co-sponsored by the Georgia Legal Services Program and the State Bar of Georgia, the Pro Bono Project is headquartered at the Bar and involves private attorneys in representation of the poor in civil matters. The Project also provides information to lawyers on what programs are available when they want to volunteer. The Project gives technical assistance to local bar associations when they want to develop or revise a pro bono program and supports legal aid and pro bono programs on technology in the delivery of their services.