Atlanta – Gov. Brian Kemp has proclaimed April 2023 as Legal Professionalism Month in Georgia to promote collegiality and professionalism among Georgia’s attorneys during their representation of clients.
The proclamation states in part, “Collegiality among counsel is critical to the effective and efficient adjudication of cases and controversies before Georgia Courts. … Increased legal professionalism may help to instill public trust and confidence in the legal system.”
Participating in the signing ceremony Monday at the State Capitol, along with the governor and First Lady Marty Kemp, were State Bar of Georgia President Sarah B. “Sally” Akins of Savannah, Executive Director Damon E. Elmore, Governmental Affairs Director Christine Butcher Hayes, Professionalism Committee Chair Joshua I. Bosin, Professionalism Committee members Carlos R. Vilela and John D. Lange, and Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism Executive Director Karlise Y. Grier.
The State Bar of Georgia, with offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Tifton, was established in 1964 by the Supreme Court of Georgia as the successor to the Georgia Bar Association, founded in 1884. All lawyers licensed to practice in Georgia belong to the State Bar. Its approximately 52,000 members work together to strengthen the constitutional promise of justice for all, promote principles of duty and public service among Georgia’s lawyers, and administer a strict code of legal ethics.