The State Bar of Georgia is an integrated body that governs the legal profession in the state. It was founded in 1964 and now has more than 37,000 members. Prior to 1964, membership in the state bar was voluntary. However, after that membership became a requirement in order to practice law in the state of Georgia.
In exchange for membership and membership dues, attorneys who belong to the state bar are given access to a number of benefits including discounts at stores and businesses located throughout the state. For example, all state bar members are permitted to conduct free legal research on the state bar’s website. They do not have to pay to access case law, documents, and other resources that they can use when representing clients.
Further, members of the Georgia State Bar receive discounted policies for accident, life, and other types of insurance. The insurance is available from an affiliate broker associated with the state bar. It offers plans for businesses as well as insurance for individuals and families.
Additionally, state bar members have access to wellness services that range from counseling and therapy to suicide prevention. The services also include a peer support program that allows attorneys to counsel and mentor other lawyers who belong to the state bar.
While its primary mission is to regulate and promote the legal industry and its lawyers in the state, the Georgia State Bar also offers services at little to no cost to the public. For example, people can use the state bar website to locate lawyers in their city or zip code. The directory features lawyers who are state bar members and practice in all areas of law.
Further, the state bar’s website serves as an educational resource for teachers and students. Both can research laws and law history on the website. The resources are provided at no cost and available anytime.
Because it regulates the legal industry in Georgia, the state bar also encourages the public to file complaints they may have against lawyers whom they have retained or worked with in the past. The complaints are investigated thoroughly before the state bar decides if or how to punish an attorney.
The Georgia State Bar is headquartered in Atlanta. Its physical address is 104 Marrietta St NW #100, 30303. Members of the public as well as attorneys wishing to contact the state bar can also use the free email contact form found on its website.