NMR&S Center on Professionalism
NMR&S Center on Professionalism
NMR&S Center on Professionalism
NMR&S Center on Professionalism

State Commissions

Alabama Commission on Professionalism
415 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
334-269-1515
334-261-6310 (fax)

Florida Center for Professionalism
The Florida Bar
651 E. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850-561-5600
Linda Calvert Hanson
lcalvert@flabar.org

The scope and function of the Standing Committee on Professionalism is to assist the Commission and Center in implementing programs, events, and activities to promote professionalism throughout the state.

Georgia's Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism
Suite 620, 104 Marietta Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
404-225-5040
404-225-5041 (fax)
Avarita L. Hanson, Executive Director
professionalism@cjcpga.org

The Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, the first body of its kind in the nation, was created in 1989 by the Georgia Supreme Court with the primary charge to enhance professionalism among Georgia's lawyers. In carrying out its charge, the Commission provides ongoing attention and assistance to the task of assuring that the practice of law remains a high calling, enlisted in the service of client and public good. Composed of representatives of the organized bar, practicing bar, judiciary, law schools and the public, the Commission serves as the institutional framework for sustaining an environment that fosters professionalism in the legal community. The Commission's work centers around (1) educational programming; (2) periodic recommendations to the State Bar, the judiciary, and the law schools in Georgia; and (3) coordination of professionalism activities of the organized bar, courts, law schools, and law firms.

Hawaii Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Ali'iolani Hale
417 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 539-4900
Administrative Offices of the Courts

The Commission is charged with enhancing professionalism among Hawaii's lawyers. "Professionalism" includes competence, civility, legal ethics, integrity, and commitment to the rule of law, to justice, and to the public good.

Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Two Prudential Plaza, Suite 1950
180 N. Stetson
Chicago, IL 60601
312-363-6210
312-363-6218 (fax)
Jayne r. Reardon, Executive Director
jayne.reardon@ilsccp.org

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism was established to promote among the lawyers and judges of Illinois principles of integrity, professionalism and civility; to foster commitment to the elimination of bias and divisiveness within the legal and judicial systems; and to ensure that those systems provide equitable, effective and efficient resolution of problems and disputes for the people of Illinois.

Maryland Court Commission on Professionalism
361 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-3762
410-260-3560 (fax)
mdprofessionalism@mdcourts.gov

The mission of the Commission was to support and encourage members of the Judiciary to exhibit the highest levels of professionalism and to support and encourage lawyers to exercise the highest levels of professional integrity in their relationships with their clients, other lawyers, the courts, and the public to fulfill their obligations to improve the law and the legal system.

New Jersey Commission on Professionalism
New Jersey Law Center, One Constitution Square
New Jersey, NJ 08901
732-937-7504
Charles J. Hollenbeck, Executive Director
chollenbeck@njsba.com

The New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law is a unique cooperative venture of the NJSBA, the state and federal judiciary, and New Jersey's three law schools. The Commission was formed in response to increasing displeasure within the bar about the future direction of the profession, and public criticism of lawyers and the legal system. We hope to contribute to a strengthening of the traditional values, and sense of responsibility and public purpose, that have made the practice of law a distinguished profession. Moreover, we hope our work helps to increase public respect for judges and the justice system.

New Mexico Commission on Professionalism
5121 Masthead NE
Albuquerque, NM 87199-2860
505-797-6000
800-876-6227
505-828-3765 (fax)
sbnm@nmbar.org

The Commission on Professionalism supports and encourages lawyers to exercise the highest levels of professionalism.

New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law
25 Beaver St., Rm. 859-A
New York, NY 10004
212-738-8211
800-401-6580
professionalism@courts.state.ny.us

In March 1999, the New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law was officially brought into existence by an Administrative Order of the Chief Judge. Louis A. Craco was named Chair. The Institute on Professionalism serves as a permanent commission dedicated to nurturing professionalism among the members of the legal profession. It supports the organized bar, law schools and other institutions in undertaking effective programs for the promotion of professional behavior, and stands as a permanent forum in which the various constituencies of the profession can convene regularly to study and speak to issues pertaining to ethics and professionalism. It is loosely modeled on existing judicial commissions in New York State that speak to issues affecting minorities, women and children. Though formed under the umbrella of the Unified Court System, these entities have a proven record of independent and effective operation.

North Carolina Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism
P. O. Box 2448
Raleigh, NC 27602-2448
919-890-1000
Melvin F. Wright, Jr., Executive Director
Melvin.F.Wright@nccourts.org

The major responsibilities of the Commission include its primary charge: to enhance professionalism among North Carolina's lawyers. In carrying out this charge, the CJCP is required to provide ongoing attention and assistance to ensure the practice of law remains a high calling, dedicated to the service of clients and the public good. Other major responsibilities include:
  1. considering and encouraging efforts by lawyers and judges to improve the administration of justice;
  2. examining ways of making the system of justice more accessible to the public;
  3. monitoring and coordinating North Carolina's professionalism efforts in such institutional settings as the bar, the courts, the law schools and law firms;
  4. monitoring professionalism efforts in jurisdictions outside North Carolina;
  5. conducting a study and issue a report on the present state on lawyers professionalism within North Carolina;
  6. planning and conducting Convocations on Professionalism;
  7. providing guidance and support to the Board of Continuing Legal Education and to the various CLE providers accredited by the Board, in the implementation and execution of a CLE professionalism requirement of not less than one hour per year;
  8. implementing a professionalism component in bridge-the-gap programs for new lawyers;
  9. making recommendations to the Supreme Court, the State Bar, the voluntary bars, and the Board of Continuing Legal Education concerning additional means by which professionalism can be enhanced among North Carolina lawyers;
  10. receiving and administering grants and making such expenditures therefrom as the Commission deems prudent in the discharge of its responsibilities.

Oregon Supreme Court Bench and Bar Commission on Professionalism
P.O. Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281
16037 SW Upper Boones Ferry Road
Tigard, OR 97224
(503) 620-0222
(503) 684-1366 (fax)
Kateri Walsh
kwalsh@osbar.com

The Oregon Bench and Bar Commission on Professionalism ("Professionalism Commission") was established by Order No. 94-094 of the Supreme Court of the State of Oregon. The statement has been revised by order No. 04-0222 signed by then Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson Jr. The Professionalism Commission is engaged in numerous activities to advance the professionalism, equality and efficiency of Oregon's judicial branch of government.

South Carolina Chief Justice's Commission on the Profession
1231 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201
803-734-1080
South Carolina Supreme Court

The Chief Justice's Commission on the Profession is created in recognition of the need for the emphasis upon and encouragement of professionalism in the practice of law.

Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Professionalism
65 South Front Street
5th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
614-387-9317
614-387-9529 (fax)
Lori Keating, Secretary
keatingl@sconet.state.oh.us

The purpose of the Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is to promote professionalism among attorneys admitted to practice law in Ohio, devoting its attention to the law as a profession and to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and honor among members of the profession.

Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism
1414 Colorado Suite 600 A
P.O. Box 12487, Austin, TX 78711-2487
Austin, TX 78701
800-204-2222
512-427-1477
512-427-4125 (fax)
info@txethics.org

The Texas Center for Legal Ethics began in 1989 as an independent, non-profit corporation to promote the values contained in the Texas Lawyers' Creed of Professionalism. Founded by three retired chief justices of the Texas Supreme Court, TCLE endeavors to be a storehouse of knowledge and resources for ethics and professionalism by offering courses, speakers, symposia, and CLE seminars for the legal community and others.
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