Atlanta, May 16, 2017 – After 11 years as Executive Director of the Chief Justice’s
Commission on Professionalism, Avarita Hanson plans to retire at the end of August. The
Supreme Court of Georgia is seeking an experienced and innovative lawyer as the new Executive

The Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism was created by the state Supreme Court in
1989 to enhance professionalism among lawyers. It is the first body of its kind in the nation.

“Avarita Hanson has been a true leader in the profession of law in Georgia,” said Chief Justice P.
Harris Hines. “Since 2006, she has worked tirelessly to enhance professionalism among
Georgia’s lawyers and ensure that the practice of law remains a high calling. It will not be easy
to replace her.”

The Executive Director is responsible for developing and providing superior and relevant
educational programs and for coordinating professional activities of the organized bar, courts,
law schools and law firms.

In addition to a juris doctorate and current admission to a state bar association in good standing,
the position requires a minimum of five years’ management experience in law firms, bar
associations, boards or committees, and experience in handling budgetary matters.

Applicants must apply to by June 2. For a complete job description
and requirements, please see the posting on the National Center for State Courts’ website and on
the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts’ website.

“I am extremely honored, blessed and grateful to have worked with so many Georgia judges,
attorneys, bar leaders and staff to bring the issues of professionalism to the forefront of their
lives and work,” Ms. Hanson said. “My retirement excites me as I move on to the next phases of
my professional and personal life.”