Avarita Hanson. Photo: John Disney/ALM

The Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism is looking for a new executive director.

Avarita Hanson, who has served as the commission’s executive director for 11 years, has announced that she’ll retire at the end of August.

“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,” Hanson said in a statement.

The commission was the first body of its kind when the Georgia Supreme Court created it in 1989 to enhance professionalism among the state’s lawyers.

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

The executive director provides programs and educational services to foster professionalism in the legal community. That includes coordinating related activities involving the State Bar of Georgia, the judiciary, courts, law schools and law firms and providing guidance to the Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency in implementing the professionalism CLE requirement.

The position oversees an annual $500,000 operating budget. A law degree and five years of experience either practicing law or teaching at an accredited law school are required.

The deadline to apply is close of business on June 2. Applicants should email their applications to resume@georgiacourts.gov. A complete job description is available on the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts’ website.