According to its website, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education is a nonprofit consortium of the state bar and Georgia’s law schools, which provides continuing education classes for attorneys. It is self-supporting and receives all of its income from tuition charges for the classes and sale of publications. ICLE is governed by a board of trustees, and no University System of Georgia money is used to fund ICLE operations.
All ICLE employees are considered UGA employees, receive UGA benefits and are subject to UGA’s personnel rules. Compensation for ICLE employees is funded by the organiztion and processed by UGA.
The audit, which covered January 2015 through March 2016, was prompted by a February tip by a whistleblower about mismanagement.
UGA law school dismissed the employees, ICLE executive director Stephen Harper, director of projects Brian Davis, office manager Janet Andrews, Aug. 22. All three are appealing the terminations, said a statement provided by UGA law school spokeswoman Heidi Murphy. The ICLE board voted Aug. 23 to suspend the three employees with pay, funded directly by ICLE for 60 days while the board reviews the situation.
Auditors also recommended discipline for staff accountant Karen Sorrells.
The audit also cites the lack of a formal operating agreement between UGA and ICLE and recommends one be put in place.