Uzodima “Frank” Aba-Onu
GPSolo highlights individual members, their experiences, and how they have benefited from membership in our Division.
This month our spotlight is Uzodima “Frank” Aba-Onu. Frank has been a member of GPSolo for less than a year. He joined the Division at the request of a member whose opinion he valued. Since joining the Division, he has become very involved and is currently a Diversity Fellow as well as Vice Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Committee. When asked what value has membership in the Division provided he responded,
GPSolo gives me a greater perspective of legal and litigation matters as it is a national organization. I am able to connect to lawyers who our outside my immediate legal community and gain knowledge and practical advice from experienced and seasoned legal professionals. Also, being a member of GPSolo allows me to assess how national legal trends and standards affect my own legal community.
Frank is currently an associate with the firm Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager, P.A. He received his juris doctorate degree cum laude from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2010. While attending law school, he was a member of the University St. Thomas Board of Advocates, was awarded the Mission Award for Scholarly Engagement and Societal Reform, was awarded the best brief and a top oralist award in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Southwest Super Regional Competition, and coauthored a law article titled “Evaluation of Gang Databases in Minnesota & Recommendations for Change.”
Although Frank has only been with the Division a short time, one of his many Division highlights include assisting with the Difference Makers Awards Luncheon during the Fall Meeting in Denver, Colorado. He expressed that he enjoyed the speeches from various speakers, including Sonia Nazario and Mr. Bell. He shared the following with us:
Mr. Bell’s Burns Institute and its mission reminded me so much of why I decided to be a part of the legal community, to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves and a vehicle for social justice.
When Frank isn’t working, he enjoys playing recreational softball and soccer. He also finds reading and writing poems and prose enjoyable. What people may not know about Frank is during his college years he was a double major in history and classical studies. Rome is the quintessential city for him. He finds walking through the cobblestones and taking in its many sites overwhelming and fulfilling.