Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division

The Division serves public lawyers by offering programs, publications, and online resources specifically for government, public sector & military lawyers, as well as interested law students.

Legal Skills Conference - Washington, DC

Expert panelists will provide practical information and strategies to sharpen your deposition, negotiation, writing and oral argument skills (this session features Tom Goldstein) at this interactive CLE conference. Attendees will participate in exercises to practice their skills with faculty guidance. Former U.S. Solicitor General, Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. will give opening remarks on the importance of public service.

October 26, 2018

Sponsored by the ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division
Cosponsored by the ABA Center for Public Interest Law, and the following ABA Sections: Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, Civil Rights and Social Justice, Criminal Justice, Dispute Resolution, International Law, Litigation, and the Section of Taxation 

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New Podcasts!

"Compelling Conversations with Colleagues" is a series of audio podcasts that examines different lawyer positions within the public sector. Hear from a city attorney, a county attorney, a public defender, a prosecutor, a federal agency attorney, an AUSA, and a JAG officer about what their day-to-day is like, and the pathways that led them there. Each podcast is short, and contains a wealth of information for young lawyers or law students who are interested in a career in the public sector.

Transitioning to Civilian Life: A Roadmap for Military Lawyers

The Division's Transitioning to Civilian Life: A Roadmap for Military Lawyers resource has been updated! Here you will find résumé, cover letter, interviewing and networking tips from military lawyers who have successfully made the transition to civilian lawyer.

Attention Members

Attention Members

Loan Forgiveness is in serious danger!

In 2007, Congress created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Under PSLF, those who make 120 monthly payments (10 years) on their federal graduate student loans while employed full-time in qualified public service jobs are eligible to have their remaining balance forgiven. Congress is on the verge of eliminating the program. There is currently no guarantee that anyone would be grandfathered into the PSLF program. That means that people working in public service jobs over the past 8 years could receive no federal loan forgiveness at all. This is your chance to save #loan4giveness before it’s too late. Get involved NOW!

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Legal Aid Defender

Legal Aid Defender

Act Now!

Attention Lawyers: Funding for the Legal Services Corporation is in danger of being cut, potentially denying crucial legal services to the most vulnerable Americans, including veterans, domestic violence victims, and disaster victims. You can help! Sign up to be a Legal Aid Defender and make your voice heard. The ABA will even hand-deliver your personalized Defender card to your Members of Congress in Washington, DC by a legal aid advocate from your state.

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ABA Veterans Legal Services Initiative

The ABA's new Veterans Legal Services Initiative will position the ABA to lead a holistic, sustainable effort to ensure that veterans have access to justice and receive the legal support they, their families, and their caregivers deserve.

Cultivating Civility

Created in partnership with the ABA's Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, this program examines issues surrounding civility in today's legal practice. Jill Mariani, an assistant district attorney with the New York County District Attorney's Office moderates the program and the panelists are Dick A. Semerdjian, a partner in Schwartz, Semerdjian Ballard and Cauley, LLP, and current chair of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section; and Gregory Brooker, chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota.

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Pro Bono Lawyers Needed

Volunteer lawyers are needed to assist immigration legal service providers across the nation.

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There are also volunteer Law Student Opportunities.

Diverse Pathways

Diverse Pathways to Success in the Public Sector – free audio programs below Developing a satisfying legal career requires thoughtful decisions about our job choices. Public sector lawyers face challenges that differ from those in the private sector. Learn about diverse paths to success in the public sector from: the Hon. Susan Burke, Hennepin County District Court, Minneapolis, MN; Jenae Naumann, Assistant City Attorney, Tempe, AZ; Steve Vieux, attorney, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC; and Anne Dewey-Balzhiser (moderator), former General Counsel of two federal agencies. This program is divided into four 20-minute segments, which you can hear separately:

PowerPoint presentations

Getting HiredSegment 1
Job PerformanceSegment 2
Career AdvancementSegment 3
Work-Life BalanceSegment 4

Print out the accompanying four PowerPoint presentations first, which contain slides for each of the four segments. Click on each segment to learn more about the topic. The panelists are introduced on the audio in Segment 1. Their biographies are provided below.

Panelist Bios
Tips For Moving Up

ROLI is Seeking Current and Former Prosecutor Volunteers

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI) seeks current or former prosecutors with at least 5 years of experience to provide technical expertise for international projects as part of ROLI’s Pro Bono Legal Specialist program. Interested candidates are asked to complete this survey to assist ROLI in matching skills sets with specific assignments. Note that completing the survey will not necessarily result in an assignment. Survey information will be kept entirely confidential and stored in ABA ROLI's secure Experts Database. Specific questions or inquiries can be directed to jobs@americanbar.org.

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New GPSLD Committees!

We've just created an International Pro Bono Committee and a Hot Topics Committee. The International Pro Bono Committee will provide members with information about pro bono opportunities around the world. Opportunities will require a variety of time commitments - from short term (several days) to longer (2-3 weeks or several months). There are also opportunities to volunteer in the US on international matters. The Hot Topics Committee will monitor public law practice to determine if there are any issues that the division should investigate more deeply by, for instance, publishing an article, presenting a CLE program or sponsoring policy before the ABA House of Delegates.

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