Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division

GPSLD provides publications, programming, and services designed for the unique needs of government lawyers; advocates for policies that benefit public lawyers; promotes professionalism; and recognizes excellence within the public sector. 

Join Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division

The Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division's mission is to serve the nation’s public lawyers. By promoting integrity and excellence among public advocates, providing meaningful services not obtainable elsewhere, and by highlighting the extraordinary work of public lawyers, GPSLD works to enhance the position of public lawyers, create camaraderie within the public sector, and provide representation within the ABA for public lawyers.

Colleagues Under the Influence: Licensure and the Impaired Lawyer

Substance abuse and addictions affect attorneys and their licenses. Learn how to recognize a legal professional with an impairment and the resources available to them and their colleagues.

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FOIA 101: Understanding the Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal statute that governs which federal agency records are releasable to the public. This primer provides an overview of the federal FOIA and the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, and will help those within and outside of the government understand the requirements involved in the disclosure of public records.

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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.

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Contact Us

American Bar Association Government & Public Sector Lawyers Division 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036

GPSLD Committee Highlights

GPSLD's International Pro Bono Committee provides members with information about pro bono opportunities around the world. The Hot Topics Committee monitors 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. To join either or both committees email alison.hill@americanbar.org