Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division

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

Fees and Fines After Timbs v. Indiana

Fees and Fines After Timbs v. Indiana

CLE Webinar May 22, 2019 @ 1:00 PM Eastern

The Supreme Court recently ruled that the excessive fines clause of the Eighth Amendment applies to state and local governments in Timbs v. Indiana. What does the decision mean for state and local governments? Sign up to find out!


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.

"Compelling Conversations with Colleagues" is a series of audio podcasts that examines different lawyer positions within the public sector.

Bid-Rigging Detection

Both the private and public sectors often rely on a competitive bidding process to acquire goods and services. For the process to truly be competitive, bidders need to set their prices honestly and independently from one another. When they collude, the customer ultimately loses. In this webinar, learn how federal and state antitrust enforcers and economists sniff out potential bid-riggers. There will be an exploration of federal and state antitrust and consumer protection laws and a discussion using real world examples.

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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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Touhy Regulations: Assessing Requests and Obtaining Federal Agency Documents and Witnesses

CLE 90 MIN: Join us for a practical, informative seminar on the frequently confusing Touhy rules. Whether you handle your agency’s Touhy requests or represent litigants seeking documents/testimony from a federal agency, you’ll find this program very helpful. Each federal agency has their own regulations, designed to control the manner in which their employees provide information in response to subpoenas. Our panelists will help you smoothly navigate the process.

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

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. 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. To join either or both committees email