Public Sector Employees and First Amendment Issues
Free Non-CLE Program
Public sector employees are in a unique position when it comes to the First Amendment. They can be disciplined if their speech disrupts the efficient operation of their office. Often, employees have to differentiate between speaking as a private citizen or as a government employee. Add in social media and the rules become even murkier. Join us for this free non-CLE program where our expert speakers will analyze these issues including a discussion of some ripped-from-the-headlines examples.View - NOW!
Military Working Dogs
Kudos to Division members Jill Mariani and Frances Arricale who recently won the International Animal Law Committee’s 2020 Outstanding Policy Award for their invaluable work on ABA policy related to Military Working Dogs. Resolution 104B was passed by the ABA House of Delegates during the 2020 Midyear Meeting.Read Resolution 104B - Click Here!
How to Manage Remote Employees in the Pandemic Era
Tips for Managers
COMMUNICATION – Establish regularly scheduled check-ins and team meetings to ensure effective communication and camaraderie. When everyone is working remotely, it's more important than ever to establish a sense of normalcy by ensuring on-going communication among staff. INVOLVEMENT – Spend a few minutes before each meeting or check-in catching up with your remote employees. Ask a few questions about how they're holding up. It's important to put a more effort into your interpersonal connections when everyone is working remotely. APPRECIATION – Be generous with your praise. When a face-to-face thank you is not possible, it's even more important to remember to praise employees. If they've done a good job, tell them that you are grateful for their work. It may seem obvious, but a lot of supervisors forget the importance of showing gratitude to their employees.
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Virginia Solicitor General: Government Lawyers' Work is Critically Important
The work of government lawyers is “critically important to the balance of the rule of law,” Virginia Solicitor General Toby Heytens said during his speech at the American Bar Association Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division’s Legal Skills Conference held Oct. 18 at the Omni Richmond (Va.) Hotel.Read - Article
Government Lawyers Volunteer in Richmond, Virginia
Would you like a cup of coffee?
This simple question was the basis of the ABA’ s Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division’s (GPSLD) recent volunteer project at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, on October 17. Hospital visitors were thankful for the simple gesture. But it was the government lawyer volunteers who were appreciative. The volunteers were grateful that they could bring a smile to the face of those who served our country. Several people approached the group and relayed moving stories of how they had been assisted by public lawyers. Government lawyer volunteers distributed information about lawyer referral services and pro bono assistance to those who asked for legal help. Thank you to former GPSLD council member Kristine Kassekert, who organized the project! Photo Caption L-R: Katherine Mikkelson and Bernadette Peele
GPSLD podcasts explore a variety of topics of interest to government lawyers or those seeking a public sector legal career. One podcast, "Compelling Conversations with Colleagues" is a series of interviews with a wide variety of public lawyers that examines how they obtained their position, their work duties and their career highlights.Learn - More
Good Dogs and the Law: Service, Emotional Support, Therapy and Facility Animals
Laws pertaining to service animals, emotional support or comfort animals, therapy animals, and facility dogs are confusing. This webinar examines: Section 35.136 of the Americans with Disabilities Act which covers service animals, Reasonable accommodations as it pertains to housing and air travel under the Fair Housing Act and the Air Carrier Access Act for emotional support/comfort animals, How therapy animals differ from the above categories with generally no special rights of access, How facility dogs are used by prosecutor’s offices, Children’s Advocacy Centers, law enforcement, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs and family courts including best practices when setting up a facility dog program.Access the - on-demand webinar
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