From the Committee Chair

Pauline Weaver
GPSLD Membership Committee Chair

For 29 years, I was a Deputy Public Defender with the Alameda County (CA) Public Defender’s Office. I understand the pressures that government lawyers face. And that’s why I value my membership in the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division – because it conveniently delivers information specific to my needs – information that I cannot obtain elsewhere. 

Membership in this division costs only $40.00 per year for lawyer and associate members - less than 77 cents per week. (You must be a member of the ABA to join the Division. Click here to join the ABA. Please note that lawyers in public service are eligible for reduced dues. To add Division membership to your membership, click here.). Additionally, the offers a joint dues discount where you get Division membership plus another section for one lower dues rate. Currently, we have agreements with 12 other sections. Call 1-800-285-2221 for more information about this program.

When I want to find out what is going on with public lawyers nationwide, I turn to the benefits that I receive as a member of this Division:

Publications that keep you current on issues such as government attorney-client privilege, law school loan repayment assistance programs, the hiring of private outside counsel, politically motivated dismissals, transitioning to private practice and more;

Members-only Public Law Office Management webpage offers resources on improving communication with your clients, dealing with the media, obtaining grants for office programs, supervising employees, and mentoring programs. You'll also find tips, quizzes, surveys and a way for members to send in their suggestions;

Nationally acclaimed CLE programs on the unique ethical issues confronting public lawyers and public law office management topics;

Division Pro Bono webpage
 features a step-by-step guide to creating a government office pro bono program; sample federal, state, and local government office policies; relevant articles; and other helpful links;

Conveniently speak with your peers
 on topics relevant to your practice on the Division’s members-only email discussion group;

Members-only access to the Public Lawyer Career Center webpage
 allows members to connect with experienced mentors, access a comprehensive list of public law offices and job listings and download career development resources;

Meet and network with public lawyers from around the country
 at Division meetings and receptions held several times a year.

This Division helps to break through the clutter in my life by providing relevant information about my practice and about issues that affect public lawyers nationwide. Join me and thousands of other public lawyers by calling the at 1-800-285-2221 to become a member. If you have questions, please call Alison Hill at 202-662-1024. We look forward to hearing from you.

Pauline Weaver
Chair, Membership Committee

Attention Judge Advocates:

Did you know that ABA membership is free for judge advocates who have been licensed for five years or less? 
Click here to learn more about this valuable offer!

Special Joint Rate Offer: Join Two Sections at a Discounted Price!

The Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division has negotiated a special joint rate with several other sections so that members may enjoy the benefits of the Division and another section for less.

A single low dues rate covers membership in the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division and any one of the following:

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
Antitrust Law Section
Criminal Justice Section
Dispute Resolution
Environment, Energy and Resources
General Practice, Solo and Small Firm
Health Law
Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section
International Law and Practice
Public Contract Law Section
State and Local Government Law
Tort and Insurance Practice Section

To take advantage of these rates, please contact the ABA Service Center at 1-800-285-2221.

Reduced Dues:

The ABA offers reduced dues for judges and lawyers in public service, as well as an affordable dues program for those experiencing financial hardship.

For information about the Affordable Dues Program, or more information on Reduced ABA Dues, please call the ABA Service Center at 1-800-285-2221. Reduced ABA Dues for Judges and Lawyers in Public Service rates are available online here.