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September 21, 2021

Message to the Members

GPSLD Chair Ed Monahan

GPSLD Chair Ed Monahan

A new ABA GPSLD bar year has dawned. Each day, government and public sector lawyers provide vital public value through their knowledge, skills, and experience. Together, as GPSLD Members, we do this work with pride and integrity.

As we end the ABA year, we express our thanks to Steve Vieux for his service as Chair of our Division. He led us in turbulent times with calm and steady professionalism.

And we offer our appreciation to our departing Council members: Regina Nassen, Sharon Pandak, Howard Pohl, Al Purdue, and Chuck Stertz. They served selflessly.

As we start a new bar year, we welcome our 2021-2022 Officers:
Chair-Elect: Wendy J. Muchman, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, IL; Vice-Chair: Adele Rapport, Federal Attorney, Chicago, IL; Secretary: Hon. Ira Sandron, National Labor Relations Board, Washington, DC; Treasurer: Liani Reeves, Of Counsel and President, Bullard Law, Portland, OR; and Delegates: Greg Brooker, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Minneapolis, and the Hon. Joan Burke, Administrative Law Judge, New Jersey Office of Administrative Law.

New Council members are:
Brian Byun, Best Best & Krieger LLP, San Diego, CA; Sylloris Lampkin, Attorney-Advisor, Jacksonville Office of Counsel, U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development; Richard Nunes, Assistant Public Defender, Bergen County Public Defender's Office, Hackensack, NJ; Jaime Villarreal, Texas State Senate, Fort Worth, TX; Matthew Wallace, United States Army, El Paso, TX; and returning for another term, Gilda (Jill) Mariani, Senior Investigative Counsel, New York County District Attorney’s Office, Section of International Law.

Between meetings, our work is conducted through our committees. GPSLD committees and chairs are:

Awards: Sylloris Lampkin
Bylaws: Al Purdue
CLE: Hon. Joan Burke
Ethics:  Hon. Edwin L. Felter, Jr.
Hot Topics: Ed Monahan
Investment: Howard Pohl
International Pro Bono: Hon. Edwin L. Felter, Jr.
Law Student Outreach: Matt Archer-Beck
Membership: Hon. Tim Nemechek
Newsletter: Abbie Gruwell
Pro Bono: Daniel Collopy
Social Media: Jaime Villareal and Matthew Wallace
The Public Lawyer Editorial Board: Ed Monahan
Military Lawyers Conference: Major Amanda Williams

If you have an interest in joining this Committee work, please contact us at [email protected].

In the coming year, I am encouraging the Division to focus on financial stewardship, public employment issues, enhancing our social media communications, and messaging the importance of government and public sector service. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn and help promote our work to others.

Our times are full of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity but we know fulfilling our responsibility to the public remains achievable in our daily work. In Walden, Henry David Thoreau encouraged us onward: “Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.”

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