As my year as chair comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on the services, programs, and opportunities provided by the Division. Some of them, such as our publications, predate me and largely run without the interference from the chair. Others are relatively new, like our law student blog and our podcast series. Both evolved due to GPSLD leaders recognizing the need to provide career advice to law students and young lawyers. You may think that products like these miraculously appear one day but that's not the way it happens. There is an inordinate amount of planning involved including research, writing, editing, not to mention sourcing speakers, prepping them and then recording and editing the audio. We have an incredible staff that does a great job and shoulders most of the legwork but they cannot do it alone. They need the support of volunteer members who are willing to roll up their sleeves and get involved.
If you haven't participated much with the Division before, I strongly urge you to reach out to Division staff and volunteer your services for a committee, program or article. I assure you that the more you become involved, the more rewarding it will be for you. A good way to get involved is by writing a short article for one of our publications. Do you have an idea for an article or program you'd like to see presented? Shoot us an email at GPSLD@americanbar.org and we'll see if it's doable. We promise that we won't compel you to volunteer for anything unless you let us know you’d like to become involved.
This year's ABA Annual Meeting is being held in Chicago. You should jump at the chance to attend fascinating CLE programs while also having the opportunity to visit the Miracle Mile, take an architectural boat ride and attend the Presidents' Reception at the beautiful Chicago Cultural Center. I hope you will attend our complimentary awards reception that will honor stellar government lawyers and law offices. Come and celebrate all the outstanding achievements of public lawyers across the country. It is such a moving, inspiring event. See p. 5 for registration information.
It's been a privilege and honor to serve as your chair this past year. I could not have done it without the support and assistance of our incredible, talented staff. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as chair of such a wonderful organization.