June 05, 2018

Get Involved in the Division

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.


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Law Students Learn about the Public Sector First Hand

On March 13, 2018, GPSLD held a public sector career program at William and Mary College of Law in Williamsburg, Virginia. The panelists provided information about the public sector to students interested in serving their communities. The program was much appreciated by the students. "The panelists helped me to gain a clear understanding of the actual duties of a prosecutor and also gave us tips for job hunting," said a student attendee.

GPSLD is grateful to the following esteemed lawyers who participated on the panel:

  • Sharon Pandak, Greehan Taves & Pandak PLLC, Woodbridge, VA (Program Coordinator)
  • Donald Beatty, Deputy Commissioner (Policy and Compliance), State Corporation Commission, Richmond, VA
  • Ann Cabell Baskervill, Commonwealth Attorney, Dinwiddie County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Dinwiddie, VA
  • Amy Curtis, Department Counsel, Virginia Department of Forensic Science, Richmond, VA
  • Candice Deisher, Lead Attorney, Virginia Attorney General's Office, Richmond, VA
  • Karl Doss, Director, Access to Legal Services, Virginia State Bar, Richmond, VA

A hearty thanks to all for helping to ensure a successful program!

Write for Our Blog

Calling all writers! Been around the block a bit? Have some wisdom you'd like to convey to those coming up the ranks? Barring Disaster: A Law School Survival Guide is our newly launched blog geared toward law students. We are always looking for new content, especially advice to law students on career development. Blog posts can be short, between 100 and 500 words. If you have suggestions or ideas or just want to write something up, email Katherine Mikkelson at katherine.mikkelson@americanbar.org.

Get Involved - Join a Committee

GPSLD needs you! Please email your choices for committees, indicating your first and second choices.

  • Awards
  • Bylaws
  • CLE
  • Ethics
  • Hot Topics
  • International Pro Bono
  • Law Student Outreach
  • Membership
  • Newsletter
  • Pro Bono

Also indicate if you'd like to join the Military Lawyer's Conference (it's FREE) which provides benefits and services for military lawyers.

Email your preferences to Alison Hill at alison.hill@americanbar.org. Questions? Contact Alison at 202-662-1024.