Initiatives

Diversity Programs

GPSolo is committed to the concept of diversity and inclusion as a strength for the Division and ABA. Diversity in our membership brings a variety of unique and valuable skills and perspectives to the Division.

Activate Diversity Series

Activate Diversity: Making “Good Trouble” with Your Ballot 

Held October 29, 2020.
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A dynamic panel discussion on the history of voting rights in the United States, with focus on the 14th, 15th and 19th Amendments.

Activate Diversity: From the Rooney Rule to the C-Suite in Sports 

Held December 9, 2020.
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This program discussed the impact of the “Rooney Rule” on the NFL and explored systematic discrimination and the lack of diversity across professional sports including the NBA, MLB, and collegiate sports and on promoting diversity in coaching, management, legal and the executive levels of sports.

Activate Diversity: Pathways to Equal Justice

Held January 21, 2021.
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This panel examined pathways to justice from a variety of perspectives in an effort to create equitable solutions to reform criminal justice and to eliminate the disparate impact on communities of color.

Activate Diversity: Lead by Example

February 25, 2021
4:30 PM Central
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Sparked by the 2020 social injustices, this culminating Diversity event will examine the past, review the present, and plan for the future. 

"I will lead and activate diversity by..."

The final event in the 2020-2021 GPSolo Diversity Board's Activate Diversity series will include a video of individuals completing the statement "I will lead and activate diversity by...", below is a brief sample.

GPSolo Diversity Fellowship Program

The ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division (GPSolo) Diversity Fellowship Program aims to promote diversity within the Division and the ABA, while providing leadership opportunities within the Division for historically underrepresented groups, including racial and ethnic minorities, women, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.

Any lawyer or judge, who is a member of the Division, with a diverse background and experiences as defined by ABA Goal III may apply. The Division’s Diversity Board will select four applicants to serve as Fellows for the following bar year. The selection will be based on the individual’s achievement and commitment to the organized bar and to GPSolo’s mission and goals.

Fellows will be required to attend the Division's Fall meeting (October 17 - 19, 2019 at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, CA) and Spring meeting (April 30 - May 2, 2020 at the La Concha Renaissance Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico) with reimbursement of up to $500 for airfare and a $100 per diem for two days for each meeting. Fellows may also show their commitment to the Division by attending the ABA Annual Meeting; however, reimbursement for this meeting is not available.

For further information, please contact the Division at gpsolo@americanbar.org.

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