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. Recording available.

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 

December 9, 2020
4:30 PM Central

This program will discuss the impact of the “Rooney Rule” on the NFL and explore 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

January 21, 2021 
4:30 PM Central

This panel will examine pathways to justice from the perspective of three people and their work to create equitable solutions to reform criminal justice.

Activate Diversity: Lead by Example

February 25, 2021
4:30 PM Central

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..."

As part of the 2020-2021 GPSolo Diversity Board's Activate Diversity series, we invite you to submit a brief, 30 second video completing the statement "I will lead and activate diversity by..." Please begin the video by stating your name, location, law firm, and area of practice (if applicable).

Videos must be received by January 29, 2021 and will be shown during the final event, Activate Diversity: Lead by Example on February 25, 2021.

Instructions on how to submit your video will be sent after completing this release form.

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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