October 27, 2020 GPSolo Division News

Division Announcements

ABA Giving Day

The inaugural ABA Giving Day is set to occur on Thursday, October 29, and will focus on programs that are countering the impact of COVID-19 and championing racial justice across America. Held in conjunction with Pro Bono Week, ABA Giving Day is an opportunity for members to give their time and/or charitable dollars to causes addressing these challenging legal issues. It also informs our members about the important work the ABA does every day and offers an opportunity to support these powerful efforts.

Donors will be able to choose to donate to the following eight programs on Giving Day:

  • ABA Race Equity and Justice Fund
  • ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
  • ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
  • ABA Commission on Women in the Profession
  • ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty
  • ABA Commission on Domestic Violence
  • ABA Commission on Immigration
  • ABA Free Legal Answers

To make a contribution, visit givingday.americanbar.org on or before October 29 to make an online gift in support of one or more of the projects. To make a gift to more than one project, make a separate gift to each project you wish to support.

2020 Difference Makers Awards

The awards presentation will now be held in early December 2020. The nomination deadline has been extended to Friday, October 30, 2020.

The GPSolo Difference Makers Awards recognize extraordinary individuals who “make a difference” by breaking down barriers and through community service, pro bono work, and service to the profession. Visit the Difference Makers Awards webpage for answers to frequently asked questions and a list of past winners.

Nomination Application


Difference Maker: This award honors a deserving individual who is an attorney or non-attorney: (a) who has made a difference in the local community, and (b) who lives in the local geographic area where the Division is meeting and where the Difference Makers Awards program is being held.

Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers: This award honors an attorney living or deceased who broke barriers for gender, color, disabilities, or sexual orientation.

Making a Difference Through Community Service: This award honors an attorney living or deceased who made a significant lifetime contribution to the local community through community service (not necessarily through bar work or pro bono work per se).

Making a Difference Through Pro Bono Work: This award honors an attorney, law firm, corporate legal department, government attorney office, or institution in the legal profession that has made an outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged. (Recognizes an outstanding local attorney or group that does pro bono work.)

Making a Difference Through Service to the Profession: This award honors an attorney living or deceased who made a significant contribution to the legal profession through service to the profession (i.e., frequent activities in bar associations, committees, and services).

GPSolo Roundtables for Learning and Networking

GPSolo hosts regular roundtable meetings via Zoom where lawyers—and anyone else—can come together to share their experiences and meet new colleagues. Browse audio from our roundtable programs.

Roundtables are held every Thursday at 1:00 PM Central Time via Zoom. Everyone will need to register for the 2020-2021 roundtable programs. This one-time registration will provide you one personalized link to join each week, through July 29, 2021. Plus, it’s free!

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If you have registered for a roundtable since October 1, 2020, you can go straight to our calls every Thursday at 1:00 PM Central Time via Zoom.

For weekly topic information, follow us on social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Please submit any questions to gpsolo@americanbar.org.

COVID-19 Resources

We recognize that this is a time of uncertainty, but it is in these times that the strength of our community becomes most apparent. We fully expect new innovations to emerge as we find better ways to serve your needs. GPSolo has created a web page to keep our members informed on how the COVID-19 virus is impacting our industry. Stay healthy, safe, and vigilant.

Promote Yourself as a Proud Member of the ABA

Put your ABA membership to work by displaying the new ABA Member Logo to signify your commitment to excellence in the practice of law.

As an ABA member in good standing, you are encouraged to use this distinguished mark in professional activities to set yourself apart from non-member practitioners in the marketplace.

The ABA Member Logo may appear on:

  • Business cards
  • Brochures
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Letterhead
  • Envelopes
  • External and internal communications
  • Web pages
  • Social media
  • Print advertising
  • E-mail signatures

Start using the new ABA Member Logo today: ambar.org/memberlogo

Start using the New ABA Member Logo.

GPSolo Discounts and Offers

ABA Retirement Funds

During this time of uncertainty in the financial markets, you may have questions and concerns regarding your retirement plan. In an effort to support the legal community during this crisis, the ABA Retirement Funds Program is offering three months of free investment advice to all participants who sign up between April 1 and June 26. This offer is being extended to all new plans that join the Program as well. If you are a current Program participant and would like more information on this offer, please call 800/348-2272 and ask to speak with a VRA Investment Advisor Representative. If you would like more information on joining the ABA Retirement Funds Program, please call 800/826-8901.

Together We Served

Together We Served is a free online community for veterans in all service branches to document their military career from boot camp to separation. Also, veterans can connect with their comrades.

GPSolo Podcast

GPSolo’s  Brown Bag and Hot Off the Press podcasts are available for GPSolo members at no additional cost!

Brown Bag Series: Features presentations on timely legal topics; new episodes are released on the second Wednesday of every month.

Hot Off the Press Series: Features a GPSolo book presented by the author; new episodes are released on the third Wednesday of every other month.

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