Message from Trish Refo and Estelle Rogers
Please see the message below from ABA President Trish Refo and ABA Standing Committee on Election Law Chair Estelle Rogers
Dear ABA members:
We are writing to let you know about an exciting new project called Poll Worker, Esq., and to ask for your help. The American Bar Association is partnering with the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors to encourage lawyers, law students, and other legal professionals to serve as nonpartisan poll workers for the upcoming 2020 election. Depending on the jurisdiction, tasks may range from staffing polling places to processing returned ballot envelopes and more. This is strictly a nonpartisan effort designed to help people vote and to help local officials ensure a safe and accurate election.
We are reaching out to you to urge your members, colleagues, and networks to volunteer for this effort. Serving as a poll worker is integral to ensuring a free and fair election this November, and lawyers are especially suited to help. With the added obstacle of a pandemic this year, finding people who are at lower health risk to assist as poll workers is even more important. States across the country are predicting a shortage of workers to serve for the November 3 general election. Even states that vote primarily by mail recognize the particular challenge this year. This is an opportunity for lawyers, and soon-to-be lawyers, to step up and serve.
We need your help. We hope you will utilize all means of communication at your disposal to reach out to your communities and urge lawyers and law students to give their time and talent to Poll Worker, Esq.
Interested poll workers can sign up on www.canivote.org and click on the “Become a Poll Worker” tab to find out how to serve in their jurisdictions. Poll worker training for lawyers may be eligible for continuing legal education credit.
Details are available at ambar.org/vote, including a video that encourages lawyers and law students to become poll workers and explains how to sign up as a poll worker.
We recently launched a social media campaign that will run through September on the ABA’s Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts. The hashtag for the effort is #PollWorkerEsq. Please share the ABA posts linked to below on your entity’s social media platforms or create your own posts.
The ABA’s Standing Committee on Election Law is dedicated to developing and examining ways to improve the federal electoral process to permit the broadest, least restrictive access by all eligible Americans to the ballot box and to ensure all those votes are counted. Please let us know how the Committee can help you participate in this important initiative.
Trish Refo, President, American Bar Association
Estelle Rogers, Chair, ABA Standing Committee on Election Law
Call for Nominations
The GPSolo Nominating Committee will meet this fall to nominate individuals for the positions of Secretary, Budget Officer, and Members-at-Large of the Council.
In accordance with the Division bylaws, the committee will nominate: a Secretary to serve a one-year term (§5.8.1); a Budget Officer to serve a three-year term (§5.8.3); and five Council Members-at-Large to serve four-year terms (§4.4.1). Applicants that advance ABA Goal III are encouraged to apply. The duties, terms of office, and eligibility requirements for each of the positions to be filled are outlined in the Division bylaws.
To be considered, please complete the online nominating questionnaire no later than Friday, October 2, 2020, 5:00 PM Central.
If you have any questions, please contact Steve Wildi at email@example.com.
GPSolo Roundtables for Learning and Networking
GPSolo hosts regular roundtable meetings via Zoom where lawyers—and anyone else—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. You only need to sign up once to access all upcoming chats through August 27, 2020. The sign-in information will not change. And it’s free!
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.