Division Announcements

Vol. 1, No. 4


Brown Bag Session

Promoting Diversity in the Legal Profession


November 16, 2011, 12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m. Central Time

Cosponsored by the ABA Center for Racial & Ethnic Diversity and the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession



Laura V. Farber, Hahn & Hahn LLP, Pasadena, CA



  • Jason L. Brown, Executive Director and General Counsel, The National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firm (NAMWOLF), Milwaukee, WI
  • Robin A. Wofford, Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, San Diego, CA



Promoting Diversity in the Legal Profession With the Inclusion Initiative: Corporate Collaboration to Assist Minority & Women Owned Law Firms


In 2010, 11 major corporations, along with the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), created the Inclusion Initiative. The Initiative is an organized effort to maximize the relationships between corporate legal departments and minority and women owned law firms (MWBE) throughout the United States and was created to have a demonstrable impact on diversity in the legal profession. Through this initiative, these pioneering companies committed to collectively spend $30 million with MWBE law firms in the first year and challenged other companies to follow their lead. The goal was surpassed, with member companies having spent $42.6 million with MWBE last year. This year, the initiative has grown to 17 companies with a $70 million goal.


Join us to learn more about the Inclusion Initiative, how it operates, how companies can join, how women and minority owned law firms can benefit from this program, and answers to other frequently asked questions. For any further information contact Dee Lee at the GPSolo Division Office at 312-988-5659.


Click here to register for the Promoting Diversity in the Legal Profession Session.


GPSolo’s Committee Audio Programs (Brown Bag Sessions) are short, informal educational events on timely GPSolo topics organized by committees and held entirely by teleconference at no cost. They normally last one hour and are held during lunch hours. Due to the informal nature of the programs, and the fact that accompanying written materials may not always be prepared and distributed, the Division does not offer continuing legal education credits for these programs.


Recordings of this program and others will be posted on the Division’s website after each session.


Please visit www.americanbar.org/groups/gpsolo/events_cle/brown_bag_sessions.html to listen to or download the audio.


SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NEXT BROWN BAG SESSION on December 14, 2011, from 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Central Time


You Can Make A Difference! Support the ABA Fund for Justice and Education (FJE)

For nearly 50 years, the ABA Fund for Justice and Education (FJE) has strengthened the ABA’s ability to improve our justice system and serve those in need. Through your support, the ABA is helping to protect the elderly, represent the impoverished, advocate on behalf of youth in crisis, and defend human rights—here and abroad. Today, it is more important than ever that the ABA remain dedicated to serving justice and helping people. Your gift, in any amount, will help promote new programs and expand services already in place. Your contribution will have a direct impact in our communities! Support the ABA’s public service efforts and help maintain these valuable programs at a time when legal expertise is needed more urgently than ever. Learn more about the FJE Annual Fund and how to support GPSolo’s pro bono and public service projects here. Please be sure to designate your gift to the GPSolo Program Support Fund.



The public service projects of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division receive support through the ABA Fund for Justice and Education (FJE). The FJE was created to accept gifts and grants to support the ABA’s public service work. The FJE qualifies as an exempt fund under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and all contributions to the FJE are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.


Division Awards



Difference Maker Award recipients (from left): Awards committee chair Artika Tyner, accepting on behalf of Justice Alan Page; James Bell; Alice Richmond; and James Hadden. Pictured at right is GPSolo Division Chair Laura V. Farber.


Congratulations to the 2011 Difference Makers Awards Winners

Congratulations to our 2011 Difference Makers Award winners who were honored at the Division’s 2011 Fall Meeting Difference Makers Awards Luncheon. The Difference Makers Awards celebrates extraordinary lawyers who “make a difference” by breaking down barriers for women, people of color, and people with disabilities, regardless of sexual orientation. For more information click here.


· Making a Difference Through Service to the Profession was presented to Alice E. Richmond of Boston, MA. 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).

· Making a Difference through Community Service was presented to James Bell of San Francisco, CA. This award honors an attorney living or deceased who made a significant lifetime contribution to the local community through community service. Recognizes a lawyer who does a lot of community work, which does not necessarily mean specifically bar work or pro bono work per se.

· Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers was presented to Alan C. Page of Minneapolis, MN. This award honors an attorney living or deceased who broke barriers for gender, color, disabilities, or sexual orientation.

· Making a Difference through Pro Bono Work was presented to James P. Hadden of Philadelphia, PA. 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.


Congratulations to GPSolo’s 2011 Fall Meeting Star of the Quarters!

Each quarter, the Division’s group chairs of the four divisions acknowledge outstanding leadership in committee members as a “Star of the Quarter” for a recent project achievement toward the work of the Division. The “Star of the Quarter” recognition is presented to the recipient at each Division Meeting.


Division 1: Administration

Patricia A. Sexton (Kansas City, MO), Membership Director


Division 2: Member Benefits

Lynn A. Howell (Houston, TX), Programs Board Chair


Division 3: Practice Specialty

David Tedder (Beaufort, SC) and Julius “Jay” Zschau (Clearwater, FL), Title, Conveyancing and Bar Related Title Insurance Funds—Research Task Force Chair and Vice Chair


Division 4: Practice Setting

Matthew B. Butler (San Diego, CA) and Alyssa K. Ehrlich (San Diego, CA), Young Lawyers Committee Chair and Vice Chair


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