Committee Highlight/Member Spotlight

Vol. 1, No. 9


Committee Highlight


The Awards Committee

The Awards Committee, currently chaired by Artika R. Tyner, is responsible for upholding the highest ideals of the ABA and the legal profession by recruiting, selecting, and recognizing outstanding leaders of the legal profession as outlined by the Division’s Awards Program. The Committee is also responsible for planning and implementing the Division’s Awards Program. The committee also reviews awards given by other ABA entities and nominates qualified candidates that are members of the GPSolo Division and completes their nomination applications. A summary of the committee’s services and accomplishments can be found here.

The Awards committee will soon be selecting candidates for the Division’s Solo and Small Firm Awards and will choose recipients for the Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award, Solo and Small Firm Project Award, and Solo and Small Firm Trainer Awards, to be awarded at the Spring Meeting Awards Luncheon in Charleston, SC, on May 18, 2012.


Member Spotlight


Artika R. Tyner


Artika R. Tyner Photo


Artika Tyner is an attorney, educator, writer, and community advocate. Dr. Tyner is a member of the Clinical Law Faculty in the University of St. Thomas Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services, Community Justice Project (CJP) Legal Clinic. Tyner supervises and teaches law students to be engineers of social change by utilizing creative problem-solving approaches, building bridges between communities and policy makers, and creating access to justice. Additionally, Dr. Tyner is the Director of Diversity and Chair of the Multicultural Affairs Committee. Within this capacity, she promotes diversity, increases multicultural awareness, and enhances the inclusiveness of the law school community.

Tyner received her B.A. from Hamline University (Major: English; Certificate: Conflict Studies). Due to her passion for advocating for social and educational policy reform, she decided to pursue graduate studies at the University of St. Thomas. Tyner obtained her Juris Doctor, Masters of Public Policy and Leadership, and Doctorate in Leadership. Dr. Tyner's dissertation is entitled Planting People, Growing Justice: The Role of the New Social Justice Lawyer. (It is a case study of lawyers as leaders.) The findings of this study will inform the development and adoption of leadership curricula in law schools and the creation of a learning community for new social justice lawyers. Further, Tyner's scholarly interests include developing educational pedagogy for teaching social justice lawyering, aiding law students in cultivating their leadership capabilities, exploring contemporary civil rights issues, and implementing alternative dispute resolution techniques (restorative justice, mediation).

Dr. Tyner demonstrates her commitment to the furtherance of public service and social justice by volunteering with community mediation organizations, mentoring youth, and advocating for public policy reform. Tyner was awarded the University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Living the Mission award, Dean’s Award for Teaching, Hamline University’s First Decade Alumni Award; was admitted to the Highland Park Senior High School Hall of Fame; and was recognized as one of Minnesota’s 2009 Up and Coming Attorneys.

March 29, 2012: Artika writes: “Good news to share: I successfully defended my dissertation. It's official: I am now Dr. Tyner.”


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