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Diversity Board

Diversity Board

Message From The Chair

Welcome to the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division's Diversity Board webpage.

The ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division believes that inclusion, participation, and involvement of attorneys from underrepresented groups in the Division’s programs and activities is essential to the operation of the Division. Thus the Diversity Board strives to foster a culture where all members of the Division are respected, valued, supported, and included in opportunities to contribute to programmatic activities, governance matters, and all other areas of Division membership.

We encourage all members to reach out to attorneys of diverse groups to become members of the Division, and to connect those attorneys to the countless opportunities within the Division. Likewise, it is incumbent upon attorneys who represent members of underrepresented groups to answer the call to service and to avail themselves of opportunities within the Division.

We look forward to serving you, and together we can make this a dynamic and productive 2015-2016 bar year. If there is anything we can do assist you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Cedric Ashley

Esther Hyun

Andrea Van Leesten
Diversity Director

About Us

The Diversity Board shall oversee all programs and activities that impact diversity efforts. The Board shall participate and coordinate with ABA committees and entities that promote diversity, as well as be responsible for the Diversity Fellowship Program.

Diversity Fellowship Program

Call for Diversity Fellowship Applications - 2015/2016

We are pleased to announce the sponsorship of four Diversity Fellowships in the Division during the 2015-2016 bar year. The program is designed to promote diversity within the Division and the ABA, while providing leadership development opportunities within the Division for women, attorneys of color, and those with disabilities and persons of differing sexual orientations and gender identities.

Applications and nominations must be received by March 31, 2015.

Successful applicants will be notified in early May 2015. 2015 Diversity Fellows: Cedric Ashley (Princeton, NJ) Esther Hyun (San Diego, CA) Marianne Rebel Brown (Glassboro, NJ) Jean-Marie Sylla, Jr. (Washington, DC

For more information about the fellowship program visit our website

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    Programs, Meetings and Events

    Section Events

      Anatomy of a Client Relationship: How to Attract and Keep Quality Clients – Brown Bag Session


      Free for Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division (GPSolo) and Co-Sponsor members as a member benefit. Brown Bag Sessions are short, informal educational events on timely topics. Recordings of past Brown Bag Sessions are posted and archived after each session. The ABA is not seeking CLE ...

      Fierce & Gritty: Resilience Training for Lawyers


      The event will be held on 12/19/2016. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are American Bar Association,Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs,Center for Professional Development,Center For Professional Responsibility,Criminal Justice Section,Commission On Disability Rights,Law Practice Division,ABA Legal Career Central,Section of Family Law,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Health Law Section,Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants,Young Lawyers Division,Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Committee. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

      Dividing Trust Assets in a Divorce


      The event will be held on 12/20/2016. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Commission on Law and Aging,Center for Professional Development,Section of Family Law,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Young Lawyers Division. The event has 1.00 CLE Credits .

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