American Bar Association
Diversity Board

Diversity Board

Message From The Chair

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

I am honored to serve as chair of the Diversity Board.

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. Our goal is to create a culture where all members of the Division feel valued, supported, comfortable and included in an environment that affords an opportunity to contribute and thrive by attorneys from underrepresented groups.

I look forward to a working with you and I am sure it will be a productive year.


Andrea Van Leesten
Diversity Board Chair

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

2015 Diversity Fellows:
Cedric Ashley (Princeton, NJ)
Esther Hyun (San Diego, CA)
Marianne Rebel Brown (Glassboro, NJ)
Jean-Marie Sylla, Jr. (Washington, DC

2014 Diversity Fellows:

  • Sonya Armfield (Washington, DC)
  • Sheryl Axelrod (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Lisa Dickinson (Spokane, WA)
  • Waverley Madden (Philadelphia, PA)

For more information about the fellowship program
visit our website

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    Programs, Meetings and Events

    Committee Events

    GPSolo Annual Meeting

    August 7, 2014 - August 10, 2014
    Sheraton Boston
    Boston, MA

    Diversity Board Meeting

    August 8, 2014
    9:00 -10:00 AM - Eastern
    Sheraton Boston
    Beacon F, 3rd Level
    Section Events

      Is Your Retirement Plan Right for Your Small Business? – Brown Bag Session


      Free for Solo, Small Firm and General Practice (GPSolo) Division 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 credit for this

    Sites of Interest

    Modified by Dee Lee on July 24, 2014

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