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Young Lawyers Committee

Young Lawyers Committee

Message From the Co-Chairs

Welcome to the GPSolo Division's Young Lawyers Committee!

We had a terrific time in San Antonio during the 9th Annual GPSolo National Solo & Small Firm Conference October 23-24, 2014 at the Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel. Educational Programs, Receptions and Committee Meetings were held during the two-day program.

Thinking about joining the Young Lawyers Committee? YL provides a perfect opportunity to participate in events, access information of interest to young lawyers, and meet other members of the Division. We look forward to working with you all over the next few months.


Amanda McNeil and Sopi Mitil
Co-Chairs, Young Lawyers Committee

About Us

The Young Lawyers Committee is responsible for encouraging the participation of the Division’s young lawyer members and helping young lawyers advance their careers and expand their knowledge.


We are pleased to announce the sponsorship of two Young Lawyer Fellowships in the Division during the 2015-2016 bar year. GPSolo is committed to increasing the participation of young lawyers in Division activities. This program will provide young lawyers the opportunity to become actively and integrally involved in the Division’s meetings and committees.

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


Successful applicants will be notified in early May 2015

2015 Young Lawyer Fellows: Amanda McNeil (Killeen, TX) Sahmra Stevenson-Smith (Greenbelt, MD)

For more information about the Young Lawyers Fellowship Program or to complete an Application, be sure to visit our website.

Service Opportunities

KIND - Kids In Need of Defense

The ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division has partnered with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) to enable volunteer attorneys to assist unaccompanied children - ranging from as young as three years old to eighteen years old - who otherwise may be forced to represent themselves in immigration court proceedings. If you are willing to provide pro bono services for a vulnerable child to ensure that the child does not face removal proceedings alone or thinking about expanding your practice into the area of immigration the sessions below are for you!

To volunteer for a case with KIND please visit

“If you do not live or work near one of the cities with a KIND project, we still need your help and the training you received through the materials on this page and/or the live KIND training can be applied to programs in your state. Please go to the website, and click on “probono resources” followed by “volunteer guide” for a map listing immigration pro bono projects in your state.”

For more information about KIND please visit

"101 Series" for Young Lawyers

The ABA Young Lawyers Division’s member-service project, the “the 101 Series”, provides short articles and checklists on how-to topics for young lawyers. The GPSolo Young Lawyers Committee has highlighted some of the most helpful articles for young lawyers who are general practitioners or practice alone or in a small firm. Public Service Tolerance Through Education Initiative Welcome to School: Helping Kids Belong The headlines continue concerning hate motivated attacks against individuals in our communities. As our schoolyards and workplaces continue to become a mosaic of cultures, the need for teaching tolerance remains a timely and important undertaking. You can be an instrumental part of teaching tolerance through education by participating in the Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division's national public service project.

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Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

Teleconference on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at noon (PDT)

January 14, 2015
The Individual Rights & Responsibilities Committee will be hosting a teleconference on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at noon (PDT) concerning current issues in immigration law. With the recent passage of the DREAM Act and the ongoing surge of unaccompanied minor deportation proceedings, this teleconference will offer timely advice and insights to young attorneys. An exceptional panel of immigration attorneys will offer a primer on the DREAM Act, share lessons learned in unaccompanied minor proceedings, and offer advice about best practices and successful strategies.   
Sponsor: YLD Individual Rights & Responsibilities Committee
Co-sponsors: Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; Litigation Committee; Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; Young Lawyers Committee, and Section of Litigation Access to Justice Committee.

2015 ABA Midyear Meeting - Houston, Texas

February 5, 2015 - February 8, 2015
Don't Miss Out! Many events for Young Lawyers

2015 Joint Spring Meeting - Honolulu, Hawaii

April 16, 2015 - April 18, 2015
Join us in paradise with the NAPABA Western Regional Conference! CLE sessions, networking events and a fantastic location are beckoning you to Waikiki Beach. You will have time to enjoy the island too! Register today and save $200!
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The GPSolo – YLD Connection

Many YLD leaders, both current and former, have found a home in GPSolo. In their words, here’s why…

Modified by Stephen Falvo on December 8, 2014

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