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What are the additional rights and remedies available to public employees facing disciplinary action? Join us on April 7...
03/25/2022

What are the additional rights and remedies available to public employees facing disciplinary action? Join us on April 7, 2022 for "Due Process Rights of Public Employees Facing Discipline," our latest CLE webinar. https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/418268499/

Nominations are being accepted for the Dorsey, Hodson and Nelson Awards honoring outstanding government and public secto...
03/23/2022

Nominations are being accepted for the Dorsey, Hodson and Nelson Awards honoring outstanding government and public sector lawyers. Nominations are due April 8, 2022. The Dorsey Award honors an outstanding public defender or legal aid lawyer. The Hodson Award recognizes sustained, outstanding performance or extraordinary service by a government or public sector law office. The Nelson Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the American Bar Association by an individual government or public sector lawyer. For more information, visit https://www.americanbar.org/groups/government_public/awards/

03/21/2022

Free Non-CLE program 3/23: Conscious consumerism, the act of making purchases to effect positive change in the world, is common in today’s society. What happens when a company makes promises about its products or itself in order to attract conscious consumers but fails to live up to those promises? Does the law allow for this kind of exploitation of consumers’ expectations and values? Can deceived consumers obtain adequate relief on their own or should the government step in to help protect consumers from companies that make and then break their ethical promises? If the government did step in, what could that look like? Join us for a free non-CLE program where experts will discuss the theoretical and practical dimensions of addressing this trending issue in consumer protection law.
Register Today: https://americanbar.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DcPPEhH5RHOwXe2hxXlX6g

Public employees facing disciplinary action have rights and remedies generally not available to private sector employees...
03/16/2022

Public employees facing disciplinary action have rights and remedies generally not available to private sector employees. What are these additional rights and remedies and what is their impact? Join us on April 7, 2022 for this fascinating CLE webinar.
Register today: https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/418268499/

Do you know an exceptional public lawyer or law office? Nominate them for one of GPSLD's annual awards! Nominations are ...
03/14/2022

Do you know an exceptional public lawyer or law office? Nominate them for one of GPSLD's annual awards!
Nominations are due April 8, 2022. The Dorsey Award honors an outstanding public defender or legal aid lawyer. The Hodson Award recognizes sustained, outstanding performance or extraordinary service by a government or public sector law office. The Nelson Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the American Bar Association by an individual government or public sector lawyer. For more information, visit https://www.americanbar.org/groups/government_public/awards/

What happens when a company makes promises about its products or itself to attract consumers but fails to live up to tho...
03/09/2022

What happens when a company makes promises about its products or itself to attract consumers but fails to live up to those promises? Can deceived consumers obtain adequate relief on their own or should the government step in to help protect consumers? If the government did step in, what would that look like? Join us for a FREE non-CLE program on March 23 at 1pm EST to learn about the theoretical and practical dimensions of this trending issue in consumer protection law. Register Today: https://americanbar.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DcPPEhH5RHOwXe2hxXlX6g

What requirements must employers adhere to regarding COVID-19 vaccination? Join us Thursday,  February 24 for our CLE we...
01/31/2022

What requirements must employers adhere to regarding COVID-19 vaccination? Join us Thursday, February 24 for our CLE webinar, "Federal Vaccine Mandates: What Both Private and Public Sector Employers Need to Know [CC]" and learn more! https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/418928020/

Many employers, both private and public, are either subject to COVID-19 vaccination requirements or choosing to implemen...
01/26/2022

Many employers, both private and public, are either subject to COVID-19 vaccination requirements or choosing to implement them - but they must allow exceptions under Title VII and the ADA. Learn more from the EEOC's Legal Counsel: register for our February 24, 2022 CLE webinar today! https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/418928020/

Don't miss out on our upcoming webinar! Due to self-incrimination issues that arise in the context of internal investiga...
11/05/2021
Understanding Garrity and Kalkines Warnings in Government Investigations [CC]

Don't miss out on our upcoming webinar! Due to self-incrimination issues that arise in the context of internal investigations, the federal government is generally required to provide Garrity or Kalkines warnings prior to questioning an employee. Learn about the purpose of these warnings, the underlying caselaw, and the employee’s options in the face of investigatory questions on Dec 9, 2021 at 1pm Eastern. Register today: https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/415466159/

Due to self-incrimination issues that may arise in the context of internal investigations, the federal government is generally required to provide Garrity or Kalkines warnings prior to questioning an…

The government relies on technology and social media for sharing of info and interaction with decision makers. But this ...
10/01/2021

The government relies on technology and social media for sharing of info and interaction with decision makers. But this has created challenges for government agencies. On Oct 5 at 1pm ET, learn about government info laws, authorized-use policies, and 1st Amend implications. Register today for our CLE webinar, "Public Employees: Technology, Social Media, and the First Amendment [CC]": https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/414977910/

Due to self-incrimination issues that arise in the context of internal investigations, the federal government is general...
09/29/2021

Due to self-incrimination issues that arise in the context of internal investigations, the federal government is generally required to provide Garrity or Kalkines warnings prior to questioning an employee. Learn about these warnings on Dec 9 2021. Register today: https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/415466159/

The government relies on tech and social media for sharing of info and interaction with decision makers. But this has cr...
09/08/2021
Public Employees: Technology, Social Media, and the First Amendment [CC]

The government relies on tech and social media for sharing of info and interaction with decision makers. But this has created challenges for government agencies. Learn about security of government information laws, authorized-use policies, and 1st Amendment implications. https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/414977910/

The government increasingly relies on technology and social media to facilitate both the rapid sharing of information and the public's interaction with agency staff and decision makers.

09/08/2021
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Join us for a student debt week of action on September 20-24, 2021. The ABA is working with several organizations during the week of September 20th to bring attention to the need for additional student loan debt relief, including through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Join us to learn more about the student debt crisis and get resources to help you reach out to your elected officials to ask them to address this critical issue.
To learn more, visit https://www.americanbar.org/advocacy/governmental_legislative_work/grassroots-action-center/ABA_Day_Digital/student-debt/

Join the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice this Thursday, 9/9, for a FREE non-CLE webinar, "Afghanistan: A ...
09/07/2021

Join the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice this Thursday, 9/9, for a FREE non-CLE webinar, "Afghanistan: A Rapid Response to the Recent U.S. Withdrawal and How You Can Help."

Visit https://americanbar.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nvDkIBmVSTSfdof_MbAakg for webinar details – including the the time, description and featured speakers

Join the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice this Thursday, 9/9, for a FREE non-CLE webinar, "Afghanistan: A ...
09/07/2021

Join the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice this Thursday, 9/9, for a FREE non-CLE webinar, "Afghanistan: A Rapid Response to the Recent U.S. Withdrawal and How You Can Help."
Visit https://americanbar.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nvDkIBmVSTSfdof_MbAakg for webinar details – including the the time, description and featured speakers

Public Employees: Technology, Social Media, and the First AmendmentTuesday, October 5, 20211:00-2:00pm EasternThe govern...
08/24/2021
Public Employees: Technology, Social Media, and the First Amendment [CC]

Public Employees: Technology, Social Media, and the First Amendment
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
1:00-2:00pm Eastern

The government relies on technology and social media to facilitate both the rapid sharing of information and the public’s interaction with decision makers. But this has created challenges for government agencies. This webinar will explore security of government information laws, authorized-use policies, and First Amendment implications.

Register today! https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/414977910/

The government increasingly relies on technology and social media to facilitate both the rapid sharing of information and the public's interaction with agency staff and decision makers.

05/10/2021
Summer Camp Legal Skills Conference

Register today for our Summer Camp Legal Skills Conference, featuring experienced practitioners who will provide strategies and information to build your legal skills including deposition, ethics, writing, negotiation, and tips for remote hearings. Produced in partnership with the ABA Young Lawyers Division, this virtual conference, running June 9 - 11, is a great way to gain valuable, practical knowledge without a major time commitment.
https://web.cvent.com/event/bc8dd707-9878-487e-b882-ea0f06e415c3/summary

Summer Camp Legal Skills Conference. Online registration by Cvent

Don't miss out on our May 4 webinar, "Villainy Gone Viral." Expert panelists discuss the many faces of fraud in the pand...
04/23/2021
Villainy Gone Viral: The Many Faces of Fraud in a Pandemic [CC]

Don't miss out on our May 4 webinar, "Villainy Gone Viral." Expert panelists discuss the many faces of fraud in the pandemic, ways to detect it, what has been or can be done to deter or prevent it, and lessons learned for our next public health crisis. http://ow.ly/9nD050EwcCi

Fraud has been one of the most difficult challenges facing governments during the pandemic. Bad actors have sought to unlawfully benefit themselves using procurement fraud, price gauging and other sc…

On this day in 1784, the Continental Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris, establishing the US as an independent nation...
01/14/2021

On this day in 1784, the Continental Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris, establishing the US as an independent nation.

Did you know that as a public employee you could be disciplined for something you say verbally, or something you post to...
12/16/2020
Public Sector Employees and First Amendment Issues

Did you know that as a public employee you could be disciplined for something you say verbally, or something you post to social media? Yes, free speech is a little bit different when it comes to public sector employment. This program will examine relevant caselaw and some pertinent recent examples. Join us January 12 at 12 noon central for “Public Sector Employees and First Amendment Issues.” This 45 minute non-CLE program is FREE!
https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/408076476/

Public sector employees are in a unique position when it comes to the First Amendment. They can be disciplined if their speech disrupts the efficient operation of their office.

Don't miss out on this FREE program on Tuesday,  December 15, "Preparing for 2021 and Beyond: The Outlook for Public Int...
12/11/2020
Preparing for 2021 and Beyond: The Outlook for Public Interest Lawyers and Advocacy

Don't miss out on this FREE program on Tuesday, December 15, "Preparing for 2021 and Beyond: The Outlook for Public Interest Lawyers and Advocacy"
To learn more & register, visit https://www.americanbar.org/groups/crsj/events_cle/program-archive/preparing-for-2021-and-beyond/

This webinar discusses what 2021 holds for public interest lawyers and the clients you serve, how your work and the issues you care about are being supported by ABA advocacy efforts, and what you can do to get connected and make an impact through involvement with the ABA.

Here's a quick tip for remote team-building: consider scheduling a weekly (virtual) coffee break when employees can chat...
11/23/2020

Here's a quick tip for remote team-building: consider scheduling a weekly (virtual) coffee break when employees can chat about non-work topics!

On this day in 1800, Congress met for the first time in its new capital of Washington.
11/17/2020

On this day in 1800, Congress met for the first time in its new capital of Washington.

Join the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and the ABA Diversity and Inclusion Center for two FREE events t...
11/16/2020
CRSJ Events & CLE

Join the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and the ABA Diversity and Inclusion Center for two FREE events this week in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. For details and to register for the Wednesday, 11/18 event, visit https://www.americanbar.org/groups/crsj/events_cle/program-archive/nahm-signature-event/; and for the Friday, 11/20 event, visit https://www.americanbar.org/groups/crsj/events_cle/program-archive/sliver-of-a-full-moon/

The Section of Civil Rights and Social Responsibility regularly sponsors a variety of events, including quarterly Council Meetings, in-person panels, on-demand webinars, and more!

https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/405560379/Qualified immunity shields police and other government official...
11/09/2020

https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/405560379/
Qualified immunity shields police and other government officials from personal liability for constitutional violations, as long as officials have not violated “clearly established” statutory or constitutional rights. Many are now seeking reforms for this judge-made doctrine. Panelists will discuss the theory behind qualified immunity, the elements of the doctrine, how and when it is asserted as a defense, and some of the proposed reforms. CLE Webinar- Nov. 19 at 1pm Eastern.

Happy Election Day.  Vote and make your voice heard!
11/03/2020

Happy Election Day. Vote and make your voice heard!

Register today for our 11/19 CLE webinar, "The Ins and Outs of Qualified Immunity: Ready for Reform?" https://www.americ...
10/28/2020

Register today for our 11/19 CLE webinar, "The Ins and Outs of Qualified Immunity: Ready for Reform?" https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/405560379/
Qualified immunity is a complicated doctrine. It shields police and other government officials from personal liability for constitutional violations, as long as officials have not violated “clearly established” statutory or constitutional rights. Many are now seeking reforms for this long-established judge-made doctrine. Panelists will discuss the history and theory behind qualified immunity, the elements of the doctrine, how and when it is asserted as a defense, and some of the proposed reforms.

“Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crack’d, and never well mended.” – Ben Franklin
10/22/2020

“Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crack’d, and never well mended.” – Ben Franklin

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You're not going to want to miss our 2020 Election debrief TOMORROW at 3:00 p.m. ET, featuring experts from the Southern Poverty Law Center, Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP, Native American Rights Fund, Regent University School of Law, GPSLD and the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law!

Register HERE: http://bit.ly/3ocLmp0
Join us on 1/21 at 3:00 p.m. ET for a webinar, "2020 Election Debrief: Practiced, But Not Perfect."

In this webinar, Nancy Abudu – Deputy Legal Director, Voting Rights, Southern Poverty Law Center; Member, ABA Standing Committee on Election Law, Charles H. Bell, Jr. – Senior Partner, Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP; Member, ABA Standing Committee on Election Law, Jacqueline De León – Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund; Member, ABA Standing Committee on Election Law, The Honorable Mark D. Martin (ret.) – Dean and Professor of Law, Regent University School of Law, The Honorable John R. Tunheim – Chief Judge, United States District Court, District of Minnesota; Member, ABA GPSLD, and Elizabeth Yang – Chair, Elections and Voting Rights Committee, ABA Section of State and Local Government Law, will evaluate how well our national election process performed during the 2020 Election and how could it be perfected.

Register HERE: http://bit.ly/3ocLmp0
First amendment issues are complex when you work in a government position. How do you correctly differentiate speaking as a private citizen or as a government employee? Join us on January 12th to learn more from expert panelists analyzing real-world examples. GPSLD Register here:
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