Upcoming Advocacy Events

Did you miss our Local Advocate Lobby Day? Not to worry! The GRO will be hosting a number of upcoming events and training opportunities where you can hone your skills as an advocate:

Media Advocacy Training May 29

Registration is now open for the Government Relations Office’s next complimentary online advocacy training, “Best Practices in Media Advocacy: Using Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds to Make the Case for Law Libraries” on Wednesday, May 29 at 12:00pm EDT.      

In this 30 minute training, the GRO staff will guide you through the best practices for writing Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds that will help to move AALL’s policy agenda forward. Participants will learn to recognize the news media’s role in shaping debates on public policy, discover tactics for framing news stories, and build basics skills for writing and submitting influential opinion pieces. News media can act as a powerful tool of grassroots advocacy by bringing your message to a broad public audience. Your voice can help to change the way community members look at issues; create a reliable, consistent stream of publicity for your mission or goal; and motivate the public and policymakers to get involved!

Please register online by Tuesday, May 28—and spread the word.

Advocacy in Practice Legislative Advocacy Training July 13

Join the Government Relations Office and Government Relations Committee for the annual Legislative Advocacy Training on Saturday, July 13 from 8:30am to 12:00pm at the 2013 Annual Meeting and Conference in Seattle, WA. Focusing on the theme of “Advocacy in Practice,” participants will learn the best practices in advocacy, hear more about proposed federal and state legislation on topics such as copyright, privacy and UELMA, and help to develop specific goals and tactics for influencing successful outcomes. Available at no additional cost, this half-day training brings together advocates both new and experienced to network, learn new skills, and strategize.

This year you’ll need to sign up for the Saturday Legislative Advocacy Training by June 17 when you register for the conference. Email Elizabeth Holland at eholland@aall.org with any questions.

Chapter Government Relations Get-Together July 14

Chapter leaders and government relations chairs are invited to attend the Government Relations Get-Together on Sunday, July 14 at 5:00pm. This informal event will take place at the Fountain Wine Bar in the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, the AALL Headquarters for this year’s Annual Meeting and Conference.

Chapter advocates are invited to network with their fellow chapter contacts, strategize on upcoming advocacy campaigns, and celebrate the chapter successes of the past year, including the enactment of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) in five states to date! AALL Government Relations Office staff Emily Feltren and Elizabeth Holland will be on hand to answer questions, facilitate connections, and share more information on future opportunities for chapter involvement. You won’t want to miss it!

Please RSVP to Elizabeth Holland at eholland@aall.org by Monday, July 8.

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