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NAPABA's Annual Lobby Day
May 20-21, 2013

Lobby Day Training and Congressional Reception: Monday, May 20, 2013 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lobby Day Breakfast, Member Meetings, and Debriefing: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Your participation is vital to educate our Members of Congress
on issues important to the Asian Pacific American community!

No Cost to Attend
Registration Closed

What is Lobby Day?

NAPABA's Annual Lobby Day gives you the opportunity to educate members of Congress and congressional staffers on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. It is your chance to share with legislators how issues impact the APA community, and to advocate for justice, equity, and opportunity for APAs in our nation. Participants will meet with legislators and voice their perspectives on a range of topics, including comprehensive immigration reform, diversity in the judiciary, language access issues, and civil rights.

As an attendee, you will be given all the information and materials you need to meet with legislators on Capitol Hill. Registration for Lobby Day will include the opportunity to participate in a webinar training prior to Lobby Day as well as onsite training the day of so that all participants are prepared for meetings with congressional members and staffers.

Why Should I Attend?

Lobby Day is your chance to directly influence policymakers on issues that are important to you and the APA community. As attorneys and law students, NAPABA members are already trained advocates who have the ability to skillfully advocate on issues that members of the APA community are confronting. This is a great opportunity to meet with your legislators and to start building relationships with them. You will increase your knowledge of the legislative process and learn effective lobbying techniques. Members of Congress want to hear directly from their constituents about the issues that matter to them. It makes a big impact that you are willing to travel to Washington, D.C., to voice your concerns to them.

NAPABA needs your participation to make Lobby Day a success and to demonstrate the strength of the APA community. We look forward to seeing you in May!

Stipends were available for NAPABA members traveling to Lobby Day from out of town. All funds for 2013 have been allocated. Applications were considered on a rolling basis, beginning March 1, 2013.

Lobby Day Schedule:

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

NAPABA Lobby Day Training (part one of two)
Experts from NAPABA and our partner organizations will lead Lobby Day participants in a training about the basics of lobbying and the key issues prioritized for Lobby Day. A question and answer period will follow. Lobby Day participants should plan to attend the live webinar, but a recorded version will be available for participants unable to join. Lobby Day participants are required to attend the live webinar or view the recording prior to Lobby Day.
Panelists: Emily Chatterjee of NAPABA, Jessica Chia and Erin Oshiro of AAJC, and
Glenn Magpantay of AALDEF
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Location: Webinar
Click here to view the webinar.

Monday, May 20, 2013

NAPABA Lobby Day - Training and APA Heritage Month Congressional Reception

NAPABA Lobby Day Training (part two of two)
We will review the basics of lobbying and prepare for meetings with legislators and staff the following day. Key logistical information will be shared at this time, and a question and answer period will follow. Participants will have the opportunity to meet in their lobbying groups and strategize with their team members.
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Jones Day
Griswold Room (3rd Floor)
300 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Congressional Reception
Senator Mazie Hirono, Honorary Chair and Featured Speaker
The reception will bring together Lobby Day participants, members of Congress and their staff, and leaders in the APA community. Please email Melanie Robinson at mrobinson@napaba.org to RSVP.
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Kennedy Caucus Room
325 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Tuesday May 21, 2013

NAPABA Lobby Day - Welcome Breakfast, Member Meetings and Debriefing

Welcome Breakfast
Generously Hosted and Sponsored by Jones Day
Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Location: Jones Day
L. Welch Pogue Room (7th Floor Conference Room)
300 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Member Visits on the Hill
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Will vary based on individual schedules and locations of members' offices.

Participant Debriefing & Happy Hour
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Jones Day
L. Welch Pogue Room (7th Floor Conference Room)
300 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Testimonials from Lobby Day Participants:

NAPABA's Second Annual Lobby Day was an excellent opportunity to meet with members of Congress on important issues that affect our profession and specifically APA lawyers. But most of all, it hammers home how important it is for us to have a voice and be a face in front of those who have power and influence in legislation that affects our communities. -Ruthe Ashley, Sacramento, CA (Past NAPABA President)

NAPABA's Lobby Day was an exciting, empowering experience. Not only did we educate key members of Congress about issues of concern to the Asian Pacific American community, we developed relationships that will help us build a stronger national voice for APAs on Capitol Hill. It was also fun meeting and working with NAPABA members from across the country who shared similar concerns about judicial diversity and human and civil rights issues. I could not wait to get back to Chicago to tell local AABA board members about the amazing experience and recruit them to participate next year! -Diana Lin, Chicago, IL (NLF Board Member)

Lobby Day was a great experience. Prior to Lobby Day, the political process was intimidating. Discussing significant Asian American issues with senators and congressmen was truly empowering. -Eugene Kim, Riverside, CA (NAPABA Member)

As an AAPI woman attorney, I was so proud to hear from Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (D-HI), who spoke about her aspirations to become the first APA woman in history to win a Senate seat [at the APA Heritage Month Congressional Reception]. Judge Jacqueline Nguyen, freshly confirmed as the first AAPI woman and Vietnamese American on a federal appellate court (9th Circuit), spoke about her family's struggle as immigrants, and how she had received so much support from NAPABA through her confirmation process. -Bonnie Youn, Atlanta, GA (NAPABA Solo/Small Firm Committee Co-Chair)


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