NAPABA's Annual Lobby Day
May 19-20, 2014
Lobby Day Training and Congressional Reception: Monday, May 19, 2014 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Lobby Day Breakfast, Member Meetings, and Debriefing: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 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
What is Lobby Day?
The NAPABA Annual Lobby Day is an opportunity for NAPABA members from across the country to educate members of Congress and congressional staffers on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. Lobby Day also gives members an active role in promoting NAPABA’s mission of advocating for justice, equity, and opportunity for APAs.
Participants will meet with legislators and voice their perspectives on a range of topics, including comprehensive immigration reform, diversity in the judiciary, language access, and civil rights. As a participant, you will be given all the information and materials you need to meet with legislators on Capitol Hill. Registration for Lobby Day includes 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?
As attorneys and law students, NAPABA members are uniquely trained advocates who have the ability to skillfully advocate on issues that affect many in the APA community. By participating in Lobby Day, you will have the chance to build on your knowledge of the legislative process and learn effective lobbying techniques by issue-area experts and experienced advocates.
This is a great opportunity to meet with your legislators and to start building relationships with them. 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 directly 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!
You can register to attend Lobby Day by clicking here.
Stipends are available for NAPABA members traveling to Lobby Day from out of town. The deadline to submit an application is March 26 at 5:00 pm EDT, but requests made after the deadline may be considered if funds are still remaining. Click here to submit a stipend application.
Lobby Day Schedule:
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Webinar Training (part one of three)
Issue-area experts from NAPABA and our partner organizations will lead Lobby Day participants in a training about the basics of lobbying and the key policy issues prioritized for Lobby Day. A question and answer period will follow. Lobby Day participants should plan to attend the live webinar. A recording 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.
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Monday, May 19, 2014
NAPABA Lobby Day - Training and APA Heritage Month Congressional Reception
Onsite Training (part two of three)
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: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Congressional Reception
The reception will bring together Lobby Day participants, members of Congress and their staff, and leaders in the APA community.
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
RSVP: Click here to RSVP.
Tuesday May 20, 2014
Welcome Breakfast, Member Meetings and Debriefing
Onsite Training Breakfast (part three of three)
Policy experts will briefly go over each issue and will be available to answer questions. Participants will have the opportunity to meet in their lobbying groups and strategize with their team members.
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
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
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 Member)
After my first NAPABA Lobby Day in 2013, I realized how truly important it is for us to engage our elected officials on the issues affecting the APA community. If anything, this day served as a reminder to members of Congress that the APA community has a strong voice in the affairs of our country and that we will not stay silent on concerns that impact our constituency. -Rahat Babar (Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania President)
As lawyers, we are uniquely situated to advocate for our APA communities regarding various issues ranging from voting rights to increased diversity on the federal bench. NAPABA’s Lobby Day provides practical training to prepare our lawyers to discuss these issues with both Democrats and Republicans in Congress. I encourage all NAPABA members to experience the empowering conversations that each of us can have with our elected officials in Washington, DC on May 20, 2014. -George Chen (NAPABA President-Elect)