Government Relations Committee

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TYPE

Policy Committee

PURPOSE

The Government Relations Committee (GRC) shall monitor, promote, and advocate for legislative, regulatory, and judicial developments that may have an impact on AALL members, on access to justice, and on the legal information profession. The GRC does not address copyright issues, which are covered by the Copyright Committee.

CHARGE

The GRC shall:

  • Monitor, promote, and advocate for legislative, regulatory, and judicial issues covered by the AALL Government Relations Policy, except for copyright issues, that may have an impact on AALL members, on access to justice, and on the legal information profession.
  • Coordinate with the AALL director of government relations to prepare AALL letters, testimonies, and other advocacy materials.
  • Provide advocacy tools for AALL members through various types of trainings.
  • Collaborate with AALL chapters and special interest sections when appropriate to share relevant information and provide advocacy trainings.
  • Select the recipients of the Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award and the Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award.

TIME COMMITMENT

Commitment for committee members averages five hours per month. This includes monthly committee meetings, communication with assigned chapters and SISs, advocacy and outreach, and monitoring websites and news for subcommittee assignments. During busier months, such as when the committee develops annual meeting program proposals in the fall, or is working on special projects, the time commitment may increase. Note: Time commitments are estimates from past assignments and can change with new projects or requests for assistance from the Executive Board.

MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS

Members must have an interest in and knowledge of issues covered by the AALL Government Relations Policy. Committee members must be willing to commit the required amount of time to the committee’s work. All members must submit a conflict of interest statement in accordance with the AALL Conflict of Interest Policy. When appointing members to subcommittees or to work on particular tasks, the chair shall use his or her best judgment to avoid any real or perceived bias or conflict of interest.

TENURE

Membership on the committee shall normally be for three years. The vice chair will serve for one year and become chair the following year.

SIZE

The committee shall normally consist of a chair, a vice chair, nine members, and a non-voting Executive Board liaison and staff liaison.

STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS COMPLIANCE

  • Goal III – Alliances

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

AALL is committed to diversity and inclusion. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply for the Public Access to Government Information Award and the Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award, and receipt of one award does not preclude the candidates from receiving a second award.

RELATIONSHIPS TO OTHER COMMITTEES/STRUCTURES

The GRC will refer copyright and intellectual property issues to the Copyright Committee. The Committee may also work with the Annual Meeting Program Committee regarding legislative and advocacy programming at the AALL Annual Meeting, and with the Continuing Professional Education Committee on educational programs related to legislative issues and other advocacy issues. The Committee may also work with chapters, SISs, and other entities to provide educational and advocacy opportunities.