In-Person Lobby Day

AALL Day on the Hill: Advocacy Leadership Training & Lobby Day

July 12, 2019

8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern
Marriott Marquis
Washington, DC

Registration is closed.


Join your colleagues for an advocacy training and lobby day in Washington, DC to champion legal information and the profession. You’ll learn about the information policy issues on AALL’s agenda and how to successfully advocate for law libraries, and then take our message to Capitol Hill for meetings with your members of Congress and their staff. Issues may include copyright, access to legal information, open government, and privacy.

This year marks 30 years of AALL's legislative advocacy program; help us celebrate our anniversary by demonstrating the strength and expertise of the Association and our members.


No prior experience is necessary. We'll provide all the training you need for successful and rewarding Capitol Hill visits.


  • Registration is closed
  • AALL members - Free
  • Open to AALL members only

Participants are responsible for covering their own meals, transportation, and housing. Participants will travel from the Marriott Marquis to Capitol Hill by public transportation or taxi/rideshare following the morning session.

Additional room nights have been blocked at the Marriott Marquis (headquarters hotel) to accommodate registrants on Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12. Other AALL contracted properties will have limited availability on these nights.  Please make your housing reservation as soon as possible to ensure your stay at the property of your choice. For housing assistance, please contact the AALL housing desk at 866.889.9642.

By attending the program, you agree that AALL, its employees, contractors, and volunteers, may photograph, videotape or audiotape you during the conference and related activities. Your photo, video, audio, likeness, or image may be used by AALL for promotional or related purposes with no remuneration to you.  Attendees are expected to follow the rules outlined in AALL's Meetings and Events Code of Conduct at all program venues and program-related events.


Participants should contact Emily Feltren, AALL director of government relations, via email or 312.205.8010 to cancel.

AALL reserves the right to cancel workshops, programs, and events if there is insufficient registration or for any other reason. AALL is not responsible for cancellation charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies, or other losses incurred due to cancellation of workshops, programs, and events.


Location: Marriott Marquis University of DC Room (morning) and Capitol Hill (afternoon)

8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Coffee and Check-In

9:00 a.m.–9:10 a.m. Welcome and Overview

  • Femi Cadmus, President, AALL
  • Emily Feltren, Director of Government Relations, AALL

9:10 a.m.–9:50 a.m. Issue Briefing: AALL Legislative Policy Priorities   

  • Todd Melnick, Chair, AALL Government Relations Committee
  • Emily Feltren

9:50 a.m.–11:20 a.m. Successfully Meeting with Members of Congress

  • Bradford Fitch, President and CEO, Congressional Management Foundation

11:20 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Review of Capitol Hill Packets

  • Emily Feltren

11:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m. Q & A 

  • Todd Melnick
  • Emily Feltren

11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Lunch with Your Delegation (on your own)

1:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Meetings on the Hill

4:10 p.m.–4:35 p.m. Wrap-up and Report Back

Location: Rayburn House Office Building - Room 2325

  • Femi Cadmus
  • Todd Melnick
  • Emily Feltren

4:35 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Reception on Capitol Hill 

Location: Rayburn House Office Building - Room 2325


Contact Emily Feltren, AALL director of government relations, via email or 312.205.8010 for more information.



AALL Members on Capitol Hill
The DC delegation of AALL members visit with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and her staff.

I am so lucky to have participated in two AALL Local Advocate Lobby Days on Capitol Hill, along with multiple virtual Lobby Days. At first, I was nervous about knowing what to say to Congressional staff about AALL’s public policy initiatives, though it turns out I had nothing to fear. The Government Relations Office provided ample guidance on everything from relevant pressing legal issues to other topics that might arise or be of interest. My confidence grew with each Lobby Day, and I feel more connected to my profession and association through our advocacy efforts, whether in person or virtually. Advocacy trainings are a great opportunity to make a difference in the information policy issues facing our profession.

Emily R. Florio
Director of Research & Information Services
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP


AALL members on Capitol Hill
AALL members Joan Bellistri and Janet Camillo in the Hart Senate Office Building.

It was great to meet our representatives and their staff in person during Lobby Day.  I think it can help to make that personal connection. There is a lot to be said to about actually being where it all happens, no matter your politics. It is always a great experience to work with the Government Relations Office – the program “how-to” is invaluable for all levels of advocacy. And sharing the day with law librarians from around the country was just plain fun.

Joan M. Bellistri
Law Library Director
Anne Arundel County Public Law Library


AALL members Ron Wheeler and David Mao on Capitol Hill.

I participated in the AALL Local Advocate Lobby Day in 2014. I was super-nervous, but I ended up having a blast. I learned a lot about the AALL legislative and policy priorities, enough to be conversant when I met with my legislators and their staffers. I also gained a renewed respect for the AALL staff and members who do this work on an ongoing basis. You walk away knowing you did something proactive and positive for our profession and our country. It is rewarding work indeed.

Ronald E. Wheeler
Director of the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries
Associate Professor of Law and Legal Resear
Boston University School of Law