In-Person Lobby Day

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

Friday, July 12, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern
Marriott Marquis
Washington, DC


Join your colleagues for a full-day 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.


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


  • Registration will open in early 2019. There is no registration fee.
  • Open to AALL members only.
  • The event is capped at 80 registrants.


Contact AALL Director of Government Relations Emily Feltren 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