Grassroots Action Center

Did you know there are more elected officials with law degrees than any other degree in Congress? 52% in the Senate and 36% in the House. Lawyers know how to communicate to other lawyers in the courtroom, but most don’t know how to get their point across on Capitol Hill. So, we created the ABA Grassroots Action Center to provide you the tools to quickly and effectively contact your elected officials directly about issues impacting your practice, your clients, and the rule of law.

Take Action!

Elected officials depend on hearing from voters in their state and issue experts to form their opinions. Use these tools to send messages directly to your elected officials. Edit pre-formatted emails or social media posts to get your message directly to the legislators making the decisions. Just remember to be clear and concise, and mention that you are constituent.

ACT NOW // Help Homeless Veterans Gain Legal Aid

Tell Congress to Pass the Homeless Veterans Prevention Act -- Each year, the VA reports that unresolved legal problems are the main reason many veterans become and remain homeless, yet the VA lacks the statutory authority to address legal needs. Use this tool to ask your elected officials directly to serve those who served our country.

ACT NOW // Protect Public Service Lawyers

Tell Congress to Save the Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program -- We are facing a public sector workforce crisis, and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program incentivizes qualified professionals by helping to close the wage gap between public and private sector employees. Send a message to your Member of Congress asking them to support individuals willing to take a pay cut to serve our communities.

Chart of the Week

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The Supreme Court Sits Just Shy of 30 Decisions

The Supreme Court has released 28 decisions for the October 2018 term thus far. The Court does not have any further arguments scheduled for the term and will release the remainder of its decisions over the next few months. Prominent cases, such as Apple Inc. v. Pepper and the Department of Commerce v. New York, have not been decided. The Department of Commerce has asked the Court to decide on the citizenship question before June in order to provide enough time to finalize and print the 2020 census.

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The 116th Congress

The 2018 elections proved to be one for the history books, boasting the highest voter turnout rate in history for midterm elections. Want to know more about your elected officials or the 116th Congress in general? Use these resources to learn more.

Grassroots University

Lawyers are in a unique position to affect policy in Congress. As legal experts, you have established credibility, and as voters, you represent the voice of the people. Use these tools to learn the issues facing our profession, how to best approach elected officials on their turf, and how to genuinely make an impact in Washington.

Grassroots Overview

The best approach to influencing policy is to work with other ABA members and interested communities to clearly communicate why a policy needs to change. Get up to speed on what is happening in Congress, organize with other attorneys, and learn the best ways to approach your elected officials.

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Social Media Center

Social Media has made it easier than ever to connect with your elected officials. The key is posting in the right way. Learn the tricks of the trade and make your voice heard.

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Congressional Meetings

Nothing has more impact with an elected official than an in-person visit. This leads to conversations rather than one-sided messages. Use these tools to set up a visit, learn the ways to move the needle, and get the most out of your meeting.

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Join the Team

Joining the Grassroots Action Team provides the opportunity to participate at whatever level you see fit while playing a role in the development of public policy and furthers the interests of justice, promotes the legal profession, and establishes the rule of law. To join, please fill out the form below and feel free to familiarize yourself with the assets and ongoing campaigns. We will send you more information shortly.