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ABA Day: Advocacy for Justice Schedule

All times are listed in Eastern Standard Time.

April 20, 2021

12:00 pm - Opening Welcome from ABA Day Planning Committee Chair Bill Bay and ABA President Trish Refo

12:10 pm - ABA President Trish Refo Interviews LSC Advocate, University of Michigan Football Coach Jim Harbaugh

During this time we will also hear from a legal aid attorney and her client, as well as some of our GAO team and ABA Day State Captains about effectively using the ABA's advocacy tools. 

12:45 pm - Call to Action

This session describes and demonstrates all the tools of the trade to create a solid and successful digital campaign.  

12:50 pm - Congressional Panel: Why Congress Cares about LSC

Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), co-chairs of the House Access to Legal Aid Caucus, discuss why Congress cares about LSC and what their caucus is doing to ensure that Congress continues to be aware of and support LSC’s mission.

1:15 pm - Keynote Speaker: Judge Esther Salas

Judge Esther Salas, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, saw first-hand the danger judges can face when her son was murdered and husband injured by a gunman who came to her home. After an introduction from Judge Childs, a U.S. District Judge for the District of South Carolina, we will hear from Judge Salas on the importance of judicial security and protection of judge's personally identifiable information. 

1:20pm - Call to Action: Judicial Security

1:25 pm -  Presentation from Representative Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ)

Representative Mikie Sherrill, representing New Jersey's 11th district, is the sponsor of H.R.8591, the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act of 2020.

1:30 pm - Closing Message from ABA Day Planning Committee Chair Bill Bay

April 21, 2021

12:00 pm - ABA Day Planning Committee Chair Bill Bay will open day two following a virtual tour of Washington, D.C. from GAO staff.

12:10 pm - Discussion with Leaders of the Profession

Join Ronald Flagg, President of the Legal Services Corporation, Robert Grey, member of the Board of Directors of LSC, and moderator Roula Allouch to discuss the importance of the Legal Services Corporation. 

After this discussion, we will hear from a domestic violence survivor and her attorney. We will also hear from our GAO staff on how to effectively advocate on our issues. 

12:40 pm - Call to Action

All the tools of the trade to create a solid and successful digital campaign are described and demonstrated.  

12:50 pm - Presentations from Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and John Cornyn (R-TX)

Senator Dick Durbin also serves as the Senate Majority Whip. Senator Durbin started his career as a lawyer, served as legal counsel to the Illinois State Senate as well as adjunct professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representative in 1982 and the U.S. Senate in 1996.

Senator John Cornyn started his career as a lawyer in private practice. He served as a state district judge then as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court. He then served as the Attorney General of Texas. Senator Cornyn has been serving in the Senate since 2002.

1:00 pm - Presentation from Representative James Clyburn (D-SC)

Representative James Clyburn is currently Majority Whip of the House of Representatives. Representative Clyburn's political career began with a strike at the medical college in Charleston, protesting the unfair and unequal treatment of African American hospital workers. He then became involved in supporting a candidate for a seat on the Charleston city council. From there, he joined the staff of Governor John C. West as an advisor and then as the state’s human affairs commissioner. He has been serving in the House since 1993.

1:15 pm - Presentation from Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)

Senator Kyrsten Sinema began her career as a social worker before she earned a J.D. and became a criminal defense lawyer. Later, she earned a Ph.D. in justice studies. She started her political career in the Green Party, eventually joining the Democratic Party in 2004. She served in the Arizona Senate and was then elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012, and the U.S. Senate in 2018.

Following Senator Sinema's presentation, we will hear from Chris Brown, Chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division, to talk about an upcoming advocacy push for student debt relief. 

1:30 pm - Closing Message from ABA President-Elect Reggie Turner and ABA Day Planning Committee Chair Bill Bay

Law Library Rare Book Tour

Please enjoy this special virtual rare book presentation, presented by Nathan Dorn, Rare Book Curator for the Law Library of Congress. Access the virtual tour here.


Access recordings of our pre-ABA Day training sessions here.

Insider Look: Successful Lobbying on the Hill
Thursday, April 8th, 2021
2:00 pm

Digital Advocacy Training
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
2:00 pm

What you Need to Know about Our 2021 Advocacy Issues:
LSC Funding and Judicial Security
Thursday, April 15, 2021
2:00 pm