ABA Washington Letter

The ABA Washington Letter is a monthly publication produced by the Governmental Affairs Office to report and analyze congressional and executive branch action on legislative issues of interest to the ABA and the legal profession. The newsletter highlights ABA involvement in the federal legislative process and focuses on the association's legislative and governmental priorities and other issues on which the ABA has policy.


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Partner Up

The ABA "Partner Up" campaign has been developed to keep you better informed about the ABA's advocacy work, with a particular emphasis on efforts that impact law firms.

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All Politics is Local

A practical guide to effective advocacy for state and local bars. Brought to you by the Governmental Affairs Office of the American Bar Association and the Government Relations Section of the National Association of Bar Executives.

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The Lobbying Manual: A Complete Guide to Federal Lobbying Law and Practice

This Fifth Edition of an ABA bestseller provides detailed guidance for compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (as amended in 2007). With this guide, you will have the knowledge and expertise of some of the best and brightest legal minds in Washington, DC, at your fingertips. This comprehensive go-to resource will guide you through the suite of laws that impact federal government relations professionals; provide practical examples of how to be compliant; and cover all of the major federal statutes and regulations that govern the practice of federal government relations work. The manual also contains descriptions of the legislative and executive branch decision-making processes, the constraints that apply to lobbyist participation in political campaigns, the techniques of grassroots lobbying, the professional norms of appropriate behavior that apply to lobbyists, and much more.

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State Legislative Clearing House

Created by the ABA's Governmental Affairs Office (GAO) to help identify and monitor legislative activity at the state level, the State Legislative Clearinghouse (SLC) provides a wide array of services to the greater bar community. Positioned within the GAO, the SLC helps to facilitate key relationships between the ABA's network of expert staff and bar leaders. Along with this website, the SLC manages legislative advocacy materials tailored to serve bar professionals and help maintain a comprehensive collection of materials on issues of mutual interest and importance.

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ABA Congressional Directory

The ABA Congressional Directory connects ABA members and state/local/specialty bar leaders with Congress and the ABA Legislative Advocacy program. This full-color photo guide to Congress includes Washington and District office contact information, Member biographies and key staff, including chiefs of staff, legislative directors, schedulers and legislative assistants for judiciary-related issues. The Directory is published each year in March. Complimentary copies are available for active members of the ABA Grassroots Action Team, or for purchase.