Note: This is not for CLE. Live webinars are free and open to the public. The recorded program and materials are exclusively for ABA members.
The Career Choice Series is designed to help you choose your career path. Whether you’re a law student, young lawyer, or transitioning attorney, find out what it’s like to work in various practice areas and the best way to position yourself to get there.
In this segment, our speaker explores the area of government affairs. Government affairs or government relations attorneys represent their clients on a broad range of subjects before the legislative bodies, executive and regulatory agencies, advocacy groups and citizens to convey their clients’ government affairs goals. Government affairs attorneys educate by performing research, monitoring legislation and managing both internal and external communications for clients while interfacing with various media outlets.
They assist in developing strategies on behalf of their clients; drafting legislative proposals; preparing and presenting testimony before legislative committees, agency hearings, and investigations. They often prepare reports and presentations for their clients; they may also present these findings externally. They draft talking points and often serve as a point of contact for the media. In addition to these duties, they must also represent their clients at industry forums and events and help develop networks to assist their clients in achieving their government affairs goals.
Our speaker provides invaluable insight into what skills you’ll need to break into this area, what drew him to it, the pros and cons, and what a typical day in his practice entails.
Tom Bolt, Managing Attorney/Shareholder, BoltNagi, PC, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Liz Stone, Managing Director, The Dubin Group, San Francisco, CA