7:00 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast
L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, Monet Foyer

8:00–9:30 a.m.

Orientation & Briefing Session
L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, Monet Ballroom
You are encouraged to sit with your State Captain and NELA Lobby Day Participants from your state delegation as designated by the placards on the tables. State Captains will be provided with "Leave-Behind" folders for each scheduled Hill Visit.

Welcome To Washington
Terisa E. Chaw, Executive Director, National Employment Lawyers Association
David L. Lee, President, National Employment Lawyers Association, Law Offices of David L. Lee

Capitol Hill Orientation
Moderator: Julie M. Strandlie, Legislative & Public Policy Director, National Employment Lawyers Association
Presenters: Peach Soltis, Former Deputy Legislative Director, U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN)*, Michelle D. Schwartz, Former Deputy Chief of Staff & Legislative Director, U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Director for Justice Programs, Alliance for Justice

Two former top Hill staffers will run through a "week in the life" of a Member of Congress and their staff to provide context for our Hill Visits and offer suggestions for getting Congressional attention and action on NELA's legislative and public policy priorities. This will be an interactive conversation so please come prepared to share your experiences, questions, and comments.

NELA Lobby Day Issue Briefing & Questions/Answers
Moderator: Julie M. Strandlie, Legislative & Public Policy Director, National Employment Lawyers Association
NELA experts and Hill staff will provide a brief update on what you need to know for effective Hill Visits on NELA's Lobby Day issues. Take this opportunity to ask questions of the attorneys and legislative insiders who work on these issues every day.

Civil Justice Tax Fairness Act of 2013 (CJTFA)
Jonathan Puth, President, Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA), Webster Fredrickson Correia & Puth, PLLC, DeCarlo McLaren, Tax & Finance Counsel, The Honorable John Lewis (D-GA), U.S. House of Representatives

Arbitration Fairness Act of 2013 (AFA)
Richard T. Seymour, Member, NELA AFA Working Group, Law Office of Richard T. Seymour, P.L.L.C., Slade Bond, Legislative Counsel, The Honorable Hank Johnson (D-GA), U.S. House of Representatives Joshua Riley, Counsel, The Honorable Al Franken (D-MN), U.S. Senate

Call To Action & Closing Remarks
Daniel B. Kohrman, Vice President of Public Policy, National Employment Lawyers Association, AARP Foundation Litigation

9:30–10:00 a.m.

Final Lobby Day Hill Visit Preparations (Optional)
L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, Monet Ballroom
Meet with colleagues from your state to discuss final preparations and strategies for your Hill Visits.

10:00 a.m.–
4:00 p.m.


Lobby Day Hill Visits
NELA strongly encourages Lobby Day participants to visit their state's Senators and Representatives and others with whom they have a close relationship. State Captains are scheduling visits in advance of Lobby Day.

 3:004:00 p.m.

Congressional Committee Staff Briefing
 2456 Rayburn House Office Building
Top staff for the House Education and Workforce Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee* will discuss their respective agendas for the 113th Congress and the prospects for enacting NELA's legislative and public policy priorities.

 5:00–7:00 p.m

Congressional Reception
Renoir Room
L’Enfant Plaza Hotel

Join NELA Lobby Day colleagues and invited guests (Capitol Hill and agency staff, and coalition partners) for NELA's 2013 Congressional Reception. Please RSVP

7:15 p.m

Dine Around Town (On Your Own/"No Host" Event)
Washington, DC offers an extensive array of fine dining. Take advantage of this opportunity to have dinner with NELA colleagues from across the country. Visit to plan your evening.

  * invited but not confirmed

Lobby Day “Headquarters On The Hill"

United Methodist Building
Wilson Room 4
100 Maryland Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 488-5600

Rare Book Showing And Tour

The Law Library of Congress and Law Librarian of Congress David Mao are pleased to provide NELA members with a special Rare Book showing, and tour of the Law Library Stacks (time permitting). Learn the role the Law Library plays in preserving the Rule of Law and how Library staff can help you with your legal research. The Madison Building Cafeteria and vending machines will be open for lunch/snacks before/after the presentation. (The Law Library overview and Rare Books showing will take 60 minutes; those who do not have conflicting Hill Visits are invited to stay another 30 minutes for an exclusive tour of the Law Library Stacks.)

Rare Book Showing And Tour
(Optional, Space Limited)

12:00 p.m. – 1:00/1:30 p.m.
The Law Library of Congress
James Madison Memorial Building
Second Floor
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540

Reserve Your Spot

Getting Around The Hill

From the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel to Hill Visits and Congressional Reception: Taxis are available at the hotel entrance, and are the best choice for a first-of-the-day visit in a Senate Office Building. The L’Enfant Plaza Metro stop is located on the lower level of the hotel; take the Orange or Blue line to Capitol South for House Office Buildings and the Library of Congress. The House Office Buildings are also within a 30 minute walk.

From Hill Visits to the Rare Book Showing/Tour: The Library of Congress' Madison Building is located at the corner of Independence Avenue, SE and First Street, SE, across the street from the Cannon House Office Building and a short walk from the Methodist Building, NELA’s Lobby Day "Headquarters On The Hill. "

Capitol Hill map

Washington Metro