2016 Capitol Hill Day Recap


FBA Makes Its Mark on Capitol Hill

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Nearly 60 Federal Bar Association leaders converged on the nation’s capitol on May 19, 2016 in conjunction with FBA Capitol Hill Day, educating Congressional lawmakers about the needs and challenges facing the Federal courts. The annual advocacy event involved over 200 meetings by FBA national, circuit, chapter, section and division leaders with Washington lawmakers and staff.

Capitol Hill Day participants came to Washington as representatives of 37 FBA chapters and five sections and divisions. They hailed from 26 states, along with Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Increasing numbers of FBA members are recognizing the value of Capitol Hill Day, with this year’s event witnessing a sixty-percent increase in participation over 2015.




“Capitol Hill Day represents a natural extension of the mission and focus of the Federal Bar Association, as the representative of the practicing bar and the foremost constituency of the federal court system,” FBA Government Relations Chair West Allen said at the conclusion of Capitol Hill Day. “FBA leaders who participated in Capitol Hill Day deserve our thanks and admiration for taking time out of their busy schedules to come to Washington to remind Congress of the important role our federal courts play, the challenges they face and their needs.”

FBA representatives received a warm reception and a positive response from nearly all of the Congressional offices they visited, providing the opportunity for ongoing and stronger relationships. FBA advocates in their meetings with members and staff of the United States Senate and House of Representatives focused on four policy priorities:

  • •   Adequate funding for our federal courts, including resources for courthouse repair and construction
  • •   Prompt Senate consideration of federal district and appellate judicial nominees
  • •   Establishment of additional federal judgeships, consistent with the recommendations of the Federal Judiciary
  • •   Establishment of an Article I immigration court, transferring the adjudicatory responsibilities currently performed by the Executive Office of Immigration Review in the Department of Justice to the new court
The FBA Policy Priorities Brief and other support materials used in conjunction with Capitol Hill Day are provided below.
2016 Capitol Hill Day On-Site Materials – May 19, 2016

2016 Capitol Hill Day Prep Call – April 16, 2016

CHD Prep Call Agenda
  1. Welcome
    West Allen, Chair, Government Relations Committee
  2. Scheduling Hill Meetings and Hill Logistics
    Bruce Moyer, Counsel for Government Relations
  3. Tips and Advice from CHD Veterans
    Maria Vathis and Oliver Alan Ruiz
  4. FBA Policy Priorities
  5. Questions, Next Steps
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