75% of the legislation adopted in state legislatures is drafted outside the legislature. Lawyers have little or no access to the process of law making in the legislative branch. This course provides groundwork for that knowledge.
Understand the Legislative Process
- Legislative dynamics: The role of the leadership, committees, caucus, rank and file legislators and staff
- Rules of the Road: House and Senate rules and calendaring
- The role of external forces: lobbyists, special interest groups, media and constituents
Learn How to Draft Legislation
- Defining the client’s interests and integrating that with the existing statutory structure
- Learn the form and structure of legislation
Learn How to Manage the Process
- Working with legislative staff and lobbyists
- The role of the Legislative Reference Bureau
Hear About the Statutory Construction Act
Consider the Ethics
- When does a drafter become a lobbyist?
- Avoid turning good policy into bad law