Addressing the Federal Defender Crisis: Effective Messaging and Strategies for Congressional Outreach

  • August 7, 2013
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

August is a District Work Period for the U.S. Congress. This means that your senators and representatives will be in your state all month long, hearing from constituents about the problems that most concern them. With federal public defenders already struggling under diminished budgets and facing devastating cuts in 2014, now is the time to reach out to your senators and representative to explain why they need to support full funding of the federal defender program.

Join us to learn the nuts and bolts of scheduling a meeting with your members of Congress and their district office staff and to hear from indigent defense advocates and lobbyists about effective messaging strategies. As part of the webinar, you will receive detailed talking points that have proven to be most effective in convincing policy makers to support funding for the federal defender program. We will also provide guidance on how to approach meetings with your members of Congress and the specific things you can ask for to help ensure that the federal defender program receives the support it needs in 2014. Talking directly with your members of Congress is a great opportunity, and this webinar will help you make the most out of it.

Please register for the webinar here.


Online Webinar


Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM ET


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