Much is often made about the influence of lobbyists and the much derided "revolving door" between government service and private practice. And, the vast majority of law students have little sense of the viability and worthiness of "government relations practice" as a career path. This course will examine the history, development, and current nature of federal government relations practice in the broader sense, and lobbying as a somewhat distinct undertaking. The course materials and exercises will examine how corporations, non-profits and government entities influence public policy and policymakers. The course readings and practicum sessions will expect the students to develop an understanding of the rules and procedures of the U.S. House and Senate, as well as federal ethics laws, including the Lobbying Disclosure Act. Role-playing exercises will take place throughout the course, with a particular focus on addressing mass incarceration at the federal and state policymaking levels.
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