ASCLS is proud to work with Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA), American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Association of Genetic Technologists (AGT), American Medical Technologists (AMT), and the National Society for Histotechnology (NSH) on the Legislative Symposium each year.
Though this ASCLS tradition that originated in 1989, the members of these organizations meet with their Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill as a unified front on behalf of our profession. Each year these leading organizations urge their members and leaders to come to Washington to provide a visible and informed voice, and make our concerns known inside Congress.
Education, Experience, Leadership
The Legislative Symposium provides a great education on the how-to's of lobbying. Attendees are coached on presentation techniques so they can effectively talk to their congressional representative during their appointments. They are well received in the congressional offices. Attendees return home from Washington with first-hand knowledge of the political system in action and confidence that they make a difference.
The 2018 Legislative Symposium will be held March 19 - 20 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, VA. Each attendee will receive pre-meeting emails describing the issues to be discussed with their Congressional representatives as well as extensive information to be left with each office.
Wondering what the Legislative Symposium in like?
Laboratory professionals at all stages of their careers attend the Legislative Symposium. Programming is built to accommodate everyone's experiences, from first time attendees to those who know all the secret passages to get around The Hill. Here are three views of last year's Symposium.
- Government Affairs Committee Chair Linda Goosen provides a recap of last year's event.
- University of Cincinnati student member Erin Barger provides her impressions about attending the Legislative Symposium for the first time.
- University of Deleware students Jessica McMahon, Maeve Montesi, Sara Downie, share their thoughts on the experience of attending.
All Symposium events will take place at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, located in historic Alexandria, Virginia; convenient to King Street shops and restaurants, Reagan National Airport and the King Street Metro stop (Blue and Yellow Lines). A block of rooms has been set aside for Legislative Symposium attendees and will be held until March 3, 2018. Accommodations are $164 for single or double rooms, plus any additional applicable taxes. Make reservations online or call the Hilton directly at 800-445-8667 and mention Hilton Old Town and the event "ASCLS 2018 Legislative Symposium."
Monday, March 19
7:30 – 8:00 REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:00 – 8:15 Welcome
8:15 – 8:30 Meeting Overview
8:30 – 9:15 Overview of the Political Environment in Washington
9:15 – 10:00 Issue Briefing #1
10:00 – 10:30 BREAK
10:30 – 11:30 Issue Briefing #2
11:30- 12:00 Issue Briefing #3
12:15 – 1:30 LUNCH
1:30 – 2:15 Preparing for Congressional Visits
- Review of Issues, Leave Behinds and “Talking Points”
- Walk Through of Voter Voice Feedback System
2:15 – 3:00 How Best to Work with Congressional Offices
- How Congressional Offices Work
- How Legislative Staff View Your Visit
- How to Communicate Your Message Effectively
3:00 – 3:45 Congressional Update from Member of Congress
3:45 – 4:15 BREAK
4:15 – 5:30 Preparing for Congressional Visits
- Role Playing - Practicing Your Message / Making a Difference
- Breakout Sessions
5:30 - 6:30 RECEPTION
Tuesday, March 20
6:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast (Plaza Level)
8:30 Travel to Capitol Hill and Appointments