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Lobby Day 2014

Lobby Day 2014

March 18, 2014 • Sacramento, CA

On March 18th CELA members will take to the halls of the State Capitol, meeting with members of the legislature to discuss CELA's top priorities!  This year we will be focusing our efforts on court funding (see below).  Lobby Day will be an exciting opportunity for you to discuss with lawmakers the impact the budget cuts have had on you and your clients! 

New to CELA, a political novice, or both? No problem! We will have a comprehensive pre-lobby day webinar to get you up to speed on the legislative process and the legislation we will be discussing in our meetings.

The Need for More Court Funding

  • CELA attorneys and the workers we represent are being impacted by closed courtrooms, limited service hours, longer waits, higher costs, longer travel distances, and fewer court staff to assist them.
  • As of January 2014, 51 courthouses and 203 courtrooms have been closed (including 8 courthouses and 79 courtrooms in Los Angeles County).
  • As a result of the closed courthouses, more than 2.2 million people no longer have access to courts in their communities.
  • 30 courts have reduced public service hours
  • 37 courts have reduced self-help/family law facilitator services
  • Access to justice is being denied to Californians who rely on the courts to resolve their conflicts fairly and expeditiously.
  • Absent additional funding, courts anticipate more service reductions.
  • While the Governor’s proposed $105 million baseline adjustment is positive and recognizes that costs have gone up, it is not enough to avoid additional service reductions next year.  The amount of new funding necessary to simply maintain current year service levels is approximately $266 million.

Register Online Here

The cut off date for the Citizen Hotel guestroom reservations is March 3, 2014.

Make your Citizen Hotel guestroom reservations here.
Enter special rate group code: 1403CELACO
Or, contact the hotel directly at (916) 492-4460
The CELA guestroom rate is $144/night


Full Day Lobby Day Schedule

7:30-8:30 Registration and Breakfast at the Citizen Hotel
8:40-9:30 Lobby Day Orientation Program
10:00-12:00 Lobbying Meetings with Legislators and Staff
12:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-4:30 Lobbying Meetings with Legislators and Staff
4:30-6:30 Cocktail Reception with Friends and Allies at the Citizen Hotel


Half Day Lobby Day Schedule

12:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-4:30 Lobbying Meetings with Legislators and Staff
4:30-6:30 Cocktail Reception with Friends and Allies at the Citizen Hotel


Top 10 Reasons to Attend Lobby Day

10. Get to know your state representatives

9. Learn more about the legislative process

8. Because you are your clients’ voice

7. Hang out for a day with your CELA colleagues

6. Meet new CELA colleagues!

5. Because there is power in numbers – the more attendees, the more powerful our voice!

4. Support and lobby our sponsored bills!

3. Help ensure the legislature does not gut class action and labor laws in budget negotiations.

2. Wind down and meet with colleagues, legislators, and political allies at the cocktail reception following lobby day.

1. Because it is a lot of fun!



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