The Federal Bar Association maintains an active presence in the nation’s capital, monitoring and participating in policymaking processes in Congress, the Executive Branch, and the federal judiciary.

Strengths of the FBA’s advocacy include:


  • a grassroots effort extending from local chapters up to the national association
  • nonpartisan in its policies and its relationship with lawmakers and other officials
  • no endorsement of political candidates or Presidential nominees to the federal bench
  • no ties to any political action committee and no political campaign contributions
  • respected and credible in the halls of Congress and throughout Washington, D.C.
FBA Issues Agenda
The Issues Agenda is the Federal Bar Association’s blueprint for its government relations and advocacy efforts. It is a published, prioritized list of legal and public policy issues that are of significant interest and concern to the FBA because of their impact on the federal legal system and their relationship to federal jurisprudence.

The FBA Government Relations Committee is responsible for the oversight and coordination of the Issues Agenda and related FBA advocacy efforts. Issues are designated as either:


  • Active: subject to active and ongoing attention by the FBA
  • Monitored: not subject to active attention but continue to remain monitored in the event of renewed attention
Visit the current Issues Agenda.

Capitol Hill Day
The FBA’s Capitol Hill Day is an annual event that continues to grow in size and popularity each year. Capital Hill Day draws FBA leaders from across the country to Washington, D.C., to meet with congressional offices to discuss important legislative issues that impact the administration of justice and the federal courts. Recent issues tackled include sequestration, adequate funding for the federal courts, filling judicial vacancies promptly, and judicial salaries. Join the FBA on April 30, 2015, for the next Capitol Hill Day.

“The Federal Bar Association represents the foremost constituency of our federal courts. As its practicing bar, we have a responsibility to continually remind Congress of the critical role the courts play, the challenges they face, and their ongoing needs for resources.”

- W. West Allen, partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber

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