Date/Time: Wednesday, June 24, 3:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Location: Virtual via the Zoom platform



James Ollen-Smith and Evan Frank, Assistant Counsels of the Senate Office of the Legislative Counsel, will present an introductory course on the process of drafting legislation for Congressional lawmakers. They will discuss the drafting process and key questions that a drafter asks to understand the client’s policy ideas and legislative intent. In addition, they will describe the basic elements of legislative drafting style and format, as well as the role the Office of the Legislative Counsel plays in the lawmaking process. The event will also feature a panel of current Congressional staff to discuss the client’s perspective in legislative drafting.

3:00 – 3:05 p.m.            Welcome and Introduction
Lauren Mccarty, Senior Director, Nokia and Co-Chair, Legislative Committee

3:05 – 4:00 p.m.         The Client’s Perspective on Legislative Drafting in the Senate
This panel will discuss the process of legislative drafting from the perspective of a Congressional staffer.

Quentin Scholtz, Specialist, Government Affairs, Consumer Technology Association

Kate O’Connor, Chief Counsel, House Energy and Commerce Committee
Michael Mansour, Legislative Director, Office of Congressman Adam Kinzinger
Alexandrine De Bianchi, Senior Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Jacklyn Rosen

4:00 – 4:05 p.m.         Break

4:05 – 5:00 p.m.         Legislative Drafting 101 and the Role of the Office of Legislative Counsel in Drafting Legislation

Greg Louer, Managing Director, Arnold & Porter and Co-Chair, Legislative Committee
James Ollen-Smith, Assistant Counsel, Office of the Legislative Counsel, U.S. Senate
Evan Frank, Assistant Counsel, Office of the Legislative Counsel, U.S. Senate

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