Understanding the Legislative Process for Attorneys

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Course Information

Time 60 Minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

Working knowledge of the legislative process is valuable to the application and interpretation of the law. Yet many attorneys go through law school without getting a realistic understanding of how laws are created. No matter what type of law you practice, a better understanding of the legislative process will enhance your perspective. 

This program will provide an overview of the legislative process from a day-to-day perspective. It will give attorneys a better understanding of how the law is practically created and how that impacts interpretation and application. While relevant to any attorney who wishes to deepen their understanding of creating law, it will be especially valuable to attorneys who intend to interact with Congress members and congressional staff.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop a practical understanding of how the legislative process works - from bill ideas to getting a bill signed into law

  2. Examine the practical application of constitutional law principles within the legislative process

  3. Analyze and discuss how the creation of laws affects the ways we apply and interpret them

Credit Information

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Brittany Sadler Berky is an attorney in Virginia. She worked for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and has experience in each step of the legislative process. Additionally, she has worked for an individual Senate office and in the U.S. House of Representatives. She departed the Senate to clerk for the Hon. Kurt D. Engelhardt on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

She received her Juris Doctorate from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at William & Mary.  

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