Request for Proposals
The Virginia Bar Association is now accepting proposals for a contract lobbyist firm/ governmental advocate.
The VBA is a voluntary bar association which serves the more than 5,700 lawyers, judges and members of the legal profession in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its mission is as follows:
The Virginia Bar Association is the independent voice of the Virginia lawyer, advancing the highest ideals of the profession through advocacy and volunteer service.
This mission is achieved through:
- supporting a system of legal services to the disadvantaged through its various pro bono programs and services;
- cultivating positive relationships with members of the bench and bar through our meetings, sections and committees;
- fostering relationships with members of the Virginia General Assembly;
- sponsorship of continuing legal education seminars;
- provision of public and member services through the VBA website - VBA.org; and,
- publication of the VBA Journal.
The Virginia Bar Association has employed contract lobbyists working with VBA staff and sections and other stakeholders to propose and monitor bills considered by the Virginia General Assembly. The VBA recently reaffirmed its strategic plan that promotes the vision that the VBA seeks to be the preeminent leader in the Commonwealth of Virginia for law reform and preservation of access to justice. Accordingly, the VBA is soliciting RFPs for comprehensive legislative services that will support achieving this important goal. The RFP seeks administrative support for coordination of legislative initiatives with VBA Sections and related stakeholder entities, as well as proactive and reactive lobbying services for VBA-sponsored bills and issues of concern to the VBA, and proper analysis following the end of the session.
Prospects for this position must meet the following criteria:
- active member(s) in good standing of the Virginia State Bar and a member of The Virginia Bar Association;
- registered as a lobbyist with the Commonwealth of Virginia;
- work as full-time lobbyist during legislative session;
- willingness to disclose other clients and potential conflicts between those clients and the VBA;
- willingness to attend meetings of The Virginia Bar Association Board of Governors, Sections and affiliated entities that partner with the VBA, as needed;
- excellent oral and written communications skills;
- ability to coordinate VBA substantive law sections and affiliated entities to assist in legislative agenda and subject matter testimony;
- willingness to assist the VBA sections and affiliated entities in developing information to share with their members;
- knowledge of the political decision-making process, as well as legislative and regulatory processes;
- ability to distill complex issues into concise talking points, and succinctly convey positions of the VBA;
- ability to track legislation during the session, provide timely and periodic reports to VBA leaders and appropriate sponsoring entities and coordinate subject matter expert testimony from sections and agencies;
- ability to prepare informational updates for the VBA Board and members, including articles for the VBA and a summary of legislative activity, and prepare reports following the session of all matters of interest to VBA sections; and,
- possess knowledge of state and federal reporting requirements and provide the VBA with information needed to meet these requirements.
Proposals must include, but are not limited to, the following information:
- Description of lobbying experience of firm.
- Representative client list.
- Potential conflicts of current clients or within the VBA.
- Description of lobbying experience and availability of firm member(s) who would represent the VBA, including estimated response time.
- Curriculum Vitae of firm members who would represent the VBA and designation of lead lobbyist(s).
- Vision and action plan on how lobbying would be conducted on behalf of the VBA.
- Commitment to attend meetings of the VBA Board of Governors, as requested.
- Commitment to provide periodic reports to the VBA, with timing and content to be agreed upon prior to start of session.
- Fee to be paid by the VBA, with description of all services to be provided for this fee.
- Anticipated expenses in connection with lobbying.
- All other potential expenses to be paid by the VBA to lobbyist, with breakdown.
- Any other information the candidate would like the VBA to consider.
All proposals are due in the offices of The Virginia Bar Association not later than noon, May 20, 2015. Please send one hard copy and an electronic version to Yvonne C. McGhee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit one hard copy of your proposal by noon on May 20, 2015, to:
The Virginia Bar Association
701 E. Franklin Street, Suite 1120
Richmond, VA 23219
The decision-making schedule is as follows:
May 20, 2015 -- Proposals due in the VBA offices
June 17, 2015 -- Review of Proposals and Possible Interviews of Candidates