Capitol Seminars final lobbying courses of 2014 set for November 13-14 in Sacramento

As the CA Legislature's makeup changes following Nov. 4 elections, veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov prepares lobbyists for change with coverage of the legislative process plus best practices for effective advocacy across all areas of state government
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Nov. 3, 2014 - PRLog -- Nov. 4, 2014 - SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Capitol Seminars will next present its popular introductory and advanced courses in governmental advocacy on Thursday and Friday, November 13-14, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Suite 2220 Esquire Plaza, 1215 K Street in Sacramento, CA. “The Legislative Process / Lobbying 101” will be presented on November 13 and “Lobbying 201: The Bigger Picture” on November 14.

Cost of the seminars is $250 each. For more information or to enroll, visit or telephone 916-442-5009. These will be the final Capitol Seminars offerings of 2014.

“It’s entirely appropriate that our November seminars take place just after the mid-term elections,” says Capitol Seminars founder and presenter Ray LeBov. “One of the main points we emphasize is that lobbyists always need to be prepared to deal with changes in the legislative and regulatory environment. A new California Legislature will be sworn in the second week of December and begin work in earnest in January 2015. With more frequent turnover in the Legislature now a fact of life, the importance of effective governmental advocacy will only increase.”

LeBov’s “Lobbying 101” course provides an introduction to the California legislative process and best practices for effective advocacy, embellished by LeBov’s real-world insights from 39 years of working in and around the California Legislature. In “Lobbying 201,” LeBov is joined by guest subject matter experts in the budget process, lobbying the administration, media relations, and regulatory agency advocacy, an area often overlooked by even the most experienced lobbyists.

“We have become recognized as the leader in career development in governmental advocacy because we deliver the goods,” says LeBov. “We offer course content and a level of instruction by working professionals in state government and governmental advocacy you won’t find anywhere else. We cover the entire spectrum of governmental advocacy in two days. And we offer a great opportunity to network with your professional colleagues."

“Whatever your academic background, and regardless of whether you’re a novice, a veteran, or somewhere in between, our specialized training is a perfect way to prepare for this very challenging profession,” adds LeBov. “Not only does a lobbyist need to keep up with the sheer volume of legislation, but to be truly effective, he or she needs to track the budget process, gauge which way the wind is blowing in the governor’s office, anticipate the regulatory response to new legislation, and develop media strategies to support his or her work.“

Capitol Seminars offers professional development opportunities not only to new and experienced lobbyists and their support staff, but companies that engage lobbyists; law firms; trade and professional associations; nonprofit and public interest organizations; city, county and public agency officials -- in short, anyone currently active in, or considering a career in, governmental advocacy or public affairs.

“Since we founded Capitol Seminars in 2006, more than 1500 practitioners have taken our courses, including a substantial number of the current lobbying corps in Sacramento,” said LeBov. “We’re now seeing more and more senior level people from lobbying firms, law firms, associations, universities and public agencies at our seminars. They’re also sending junior staff and referring their friends and colleagues. Some organizations send all their new people to us for training.”

Capitol Seminars also offers customized on-site training for public agencies, companies and membership associations interested in a convenient, cost-effective means of training larger numbers of staff or members all at once. These training sessions can also be delivered over the web for organizations whose personnel are based in multiple locations.

About Ray LeBov

Capitol Seminars founder and presenter Ray LeBov is a veteran of 39 years working in and around the California Legislature, including 17 years as counsel to various Senate and Assembly Committees. He also served for 13 years as the Director of the Office of Governmental Affairs of the California Judicial Council. In that capacity Mr. LeBov was the chief lobbyist for the state court system. After leaving state service, Mr. LeBov founded Ray LeBov and Associates, a leading California contract lobbying and consulting organization and the parent company of Capitol Seminars.

About Ray LeBov and Associates

Ray LeBov and Associates, based in Sacramento, offers customized, on-site training in the legislative process and governmental advocacy; strategic and tactical consulting and coaching in lobbying the California legislature and regulatory agencies; consulting in recruiting and training staff; and governmental advocacy for a limited number of clients.

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