Republican National Lawyers Association | (RNLA)
Republican National Lawyers Association | (RNLA)

Member Benefits



The Republican National Lawyers Association provides member benefits including services and events. The Professional Development Committee is continually reviewing the list of benefits offered. If you have suggestions for other benefits, please email them to info@republicanlawyer.net.

Membership Levels and Benefits

Regular Membership

  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit programming
  • Nationwide network of fellow professionals with similar expertise
  • Information about assistance opportunities for the Republican Party and its candidates
  • Publication of online membership profile
  • National and local chapter events
  • Career advancement assistance
  • A membership discount is available for signing up for two years membership instead of annual membership

Contributing Membership

  • RNLA pin
  • Exclusive and advance invitations to special recognition events
  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit programming
  • Nationwide network of fellow professionals with similar expertise
  • Information about assistance opportunities for the Republican Party and its candidates
  • Publication of online membership profile
  • National and local chapter events
  • Career advancement assistance
  • A membership discount is available for signing up for two years membership instead of annual membership

Sustaining Membership

  • RNLA notepad and pen holder
  • RNLA pin
  • Special recognition in publications
  • Exclusive and advance invitations to special recognition events
  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit programming
  • Nationwide network of fellow professionals with similar expertise
  • Information about assistance opportunities for the Republican Party and its candidates
  • Publication of online membership profile with photograph
  • National and local chapter events
  • Career advancement assistance
  • A membership discount is available for signing up for two years membership instead of annual membership

Advisory Council Membership

  • Complimentary invitations to all fundraisers and special events
  • Special briefing with Republican leaders
  • RNLA notepad and pen holder
  • RNLA pin
  • Special recognition in publications
  • Exclusive and advance invitations to special recognition events
  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit programming
  • Nationwide network of fellow professionals with similar expertise
  • Information about assistance opportunities for the Republican Party and its candidates
  • Publication of online membership profile with photograph
  • National and local chapter events
  • Career advancement assistance
  • A membership discount is available for signing up for two years membership instead of annual membership

Lifetime Membership

  • Sustaining level for life
  • Three years on the Advisory Council
  • Complimentary invitations to all fundraisers and special events for three years
  • Special briefing with Republican leaders
  • RNLA notepad and pen holder
  • RNLA pin
  • Special recognition in publications
  • Exclusive and advance invitations to special recognition events
  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit programming
  • Nationwide network of fellow professionals with similar expertise
  • Information about assistance opportunities for the Republican Party and its candidates
  • Publication of online membership profile with photograph
  • National and local chapter events
  • Career advancement assistance
  • A membership discount is available for signing up for two years membership instead of annual membership

Law Student Membership

  • Legal educational programming
  • Nationwide network of legal professionals belongign to various practice areas
  • Information about assistance opportunities for the Republican Party and its candidates
  • Publication of online membership profile
  • National and local chapter events
  • Information about career opportunities
Biographic Web Page
A notable benefit for members is the biographic web page listing on www.rnla.org. Each member can list contact information, including links to e-mail addresses and law firm web sites. Up to two pages of prose biographic information follow the contact information. Finally, members choose up to three "practice areas" to designate for professional practice concentration.

These biographic webpages are consulted by potential clients, party officials, prospective employers and even the media. Many members have found new clients and been found by old friends. It is a great resource available to all members.

Events
The RNLA sponsors two annual national events of program rarity presented by preeminent lawyers, political professionals, diplomats and law professors. All events that are open to the public have discounted rates for members.

National Policy Conference
The National Policy Conference, always held in Washington, D.C. in March or April, is a one-day event held on a Friday. A pre-Conference reception is traditionally held the evening before the Conference at a foreign embassy or other place of renown for Contributing and higher level members. The press is invited to cover any and all aspects of the conference. Members must be willing to allow their images to be taped and broadcast by the media, including C-SPAN, which has often broadcast this event.

In the past, the National Policy Conference has included presentations by the Vice President of the United States, leading White House officials; senators; White House counsels; former Attorneys General; Ambassadors; leading staff members from the White House, Republican National Committee, Congress and government agencies; personalities from major Republican Party-oriented think tanks; nationally-known election law practitioners; preeminent litigators of significant political cases; lawyers who lead the national practice departments of major law firms; and RNLA members with national-level credentials within their professional practice areas. For details on this year's conference click here.

The event is scheduled in a manner allowing participants to choose from different program tracks, with multiple sessions taking place simultaneously. Members from outside Washington arrive the evening before, to accommodate the early starting time of the event.

National Election Law Seminar
The National Election Law Seminar, always held outside Washington, D.C., is a two-day, two-night event in election years and a one and one-half day event in non-election years held at a conference facility. In contrast to the National Policy Conference, the Election Seminar is a closed event, open only to RNLA members and invited guests. Any other person who desires to attend the Election Seminar must attend with the written permission of. Persons should not arrive at the Election Seminar without pre-registering.

The Election Seminar is designed to orient Republican Party legal professionals and volunteers to the election law systems utilized in the United States to encourage and protect open, fair and honest elections. Emphasis is placed on the need to preserve the rights of voters in a non-discriminatory manner. "Beginner track" topics include petition preparation and circulation, ballot access, objections to the legal sufficiency of petitions, pre-election planning, precinct election procedures, poll watching regulations, election fraud prevention, post-election counting procedures, post-election canvassing board operations, election challenges, and post-election court litigation.

Advanced election law training is also offered to those with a legal background or experience in the professional administration of election activities. This track emphasizes the lawyering strategies and techniques available to advance and protect ballot access of a candidate (or referendum committee), protect the integrity of the election day process through ethical and effective accessing of law enforcement and judicial authorities, defense or prosecution of post-election recount administrative and judicial cases, the filling of vacancies in public or political offices, the redrawing or consolidation of election precincts, the administration and counting of absentee, military, nursing home and other ballots not normally executed in-precinct, the operations of ballot counting and tabulation equipment, and the organization of non-lawyer volunteers in the provision of election services (such as volunteer assistance in a ballot recount).

All instruction at the National Summer Election Seminar is provided by experienced lawyers, election administration officials, employees of Republican Party entities and others who have national credentials in election law and election operations. Please click here for details on the 2012 Election Law Seminar.

Quadrennial Republican National Convention
The Association gathers during the quadrennial conventions of the National Republican Party to conduct The Lawyers Reception at the Republican Convention. RNLA members often volunteer with the Republican National Committee chief counsel to serve in convention staff positions, such as legal counsel to the convention committees and legal counsel to the various parliamentary functions of the convention.

Lawyers Inaugural Event
The Association hosts an inaugural event after the election of each Republican President. The event is open to members and their guests and held at a time not in conflict with the inaugural balls hosted by the Inaugural Committee.

The 2005 Inaugural event was held as a luncheon on January 19, 2005 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC to celebrate the re-election of the Bush-Cheney national ticket in 2004. Of the Inaugural Luncheon, John Fund wrote in the Wall Street Journal's Political Diary on January 21, 2005 "Amid the inaugural celebrations in Washington, a quiet luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton stood out. The Republican National Lawyers Association may well have contributed as much as anyone to making sure it was George Bush, not John Kerry, who took the oath of office yesterday. . . . At the RNLA lunch this week, former Solicitor General Ted Olson, who as a private lawyer argued George W. Bush's Florida recount case before the Supreme Court in 2000, told the group: 'The strategy of delegitimizing election results didn't work in 2000 and it didn't work in 2004. Anyone who says lawyers don't make a difference in politics doesn't know what the people in this room did.'"

Other National Events
Other national events include an Annual Holiday Reception at a foreign Embassy or place of renown in Washington, DC. Other occasional events such as a RNLA Members only White House briefing have occured in the past. The RNLA seeks to provide its members with the best in value for their membership.

Local Chapter Events
Local chapters of the RNLA conduct activities allowing interaction among local members. Networking receptions and trainings for upcoming election activities are typical events. Not all localities have RNLA chapters, and any member is invited to investigate formation of a new chapter by consulting RNLA staff .

Local events, including those organized in Washington, D.C. by the Washington, D.C. Operations Committee, are open to all members and their guests. To view the currently scheduled events click here.

Law School Events
Law students are invited to form chapters of the RNLA at their law schools, and are encouraged to follow the formation and program suggestions in the law school chapter operations guide. Law students are invited to participate in all RNLA activities and events. Law school chapters are encouraged to list their events on the Events and Education page by contacting RNLA staff .

Political News
Web-based news services abound. Therefore, RNLA only provides members narrowly targeted information related to lawyer involvement in Republican politics, news of interest to lawyers such as the latest on the judicial confirmation front, member political and professional accomplishments, and other information from the national capital city that is directly relevant to members.

The quarterly RNLA web newsletter, The Republican Lawyer, updates members on RNLA organizational matters, includes articles written by members, and highlights upcoming events. The web site features a daily blog and twitter @TheRepLawyer. Addition news, including opportunities with Republican campaigns, are also sent by email.

Identity Items
Members can obtain RNLA lapel pins by upgrading their membership level to the Contributing level or higher. Sustaining level and Advisory Council Members receive an annual gift. Past gifts include cardholders, commemorative Republican paper weights, coasters, etc. Advisory Council Members receive an autographed book by a leading Republican or Conservative authors.

National Affiliation
A member's affiliation with the RNLA is a gift to themselves in recognition of a career of professional accomplishment. It is both a public and professional distinction.

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