THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: AN OWNER’S MANUAL
In-Person Live Seminar
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MEMBER PRICE
$245.00
STANDARD PRICE
$295.00
MSBA MEMBER, NEW LAWYER, AND OTHER DISCOUNTS, IF APPLICABLE, WILL BE APPLIED DURING CHECKOUT.

IN-PERSON PASSHOLDERS:
You may use your Pass to register for the live webcast at no charge.

Friday, January 8, 2021

8:55 AM - 3:15 PM   |   Check-In:  8:30 AM

LIVE ONLINE ONLY – NO IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE
In-Person Passholders – You may use your Pass to register for the live webcast at no charge.

The United States Congress: An Owner’s Manual

Former Congressman Brian Baird Provides an Insider’s Guide to the Legislative Process – How It Works, Why It Often Doesn’t, and How to Fix It

How you thought Congress once worked or should work is not what happens today.

Who better than a former Congressman who is also a Clinical Psychologist to help us understand Congress and politics today? Dr. Baird tells the inside story of how Congress really works (or doesn’t), the secrets to effective advocacy, possible fixes to the broken system and what it all means for the future of law and the nation. 

Dr. Baird served the people of southwest Washington for six terms in Congress and was known and respected for taking principled stands, working with both sides of the aisle and fighting to improve the practices and ethics of Congress. He will combine real world insights, surprising facts, practical examples and humor into the most enjoyable, frightening and inspiring talk about our government and the people in it. 

Participants in Brian’s courses consistently rate the experience among the most informative, valuable, engaging and entertaining of their careers.

You will learn:

  • How the fight for election influences everything else
  • How the legislative process is supposed to work and how it works in practice
  • How budgets really evolve
  • Authorization, appropriation, and taxation
  • The 10 reasons members of Congress do things
  • How lobbyists influence Congress
  • The dangers of partisanship and the appeal of authoritarianism

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

Brian Baird Ph.D. is a retired six term Member of Congress (WA 3rd), clinical psychologist, an award-winning instructor, former President of Antioch University’s Seattle campus, and was named the funniest celebrity in Washington DC for his stand-up comedy performances. In addition to his background in government, clinical practice, and academia, Dr. Baird has worked in industry, written three books and made frequent media appearances on national and regional programs.


SCHEDULE:

8:30 – 8:55 a.m.
JOIN ONLINE


8:55 – 9:00 a.m.
WELCOME & INTRODUCTION


9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Getting Elected
What it really takes to be elected to federal office and how that influences everything else.

  • The disconnect between what it takes to get elected versus what it takes to serve
  • Money, geography, timing, partisanship and luck
  • Media and micropandering
  • What voters say they want and how they vote
  • Reforms and remedies


9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
An Institution That Has Evolved to Dysfunction

  • How it is supposed to work in theory
  • Deliberation? – We don’t need no stinking deliberation – How it really happens today
  • Power in the hands of the very few – the rest are supplicants or spectators
  • Partisanship and the “tyranny of faction” and the challenge of divided government
  • Rules – Are they meant to be manipulated or to allow things to work?
  • Reforms and remedies


10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
BREAK


10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Budgets, Revenues, Authorization, Appropriations 

  • If you ran your home this way, you’d be bankrupt
  • Why should a budget have anything to do with revenues that have anything to do with spending?
  • Where the money comes from and where it goes
  • Reforms and remedies


11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Question & Answer Session


11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LUNCH BREAK


12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Article II and Article III 

  • Blank checks and loss of balance
  • The President
  • The Agencies
  • The Judiciary 
  • Reforms and remedies


1:15 – 2:15 pm.
Advocacy 

  • 10 reasons members of Congress do things
  • The keys to successful advocacy
  • Political giving
  • Grass roots
  • Lobbyists


2:15 – 2:30 p.m.
BREAK


2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Challenges and Opportunities 

  • An institution and people who can’t keep pace
  • The “normalization of paranoia” and authoritarianism in America
  • Kicking a 27 trillion dollar can gets harder every day
  • The difference between 31.9 and 32.1 degrees
  • The normal curve and AI 
  • The world is round – and it’s about to roll over us
  • Facts, reason, dialogue and compromise are virtues not sins
  • The fundamental importance of service over self


3:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Question & Answer Session


Brian Baird is a faculty member of The Professional Education Group

LIVE WEBCAST
Friday, January 8, 2021
Attend online

REPLAYS
There are no replays.

$245 MSBA members / $245 paralegals / $295 standard rate

Other discounts that may apply:

Scholarships available!
Need-based scholarships are available for in-person and online seminars. For further information or to obtain a scholarship application, contact us at 800-759-8840 or customerservice@minncle.org.

Minnesota CLE is applying to the Minnesota State Board of CLE for 5.0 standard CLE credits. The maximum number of total credits attendees may claim for this program is 5.0 credits.

MEMBER PRICE
$245.00
STANDARD PRICE
$295.00
MSBA MEMBER, NEW LAWYER, AND OTHER DISCOUNTS, IF APPLICABLE, WILL BE APPLIED DURING CHECKOUT.

IN-PERSON PASSHOLDERS:
You may use your Pass to register for the live webcast at no charge.

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