DATES: JUN 15-26, 2020
         
VENUE: ILI Headquarters, Washington, D.C., USA      
   
TUITION: $4200
   

 

 

 

 

 

Overview

This seminar stresses learning by doing. Participants will convert specific legislative proposals into the drafting of bills. Instruction will include the basics in drafting common statutory provisions. The United States legislative process will be introduced as a case study.

Course Outline

Legislative Drafting Principles and Analysis

  • Applying legislative drafting principles and analysis to proposals for new legislation

Elements of Legislative Drafting: Rules and Exercises

  • Achieving the intended legal effect
  • Drafting clear legislative sentences
  • Structuring and organizing bills and other legislation
  • Drafting amendments, repeals, and superseding language to existing law

Hands-On Drafting of Legislation

  • Drafting bills from specific legislative proposals

Drafting Common Legislative Provisions

  • Enforcement provisions
  • "Power of the purse" funding provisions
  • Grant programs
  • Governmental commissions

Legislative Process

  • Development of legislative policy
  • Comparison of U.S. and foreign legislative processes
  • Implementation of trade agreements through domestic legislation
  • Role of legislative committees in developing legislation
  • Role of professional legislative services and other legislative support services
  • Statutory Interpretation

 

Course CoordinatorJeff Ziarnik has coordinated over 20 high level ILI legislative drafting seminars over the last decade and in addition more than 100 other seminars, including legislative seminars not focused specifically on drafting. He has a J.D. from the Western Michigan University Cooley School of Law and has a Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to law school, Jeff was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia.

Traditional Faculty for this seminar include:

Arthur J. Rynearson, former Deputy Legislative Counsel of the United States Senate
Anthony C. Coe, former Senior Counsel, United States Senate Office of the Legislative Counsel
Polly Craighill, former Senior Counsel, United States Senate Office of the Legislative Counsel