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Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD)



Registration is Now CLOSED!


We are thrilled with the enormous interest in LEAD this year! Unfortunately, we are now at maximum capacity and cannot accept any additional registrants. Please note that there will be no on-site registration as our program’s locations cannot hold additional participants. Please do not show up the day of, as you will be turned away because we absolutely cannot exceed capacity.


If you are a professor or a student mandating LEAD attendance, please contact Sophie Hansen ( to discuss other upcoming related advocacy events through partner organizations that could fulfill this requirement.


Thank you again for your interest and cooperation



Join us!

Monday, April 2, 2018

9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Registration and Check-in Begins at 8:30 am

Emmanuel Church & Massachusetts State House


Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) offers an opportunity for social workers to lobby with state lawmakers and advocate for legislation that is important to our clients and the social work profession.

 Be informed on important social work legislation!



 $25 includes lunch & 1.5 CEUs


Online registration has closed and there will be NO on-site registration.




Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) is an annual event sponsored by the Massachusetts Chapter of NASW that brings together hundreds of social work students and professionals to the State House. Our goal at LEAD is to engage social workers in:


  • Learning about the current legislative issues affecting social workers and clients in Massachusetts
  • Engage in the legislative process
  • Experience lobbying and advocating first hand

LEAD will be held at both the Emmanuel Church of Boston and the State House. After a plenary session in Emmanuel Church we will “March for Social Work Values” to the State House for lunch and legislative themed workshops. 


Know Before You Go!

Find your State Representative and State Senator

To get names and contact information for your elected officials, visit


Food and drinks are not allowed in Emmanuel Church. Please plan accordingly.


Due to long lines for State House security:

  1.  Try your best to wear minimal jewelry or items that may set off the metal detector.
  2. Bring no more than one bag and empty your pockets prior to going through security.








Plenary Session


Rebekah Gewirtz

NASW-MA Executive Director


Governor's Proclamation and Remarks

Secretary Marylou Sudders

Secretary of Health and Human Services


Mrs. Lauren Baker

First Lady of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


“Thank You for Lobbying”

Senator Sal DiDomenico, Representative Liz Malia

LEAD Co-Sponsors


Why Social Workers Need to Advocate

Tiziana Dearing

Professor, Boston College


The Time is Now: Social Workers as Leaders, Advocates, and Champions

Kathy Lopes, LICSW

Assistant Commissioner for Foster Care,

Adoption, and Adolescent Services at DCF


Overview of the Day

Sophie Hansen, LCSW

NASW-MA Political Director



“March for Social Work Values” through Boston Common to the Massachusetts State House




 Panel Breakouts by bill—Check your folder for your assigned panel’s location



Lunch (Grand Staircase)



Optional ‘lobbying 101’ workshop (Great Hall)

              CE Stamping outside and Evaluation Turn-In (Grand Staircase)



Student-Made Lobby appointments (optional)




I have never lobbied before, what should I do?

Lobbying can seem intimidating at first, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact it should be empowering and fun! Check out this step-by-step guide from NASW-MA or Lobbying 101 video from the ACLU-MA. More than anything, remember that you are a master of your own experience, so share your perspective and that of your clients with confidence.


I am traveling from far away, what if I am late?

We understand that it can be difficult to travel into Boston early in the morning, especially if you are traveling from far away. Check-in is from 8:30-9:30am at Emmanuel Church of Boston. Doors will close at 9:30am, and you won’t be allowed into the plenary session. We ask that you plan accordingly so that you don’t miss out!


Where can I find parking for LEAD?

We highly discourage driving into Boston, as parking is very expensive and limited. Instead, we suggest you take The T!

  • Green Line to Arlington St.
  • Orange Line to Back Bay
  • Commuter Rail to Back Bay

MBTA Subway Map


Parking is available at:

  • Boston Common Garage, 0 Charles St., Boston MA 02116
  • The Back Bay Garage, 222 Berkeley St., Boston MA 02116

What should I bring to LEAD?

We ask that you bring only one bag as there will be a long line at security in the State House. Please don’t wear metal, put your belt, metal jewelry, and all items in your pockets into your bag prior to entering security. Better yet, leave these things at home!


Will lunch be provided?

Bagged lunch will be provided at the State House. Please contact LEAD coordinator Katie O’Leary at if you have any dietary restrictions not previously listed in your registration form.


What should I expect from the “March for Social Work Values”?

Attendees will be walking through Boston Common and are encouraged to be creative and bring signs displaying the full power of social workers! At the same time, please feel free to walk apart from the group. However, we ask that you arrive inside the State House by 11:00am to take part in the rest of the day’s activities.


I require accommodations, who should I contact?

Please contact LEAD coordinator Katie O’Leary at


How early should I arrive for check-in?

Check-in is from 8:30-9:30am. We ask that you arrive as early as possible, as doors will close at 9:30am.


What should I wear to LEAD?

Please wear clothes appropriate for the weather and comfortable walking shoes for the march. We recommend business casual (no jeans) as you will be interacting and lobbying with state legislators. You also never know if there will be other elected officials there or great networking opportunities!


Should I make appointments with legislators in advance?

This year lobbying appointments will not be a required part of the day’s events, though we do encourage all those interested to do so. If you would like to make an appointment with your legislator, you should have received instructions from the political director. For questions, please contact Sophie Hansen at .


How long is LEAD?

Check-in begins at 8:30am and LEAD programming is from 9:30am-1:00pm with optional lobbying afterward.


Activist Opportunities


There are many ways to get involved in social work advocacy! if you are not an NASW member, join NASW today!

  •  Volunteer to help organize and participate at LEAD 2018. E-mail Katie, 2018 LEAD coordinator.
  • Join the Legislative Advocacy Committee (LAC) meetings. Send an email or call 617-227-9635
  •  Send a letter to your representative or senator about our priority legislation.
  •  Learn about how to give legislative testimony.
  •  Join the Political Action Committee (Political Action for Candidate Election - PACE).

Legislative Agenda


During the plenary session at Emmanuel Church you will learn about NASW-MA's current legislative agenda. Then, at the State House, you will have the opportunity to lobby with your elected officials, advocating for the bills and issues that most interest you. View NASW-MA's legislative agenda for LEAD 2018 here




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