LEAD 2020: Legislative Education & Advocacy Day

Welcome to LEAD 2020! This year our event will be held at the Massachusetts State House in Boston. Check-in begins at 9:00 am and the program starts at 9:45 am. We recommend that you arrive early to mitigate issues with traffic and allow plenty of time to find seating. Food and drinks are not allowed in the building, but there are coffee shops near the State House where you can purchase and enjoy drinks and food prior to the beginning of the program. 


Upon arrival at the State House, you may encounter a line for security which involves putting any bags through the machine and going through a metal detector. Due to the high number of participants who will need to pass through security, we highly recommend that you wear no metal and bring no more than one small bag and empty pockets.

Lunch will be provided at the State House following our lobbying portion of the day. As you register, please note any dietary restrictions so we may accommodate you.


Registration will close when capacity for legislative panels is reached. Unfortunately, there will be no on-site registration. Due to limited capacity we encourage participants to register as soon as possible.*


Please direct any questions or concerns to Noël Schutz at nschutz.naswma@socialworkers.org or 617-227-9635 ext. 167 and Delaney Gagnon at dgagnon.naswma@socialworkers.org or 617-227-9635 ext. 113.


*If you require accommodations protected under the ADA, please indicate on the registration form or contact us before the end of the day on March 18, 2020, or as soon as possible. 


If you are interested in volunteering at LEAD and attending for free, please contact the chapter office at chapter.naswma@socialworkers.org or 617-227-9635. 

Registration Instructions

Several panels lasting an hour and fifteen minutes are available for students to participate in. Each panel will correspond with a bill or issue on our legislative agenda for LEAD. When registering, please indicate your top two choices for a panel you would like to attend and we will try to accommodate you as best we can. 


If you plan to lobby, please indicate that while registering. After you are finished registering for LEAD, you must make an appointment with your State Legislator. You may lobby for ANY bill, regardless of which panel you attend. Follow the steps below to make an appointment with your State Legislator:


  1. To identify your State Legislator, go to https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator.

  2. You can make an appointment with your State Representative, State Senator, or both! Click on the name of your State Legislator.

  3. Then, you will be directed to their page on the State House website, which includes their office’s contact information. The best way to make an appointment is to call their office. (Note: Some legislators share office space with others, especially if the office is part of a larger committee, so you may be directed to a receptionist or phone menu of legislators.)

  4. If you are directed to a receptionist: "Hello, I am a constituent of Representative/Senator ____ and would like to schedule a meeting." They will then direct you to their aide responsible for scheduling.

    1. Speaking to the aide: "Hello, I am a constituent of Representative/Senator ____. I will be at the State House on Monday, March 23rd as part of the National Association of Social Worker's Legislative Education and Advocacy Day and would like to set up a meeting with them to talk about bill ______."

    2. Aide will likely say: "Great, what time were you looking for?"

    3. You: "I would be interested in a 15-30 minute meeting at 12:00 pm, if possible."

  5. Several situations can occur from here, and they are all okay.

    1. The legislator themselves are not available that day/time but an aide is. Aides are crucial in the legislative process as there are literally thousands of bills filed each session and aides help push the important ones to the top of the list for the legislator. If you are offered a meeting with an aide, we strongly encourage you to accept.

    2. The office is not available at that time. Try calling your other State Legislator to see if they can meet with you, or see if they are available after 12:00 pm. If not, contact us.

Please note that we expect several hundred students to be making appointments with their legislators, many of whom most likely have the same State Legislator. It is important you state that you are with NASW so that you can be slotted together and not miss an opportunity to meet with your legislator if available.

Legislative Agenda

At the State House, you will have the opportunity to lobby your elected officials, advocating for bills and issues that most interest you. For more information on the bills that be at LEAD, click on the links below. 

Safe Communities Act

Treatment not Imprisonment


Lift Kids out of Deep Poverty

Closing the SNAP Gap

Loan Repayment for Social Workers

Safe Consumption Sites

Join us for our Annual Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD), starting with a speaking program at the Massachusetts State House. At the State House, you will have the opportunity to lobby your elected officials, advocating for bills and issues that most interest you. View NASW-MA's legislative agenda for LEAD 2020 on our website. This event is free and open to all social workers. Your legislators need to hear from you about issues and concerns affecting your professional practice. Please register so that we can schedule a meeting with your legislator on your behalf. Together, we can make a difference!


Parking is very costly and limited in Boston near the Massachusetts State House. We strongly recommend using the MBTA, if possible.



  • Park Street (Green and Red Lines)

  • Downtown Crossing (Orange, Red, and Silver Lines)

  • Government Center (Blue and Green Lines)

  • Silver Line (SL4 and SL5 routes run with close proximity to the State House)


For more information on how to get to the State House, visit the official website.

  • When

  • Monday, March 23, 2020
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • Massachusetts State House
    24 Beacon Street
    Boston, Massachusetts 02108

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