Tag: Bill LaForge

The Link between the Congressional Committee System and Legislation

The Link between the Congressional Committee System and Legislation

Different congressional committees within each chamber of Congress conduct most of the work on legislation, including the preparation that must occur on a bill leading to floor consideration. photo credit: barbourians Bills are referred to congressional committees for any needed further action. In the event a committee decides an issue or a bill has merit, […]

Making the Most of Visual Aids when Testifying before Congress

Making the Most of Visual Aids when Testifying before Congress

When you are invited to testify before Congress, visual aids can provide impact and enhance your testimony. Even so, certain guidelines should be followed to make the most of the use and design of visual aids. photo credit: kifo First and foremost, make certain you obtain approval to use any intended visual aids prior to […]

How Truth-in-Testimony Rules Apply to Prospective Congressional Witnesses

How Truth-in-Testimony Rules Apply to Prospective Congressional Witnesses

As a prospective public witness testifying before Congress, it is essential to have a solid understanding of the Truth-In-Testimony rules that witnesses are required to comply with and the consequences that can result for failing to comply. photo credit: einalem To the greatest extent possible, witnesses who appear before each committee are required to submit […]

The 7 Types of Congressional Hearings

The 7 Types of Congressional Hearings

If you have been called to testify before a Congressional hearing or think that you might be called to do so in the future, it can be helpful to have a basic understanding of the various types of Congressional hearings and their purposes. photo credit: Tarter Time Photography The main purpose of any Congressional hearing […]

Testifying Before Congress, by William LaForge

Testifying Before Congress, by William LaForge

Testifying Before Congress: A Practical Guide to Preparing and Delivering Testimony before Congress and Congressional Hearings for Agencies, Associations, Corporations, Military, NGOs, and State and Local Officials By William N. LaForge As a practical guide to assist witnesses and their organizations in preparing and delivering Congressional testimony, this book is designed for use by anyone […]

What to Expect when you Testify Before Congress

What to Expect when you Testify Before Congress

When you must testify before Congress, it is a good idea to know what to expect and how to conduct yourself in order to obtain the best results. In most instances, you will only have a few minutes to make your case if you are going to be testifying in support or opposition to legislation. […]

Testifying Before Congress Video on CSPAN BookTV

Testifying Before Congress Video on CSPAN BookTV

Testifying Before Congress with William LaForge 45 minute video presentation on CSPAN BookTV, July 22, 2010 About the Program William LaForge discusses how to successfully prepare and deliver testimony at congressional hearings. He spoke at a lunch event at the Hall of States building in Washington, DC. About the Author William LaForge is an attorney […]

Mark Twain on Copyright

Mark Twain on Copyright

Section 3.52, Remarks of Samuel Langhorne Clemens Before the Congressional Joint Committee on Patents, December, 1906 From “Testifying Before Congress,” by William N. LaForge Copyright Hearings, December 7 to 11, 1906 Arguments Before The Committees On Patents of the Senate and House of Representatives, Conjointly, On The Bills S. 6330 and H.R. 19853. To Amend […]

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