ASCLS is proud to work with Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA), American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Association of Genetic Technologists (AGT), American Medical Technologists (AMT), the National Society for Histotechnology (NSH), and the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists-USA (PAMET-USA) on the Legislative Symposium each year. 

LegDaygraphicThrough this ASCLS tradition that originated in 1989, the members of these organizations meet with their representatives and senators on Capitol Hill as a unified front on behalf of our profession. Each year these leading organizations urge their members and leaders to come to Washington to provide a visible and informed voice, and make our concerns known inside Congress.

Education, Experience, Leadership

The Legislative Symposium provides a great education on the how-tos of lobbying. Attendees are coached on presentation techniques so they can effectively talk to their congressional representatives during their appointments. They are well received in the congressional offices. Attendees return home from Washington with first-hand knowledge of the political system in action and confidence that they make a difference.

The 2021 Legislative Symposium is scheduled for March 15-16 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, VA. Each attendee will receive pre-meeting emails describing the issues to be discussed with their congressional representatives as well as extensive information to be left with each office.

Wondering what the Legislative Symposium is like?

Laboratory professionals at all stages of their careers attend the Legislative Symposium. Programming is built to accommodate everyone's experiences, from first-time attendees to those who know all the secret passages to get around The Hill. Here are views of recent Symposiums.


General Information

Registration is open to members of ASCLS, ASCP, CLMA, AMT, AGT, NSH, and PAMET-USA.

Early Bird (until 2/12/2021) $290
Regular (until 3/5/2021) $340
Onsite $390

Registration Opens December 1, 2020.

All Symposium events will take place at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, located in historic Alexandria, Virginia; convenient to King Street shops and restaurants, Reagan National Airport, and the King Street Metro stop (Blue and Yellow Lines). A block of rooms has been set aside for Legislative Symposium attendees until February 18, 2021 or until the room block is sold out. Accommodations are $181 for single or double rooms, plus any additional applicable taxes. 

Sample Agenda

The final agenda and handouts will be available one week prior to the Symposium.

MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2021
8:00 am – 8:15 am  Welcome from the Partners
8:15 am – 8:30 am Meeting Overview
8:30 am – 9:15 am    Overview of the Political Environment in Washington
9:15 am – 10:00am  Issue Brief #1
10:00 am – 10:15 am  BREAK
10:15 am– 11:15 am  Issue Brief #1 Continued
11:15 am - 12:00 pm   Issue Brief #2
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm    Networking Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm  Preparing for Congressional Visits
  • Review of Issues, Leave Behinds and “Talking Points”
  • Walk Through Feedback on Visits
  • How Congressional Offices Work
  • How Legislative Staff View Your Visit
  • How to Communicate Your Message Effectively
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Issue Brief #3
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm  Advocacy Perspectives Outside the Laboratory Profession
3:45 pm – 4:15 pm BREAK
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Congressional Update
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Practicing Your Message/Making a Difference
  • Developing your personal advocacy message
  • Breakouts and Role-Playing
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm  RECEPTION
6:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am  Begin traveling to Capitol Hill Appointments (on your own)