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Council on Advocacy - Chair Duties

Position Description

Serves the association as the content expert in the area of legislation and advocacy. Supervises and directs the activities of the Council on Advocacy and the Legislative Grassroots Network (LGN).

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be an active predoctoral member at the time of application and throughout the term of office.
  2. Experience serving on the council is strongly preferred.
  3. Must be able to attend all required meetings (dates and locations are noted on the National Leader Meeting Schedule).
  4. Must be able to complete assignments and responsibilities by established deadlines.


Must be able to attend each meeting noted below in order to be considered for the position.

  • Spring council and board of trustees meeting
  • Fall council and board of trustees meeting
  • ADA Washington Leadership Conference
  • ASDA Annual Session 2015
  • National Dental Student Lobby Day 2015


  • Chairs all meetings of the council.
  • Mentors the council members to prepare them to take over as chair.
  • Researches and/or completes any project or House of Delegates resolution assigned by board of trustees.
  • Monitors state and national legislative activities and shares legislative information with the council legislative coordinators and LGN legislative liaisons.
  • Advises the legislative coordinators on organizing grassroots political activities, such as meet and greets and state lobby days.
  • Conducts an orientation and planning program at annual session for incoming council members.
  • Educates members about the legislative process, issues and legislation important to dental students, education and the profession.
  • Assists in planning the annual National Dental Student Lobby Day in conjunction with ASDA staff.
  • Reviews and updates all legislative content on the ASDA website.
  • May be appointed to serve as ASDA representative to the ADA Council on Government Affairs or another ADA council.
  • Submits a year-end continuity report.
  • Submits post-meeting reports when representing ASDA at outside meetings.
  • Provides content for association publications and media as requested.

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