For The Record

In her role as an attorney and lobbyist with Reed Smith LLP, one lesson in particular stands out to Samantha Sedivy, L’16: “Everybody’s a lobbyist.” That’s her message for students in her legislative advocacy course in her role as adjunct professor.

“The General Assembly is such a bubble,” said Sedivy, who unpacks the intricacies of the legislature for students and gives them the basic tools on how to effect change. Guest speakers — including lobbyists and representatives from the Division of Legislative Services — discuss such topics as legislation drafting and coalition building, as well as other techniques needed to “cross the finish line,” as she puts it, when it comes to legislative advocacy.

Students put their persuasive skills into action by creating succinct one-page arguments to persuade legislators. Among the topics they’ve picked: voter pre-registration, school meal debt, and animal abuse laws.

Sedivy is also a coach and mentor for students on the Trial Advocacy Board. She remains involved with Richmond Law, she explains, because “I had some amazing adjuncts when I was at UR, and I want to make sure that students have that same experience.”