How to Communicate Effectively with Your Elected Rep

Webinar Date: 
August 1, 2012

Are you frustrated seeing consumer rights attacked in Congress or in your State Legislature? Do you feel that getting involved in the legislative process is a waste of time?Educating legislators on consumer issues is just as important as advocating for consumers in the courtroom. Yet, communicating with legislators requires different skills and tools than those used in a courtroom. This webinar, presented by a veteran legislator and consumer lawyer, will teach you how to be an effective participant in the legislative process.


Delegate John N. Ellem is a life-long resident of Wood County, West Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Wheeling Jesuit University (magna cum laude) and his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1992 where he was a member of the Moot Court Board and Clinical Law Program. In July of 2000, after working eight years as a litigation associate for a mid-sized firm, he opened Ellem Law Office where his focus has been representing consumers in WV and OH in a variety of matters, including lemon law and debt collection abuse as well as personal injury, criminal defense, and bankruptcy. Delegate Ellem is currently serving in his sixth term (twelve years) as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates representing the 10th District. He has been the Minority Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee for the past six years and also serves on the Constitutional Revisions and Natural Resources Committees. He is a member of the Legislature’s Joint Commission on Special Investigations and recently served on the House Committee on Redistricting. Prior to becoming a legislator, Delegate Ellem served as a member of the West Virginia Ethics Commission charged with administration and enforcement of the West Virginia Ethics Act. Delegate Ellem is a member of the WV State Bar, the Ohio State Bar, the West Virginia Association for Justice, and the National Association of Consumer Advocates.

Ellen Taverna is the senior legislative sasociate at the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA). As NACA’s senior legislative associate, Ellen assists in organizing and coordinating NACA’s membership to promote legislative issues related to consumer justice and consumer financial services, and she develops coalitions with other communities who share our agenda.


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