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Advocacy is the act of supporting a cause or proposal, or influencing decisions within political, economic, and social institutions. Advocacy can include activities and publications to influence public policy, laws, and budgets by using facts, relationships, the media, and messaging to educate government officials and the public. In mental health, advocacy means getting support from another person to help you express your views and wishes, and help you stand up for your rights.


An advocate can listen to your views and concerns, help you explore your options and rights, provide information to help you make informed decisions, help you contact relevant people, or contact them on your behalf, and accompany you and support you in meetings or appointments.

Learning Chess at Home

Workshop Description

MCWE 2024 Advocacy Workshop is a training program that teaches individuals how to effectively advocate for a cause or issue. This workshop is designed to provide participants with the tools and knowledge they need to influence public opinion, policy, legal, and decision-making. The training typically covers a range of topics such as defining goals, fundraising, building a digital presence, and much more.

A legal advocacy workshop is a training program that teaches participants how to effectively advocate for their clients in a legal setting. These workshops are designed to help lawyers, law students, and other legal professionals develop the skills they need to represent their clients in court or other legal proceedings.


The MCWE 2024 Advocacy workshop can be useful for anyone looking to run a strong advocacy program, legal career or whether you’re working to influence grassroots, grasstops, legislators, or opinion leaders.


This Workshop is being presented by Richard Parker, Esq. (Colonel Retired)


Format: In-Person & Virtual

90 Minutes

April 9, 2024

Free Workshop

Facilitator - Richard Parker, Esq. (Col. Ret.)

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Richard Parker Of Counsel,

Palmieir & Eisenberg, PC

In September 2022 Mr. Parker ended his 40-year government career and is now of counsel to the law firm of Palmieri & Eisenberg, PC. In his last government position, Mr. Parker was a senior executive with the Office of Inspector General, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA-OIG), and led administrative investigations into whistleblower complaints arising out of the programs and operations of the FHFA and its regulated entities: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac (the Enterprises), and the Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks). Previously, Mr. Parker served as the Acting Deputy Inspector General for Investigations. In that capacity, he led the Inspector General's nationwide law enforcement group which investigates allegations of crime affecting FHFA, the Enterprises, and the FHLBanks.

Mr. Parker served previously as the Deputy Inspector General for Compliance and Special Projects and the Deputy Inspector General for Evaluations. In those capacities, he directed multidisciplinary teams conducting evaluations, compliance reviews, and special investigations, as well as public and confidential analyses of FHFA's supervision and regulation of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the FHLBanks.

Before joining the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Mr. Parker directed internal evaluations and conducted sensitive internal investigations at the Office of Inspector General for the General Services Administration.

Mr. Parker served nearly 18 years as a Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney, overseeing all U.S. government defensive litigation in the Eastern District of Virginia. He oversaw the management of attorneys and support staff members in three geographically-dispersed offices and personally litigated numerous national security/ state secrets privileges, Constitutional tort, employment discrimination, and medical malpractice cases.

Mr. Parker is a retired U.S. Army Colonel. In his last assignment, he served as the Chief Counsel of the National Guard Bureau. He planned and directed the national-level legal operations supporting the deployment of 50,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen to Louisiana and Mississippi in response to Hurricane Katrina. He also served with the Multinational Force–Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Mr. Parker has published articles on federal civil litigation, and he has taught at the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center and the U.S. Naval Justice School. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

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