National law firm Polsinelli Shughart PC is adding value to the HBCU and MSI communities. Shareholder and Lobbyist Anita R. Estell has initiated quarterly communications via the creation of the Education Policy Innovation Center (E.P.I.Center Newsletter) that is a comprehensive and interactive resource guide focusing on policy changes at the federal level involving historically black colleges and universities, and minority serving institutes.
“Changing times require organizations to be informed of regulations impacting their operations,” emphasized Estell, who also serves as the newsletter’s editor. “There are significant changes on the horizon for the HBCU and MSI communities. Leaders of minority institutions will be required to move quickly and cohesively to affect the changing climate regarding the future of education policy.” Estell is also a senior member of the Polsinelli Public Policy group; and manages a diverse government affairs client portfolio which requires continuous monitoring of a $3.8 trillion federal budget and securing several billions of dollars in federal appropriations for client projects annually.
Recent changes in Washington and budget challenges at the national, state and local levels require expanded collaboration and engagement. “There is a vital role that HBCUs and MSIs can play in helping the nation to train today’s and tomorrow’s talent,” stated Estell. The E.P.I.Center will help inform and connect communities in such a way that can help close existing gaps and drive innovation.”
The inaugural edition of the publication was released this fall, and the next quarterly issue is scheduled for release in early February 2011. “Both issues are relevant in that the inaugural issue provides a recap of the federal landscape prior to the mid-term elections. The next issue will provide a clearer picture of what to expect in a brand new Congress accompanied by a shift in control in one chamber,” stated Estell.
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About Polsinelli Shughart PC
With more than 500 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart PC (www.polsinelli.com) is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business law, financial services, real estate and business litigation. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients, Polsinelli Shughart is redefining the business of law by sharing ideas, goals and outcomes with its clients. The firm builds enduring relationships by creating value beyond legal services - with passion, ingenuity and a sense of urgency. The firm has offices located in Kansas City; St. Louis; Phoenix; Chicago; Denver; Washington, D.C.; New York; Wilmington, Del.; Overland Park, Kan.; St. Joseph, Springfield, and Jefferson City, Mo.; Topeka, Kan.; and Edwardsville, Ill.
About Anita Estell
Anita R. Estell is a pioneer in the Washington, D.C. lobbying community and is considered to be one of the city’s outstanding lobbyists. She quickly earned a reputation as a strategist whose achievements are marked by innovative, measurable and sustainable results after making history as the first African American woman to become a principal at a major independent lobbying firm in 1993. She earned her law and journalism degrees from the University of Missouri. For a full bio, go to www.polsinelli.com/aestell
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