Advancing Policy Advocacy: A Policy Process Approach
Nova Law Review
[First paragraph] Why propose a policy advocacy model for attorneys?1 Simply put, the legal academy does not train future attorneys for the art and science of policy advocacy.2 To be sure, all Juris Doctor students complete some work related to the theory and practice of public policy.3 Trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, legal writing, and substantive courses in specific policy areas help students develop foundations for effective policy advocacy.5 But policy advocacy is not a "lesser included skill" to trial advocacy, and public policy is not a "lesser included degree to a Juris Doctor alone.7 Attorneys who approach the public policy space assuming otherwise set themselves, their clients, and their policy issues up for failure.8
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Original Publication Citation
McNamara, B. K. (2023). Advancing policy advocacy: A policy process approach. Nova Law Review, 47(3), 343-394, Article 5. https://nsuworks.nova.edu/nlr/vol47/iss3/5/
McNamara, Brian K., "Advancing Policy Advocacy: A Policy Process Approach" (2023). School of Public Service Faculty Publications. 63.