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Beyond the Courtroom: A Lawyer's Guide to Campaigning

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ISBN13: 9781903307359
ISBN: 190330735X
Published: October 2005
Publisher: Legal Action Group
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £28.00



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This book sets out how lawyers can go beyond their individual cases to influence policy, law and practice. It challenges lawyers to work with each other and in partnership with organisations to effect social change.

Beyond the Courtroom is a unique new title aimed at lawyers, advisers, campaigners, charities, pressure groups and anyone who wants to have their say in how law and policy are made. It brings the 'corridors of power' to life with clear and simple explanation as well as practical tips and case studies.

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Subjects:
Advocacy, Legal Skills and Method
Contents:
Chapter 1 - key themes running through book:
law and politics and the key institutions
history of campaigns and the law
where do lawyers fit in

Chapter 2 - The law in the making
How to influence draft laws and policies early on.
Navigating your way through Whitehall
how to impact on ministers, civil servants and special advisers
responding effectively to Government consultations and the role of lawyers in the civil service

Chapter 3 - How a Bill becomes an Act
Breakdown of the key stages - following a Bill through Parliament with tips on influencing civil servants, drafting amendments, getting them tabled, and how to engage parliamentarians with your key issues

Chapter 4 - - Parliament: the tools and techniques
Explanation of parliamentary procedures and methods (including committees, questions, debates etc) and how to use them to influence Government policies - e.g. how to make most impact when giving evidence at Select Committees

Chapter 5- Europe
As Europe becomes an ever greater source of UK law, tips on to how to influence Directives early on enough to make a difference
how the different institutions (Commission, Parliament and Council of Ministers) operate and who really has influence

Chapter 6- Making your mark on the media
The different types of media
the media's interest in the law and legal cases
how to influence the media

Chapter 7 - Working in partnership
Why work in partnership with other lawyers and organisations?
NGOs/campaigning organisations - - how they can use your skills
paid and unpaid opportunities to put your skills to use. Includes: acting pro bono
- test cases
their impact
the role they play in wider campaigns
- being a legal expert for a campaign or a charity's legal officer etc
becoming involved in policy forums and networks

Appendices
1. Templates - e.g. amendment, parliamentary briefings
2. Relevant organisations and contact details
3. Useful information/ publications
4. Glossary