Helping Your Client’s Case by Changing the Law
Today’s podcast is on helping your client’s legal problem by changing the law.
Any lawyer can apply the facts of his or her case to the law as it exists today, but a really good lawyer is one who would look closely at changing the law to benefit his or her client’s legal position.
What should you do as a lawyer for your client? I think a lawyer should complete a policy analysis of any issue facing his or her client and potential changes to the law that could be made, either statutory or regulatory, that would benefit his or her client.
Lawyers need to have a firm understanding of the area of the law and what has led to the current statutory or regulatory issue, and what are the pros and the cons of a particular approach to changing that statute or regulation? Look at using a lobbyist to help change the law, or the lawyer himself or herself could make that similar attempt.
An effective lobbyist will understand the politics and policy regarding a particular subject matter and has the ability to make statutory or regulatory changes. Then, just like a lawyer, a lobbyist advocates for his or her client’s position with those responsive decision-makers.
Basically, a well-rounded lawyer will appreciate that solving his or her client’s legal problem can sometimes be accomplished by actually changing the law in those cases where the law may not be favorable to a potential client outcome or position.
I hope you enjoy today’s podcast!