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Preparing for Litigation

By Gary F. Smith & Susan Ann Silverstein

Before selecting litigation as the tool for obtaining a client's goals, advocates should consider questions such as Who is the client and what are the client's desired outcomes? What are the required resources for litigation? Are the capacities of the legal aid program sufficient? Should administrative or legislative advocacy or amicus participation be considered? Advocates may also want to bring law-reform, test-case, or impact litigation.

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