• Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024

The Best Practices for Advocating in Ohio

On Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, a discussion facilitated by Dr. Tom Roberts, Ohio Fellows Advisor and
President of Ohio State Conference NAACP, introduced the topic of laws and advocating in Ohio.

The goal of this meeting was to explain certain laws in Ohio, and the best practices for being a lawyer.

First, networking is crucial. An important step to becoming a lawyer is to join a legislative or a civic engagement. It’s important to show that you know how to advocate by organizing a group around an issue. 

Next, attend legislative hearings, which are meetings that are open to the public that discuss proposed laws. This is a good way to get to know representatives in the local and federal government.

Now, it’s up to you. When you’re ready to take the next step, you can host a day for your elected office to come to your faculty.

Dr. Tom Roberts explained that when it comes to clients, it’s important to listen carefully to what they say, but it’s not good to make promises you cannot keep. Your client is counting on you.

Dr. Tom Roberts

Dr. Roberts said: “Become familiar with the issue, but also know what the other person is coming from. Listen carefully and look for established facts. Don’t trow around bad information, because your credibility is online, and you want people to respect you and respect what you’re saying, but if bad information comes out of your mouth, and they know you’re doing it intentionally, your words won’t be accepted at all.”

Oona Ngabonziza, Reporter

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