Chapter 1: Preparing for Litigation

Updated 2013 by Jeffrey S. Gutman

Litigation can be a powerful tool for solving problems for clients. It can also be expensive, protracted and, ultimately, unsuccessful. Other tools, such as legislative and administrative advocacy, community education, direct action and use of the media, should always be considered along with litigation options. Before filing suit, the lawyer must first determine that a lawsuit is the appropriate strategy, or one of several strategies, for solving the client's particular problem or attaining a specific goal. The purpose of this MANUAL is to assist legal aid lawyers in assessing and exercising the power of litigation most effectively./1/

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1. See the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law's website at www.povertylaw.org. Articles cited from the Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy, published by the Shriver Center, are available to subscribers at www.povertylaw.org.

Updated 2013 by Jeffrey S. Gutman