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Traits and Tools for Ethical Environmental Advocates in Florida
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  • Brion L. Blackwelder, Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
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The personality traits of the lobbyist and the successful advocate in court are often overlooked when we talk about ethics and professionalism. Environmental advocates, despite believing in a high moral justification for their positions, are often frustrated when better-financed efforts gain an inside track. It takes a certain preparation and personality to carry off influencing the decision makers. If you are a public interest advocate for the environment in Florida, whether as a legislative or administrative lobbyist, or before the courts, the suggestions of this article may help you foretell and structure the success of your approach. The tools and traits are meant to encourage you to find and enhance an effective place and style for your advocacy. By organizing the great capabilities of your personal effectiveness, you can advance the causes you support. Suggestions here take you from the basics of registering to lobby the executive and legislative branches, to profiles of effective lobbying in the modern style, deciphering administrative agencies and the cabinet, ethical conflicts, preparation of clients pre-suit and handling sanctions and other hardball tactics during litigation. The goal of this article is that you will build an outline of your approach with specific points to enhance your effectiveness, and go forward with effective ethical advocacy.

This article was originally published in the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law of the Florida State University College of Law.

An electronic copy of the article has been made available in this electronic Repository with permission from the author(s) under the doctrine of fair use for nonprofit educational purposes.

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Brion L. Blackwelder, Traits and Tools for Ethical Environmental Advocates in Florida, 17 J. Land Use & Envtl. L. 67 (2001), http://