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Ethics noun A person who acts on the behalf of or speaks for another—e.g., for a cause or plea, often in the context of a legal proceeding.
verb To act or speak for another person or group of persons.
Law A person who speaks on behalf of others, protecting their rights.
MedspeakUK A person who can support a service user or carer through contact with health services. Advocates will attend meetings with patients and help service users or carers to express concerns or wishes to health care professionals. Although many people can act as an advocate (friend, relative, member of staff), advocacy services can be accessed through an NHS Trust.


Ethics noun (pron. ad´ ve ket) A person who acts on the behalf of or speaks for another–eg, for a cause or plea. See Amicus curiæ verb (pron. ad ve ka´t) To act or speak for another person or group of person


nursing A person who speaks on behalf of another.
[L. advocatus, counsel, supporter, fr. advoco, to consult]


n 1. in the medical field, a person who focuses on bolstering the patient's role and rights in making decisions about his or her health care.
2. one who assists another in legal matters; can be a professional or a layperson; may or may not work for a fee.
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It is worth noting that a very important function of the bar is also strengthening the status of advocates and guaranteeing their professional activity.
The development of practice guidelines for independent living donor advocates.
The Judge Advocate General's School began in World War II at the University of Michigan to train new judge advocates as the Judge Advocate General's Department rapidly expanded.
Though the program creators are quick to point out that its training program is not a certifying entity, it's clear that many in the industry see it as a critical first step toward certifying advocates.
The advocate members participate in many aspects of the decision-making processes, collaborate with the Community Outreach and Translation Cores of the centers, and added much to the discussion at the annual meeting.
Soon afterward, HIV advocates saw a surge in attention to the epidemic and its relationship to the Black community and youth.
Additional knowledge about the degree to which Latino parents and communities support in-school sex education would be critical information for policymakers, educators and advocates.
To break away from traditions that tenaciously maintain the status quo, it is critical for school counselors to become advocates who challenge old paradigms and power structures.
Joe Benton, Taxpayer Advocate area director, listed the following areas that national Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson is reviewing:
If Americans are to meet the objectives of Healthy People 2010, librarians must be health advocates in their respective communities by partnering with like-minded agencies and organizations.
As might be expected, green advocates criticized the Bush bill and its regulatory heir, the Clean Air Interstate Rule, for failing to go far enough or fast enough in reducing pollution.
Local taxpayer advocates have primary contact with taxpayers that encounter problems dealing with the IRS.

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