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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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The district attorney must provide for the collection of data at all stages of the community prosecution.
Pulliam, an attorney in private practice, serves on the board of San Diego County Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse.
For example, while an attorney's notes and memoranda summarizing what the attorney learned from a witness may reveal useful information, opposing counsel can interview or depose a witness.
The attorney general is the state's top law enforcement official, overseeing more than 1,100 attorneys, 700 peace officers and 3,200 other staff.
Once prospective law firms have been identified, questioning them can provide insight into their qualifications and help determine whether the client can work comfortably with the attorney.
Second, they insist that the claimant's legal injury is not the only source of the ultimate recovery; the attorney also contributes income-generating assets--effort and expertise--without which the claimant would not likely prevail.
Since attorney office fronts tend to line up, additional depth is seldom the issue.
Black attorneys are as important to us today as black newspapers, black churches, and other black institutions.
I have found it extremely effective if the mediator not only actively takes notes during the taxpayer's presentation but, after the taxpayer's attorney is finished, summarizes the main points.
If the attorney's fees and the right to settle belonged to the attorney, the attorney would have a clear interest in refusing to settle in order to increase the attorney's fees under 1988.