Dear Bureaucrat, How can I win arguments against lawyers?

Dear Bureaucrat,

Lots of the people I deal with at work are lawyers. I’m not; I have an MPA and experience in government. But whenever there’s an issue about how to handle something in our agency, the bosses always side with the lawyers. It’s like they see the lawyers as adult supervision for the rest of us. How can I convince the bosses what’s best for our mission when the lawyer at the table is raising trivial objections?

Signed,
Dick from Blackheath

Dear Dick,

The boss has three reasons to side with the lawyer. First… [Read the rest in Federal Times https://www.federaltimes.com/your-career/the-bureaucrat/2019/10/02/dear-bureaucrat-how-can-i-win-arguments-against-lawyers/ ]

Author: David S. Reed

David S. Reed is the public administration expert who writes Dear Bureaucrat, the advice column for people who work in the public sector, published in Federal Times.

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