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Legislatures, Agencies, Courts and Advocates: How Laws are Made, Interpreted and Modified

The Work and Family Handbook: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives, Methods, and Approaches, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Ellen Ernst Kossek & Stephen A. Sweet (eds.), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006

Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 12-144

25 Pages Posted: 2 May 2013 Last revised: 15 May 2013

Chai Feldblum

Georgetown University Law Center

Robin Appleberry

Georgetown University Law Center

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

This chapter explains the nature and practice of lawmaking, legal advocacy, and legal research as they relate to the field of work and family. Through reference to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 as a case study, the authors explain the dynamic processes by which laws are made, interpreted and modified by legislatures, administrative agencies and courts, with the help of legal advocates. Their goal is not to provide substantive analysis of laws related to work and family, but rather to enable researchers from a range of disciplines to understand and access the legal system, as it currently exists and as it is evolving. In addition, for those inclined to change the current system through legal advocacy, this chapter provides a window into how advocates may use the lawmaking process to promote their preferred work and family policies.

Keywords: lawmaking, legal advocacy, Family and Medical Leave Act, Congress, family law, legislation

JEL Classification: K00, K30, K39

Suggested Citation

Feldblum, Chai and Appleberry, Robin, Legislatures, Agencies, Courts and Advocates: How Laws are Made, Interpreted and Modified (2006). The Work and Family Handbook: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives, Methods, and Approaches, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Ellen Ernst Kossek & Stephen A. Sweet (eds.), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006; Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 12-144. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2153119

Chai R. Feldblum (Contact Author)

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

Robin Appleberry

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

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