Catalyst 1: Define your cause, objectives, and strategies

  • Discuss your goals in advance with your collaborators and your stakeholders. Identify clear and specific objectives that have the potential to further a broader cause.
  • Compare litigation to other means of reaching your objectives. Consider potential allies with other causes that might benefit from (or be harmed by) the outcome of your case.
  • Consult a wide variety of experts (such as engineers, activists, academics, and social scientists) to assess the potential impact of your case on society in general.
  • Plan for contingencies, both during litigation and afterwards. Think about what will happen if you lose or if your opponents offer to settle. Have a plan in place to capitalize on a victory in court or to mitigate a loss.

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