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reputation • party • mediate
sliding scale • voice
  1. We are hoping to the issue so we don't have to go to court.
  2. We are waiting for the other to arrive before we start negotiations.
  3. Her son was her while she was in the hospital.
  4. I am thankful that they charge on a or I wouldn't be able to pay for dental work.
  5. His lawyer has a very good in divorce cases.
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179 Lawyers
Alexandra is going to be a lawyer. She talks about how lawyers help people.

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bad reputation

Lawyers often have a bad reputation.

Your reputation is what people think about you from your past or typical actions.  A 'bad reputation' means that others think about you negatively.  Notice the following:

  1. He was tired of his bad reputation and decided to change his life.
  2. She has a bad reputation for causing problems in class.

party

Try to settle disputes between parties.

In this case 'parties' refers to the different groups of people in conflict.  In a court case it is usually between two parties.  Notice the following:

  1. It was strange to have two separate parties sitting at the same table.
  2. How many parties were involved in the fight?

mediate

Mediate a dispute.

To 'mediate a dispute' is to resolve a disagreement through discussion and compromise.  This can be the two parties having a discussion or sometimes there is a third group that helps the two parties reach an agreement.  Notice the following:

  1. I wish that all disputes could be mediated.
  2. We are seeing a specialist to help us mediate our marriage problems.

sliding scale

Pay on a sliding scale.

A 'sliding scale' means that the cost of a service changes depending on how much money you make.  This is designed to help the people that don't make a lot of money find the services they need.  Notice the following:

  1. I need to find a company that charges on a sliding scale because I don't have a lot of money right now.
  2. At the hospital they charge on a sliding scale for the people who don't have insurance.

voice

You can get a voice through a lawyer.

Your 'voice' is your ability to express to an authority what it is that you want or need.  Your lawyer speaks for you and therefore is your 'voice.'  Notice the following:

  1. She is considered a voice for the poor people of the city.
  2. In many parts of the world women don't have much of a voice.