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ASU Executive MBA Students Learn Effective Advocacy in Legislative Exercise


Around 40 executive MBA students from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University participated in a two-day legislative simulation at the Arizona Capitol last week.  The students played the roles of legislators, lobbyists, and agency heads as they tried to pass a mock budget on the Senate floor.  Taylor Young, an attorney at The Cavanagh Law Firm, designed and facilitated the Arizona Legislative Experience Budget Game in partnership with Cox Communications.  The game is now in its fourth year.

Playing the role of "Game Master," Taylor kept the executive MBA students, who are experienced business people from a wide spectrum of industries, on their toes.  Students grappled with changing revenue forecasts, breaking "news" events, and the effect of federal funding restrictions as they attempted to pass a balanced state budget while meeting the needs of their "constituents" in the game.  

"The students were terrific," Taylor said.  "They really engaged in the process and used very sophisticated advocacy strategies this year.  I was impressed."

Afterwards, students reported that they not only learned how to be more effective advocates, but better understood the importance of getting and remaining engaged in the public policy process.   

Taylor Young is an appellate attorney with experience in political law.  He has represented a number of statewide and local ballot measure campaigns, managed political action committees, and advised corporations and advocacy groups regarding political activities.  He speaks on topics ranging from effective advocacy, the appellate process, and the intersection of law and technology.       

July 08, 2010