Lawyers of the Right: Professionalizing the Conservative Coalition

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A timely and multifaceted portrait of the lawyers who serve the diverse constituencies of the conservative movement, Lawyers of the Right explains what unites and divides lawyers for the three major groups-social conservatives, libertarians, and business advocates-that have coalesced in recent decades behind the Republican Party.
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Editorial Reviews

Richard Abel
"$1"—Richard Abel, UCLA School of Law
Bryant Garth
"Presenting her subjects straightforwardly, without making judgments about the issues that they and their organizations support, Ann Southworth rejects the notion that the lawyers for the right are less deserving than lawyers for the left of the "cause lawyer" title. The topic is fascinating. Southworth's portraits and analyses of the various parties, especially the mediators of the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation, are illuminating. And the tone is just right."
Robert W. Gordon
"The numbers and the influence of lawyers for conservative causes have risen spectacularly since the 1980s. In this fine book Ann Southworth paints a group portrait of these lawyers—business lawyers, libertarians, social and religious conservatives—and of their backgrounds, strategies, and conflicting ideas and aspirations. This is a really illuminating book. It is one the best studies of the legal profession I've seen in recent years. It is imaginative in concept and design. The reader comes away with confidence that he has been given a reliable and deeply insightful account of an important social phenomenon."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226768335
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2008
  • Series: Chicago Series in Law and Society
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Southworth is professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 Introduction 1

2 The Creation of an Infrastructure for Conservative Legal Advocacy 8

3 Divided Constituencies and Their Lawyers 41

4 Professional Identity 66

5 How Much Common Ground? 89

6 Mediator Organizations: The Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society 124

7 What's Law Got to Do with It? 149

8 Conclusion 168

Appendix Research Methods 189

Notes 193

References 213

Index 241

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