Lawyers of the Right: Professionalizing the Conservative Coalition
by Ann Southworth (9780226768335)

Lawyers of the Right: Professionalizing the Conservative Coalition
Ann Southworth
Release Date: 15 October 2008
Format: Hardback
Pages: 272
Category: General
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226768335
ISBN-10: 0226768333

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.
Drawing on in-depth interviews with more than seventy lawyers who represent conservative and libertarian nonprofit organizations, Ann Southworth explores their values and identities and traces the implications of their shared interest in promoting political strategies that give lawyers leading roles. She goes on to illuminate the function of mediator organizations--such as the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy--that have succeeded in promoting cooperation among different factions of conservative lawyers. Such cooperation, she finds, has aided efforts to drive law and the legal profession politically rightward and to give lawyers greater prominence in the conservative movement. Southworth concludes, though, that tensions between the conservative law movement's elite and populist elements may ultimately lead to its undoing.

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