The Creation of an Infrastructure for Conservative Legal Advocacy

in Lawyers of the Right

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226768335
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226768366 | DOI:
The Creation of an Infrastructure for Conservative Legal Advocacy

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This chapter focuses on the evolution of “conservative public interest law.” It considers how conservative law organizations articulated and institutionalized ideas about law and policy that had not previously prevailed and gave lawyers prominent roles in framing, promoting, and implementing those positions. That process did not unfold smoothly. It began with a set of organizations that were parochial, unsophisticated, and largely ineffectual—no match for the liberal public interest groups they sought to check. Since then, however, lawyers have established a more professional and effective set of institutions targeting all policy-making arenas. They have developed a dynamic and influential network of advocates committed to moving law and policy to the right. These lawyer organizations and networks play powerful roles in setting and implementing American public policy.

Keywords: conservative public interest law; conservative law organizations; lawyers; public policy

Chapter.  12447 words. 

Subjects: Legal System and Practice

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