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How Much Common Ground?

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226768366.003.0005
How Much Common Ground?

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This chapter examines common experiences and goals that unite at least some lawyers interviewed for this research. It reveals no unifying philosophy, but it does identify several factors that might provide bases for understanding and perhaps cooperation: generational effects, shared disapproval of liberals, overlapping policy agendas, a common interest in remaking the judiciary, the Republican Party, shared professional status, and perceived disadvantage in the legal establishment. The first five of these have little connection to lawyers' occupational roles; they might also apply to the larger pools of elites within each of the constituencies of the conservative alliance. The last two elements, however, relate directly to lawyers' professional identities and the prestige and opportunities available to them within the conservative movement and legal profession.

Keywords: conservatives; lawyers; cooperation; liberals; Republican Party; conservative movement; legal profession

Chapter.  14531 words. 

Subjects: Legal System and Practice

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