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Lawyers in National Policymaking


Ann Southworth


University of California, Irvine School of Law

Anthony Paik


University of Iowa, Department of Sociology

John P. Heinz


American Bar Foundation; Northwestern University - Institute for Policy Research


LAW AND THE POSSIBILITY OF JUSTICE, Scott Cummings, editor, Cambridge University Press, 2010
UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2010-13
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-25

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Previous research on lawyers engaged in politics analyzed a sample of those who represented conservative or libertarian organizations in the late 1990s. The data examined here deal with organizations and lawyers drawn from the full range of American politics - right, left, and center - and focus on a set of policy initiatives in 2004 and 2005. We find that women were overrepresented among lawyers representing liberal activist organizations and strikingly underrepresented among those serving social conservatives. Lawyers for the latter were also much less likely to have prestigious academic credentials than were those serving liberal activists. Moreover, organizations speaking for social and religious conservatives had few ties to other interest groups in the measures used here - joint participation in litigation or in legislative testimony, overlap in boards of directors or advisors, and use of the same lobbying firm. Overall, the network of organizations was sparsely connected. There are, however, two sectors within the network where connections were dense. The first is a cluster of social and religious conservatives; the second and larger sector is a set of businesses and trade associations. Unlike the social conservatives, however, the businesses are not only connected to each other but are well-integrated into the overall system, with many links that provide potential for communication to other sectors. Liberal groups are less densely connected, while having several alternative paths to other parts of the network.

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Date posted: May 10, 2010 ; Last revised: May 11, 2010

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Southworth, Ann and Paik, Anthony and Heinz, John P., Lawyers in National Policymaking. LAW AND THE POSSIBILITY OF JUSTICE, Scott Cummings, editor, Cambridge University Press, 2010 ; UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2010-13; Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-25. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1604080

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Ann Southworth (Contact Author)
University of California, Irvine School of Law ( email )
535A Administration
Irvine, CA 92697-1000
United States
Anthony Paik
University of Iowa, Department of Sociology ( email )
140 Seashore Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1401
United States
John P. Heinz
American Bar Foundation ( email )
750 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
Northwestern University - Institute for Policy Research ( email )
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Evanston, IL 60208-2600
United States
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