Lawyers of the Right: Networks and Organization

Law & Social Inquiry, Vol. 32, No. 4, pp. 883-917, Fall 2007

36 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2009  

John P. Heinz

American Bar Foundation; Northwestern University - Institute for Policy Research

Ann Southworth

University of California, Irvine School of Law

Anthony Paik

University of Iowa, Department of Sociology

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Date Written: Fall 2007

Abstract

Lawyers for conservative and libertarian causes are active in organizing and mobilizing interest groups within the conservative coalition, and networks of relationships among those lawyers help to maintain and shape the coalition. Using data gathered in interviews with seventy-two such lawyers, this article analyzes characteristics of the lawyers and the structure of their networks. The findings suggest that the networks are divided into segments or blocks that are identified with particular constituencies, but that a distinct set of actors with extensive relationships serves to bridge the constituencies. Measures of centrality and brokerage confirm the structural importance of these actors in the network, and a search of references in news media confirms their prominence or prestige. This "core" set of actors occupies the "structural hole" in the network that separates the business constituency from religious conservatives. Libertarians, located near the core of the network, also occupy an intermediate position. Regression analysis of ties within the network suggests that the Federalist Society plays an important role in bringing the lawyers together.

Suggested Citation

Heinz, John P. and Southworth, Ann and Paik, Anthony, Lawyers of the Right: Networks and Organization (Fall 2007). Law & Social Inquiry, Vol. 32, No. 4, pp. 883-917, Fall 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1498722

John P. Heinz (Contact Author)

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Ann Southworth

University of California, Irvine School of Law ( email )

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Anthony Paik

University of Iowa, Department of Sociology ( email )

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