The Making of the Supreme Court Bar: How Business Created a Solicitor General for the Private Sector
Michigan Law Review Online, Vol. 117, December 2018
15 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2019
Date Written: 2018
This essay aims to improve scholars’ understanding of the power dynamics that shape Supreme Court precedent. It argues that the Supreme Court bar heavily favors big business because it was built for that purpose. In response to the regulatory surge of the 1970s, corporate forces mobilized to better promote their interests before the justices. Like in the legislative sphere, they succeeded by relying on disciplined organizing. To raise demand for expert lawyers, companies founded interest groups that increased pressure on outside counsel and supplied them with extensive litigation support tools. Politically savvy business leaders then responded by creating private appellate practices molded after the Solicitor General’s Office.
Keywords: United States Supreme Court, Supreme Court bar, Economic Inequality, American Politics, Law and Political Economy
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