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The Creation of an Infrastructure for Conservative Legal Advocacy

The Creation of an Infrastructure for Conservative Legal Advocacy

Chapter:
(p.8) 2 The Creation of an Infrastructure for Conservative Legal Advocacy
Source:
Lawyers of the Right
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226768366.003.0002

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

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