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Divided Constituencies and Their Lawyers

Divided Constituencies and Their Lawyers

(p.41) 3 Divided Constituencies and Their Lawyers
Lawyers of the Right
University of Chicago Press

This chapter shows that rifts within the American conservative coalition are present among the lawyers who serve the alliance. Lawyers for the different constituencies are divided by social background, geography, and values. Lawyers for social conservative causes come primarily from religious and nonelite backgrounds, while business lawyers come from more secular and privileged environments. Moreover, the organizations served by these lawyers receive support from different sets of philanthropists, who are themselves socially divided. Lawyers for mediator organizations are especially elite and have strong ties to the legal establishment. The organizations that these lawyers serve command far and away the largest amount of public foundation money, suggesting that conservative philanthropists expect those groups to promote cooperation and suppress conflict.

Keywords:   American conservative coalition, social conservative causes, business lawyers, mediator organizations

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