Conservative Lawyers and the Contest Over the Meaning of "Public Interest Law"


This Article examines how conservative and libertarian lawyers created a field of legal advocacy organizations in the image of public interest organizations of the political left and how they adapted the model and rhetoric of public interest law practice to serve different political ends. As conservatives developed a cadre of competent and committed advocates and deployed nonprofit legal advocacy organizations on behalf of their own visions of the public interest, they modified the conventions of this unconventional form of politics.

About the Author

Professor of Law, Case Western University, Visiting Professor of Law and Covington & Burling Distinguished Visitor, Harvard Law School.

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