Political Science Faculty Publications and Presentations
How Do Cause Lawyers Decide When and Where to Litigate on behalf of Their Cause?
In this article, we begin to respond to the deceptively simple question: How do cause lawyers decide when and where to litigate on behalf of their cause? We consider the choice of location and timing faced by cause lawyers when more than one jurisdiction evinces a suitable legal environment for pursuing litigation on their cause. To consider this choice, we use evidence from the timing and actions of cause lawyers in the marriage equality cases in the United States from January 1990 through December 2004. And, we show the value in utilizing methods that are relatively novel in cause lawyering research—statistical models—to consider the apparent commonalities, beyond a suitable legal environment, across locations and time periods that might prompt cause lawyers into action.
Barclay, S. and Chomsky, D. (2014), Choices of cause lawyers. Law & Soc'y Rev, 48: 595-620. https://doi.org/10.1111/lasr.12093
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