Wednesday, September 30, 2009

s.i.c. argument #2

 most lawyers are not conservatives.

Michael Smerconish is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He maintains an Of Counsel relationship with The Beasley Law Firm, founded by legendary Philadelphia lawyer James E. Beasley, the namesake of the Beasley School of Law at Temple University.

 The Georgetown Law Journal recently published an interesting law review article by Northwestern Law School professor John McGinnis. In the article, McGinnis tracks federal political contributions by law school faculty at the nation’s top 21 law schools, from Yale to Stanford, Vanderbilt to Berkeley. Not surprisingly, the results are exactly what most conservatives have long believed – law school professors do not constitute the base of the grassroots Republican movement.
The study demonstrates that nearly 30% of law professors at the elite law schools donate to federal candidate campaigns, and that of those contributors, 81% donated to Democratic candidates, with 15% contributing to Republican candidates. At the most liberal institutions, like Yale, the ratio of Democrat to Republican contributors was twenty to one.

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