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John P. Heinz

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Research Professor Emeritus

Joint appointment

Owen L. Coon Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University School of Law


LL.B, Yale Law School


For the past thirty years, Jack Heinz’s research has focused primarily on the social structure of the legal profession. This work applies sociological methods, often using quantitative measures, to the study of the organization and delivery of legal services and the relationships among varying types of lawyers. He is perhaps best known as the co-author, with Edward Laumann of the…

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Research focus

The social structure of the legal profession, the political activity of lawyers, and interest group politics


“Lawyers in National Policymaking”
Law and the Possibility of Justice
“Lawyers’ Professional and Political Networks Compared: Core and Periphery”
Arizona Law Review
“Political Lawyers: The Structure of a National Network”
Law & Social Inquiry

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When Law Firms Fail

Jun 12, 2009

Professor John P. Heinz, "When Law Firms Fail" Suffolk University Law Review, forthcoming, 2009 Abstract: Large firms had, until last year, been advised to grow, enter new markets, and concentrate…

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Lawyers’ Professional and Political Networks Compared: Core and Periphery
Jan 2011
The Characteristics and Roles of Lawyers Active in National Policymaking
Sep 2009 with A. Southworth & A. Paik
Evolution of Labor Markets, Types of Lawyers, and Practice Settings
May 2009

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Associate Editor,
  • Law & Social Inquiry
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Chicago Council of Lawyers and the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, October 2011
  • Co-Chair, Evaluation of the Cook County Criminal Justice System
  • Member, Advisory Board, Children and Family Justice Center, Northwestern University
  • Member, Board of Directors, Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice

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