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John P. Heinz

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Research Professor Emeritus

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Joint appointment

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


B.A., Washington University in St. Louis; LL.B, Yale Law School


For the past forty 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 University…

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Research focus

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


Women, Work, and Worship in Lincoln's Country: The Dumville Family Letters
University of Illinois Press
Urban Lawyers: The New Social Structure of the Bar
University of Chicago Press
Lawyers for Conservative Causes: Clients, Ideology, and Social Distance
Law & Society Review

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Superior Achievement Award, Illinois State Historical Society for Women, Work, and Worship, 2017
  • Member, Board of Directors, Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, 1999-2014
  • Member, Advisory Board, Children and Family Justice Center, Northwestern University, 1992-2010
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Chicago Council of Lawyers and Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, 2011
  • Co-Chair, Evaluation of the Cook County Criminal Justice System, 2005-2007
  • Associate Editor, Law & Social Inquiry, 2001-2003Co-Editor, Law & Social Inquiry, 2003-2006
  • Chair, Advisory Board, Project on Judicial Campaign Finance, 2001-2003
  • Member, Citizens' Committee on the Juvenile Court, Circuit Court of Cook County, 1995-2002
  • Delegate, Association of American Law Schools, American Council of Learned Societies, 1992-2002
  • Faculty Advisor, Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, 1997-2001

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