Cause lawyering

Anna Maria Marshall, Daniel Crocker Hale

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Cause lawyers are powerful gatekeepers to the political and legal institutions where the dynamics between law and social change get played out. Yet, after years of research, we still seem far from a settled picture of cause lawyering and cause lawyers. In this article, we first describe the social and cultural practices that constitute cause lawyering. Second, we link cause lawyering to the clients served-from sophisticated social movement organizations to ordinary people. We show that cause lawyering is powerfully shaped by the clients served and by the contexts in which that lawyer-client relationship is situated. Finally, we examine the political context of cause lawyering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-320
Number of pages20
JournalAnnual Review of Law and Social Science
StatePublished - Nov 3 2014


  • Cause lawyering
  • Law and social movements
  • Legal mobilization
  • Legal profession

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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