“Michael Avery and Danielle McLaughlin have written a compelling book about how the Federalist Society came to prominence, its tremendous influence in Republican presidential administrations especially in the selection of judges, and its conservative ideology on major issues of constitutional law. It is a story of how ideas, money, and careful planning came together to change the legal landscape. This well-written book is a must read for all who want to understand the conservative movement in law, its views and those advancing them.”
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor, University of California, Irvine School of Law

“A compelling intellectual history of the rise of the powerful Federalist Society, this is a thoughtful recounting of all the ways in which the group has impacted and influenced legal doctrine, and a roadmap of what’s to come should their ascendancy continue. Anyone who cares about the courts or the law will find The Federalist Society a stark reminder of the power of abstract ideas to effect real and lasting change for decades.”
Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor,

“Fascinating, well-written and hard-hitting piece of writing underscoring the importance of the federal judiciary in our democracy. The politicization of the courts is a topic more relevant than ever in these partisan times, and Avery and McLaughlin’s concise, incisive style does it justice.”
Nan Aron, President and Founder, Alliance for Justice

THE FEDERALIST SOCIETY explains “ … how the Federalist Society groomed an entire generation of lawyers and judges to advocate a specific worldview, and how that worldview has impacted several areas of law. … The authors’ sober analysis looks at numerous cases and uses both anecdotal examples and data trends to show how Federalist Society members and supporters have consistently steered jurisprudence to the right. … Much of what The Federalist Society covers will be familiar to readers who closely follow law or politics, but even those readers will find value in its straightforward mix of history, case studies, and legal arguments. For others, it serves as an introduction to a long-term story that has slowly and quietly—but dramatically—changed the American legal system.”
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