John P. Heinz

Owen L. Coon Professor of Law Emeritus


John Heinz is an authority on the application of social science to the study of law. He holds a joint appointment with the sociology department and has been a research faculty member of Northwestern's Institute for Policy Research since 1972.

Areas of Expertise

  • Law and Social Science
  • Legal Profession
  • Criminal Law

Selected Publications

  • Urban Lawyers: The New Social Structure of the Bar (University of Chicago Press 2005) (with Robert L. Nelson, Rebecca L. Sandefur, and Edward O. Laumann).
  • Lawyers in National Policymaking in The Paradox of Professionalism: Lawyers and the Possibility of Justice 220-242 (Cambridge University Press 2011) (with Ann Southworth, and Anthony Paik).
  • Chicago Lawyers in Conducting Law and Society Research: Reflections on Methods and Practices 59-71 (Cambridge University Press 2009) (with Edward Laumann ).
  • The Scale of Justice: Observations on the Transformation of Urban Law Practice in Analyzing Law’s Reach: Empirical Research on Law and Society (American Bar Association 2008) (with Robert L. Nelson, and Edward O. Laumann).
  • The Changing Character of the Lawyer-Client Relationship: Evidence from Two Chicago Surveys in The Management of Durable Relations: Theoretical Models and Empirical Studies of Households and Organizations (Thela Thesis Publications 2000) (with Ethan Michelson, and Edward O. Laumann).
  • When Law Firms Fail.

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Joint Appointments


  • AB, Washington University
  • LLB, Yale University

Prior Appointments

  • Professor of Law, 1971-1988, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Associate Professor of Law, 1968-1971, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Assistant Professor of Law, 1965-1968, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Visiting Scholar, 1975-1976, American Bar Foundation
  • Executive Director, 1982-1986, American Bar Foundation
  • Distinguished Research Fellow, 1987-present, American Bar Foundation
  • Affiliated Scholar, 1974-1982, American Bar Foundation
  • Captain, 1962-1965, U.S. Air Force, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force
  • Assistant, 1958, Congressman Peter F. Mack

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