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

  • Chicago Lawyers: The Social Structure of The Bar (1982; revised 1994) (with Edward O. Laumann).
  • The Hollow Core: Private Interests in National Policy Making (1993) (with Edward O. Laumann, Robert L. Nelson & Robert H. Salisbury).
  • 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).
  • Inner Circles or Hollow Cores? Elite Networks in National Policy Systems, 52 Journal of Politics 356 (1990) (with Edward O. Laumann, Robert H. Salisbury & Robert L. Nelson).
  • 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).
  • Lawyers for Conservative Causes: Clients, Ideology, and Social Distance, 37 Law & Society Review 5-50 (2003) (with Ann Southworth, and Anthony Paik).

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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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