Top leaders of the Washington, DC-based Federalist Society (FS) led the political and legal effort to secure Florida's 25 electoral votes, and thus the presidency, for G.W.Bush.
FS leaders were top attorneys for George W.Bush in both the Florida and U.S. Supreme Courts. With Ted Olson, president of the DC chapter of the FS, as lead attorney before the Supreme Court, they were determined to win not the Presidency and to begin the process of institutionalizing a comprehensive agenda challenging every aspect of a democratic judicial system.
Targeting the courts, the law schools and the American Bar Association, the FS has emerged as a powerful coalition of conservative and libertarian legal activists developing broad-based challenges to fundamental principles of constitutional law.
Other FS leaders include Robert Bork, C. Boyden Gray, Edwin Meese, Scaife Foundation Trustee, T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr., former Christian Coalition President Donald Paul Hodel, and chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Orrin Hatch.
With 15 practice groups on every area of the legal system from civil rights and religious liberties to corporations law and telecommunications, with a presence in 140 U.S. law schools and backed by millions of dollars from leading right-wing and libertarian foundations, the FS is quietly shaping the emerging jurisprudence.
The ongoing debate concerning the presidential election has raised many important questions about the future of the U.S. legal system.
Source: Institute of Democratic Studies. <http://www.institutefordemocracy.org/fedsoc.html>