Ann Southworth

Professor of Law

Co-Director, Center for Empirical Research on the Legal Profession
Joint appointment in Criminology, Law & Society

Ann Southworth


Legal profession, professional responsibility, and cause lawyers


Professor Southworth teaches and writes on the legal profession and lawyers who serve causes, with an emphasis on lawyers’ norms, professional identities, practices, organizations, and networks.  She participated in designing UC Irvine School of Law’s required first year course on the American legal profession, and is the co-author, with Catherine Fisk, of an interdisciplinary textbook, The Legal Profession.  She has published numerous articles on civil rights and poverty lawyers, lawyers involved in national policy-making, and advocates for conservative and libertarian causes, as well as a book on the conservative legal movement, Lawyers of the Right: Professionalizing the Conservative Coalition.  Her current research interests include the discourse, resources, strategies and networks of public interest law organizations and their lawyers. Most recently, she is studying lawyers and organizations involved in campaign finance litigation in the Roberts Court.

Prior to joining the founding faculty at UC Irvine School of Law, she was a law professor at Case Western Reserve and an affiliated scholar at the American Bar Foundation.  She has been a visiting professor at Harvard and UCLA. She clerked for Judge Stanley A. Weigel and practiced at Morrison & Foerster, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the U.S. Department of Justice.  She received her B.A. and J.D. degrees from Stanford University.

Current Courses:

Legal Profession, Legal Profession: Advanced Topics

Prior Courses:

Legal Profession I & II, Professional Responsibility, Cause Lawyers seminar, Legal Profession seminar, Civil Procedure

Prof. Southworth's Scholarly Papers on SSRN

  • Jan. 5. 2018
    Discussion Group Participant, “Professional Identity Development Tools to Help Law Students Meet the Needs of Today’s Clients,” AALS Annual Meeting 2018, San Diego, CA
  • October 17, 2017 
    The Consequences of Citizens United: What Do the Lawyers Say? ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Symposium on the Supreme Court and American Politics
  • June 19, 2017
    The American Legal Profession in the New Millennium: Out of Many, One? (with Scott Cummings and Carroll Seron), Mexico City, Mexico
  • June 2, 2017
    Co-Host/Organizer, “Legal Education: The State of the Art,” Inaugural conference of UCI Center for Empirical Research on the Legal Profession (CERLP), UC Irvine School of Law
  • Feb. 24, 2016
    Featured Speaker, Public Interest Lawyering in the U.S. and Beyond symposium, Indiana University Maurer School of Law