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Steven Calabresi ’80, ’83JD, David McIntosh ’80 & Lee Liberman Otis ’79

Not all is misery on the right these days. Just ask the co-founders of the Federalist Society: they and their organization of conservative law students, profs, and legal practitioners just landed the 2009 Bradley Prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. (The prize is awarded for contributions to the fulfillment of the Bradley Foundation’s conservative mission.) Three of the founders—law professor Steven Calabresi ’80, ’83JD, ex-congressman David McIntosh ’80, and Federalist Society VP Lee Liberman Otis ’79met as Yale undergrads. In 1982, after scattering to the four corners—OK, to law school at Yale and the University of Chicago—they celebrated the Reagan era by launching the society, with the help of Spencer Abraham at Harvard Law. By 2000, the Washington Monthly had dubbed the Federalists “The Conservative Cabal That’s Transforming American Law.” And by 2007, the society reported annual income of $7,826,281. The Bradley Prize is worth a comparatively measly $250,000—but with conservatives out of power, every quarter-million helps.

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