Making Law, Making Place: Lawyers and the Production of Space

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In this paper, we develop a conceptual framework for theorizing the role of lawyers in legal geography research to foster better understandings of the processes and the people co-constituting space and law. We argue that the practice of law is missing from existing legal geography scholarship. Adding insights from legal studies and geography, we propose an agenda for research that places lawyers at the center of analyses of legal (and political) claims-making, particularly place-claims in land-use disputes. We illustrate our call with an example from a study of conflict over a manufactured housing park in Georgia.