July 31, 2006

Bar This!

The Wall Street Journal and the American Bar Association go toe to toe today over whether the latter is animated by any political agenda.

Gee, ya think?

I quit the ABA not long after I joined in the early 90's specifically because it decided to wade in on the abortion debate. At the time, I reckoned that if I was going to bankroll political lobbies, then it should be groups and causes of my own choice, not somebody else's. I have never had any reason since then to question whether I made the right decision.

Posted by Robert at July 31, 2006 02:24 PM | TrackBack

You chose wisely, grasshopper.

Posted by: LMC at July 31, 2006 04:02 PM

Same here, and for the same reason. When, my employers would pay for memership I still didn't take them up on it. It would be one thing for the ABA to say that more resources need to go to indigent defendents, especially in capital cases, but having a position on the death penalty is another.

Posted by: rbj at July 31, 2006 06:15 PM

The American Medical Assoc. now represents only about 28% of practicing physicians in this country, largely due to its persistently liberal political agenda. I have always been amazed that the ABA has a far greater percentage of lawyers on its membership rolls, despite what appears to be a very similar left wing bent.

Posted by: Aggravated DocSurg at August 1, 2006 10:34 AM