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American Bar Association: All-In Leftists

February 14th, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Many folks don’t know that the once-credible American Bar Association has gone all-in with the institutional left.  Even some lawyers don’t know.  Even some lawyers who are ABA members don’t know!

But thanks to the Federalist Society, we are treated to the Bar Watch Bulletin that catalogs the ideological drift of the ABA.  The latest issue is out, and is full of parody, bias and more than one reason for mainstream American lawyers to end their memberships with the ABA.

ABA President James Silkenat delivered a doozy of a speech at the mid-year ABA meeting.  The Federalist Society always catalogs the ideological shenanigans at ABA events.  Silkenat didn’t disappoint.  In is speech he used the familiar left-wing tactic of making an ideological and partisan statement, and saying it wasn’t ideological and partisan.  From the Federalist Society:

ABA President James Silkenat addressed voting rights and gun violence in his remarks to the ABA House of Delegates on Monday, February 10.

Silkenat warned the House, “Voting rights in the United States are clearly under attack. Whether you agree or disagree with the Citizens United and Shelby County decisions, it is easy to see how our democracy can be undercut by rules and regulatory practices aimed at limiting full and fair voter participation. This is not a partisan issue.”

He announced that the theme for Law Day this year is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” According to the ABA’s Law Day webpage: “Much of the struggle on voting rights began decades ago, but the work is far from complete, and a citizen’s right to cast a ballot remains at risk today.” One feature on the website asked for analysis of this political cartoon which illustrates voter ID laws and early voting curbs as obstacles in the reflecting pool under a sign stating “Wipeout Voter Fraud.”

Silkenat also discussed gun control. Choking up, he declared, “I am still heartsick that Congress was unable to respond to the tragedy that took place in Newtown. I have a farm not too far from there and know how the families involved have been destroyed by the loss of their children. But Congress failed to prevent these tragedies in the future. Many members of Congress seem more interested in their approval rating from the gun lobby than in protecting the safety of their constituents.” He emphasized, “The ABA does not get involved in politics. As an organization, we do not support political candidates.

This would be laugh-filled parody if so many lawyers weren’t hoodwinked by the pedigree of the ABA.  Notice how the ABA throws itself all-in with the anti-Second Amendment left and the voter-fraud deniers who seek to erode election integrity, all the while claiming that they aren’t acting in a partisan way.

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So, like the NEA the ABA is just another socialist front group. Sort of like our universities, public schools and town halls. I wonder why we bother?
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I non-renewed my membership in the ABA over 20 years ago because it had by then, like nearly all professional organizations, gone solidly to the Left. You say “some” lawyers don’t know that. I say “most” lawyers don’t know that, or they don’t care or even agree with it. The state bars, even in Wyoming, as just as left leaning as the ABA.
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Let's not forget the AMA. I didn't quite realize until my doctor informed me that the AMA is a political/industry association which has a membership of less than 20% of doctors, yet claims to speak for them.
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The author makes it seem like it is easy to render the ABA harmless --just quit your membership. But, I have a question for the lawyers here: what is the relationship of the state bars to the American Bar Association? Aren't you compelled to be a member of your state's bar association as a means of being "licensed" or authorized to practice law in your state? Does the American Bar Association draw any income from the state bars?

And, what about the American Bar Association's role as gatekeepers to the entry into the profession itself via the law school accreditation regime? (How many states require you to graduate from an ABA-LSAC approved law school before you can sit for your state's bar exam?) What kind of influence does this organization have over the curriculum or the selection of professors at these ABA-approved law schools?

Trimming the sails of this organization may involve a lot more than just dropping your membership in it. It may require us to demand that our state legislatures "open up the bar" to alternative means of entry. (For instance, you could still be required to pass a bar exam; but be allowed to get your education through a lengthier yet less expensive "law pupillage" under the supervision of an established lawyer. How did Lincoln learn the law?)

I mean, ...unless you like the idea of all future lawyers being indoctrinated by ABA approved law professors.
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Depends upon whether the Bar is integrated or separate from the regulatory authority, usually the Supreme Court. The former is mandatory, the latter optional to belong. Colorado Bar is separate and therefor voluntary, Wyoming Bar is the State Bar and is mandatory. Other states fall into one of the these categories.
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Believe me, none of this is news. The ABA has had a notorious left wing bias during my entire professional life -- from the mid 1970s on. Oh, well.
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I quit the ABA almost twenty years ago and haven't regretted it for an instant.
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The ABA is not only too Left, I don’t think it offers any lawyer any other reason to belong.
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The ABA is an extortion racket.

Frankly, I'm going to go with Shakespeare on this one.
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This is nothing new. I resigned from the ABA nearly fifty years ago when I could see the political coloration in their "unbiased" evaluations of SCOTUS nominees.

Jim Brock
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Lawyers are the party of government, and so, by their own nature, become Socialists/Communists? How many classes in the abolition of Law are lawyers assigned in law school? How often when lawyers gather (especially in a legislature) do they come to the conclusion that a problem can be solved by fewer laws?

When lawyers write bills, when lawyers legislate laws, when lawyers sign laws, when lawyers implement laws, when lawyers judge laws, when lawyers are newscasters to explain laws, this is called democracy.
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odd how the marxists/commies keep bring up the newtown shooting as an example of how congress should have enacted some new gun grab. just what kind of law would have stopped a 116 lb., 20 y.o. recluse (nobody had seen for years) from killing his mom, stealing her locked up guns, shooting his way into a secured school carrying 40+ lbs. of guns and ammo. then, shooting/killing like a couple of professional assassins, he murdered 26 others w/o wounding any small children? and in record time? no new law could have stopped this type attack, except total gun confiscation.

also odd? how the big, deep blue cities are awash in pistol murders for hire and for fun, 24/7; and, all these clowns want to do is try to seize the (mostly) long guns seldom used in crimes, from honest, law abiding citizens (Patriots).

another oddity? these were the same type untagged weapons the head lawyer in the land (holder) got caught pushing the drug cartels to buy, like in fast & furious. then mr. strange prez. had to illegally claim executive privilege to keep issa from getting his hands on the computers/files telling the truth of why so many fully auto lovin' ultra-bad drug guys would cross the border and buy lesser u.s. legal weapons, and then strangely keep leaving them at their murder scenes.

want to see some more gun shenanigans? go to you tube and research the long list of oddities that supposedly happened at newtown, and then strangely omitted from the 'official report'.
such as:
what happened to the 2-3 guys (one captured?), reported by the janitor over the radio and seen on helicopter video, running from the back of the school during the ruckus? btw, weren't there 2 sweat shirts found on the ground (see crime scene pix) around the perp's vehicle. probably not needed by the kid anymore while inside or while running away? what about the conflicting reports (by police over the radio) of several more handguns found? why would he wear a mask if he planned on killing himself afterward? he had body armor on as well? who were those older, very similar looking kids seen singing at the super bowl? what cert. hazmat co. cleaned up all that blood in the school? no records found? school access denied all but certain police, and then the school is torn down to hide what exactly? f.e.m.a. staging right down the road ahead of time (again) for exactly this type scene? emergency vehicles kept far away from the school? no bodies seen ever leaving the school? funny looking fire station walk about by actors? are those X-mas trees stacked beside the fire house for later use as dedication? no X-mas decorations on victim's grammar school windows on 12/14 ? +/- 200 high velocity rounds fired in concrete/masonry rooms and no broken classroom windows? internet sites for donations for the dead set up days ahead? check out the stacked cars in the school parking lot. no grieving parents ever "ALLOWED" to see their dead children's bodies? yeah, right. these are just a few of the unanswered anomalies. these type questions are typical of those that always seem to go unanswered when crews of marxist misfits get involved. we pay their salaries and get secretive, bogus, amateur hour reports in return that answer nothing about what really happened.

maybe somehow, someday, someway, when gov. crooks are replaced w/ honest men and women, we will really know the whole truth of what happened at places like newtown/sandy hook and along the border.
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