After almost two years with no one to cover my weblogging backside on the issue of
the Unauthorized Practice of Law, it is thrilling to see Carolyn Elefant at My Shingle (in
“If We Can’t Beat Them, Let’s Compete With Them,” Feb. 22, 2005) and Monica Bay
at The Common Scold (in “Three Cheers,” Feb. 24, 2005) take on the legal profession’s
guild mentality. In addition, Lisa Stone of Legal Blog Watch has put the spotlight on her
Carolyn shames Illinois; Monica takes on California; earlier this month, HALT tried to set the
Georgia Bar straight; and we pointed to their efforts in Virginia just last week. The problem exists
everywhere, across our dear old federalist nation.
In addition to HALT, the most active advocates for limiting the definition of the “practice of law”
— and thus the scope of UPL — have been the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.
[click here for the rest of this story, with lots of links, and the following concluding remarks:]
Perhaps, bar association websites should conspicuously post this disclaimer:
Warning: We are a guild, here to serve the economic interests of our members.
We’ll fight (’til your last dollar) to protect you from any legal adversary and to
secure your legal rights. However, when it comes to your financial interests
versus our own, we will put ours first whenever possible.
p.s. (10 AM Feb. 25): from the very-busy Typo Editor: My apologies to folks who came
here thinking that this is a Labor Law weblog discussing Unfair Labor Practices. I’ve
attempted to remove all references to ULP from this posting and its headline, but I bet
those darn search-engine spiders beat me to them.
calling a big gang
down to join them…
rice field geese
yellow gang, white gang
the butterflies stake
February 24, 2005
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