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February 24, 2005

carolyn and monica join the UPL posse

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 8:35 pm

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

Law.com colleagues’ efforts (here and here).

 

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. 

 

noYabutsS   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
their claims


 

 

Kobayashi Issa - translated by David G. Lanoue 

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