> In my state (California)
> lawyers merely take an oath to (1) uphold the Constitution and
> (2) faithfully execute the duties of a lawyer.
And who decides what "the duties of a lawyer" are? The
local bar, and the courts. That's an oath of loyalty to
those institutions, even if it's dressed up as something
> Further, the state and national bar associations are no more
> "government-backed" than any other professional association. The BA has no
> rights or powers other than the oversight of the members of the profession.
> In this respect it is no different than, say, state medical boards.
Again, it pretends to not be government-backed, but the plain
undenaiable fact is that if the bar association kicks you out
for violating its rules, the government court will not let you
represent defendants. That's a government-backed monopoly, no
matter how many times you protest that it isn't.
And yes, medical boards are just as bad: if you don't follow
their rules, you don't get to practice medicine. Cnesure by
either board is not merely a recommendation to consumers: it is
a prohibition with the force of law.
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