Should There Be a National Bar?


The Interests of Smaller Firms

I have written many times about my belief that too many state bar associations, particularly those with mandatory membership, are not as committed as they should be to serving the interests of smaller firms and sole practitioners that are the great bulk of their members. Whether the issue is limits on lawyer advertising, mandatory malpractice insurance disclosure, barriers to selling a practice, or other concerns, bar association rules too often seem to impose unnecessary cost and restrictions on small firm lawyers in a misguided zeal to "do good" for the public.

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