THE POSITIONS OF THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION DOES NOT REPRESENT THE VAST MAJORITY OF LAWYERS IN AMERICA.
THE KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION AND ITS EMPHASIS ON CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS APPEARS TO BE HEADING IN THE SAME DIRECTION.
THE AMERICAN BAR ASSN. IS PERCEIVED TO BE OUT OF TOUCH WITH MANY KENTUCKY LAWYERS. IS THE KENTUCKY BAR ASSN. IN DANGER OF FOLLOWING THAT SAME PATH?
I just received the September edition of the Kentucky Bar Association magazine. Several things strike me about this Organization:
1. The similarity between the Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) and the American Bar Association (ABA) is remarkable and both organizations seem to be more and more alike.
2. KY Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham wrote about the ABA in this most recent issue. Some of his comments are as follows:
a.) “I know only a handful of Kentucky lawyers who belong to the American Bar Association. That number is likely to dwindle even further in the near future.”
“There are several reasons the the ABA has dwindling appeal to the Kentucky lawyer. Primarily it is an organization perceived to be out of touch with the practicing lawyers in this sate.”
3. I AGREE, furthermore I, and several others lawyers, believe many of the same thing may be happening to the KBA.
4. Both the KBA & ABA seem to be catering to the Criminal Defense lawyers and the Trial Lawyers. Prosecutors and Law Enforcement issues seem to be completely ignored.
5. Yet membership in the KBA is mandatory. Regardless of the position they take with which we may disagree, we ALL are required to pay our “Bar Dues.”
6. Multiple pages in this month’s issue are devoted to the criminal defense lawyers and their activities. I didn’t see anything about prosecutors and law enforcement.
7. The KBA Executive Director reported on an interesting development. The city of LaGrange in Oldham County enacted an ordinace requiring that attorneys practicing in the local courts in LaGrange be required to pay a fee. No doubt this will soon happen around the Commonwealth.
6. Another example – The ABA received a large grant from the European Union to fund a Kentucky Assessment Team whose goal is to seek the moratorium on executions of death row killers. The Team members of that group selected were mostly folks who had expressed their opposition to the DEATH PENALTY. And their report was predictable.
Too many this is analagous to the mandatory union dues argument which is raging in our country dealing with mandatory union dues for people who do not want to join a union, or disagree with the positions the union takes or how they spend the dues they are forced to pay.
So – – as my friend Justice Bill Cunningham wrote – – “The ABA has dwindling appeal to Kentucky lawyers . . . because it is perceived to be out of touch with practicing lawyers in our state.”
Has the KBA reached that same point with a significant number of lawyers in Kentucky?