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Justice Alito on the ABA


The American Bar Association’s pursuit of its ideological agenda is all the more obnoxious because the ABA purports to be “the national representative of the legal profession.”  I’m pleased to see that Justice Alito, in a concurring opinion today (see last page here) involving the relevance of ABA guidelines to the question whether an attorney provided effective assistance of counsel, rejects the ABA’s nonsense:

The ABA is a venerable organization with a history of service to the bar, but it is, after all, a private group with limited membership. The views of the association’s members, not to mention the views of the members of the advisory committee that formulated the 2003 Guidelines, do not necessarily reflect the views of the American bar as a whole.

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