- pretends to protect the public from its members;
- pretends to represent interests of its members;
- does business with its members by offering "member benefits", for a fee, and
- does that business poorly
But what impressed me the most is this paragraph:
"Indeed, when mentoring law students and especially new lawyers, my oft-used lawyer happiness advice remains, “Remember, the State Bar is not your friend.” How else to interpret the Bar’s chest-pounding proclamations that its primary mission is to protect the public from its members?"
What impressed me is the author's sarcasm as to these "chest-pounding proclamations" which, in reality are the ONLY legitimate reason why attorneys are licensed and given their privileged position in society at all.
If lawyers are openly sarcastic about the goal of attorney licensing as to protection of the public, the public must understand that no protection will follow where lawyers "regulate themselves", for themselves.