The case had nothing to do with attorney regulation - because attorney regulation is declared to be done for the benefit of consumers of legal services, and the Freidrichs case was brought NOT pursuing the interests of students, consumers of teachers' services, but between a non-unionized provider of services and the union of such providers.
And, attorneys do not even have labor unions.
Yet, sometimes you need not to even give people enough rope to hang themselves - they willingly find that rope and use it.
I would die to be the fly on the wall and know who compelled 21 former presidents of a mandatory federal bar association (the D.C. bar) to file an amicus curiae brief in support of California teachers' mandatory labor unions dues for non-members?
But - 21 former presidents found that proverbial rope and used it to strangle all the remnants of legitimacy out of regulation of the legal profession, see their amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief here.
By drawing parallels between collective labor bargaining on behalf of service providers and the bar associations that combine the functions of a trade association (not a labor union) for the benefit of its members, and a governmental regulatory agency for the benefit of consumers whose interests may be against interests of paying members of such mandatory bar associations, the conflict of interest in attorney regulation by attorneys became even more clear, as bar associations were directly compared, by attorneys themselves with collective-bargaining labor unions.
If attorneys, especially such prominent attorneys as 21 former presidents of a D.C. bar associations, come together and file a "friend of the court" brief to support collective bargaining of teachers as parallel of attorney regulation - they acknowledge that attorney regulation is nothing but a collective bargaining regime that has nothing to do with protection of consumers.
In their amicus brief, 21 D.C.-bar presidents argued the following: that a certain court U.S. Supreme Court case provided that "where a state establishes a legal entitlement to a benefit, it may compel those receiving the benefit to pay their fair share of the cost."
While that is a true rendition of what the U.S. Supreme Court said, it had nothing to do with attorney regulation.
Yet, the D.C. bar insisted on shooting itself in the foot by arguing that "the Abood/Keller line of cases represents a firmly rooted body of law upon which not only states and unions but also integrated bars, including the D.C. Bar, have long relied in structuring their activities."
"Integrated" means mandatory.
If D.C. bar and other "integrated" bars were established on the principles of collective bargaining, they cannot also conduct "state licensing".
After all, labor unions are non-governmental organizations that do not engage in teacher certifications, even when they pretend to "promote quality education" while in reality they only protect those who pay their dues from competition.
Unless we have here a case of a contagious senility that suddenly affected all 21 former presidents of the D.C. bar association, all of these individuals are competent lawyers themselves, and are represented in their amicus curiae brief by competent lawyers, too, so they knew exactly what they are doing when they said that mandatory bars is basically, the same as labor unions.
And if they put their collective proverbial foot into their collective proverbial mouth - they have only themselves to blame.
From this point of view, Friedrichs is a very interesting case in favor of deregulation of the legal profession, and I will wait with interest as to how the U.S. Supreme Court will decide it.
At least, it shows that the legal profession jumps up to protect their imagined interests even where - according to their own declarations for why attorney regulation exists - there should not be any interests at all, because it is not the same to protect interests of consumers, like attorney regulation pretends to do, and interests of service providers, like labor unions do.
So, the bunny ears are sticking out of the trickster's hat, aren't they?