Ladies and Gentlemen,
The attached anti-Second Amendment article/interview was published in the most recent edition (2013 Issue #2) of the Business Law News (BLN), a publication of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California.
I am a member of the BLN Editorial Board. This article was published over my objection. I did not object to the expression of that point of view in the BLN; I objected to the expression of that point of view without publishing an article/interview expressing the PRO-Second Amendment point of view. I explained that EVERY other legal journal to which I subscribe takes care to publish both sides whenever a controversial topic is covered. I offered to produce a PRO-Second Amendment article/interview.
Thereafter, certain mysterious things occurred. First, my access to the BLN Editorial Board online document collaboration website was cut off. Second, I was given the boot as an editor for this particular issue, Issue #2. (Before I raised my concerns I had been scheduled to be an editor for that issue.) Third, the anti-Second Amendment article/interview was not discussed in any subsequent telephone meetings of the BLN editorial board (all of our meetings expect once per year are by telephone). Of course, there might be perfectly innocent explanations for all of these things . . .
I learned that the anti-Second Amendment article was going forward after it was too late, already in production. I had extracted the editorial board's agreement that I could publish a PRO-Second Amendment article/interview in the same issue and that we would work from the exact same set of questions. I never received the list of questions until I received my copy of the issue in the mail along with every other subscriber. Until then, I thought that the idea had been dropped because I never received the list of questions.
Now I have the questions and I have the interview done, with Prof. Randy Bartlett of Georgetown University, and ready for publication.
I am lobbying, once again, within the Editorial Board, to have my PRO-Second Amendment article published in Issue #3, and I expect it to be the cover article because the anti-Second Amendment article was the cover of Issue #2, so there should be some parity.
Expressions of outrage that the State Bar of California, a group of lawyers who should be defending the Constitution, published an article opposed to the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, in particular the Second Amendment, should be sent to:
James Menton, Chair, Business Law Section, jmenton@...
Alan Insul, Member, Executive Committee, Business Law Section, ami@...
Robert L. Brayer, Co-Editor in Chief, BLN, rbrayer@...
Marianne Man, Co-Editor in Chief, BLN, Marianne@thetaxcounsel.com
Patrick Kelly, State Bar President, patrick.kelly@....gov
PLEASE, HOWEVER, LEAVE MY NAME OUT OF ANY MESSAGE YOU SEND. I DO NOT WANT THIS TO BE ABOUT ME AND HOW IT WAS TREATED. I WANT THIS TO BE ABOUT HOW UNBECOMING IT WAS FOR A MANDATORY BAR ASSOCIATION (ALL CALIFORNIA LAWYERS ARE REQUIRED TO BE MEMBERS) TO PUBLISH AN ARTICLE THAT DOES NOT REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF ALL LAWYERS IN CALIFORNIA AND THAT DOES NOT SUPPORT THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS.
Here are all of those email addresses again, that you can cut and paste as a group:
REMEMBER, LEAVE MY NAME OUT OF IT. I already have a bad enough reputation as a "troublemaker" as it is.
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