Today, we filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in support of a petition for writ of certiorari, asking the Court to review a California ban on mental health providers pro-hetrosexual therapies to minors. Interestingly, the California law, SB 1172, does not ban pro-homosexual therapies. We reject the notion that the Free Exercise Clause was written to give special rights to religious people. We explain that SB 1172 violates the Free Exercise Clause, which operates as a jurisdictional barrier to the power of States, barring California’s encroachment upon matters of opinion outside its civil jurisdiction. We also demonstrated that the State’s inherent police power does not permit it to conditioning licensing in order to suppress politically correct and morally unpopular medical treatments under the guise of protecting minors.
There is an effort underway by elements in the federal and state judiciary and leftist lawyers and lawyer groups to increase political controls over lawyers — on whom the American people rely on to protect their interests. Some states are trying to force lawyers to devote free legal services to favored classes of persons. Historically, this proposal has been a cover for the misuse of law reform, class actions, emboldening the courts to legislate social policy. And even when it extends legal services to the poor, it frequently does so at the expense of the middle class.
World Net Daily’s Bob Unruh published a timely story exposing the true nature of the ABA proposed ethics change, published on the eve of the meeting of the ABA House of Delegates in San Francisco.
We were grateful that the National Law Journal published the fourth article in the U.S. Justice Foundation’s series on the proposed ABA Ethics Changes. This Op Ed was the lead in the National Law Journals email to subscribers sent out on August 8, 2016.
We reproduce here a couple of paragraphs from our article:
“The American Bar Association is on the verge of making sweeping changes in its Model Rules of Professional Conduct, rules in no way designed to regulate professional ethics, but rather to compel lawyers to embrace social justice to make them ‘better people’….
The U.S. Justice Foundation engaged our firm to publish a series of articles exposing the “politically correct” ethics proposals being considered by the American Bar Association at its annual meeting in San Francisco. The American Thinker published the first article in the series.