An Open Letter to the American Bar Association

The American Bar Association (“ABA”) has chosen Toronto as the location its annual convention for 2011.  I mean no disrespect to neither the people of Canada nor the City of Toronto.  Canada is a trusted friend of the United States and I am told that Toronto is a wonderful city, but why is the ABA holding its convention in a foreigner country?

To me, the ABA has always been a “left-of-center” organization that offers very little to solo practitioners like me  By choosing a foreign country for its annual convention, the ABA is further alienating attorneys by selecting a destination that is expensive to reach while ignoring cities in the United States that could desperately use the business.

There are many cities in the United States that are hurting economically that could have used the ABA’s convention business.  San Diego, New Orleans, Chicago and Las Vegas are just a few of the cities that could have handled the ABA’s annual meeting and have suffered through hard economic times.

Perhaps next year, the ABA will be a bit more carefully in choosing the city where it holds its annual meeting.

Carl Starrett

Carl Starrett is a consumer bankruptcy attorney in San Diego, California helping debtors file for protection under Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code.

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