A May 14 article by Ralph Baxter and John Lund again advanced the argument that “thoughtful proposals for reform” aimed at increasing “access to justice” for citizens and small businesses have been thwarted by the self-interest of lawyers. Fortunately, our legislators in Sacramento so far have seen through this claim, because they understand that the authors’ proposals would jeopardize consumers without a commensurate benefit.

One proof of this is that public interest law firms such as Public Counsel, the largest public interest law firm in the nation, Bet Tzedek (“House of Justice”), and several other public interest firms—all of whom have no business or financial interest to pursue—have opposed these deregulation schemes. These public interest firms are motivated by their commitment to consumer protection, not by a fear of losing fees: They do not charge for their services.

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