In its mission statement, the American Bar Association declares that it is the “national representative of the legal profession.” And, not surprisingly, as the largest professional legal organization in the world, many policy makers, journalists, and ordinary citizens do in fact look to the ABA as a bellwether of the legal profession on matters involving law and the justice system. This is why debate about the work and the activities of the ABA-and the role that it plays in shaping our legal culture—is so very important.