The American Medical Association (AMA) has always stood for shrewdness in how it has limited the number of medical doctors in the business of medicine. Until healthcare had been turned upside down, that strategy had been effective. Now, of course, the business of being an MD is not so sweet.
The American Bar Association is being forced to become equally savvy and protective of the legal turf. Back in 2010, reports Karen Sloan in THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL, the ABA had been considering accrediting law schools outside the U.S. Not now.
As we all know from the ABA jobs report for the Class of 2011, even graduates of U.S. based law schools haven't been able to find positions practicing law. The number which hovers over the world of law is the 45% who, within nine months of graduation, were unable to nail down long term full time jobs practicing law. If foreign trained lawyers flood the market, that will be even worse. After all, their expectations of compensation could be significantly lower than U.S. JDs anticipate.
If trade associations want to remain relevant they have to play a bigger role in protecting the jobs of its members. Otherwise, since lobbying is doable through social media, information and education are easily available online, and networking is something most have down cold, the role of the trade association has been questioned. The same shift is happening in the business of communications. Why pony up the money and invest the time in the International Association of Business Communicators or the Public Relations Society of America?