This is the worst tendency of the nonprofit world: to be enamored with creating new groups instead of bolstering old ones. People need to realize that real organizing work is not that exciting. It is thankless and tough: when it pays off there is no better feeling, but most of the time it is drudgery. And a lot of these lawyers come from really sheltered backgrounds, some never having a real job outside of the law. You’re right that one of the most important things for lawyers to do is to check their egos and follow the movement rather than trying to lead it. And the National Lawyers Guild has been doing that work for decades: how about we put some energy and time into building up that nationwide coalition rather than starting at ground level with a new group?

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