By Bob Ferris
|KrisAnne Hall spreading her version of the US Constitution and US history.|
Adopting the appellation of “constitutional attorney” implies two things. The first is that the bearer of such a title is an acknowledged expert on the topic of the US Constitution. In this instance that would involve writing in law reviews about the US Constitution or perhaps arguing Constitutional cases or teaching the subject at a law school. Amazingly KrisAnne Hall has done none of these things. Certainly she has a radio show and writes a blog as well as having a few self-published books, but in terms of actions where it really counts there is nothing…bupkis.
And since she has let her fees to the Florida Bar lapse—for whatever reason—she is no longer permitted to practice law in her current state of Florida. This makes her different than the more than 68,000 lawyers in that state who manage to keep their bar memberships current and this calls into question her clinging to the profession she no longer apparently practices.
Now many folks might not understand the importance of all this because when KrisAnne winds up and tells them about her version of the US Constitution and the Founding Fathers it seems to feed that beast within them that would rather blame the federal government for their woes than themselves or the darker powers unleashed by Citizens United. But those of us who work in professional realms understand why all this is problematic and dangerous. Moreover, it is no longer trivial as we have seen one person die because he was influenced by this or similar drivel. And this public acceptance of the obviously untrue is costing the country much in terms of fiscal and psychological outlays as well as our global reputation.
In this I think the most productive action is to point towards an exemplar. For instance, who did the Oregon Association of Counties’ leadership go to when they were trying to sort out the specious claims of KrisAnne Hall? The answer to that is Michael C. Blumm a much published and much cited law professor from Lewis and Clark Law School. Professor Blumm is an acknowledged authority in this field and he did not think much about Ms. Hall’s claims as evidenced by his legal memo to the Concerned Citizens of Harney County and his opinion piece in the Oregonian. Professor Blumm's view on this topic are broadly supported in all but the most extreme quarters (see 1,2,3,4,5).
P.S. It is not all that tough to get into Google Scholar. Some of us do it without even trying.