A solution in search of a problem?

Last March, in an email letter to Arizona special interest bar associations asking for their help “to fight House Bill 2629,” last session’s voluntary bar legislation, State Bar of Arizona CEO and Executive Director John Phelps declared, “It’s a solution

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In re Petition for a Rule Change to Create a Voluntary State Bar of Nebraska

“In our view, the best solution is to modify the court’s rules creating and establishing the Bar Association (and other related rules) to limit the use of mandatory dues, or assessments, to the regulation of the legal profession. This purpose

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Arizona Voluntary Bar Bill Legislation

Two House Bills dealing with attorney regulation in Arizona have been introduced by Arizona House Member Rep. Anthony Kern and co-sponsors. The first is House Bill 2219, which is identical to last session’s HB 2629. It states that the supreme

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10 reasons a voluntary state bar is better than a mandatory bar.

Voluntary bar jurisdictions: Have a longer history than mandatory bar jurisdictions. The so-called integration movement didn’t start until 1913. That’s when the now defunct American Judicature Society’s Herbert Harley motivated by the goals of overcoming low voluntary membership rolls; increasing

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REPRESENTATIVE KERN SPONSORS LEGISLATION THAT INCREASES LAWYERS’ FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX (Friday, January 15, 2016) – Representative Anthony Kern has co-sponsored House Bills 2219 and 2221 concerning the regulation of lawyers. The bills place all public protection mandates entirely under state supreme court control and active supervision and

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Some history about mandatory bars, including Arizona’s.

If you read the history of the so-called integrated bar movement, it was driven not solely by high-minded aspirations for professionalism but by a fixation on assuring reliable revenues sufficient to run a professional trade association. The only way to

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