REP. KERN CALLS FOR SEPARATING STATE BAR’S REGULATORY AND TRADE ASSOCIATION FUNCTIONS TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC.

Can a quasi-government agency avoid dysfunction when it has dual roles as regulator protecting the public from unethical lawyers and as trade association promoting lawyers’ professional and economic interests? District 20 House Member Anthony Kern says “No, it can’t.” For

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Arizona Bar still doesn’t get it. It again misconstrues what this is about.

Having suffered a near-loss at the Arizona Legislature this term, the State Bar of Arizona now says it plans to inoculate itself from “hostile legislation” — by working to “be even more open and transparent.” But the extent of that effort

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North Dakota Bar’s Family Law Task Force and the propensity of mandatory bars to tread on lawyer First Amendment rights.

Right now, the State Bar of Arizona can spend attorneys’ mandatory dues on anything it wants to so long as the expenditure is related to improving the practice of law through the regulation of attorneys.  That could mean lobbying, advertising

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Arizona Lawyers Shouldn’t Be Misled: They Have Constitutional Rights, Too

On March 17. 2016, the Arizona State Bar sent an email to the state’s lawyers urging them to oppose House Bill 2221, a bill that would eliminate the Bar’s ability to force attorneys to fund its operations. The email warned

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A REJOINDER TO THE STATE BAR OF ARIZONA CEO.

On March 17, 2016, State Bar of Arizona CEO and Executive Director John Phelps took to the bully pulpit paid for by all members — even those in favor — to lobby against Arizona House Bill 2221. The Bill, which

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The truth about House Bill 2221.

HB 2221 was not proposed by the Arizona Legislature because the Legislature wanted to dictate the way that lawyers practice. It was proposed because many members of our Bar wanted these changes, believing that the current mandatory membership provisions violate

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Rebutting the State Bar of Arizona about HB 2221.

Attorneys who want to practice law in Arizona must pay the State Bar of Arizona mandatory member dues. The State Bar of Arizona uses this money to regulate the practice of law and to engage in other activities, including lobbying

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Criteria so expansive you could drive a dump truck through it.

Because Arizona lawyers are forced to join and fund the State Bar of Arizona in order to practice law, the Bar’s mandatory dues are a “form of compelled speech and association” that intrude on First Amendment rights. This legislative session,

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Rebutting the Arizona Bar President’s Latest Email Blast Misstatements.

This afternoon, State Bar of Arizona President Geoff Trachtenberg sent out his latest blast email update “about pending legislation that could impact the practice of law and your Bar.” Find below, Mr. Trachtenberg’s key points and the accompanying rebuttals. “Colleagues:

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