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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Two groups who should be opposed to Arizona’s mandatory bar association: Arizona lawyers and everyone else.

There are two groups of people who should be opposed to Arizona’s mandatory bar association: Arizona lawyers and everyone else. Arizona lawyers should object because mandatory association inherently threatens their First Amendment rights. Here I want to focus on why

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A Blast Email Rebuttal.

This past November, State Bar of Arizona President Geoff Trachtenberg sent out a blast email to members with arguments against a voluntary bar. Proponents of a voluntary bar, on the other hand, don’t have the same bandwith to present their

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Coerced membership violates the Constitutional rights to free speech and free association.

The Goldwater Institute opposes conditioning the practice of law on bar membership in Arizona because coerced membership violates the rights to free speech and free association guaranteed by the United States and Arizona Constitutions. Because of this, we support efforts

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Beneath the Bar’s Mask.

The Problem The stated mission of the State Bar of Arizona (SBA) is: “Protecting the Public of Arizona and Advancing the Legal Profession.”1 History teaches us, with all too much repetition, this is an enormous fallacy and neither the public

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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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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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