U.S. Supreme Court to hear case that could impact lawyers in mandatory bar states.

Free speech and free association relief for lawyers may be on the way. On February 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Janus v American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), a case that revisits the issue

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House Judiciary passes bar reform bill HB 2119.

On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, the Arizona House Judiciary and Public Safety Committee by a vote of 6-3 passed House Bill 2119. The Bill separates the Arizona Bar’s regulatory functions from its trade association functions. Those voting in favor: Representatives

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AZ LAWMAKER WANTS STATE BAR TO FOCUS ONLY ON CONSUMER PROTECTION.

PHOENIX — “The State Bar of Arizona cannot effectively serve two masters. The interests of the public and the interests of lawyers are not the same.” With this declaration, District 20 House Member Anthony Kern introduced House Bill 2119 this

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Cal State Bar Prepares to Implement Historic Reforms Following Gov. Brown Signature on the Agency’s Annual Fee Bill

State Bar of California News Release For Immediate Release: Oct. 2, 2017 State Bar Prepares to Implement Historic Reforms Following Gov. Brown Signature on the Agency’s Annual Fee Bill On October 2, 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 36 into

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Comment Period Ends May 22, 2017 For Petition to Amend Arizona Supreme Court Rule 32

As posted here in January, the Goldwater Institute filed a petition asking the Arizona Supreme Court to amend its Rules 32(c) and (d) so as to split the functions of the State Bar of Arizona into two distinct subsets, a

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House Bill 2295 – FACT SHEET

House Bill 2295 Also see Goldwater Institute HB 2295 Bullet Points What it does Separates the regulatory functions from the trade association purposes of the State Bar of Arizona;   And thereby eliminates the longstanding regulator/trade association conflict of interest

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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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The fight resumes for lawyer regulation reform in Arizona.

The fight to reform lawyer regulation in Arizona resumes. HB2300 and HB2295 were introduced last Friday by Rep. Anthony Kern. HB2300 is the pure voluntary bar bill. It establishes that lawyers are not required to be a member of any

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