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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House Bill 2221 and Separation of Powers.

Yesterday, the Goldwater Institute, a libertarian public policy think tank, weighed in with a legal memorandum aimed at criticism that House Bill 2221 “raises separation of powers concerns by interfering with the Arizona Supreme Court’s power to regulate attorneys.”  Article

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Voluntary Bar Legislation Moves Past Judiciary Committee 4-1.

The House Judiciary Committee of the Arizona Legislature had a hearing last Wednesday, February 10, 2016 to consider the three voluntary bar bills introduced by Representative Anthony Kern this session. You can view the entire proceedings here or via this

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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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VOLUNTARY BAR BILLS TO BE HEARD FEBRUARY 10, 2016 IN JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

ARIZONA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Fifty-second Legislature – Second Regular Session 1700 West Washington Street Phoenix, AZ 85007 REGULAR MEETING AGENDA COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY DATE Wednesday, February 10, 2016 ROOM HHR 3 TIME 9:30 A.M. Members: Mr. Friese Mr. Kern Mr.

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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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