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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HB 2221 Strengthens Attorney Regulation.

Consumer protections like the Ethics Hotline and the Client Protection Fund are preserved under HB 2221, and the Arizona Bar will never be able to divert money from these programs to fund lawyer amenities or political activities. HB 2221 makes

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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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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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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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