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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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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