Bar Orgs In The Crosshairs After Justices Revive Dues Case

Law360 (December 7, 2018, 6:00 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court created an existential threat for mandatory state bar associations when it recently ordered a fresh look at whether their required dues are constitutional, a move that could lead to a decline in bar membership depending on the outcome of the case.

In Fleck v. Wetch, the Supreme Court was presented with attorney Arnold Fleck’s opposition to mandatory bar dues in North Dakota. The court concluded that the case should be revived and reconsidered by the Eighth Circuit in light of the high court’s recent Janus opinion on public employees' First Amendment right to abstain from paying certain...

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