Michigan Bar Prevails In Fight Over Mandatory Atty Dues

Law360 (September 10, 2020, 3:19 PM EDT) -- A Michigan federal court declined to consider whether recent U.S. Supreme Court precedent has rendered compulsory bar membership unconstitutional, ruling against a challenge to the State Bar of Michigan and saying the constitutional question would be something for higher courts to weigh.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker said in a decision Tuesday that both the bar association and its challenger Lucille Taylor had raised interesting arguments, but current Supreme Court precedent says that bar associations with the dues model Michigan uses are allowed.

Although another court might decide to apply the high court's 2018 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME et...

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