Petition To Raise Fla. Bar Dues Sparks Debate Over Legal Aid

Law360, Miami (September 2, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT) -- A push by more than 500 Florida Bar members to raise dues in order to cut into a funding crisis for legal aid services has set up a fight among members on how much of the burden of ensuring access to the courts should be shouldered by the state's attorneys.

A group of 522 active members of the bar signed on to a petition filed in June asking the Florida Supreme Court to raise the cap on bar dues by $100. The extra money would be earmarked for legal aid funds, which have taken a hit in recent years because of...

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