Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Auld Lang Syne

In his column in Wisconsin Lawyer, our State Bar President Douglas Kammer recalls his joining, in 1977, the effort to make membership volutary.
We came up with a scheme of surveying the members on the subject. The perception was that a democratic effort would demonstrate to the Wisconsin Supreme Court that the majority of lawyers did not want to be compelled to join the State Bar, or any other organization for that matter. We perceived that the court would value the wishes of the lawyers over the wish of the Bar. (We ultimately got a referendum done, but it took a lot of doing. We had to sue the State Bar for the mailing list. If you want details, you can read of our efforts at 86 Wis. 2d 746 and 93 Wis. 2d 385.)
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