Wednesday, February 5, 2014

State Bar Board Discusses Possible Dues Increase

Joe Forward reported on the latest meeting of the State Bar of Wisconsin's Board of Governors (BOG). In addition to a dues increase and restructuring,
"In 2009, the State Bar’s board unanimously supported a petition to modify supreme court rules on record retention and the expungment of records accessible through the Wisconsin Consolidated Court Automation Program (CCAP). After public hearings, the court held the petition in abeyance, choosing to work towards a legislative solution.

"Now the State Bar’s Policy Committee expects the introduction of related legislation, and made its position known through a restated policy that supports the inherent authority of the courts to manage and expunge records in appropriate situations."

In other news,
"Under Keller v. State Bar of California, 496 U.S. 1 (1990), the State Bar may not use the compulsory dues of any member who objects to activities not reasonably intended for the purpose of regulating the legal profession or improving the quality of legal services. ...

"An amount of $92,716 was identified. Based on the number of full-dues equivalent members, the board adopted a $5 rebate amount for those objecting in FY 2015."

Eric Heisig reported at the Wisconsin Law Journal State Bar dues increase on track for April vote.
"A $30 increase, proponents say, is needed to balance the bar’s proposed $12,002,812 budget, which is about 1.2 percent more than the year prior. ...

"The budget proposal calls for a four percent raise for bar staff members, as well as to hire two people for the bar’s continuing legal education programs and its practice management help division."