Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday could be a due date for State Bar

Eric Heisig posted [last week while I was away -ed.] at Court Gestures, Wisconsin Law Journal, on Harris v. Quinn (USSC 11-681).
"Now, to be sure, Wisconsin’s State Bar is not a union. It is, however, a quasi-governmental body to which all attorneys in state must belong, and to which the majority must pay dues. There is no collective bargaining.

"However, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Keller v. State Bar of California (1990), did say 'there is a substantial analogy between the relationship of the Bar and its members and that of unions and their members.' In its analysis, the high court relied on Abood [Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, 431 U.S. 209 (19770}.

"That analogy did not appear to be lost on the bar during its Board of Governors meeting Wednesday afternoon. Executive Director George Brown told BOG members Wednesday that he and bar staff were awaiting the decision to determine any possible effects."