Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Update on challenges to mandatory bar association membership around the country

As I have written before, the question of whether mandatory membership in a bar association violates the First Amendment is not a new issue, so it is interesting that it is making such a strong comeback.  At one point I think I labeled it the "hot issue" of the year because I kept seeing reports of lawsuits being filed around the country.

A few days ago, a decision from the 8th Circuit may have slowed down the trend a bit (in a case originating in North Dakota), but there are still a bunch of cases pending out there.  At last count, there were challenges filed in Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Washington and Michigan.

Thanks to Mauricio Hernandez for the update and links.

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