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Mandatory Bar Membership on Trial

Within days of paying my dues, I learned we may not have to. Or, to be more precise, according to the U.S. 5th Circuit, Texas lawyers don't have to belong to their state bar. But, the logic of its opinion seems to apply in Louisiana.

Professor Dane Ciolino is already on the case: Must Louisiana lawyers join bar association? Maybe not, federal court says

The issue is a question of free association. Professional organizations that spend on activities not "germane" to professional governance cannot require membership as an occupational requirement. The 5th Circuit opinion is below.

Posted: July 8, 2021