Proposed Dues Increase
The Board of Governors approved a three-step process to improve the Bar’s financial future at its February 27th
meeting. If the Court approves, the following changes will be made:
- Increase fees for active members with three years or more experience by $15 each year
for four years beginning in 2015 (for a total of $60 by 2018)
- Increase fees for active members with less than three years’ experience by $10 each year
for four years beginning in 2015 (for a total of $40 by 2018)
- Increase fees for judicial members by $10 each year for four years beginning in 2015
(for a total of $40 by 2018)
- Increase fees for In-House Counsel by $11 (by rule they pay 75% of the 3+ active member
fee in addition to bar dues in their home state) beginning in 2015
- Pro Hac Vice fees will increase in amounts equal to 3+ active members beginning in 2015
In addition to the above changes, the board also recommended a 33% increase in late fees beginning in 2015 for:
- Membership fees
- MCLE late compliance
- MCLE late filing
You can find a complete chart of the recommended fee increases here.
Client Protection Fund
The board recommended the court allow the Bar to temporarily reallocate the $10 yearly Client Protection Fund assessment each year for four years beginning in 2015. This reallocation will end in 2018.
The Bar will also make a permanent $300,000 cut from its 2015 budget. This is in addition to the hiring freeze currently in place and cuts already made to the 2014 budget. This will result in fewer staff positions.
A proposal to include an automatic dues adjustment starting in 2019 to correct for inflation did not pass.
The Board also instituted a three year review process for all programs. Each program will be evaluated to compare its cost and effectiveness.
In an effort to answer most of your questions, we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions. View them here.
Last summer, Board President Whitney Cunningham appointed a five-member committee to review non-mandated programs. Currently, programs mandated by court rule (such as lawyer regulation, MCLE, Conservatorships, etc.) account for $350 of a member’s $460 dues. The goal of the committee was to determine if existing non-mandatory programs could be eliminated or reduced. You can read more about the Program Review Committee’s purpose and methods here.
The Program Review Committee reported its recommendations to the board in October. You can read the report here. Each non-mandatory program was scored using a variety of factors ranging from member impact to cost to how closely it aligns with the Bar’s mission. You can see the score sheets here. It’s important to point out the notes for each score sheet that give additional information which could not be included in the scoring structure. You can see the combined scores which allow you to compare how each program rated, here. To see the combined scores for committees click here, and for sections click here.
At the December meeting, the Board of Governors passed the 2014 budget. You can see the full budget and previous year audits here.