Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Mandatory Bar Dues in Texas

Three Texas lawyers have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that mandatory membership in the State Bar of Texas violates their First Amendment right against coerced speech, The ABA Journal reports. The March 6 suit contends that the State Bar is using the plaintiffs’ dues for ideological or political activities that go beyond its function of regulating lawyers. The suit says the bar should not fund activities such as diversity initiatives, access to justice programs that help prevent deportations and legislative drafting and advocacy.
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