Sunday, September 22, 2013
Law - State Bar of Michigan under attack for its position on judicial campaign finance
Michigan has an integrated or mandatory bar. Indiana has a voluntary bar association. Here is an interesting post from Saturday in the State Bar of Michigan Blog, which (incidentally) discusses the differences:
Michigan has been a mandatory bar since 1935 and has a proud history of great service to the public and our members. A mandatory bar association provides benefits for both the state and lawyers, which is why the majority of states require practicing lawyers to be members of a state bar. The alternative is a state licensing structure and separate bar association. A mandatory bar association is considered more cost-effective for both the state and members of the bar to provide regulation, promote the quality of the profession, and protect the public. The rationale for this unique licensing for lawyers is that unlike other professionals, lawyers are also officers of the court. From the moment they are sworn in as members of the bar they have a governmental role and responsibility.The State Bar of Michigan is under attack from
... The Michigan Freedom Fund (MFF), a nonprofit organization supporting Michigan's right-to-work law, [that] announced its intent today to put the State Bar of Michigan out of existence. MFF's head, Greg McNeilly, told Gongwer News [that] part of the motivation was the State Bar’s "recent move to propose requiring disclosure of all spending in judicial campaign races, even if those ads do not expressly advocate for the election or defeat of a candidate for the court."Republicans, he said, "have been furious about the move by the State Bar."See the post for more.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 22, 2013 12:43 PM
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