Bloomberg Law
Feb. 26, 2021, 9:41 PM

Oregon Bar Faces Revived Claim Over Anti-Racist Statements

Martina Barash
Martina Barash

Members of the Oregon State Bar who say the organization violated their freedom of speech and association by publishing statements denouncing racism, racist violence, and discrimination had one of their claims revived by the Ninth Circuit on Friday.

The lawyers may have a viable claim for freedom from compelled association, but the lower court will need to determine what guidelines and standards apply to the bar’s actions, the appeals court said in a per curiam opinion.

Their free speech claim fails because the OSB refunded each of them $1.15, the share of their bar dues that went toward publishing the ...

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