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California Bar Would Be Bifurcated Under Dues Bill

Sept. 5, 2017, 8:25 PM

The nation’s largest bar is a step closer to being split into two under a bill (S.B. 36) California lawmakers unanimously approved Sept. 1.

Senate Bill 36 would spin off the bar’s 16 voluntary membership sections into a nonprofit organization that operates independently as a trade association. The changes would allow the bar to focus on its regulatory functions, proponents argue. Senate Bill 36 also changes bar governance, including by converting the board of trustees from 19 mostly lawyer members to 13 members, six of whom would be nonattorneys.

The vote on S.B. 36 comes a year after...

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