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Friday, May 10 • 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Legal Threats to State Bars: Potential Impact on Access to Justice Initiatives and Funding for Civil Legal Aid

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The recent decision of the United States Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME, 585 U.S. 16 (2018), has created new challenges for mandatory bar associations and providers of civil legal aid, affecting the earlier ruling in Keller v. State Bar of California, 496 U.S. 1 (1990), which supported many of the programs of fully integrated state bars.

The Supreme Court’s recent remand in the 8th Circuit case of Fleck v. Wetch, 868 F.3d 652 (2017), on Janus grounds, and federal court challenges in Texas and Wisconsin to the state bar’s access to justice initiatives and funding of civil legal aid have left a cloud of uncertainty among bar leaders, access to justice advocates, and civil legal aid programs.

This session will explain these cases’ potential impact and engage participants in a discussion of next steps in preparing a community response.


Chris Buerger

Counsel, Civil Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association

Monte Mollere

Director, Access To Justice Program, Louisiana State Bar Association
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Don Saunders

Senior Policy Counsel, National Legal Aid & Defender Assc
Don is a nationally recognized leader of America’s civil justice community who currently serves as NLADA’s senior policy counsel. In his previous role as the head of NLADA’s Civil Legal Services, he spearheaded the civil division for more than 20 years, building the organization’s... Read More →

Janet Welch

Executive Director, State Bar of Michigan

Friday May 10, 2019 3:45pm - 5:15pm EDT
Marriott Ballroom Salon 9