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Boudreaux v. Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Supreme Court et al


A member of the Louisiana State Bar Association filed suit against the LSBA, the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Justices of the Court on August 1, 2019, challenging mandatory bar membership on First and Fourteenth amendment grounds.

Mandatory membership in a state bar and payment of compulsory fees were held constitutional in Keller v. State Bar of California, 496 U.S. 1 (1990) and Lathrop v. Donohue, 367 U.S. 820 (1961) and the LSBA operates in accordance with these decisions. The LSBA’s legislative advocacy is subject to a number of provisions set forth in the Association’s Bylaws. These activities are limited to matters involving issues affecting the profession, the regulation of attorneys and the practice of law, the administration of justice, the availability and delivery of legal services to society, the improvement of the courts and the legal profession, and such other matters consistent with the mission and purposes of the Association.

The Louisiana State Bar Association will vigorously defend its mandatory structure, which was established by the Louisiana Supreme Court nearly 80 years ago to aid in the administration of justice and assist with the regulation of the practice of law.


Click here for information on the LSBA’s legislative advocacy: https://www.lsba.org/Legislation
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