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


On January 13, 2020, Judge Lance M. Africk of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana dismissed the lawsuit filed by attorney Randy Boudreaux against the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Justices of the Court.

“The leadership of the LSBA is pleased with Judge Africk’s dismissal of this challenge. We will continue to focus primarily on our regulatory functions, as well as the myriad services and programs we provide to both our members and the public,” commented LSBA President Robert A. Kutcher of Metairie. “We have closely monitored litigation in other states, and the Judge’s well-reasoned decision is consistent with other district and appellate court results,” he added.

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. For more information on the LSBA's legislative advocacy, go to: https://www.lsba.org/Legislation.

Review Dismissal Order and Judgment at: https://www.lsba.org/Challenge/Louisiana.aspx. Or click on "Louisiana State Bar Association" for more information on the case.


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