The California court of appeal last month denied a
request by the State Bar that it reverse a lower court ruling that the bar had improperly
used mandatory dues to pay for some activities nearly a decade ago.
In a petition for writ of mandate, the bar argued that Sacramento
Sup-erior Court Judge Morrison Eng-lands August ruling misinterpreted the Supreme
Courts standard for the proper use of mandatory dues.
The decision creates grave constitutional uncertainty and
cripples the bars ability to govern, wrote Mark W. Danis, a Morrison & Foers-ter
attorney who represents the bar.