Under State Bar procedures, members of the Bar may
file a specific objection to challenge the accuracy of any of the determinations by the
Board of Governors that a legislative position is chargeable to the annual membership fee
under Keller v. State Bar (1990) 496 U.S. 1. A challenge by a member to any of the
legislative positions listed below must be made individually and in writing. The written challenge must include the challengers
name, address, telephone number and bar membership number and should identify the
challenged legislative position.
A challenger must sign the challenge, postmarked on or before Jan.
15, 2001, which is the 45th day following the publication date of this issue of the
California Bar Journal, or deliver it in person to the State Bars San Francisco
office by 5 p.m. on or before Jan. 15, 2001, directed to Judy Johnson, Executive Director,
State Bar of California, 180 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105-1639. Challengers are still required to submit payment
of the 2000 membership fee less only the $5 lobbying deduction. Failure to timely submit a
challenge shall constitute a waiver of any right to object to a particular legislative
position within this notice.
Objections properly filed within the deadline will be considered by
the board of governors at its next regularly scheduled meeting following the deadline or
as soon thereafter as the matter may be considered.
The board shall decide whether to give a pro rata refund to the
challenger or to submit the dispute for expeditious arbitration before an impartial
arbitrator according to procedures described in the January 2000 California Bar Journal.
If the dispute is submitted to arbitration, the arbitration process
will determine whether the challenged positions are within the scope of permissible
activities for which mandatory fees may be used under applicable constitutional law.
Upon receipt of a properly submitted and timely challenge, the State
Bar will place the disputed amount of the challengers fee in an interest-bearing
The list of legislative positions approved and determined chargeable
on Nov. 3, 2000, by the board of governors for the year 2000 is as follows:
1. Supports proposal to amend Business and Professions Code §§6060,
6060.3, 6062 and 6065 concerning the administration of the attorney admissions function.
2. Supports proposal to amend Code of Civil Procedure §17 to provide
that a hearing on a demurrer, motion or order to show cause includes a right to oral
3. Supports proposal to amend Code of Civil Procedure §877.6 to
shorten the time for the non- settling party to contest a good faith settlement to 20 days
if notice of such settlement is personally served.
4. Supports proposal to amend Code of Civil Procedure §2034 to
increase the time to demand an exchange of expert witness information to 90 days before
trial and increase the time to actually make the exchange to 70 days before trial.
5. Supports proposal to amend Code of Civil Procedure §437c to
conform with section 1005 to specify calendar days throughout.
6. Supports proposal to amend Code of Civil Procedure §1013 to
specifically refer to calendar days and to provide that 10 days are added when the place
of mailing is outside California.
Legislative lobbying on these proposals during the year 2001 will be
subject to the following policies:
Legislative lobbying funded by the mandatory portion of the annual
membership fee will be restricted to bills pertaining only to legislation fixing the
annual membership fee, the State Bars functions in professional regulation and
ethics, or the State Bars administration and operations.
The State Bar will treat as optional and nonchargeable the expense of
all legislative proposals or positions not related to fixing the amount of the membership
fee, regulation of the profession, or the bars administration and operation.
The expenses of these matters will be limited to the legislative
activities fund. Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code §6140.05 provides each member with the option
to deduct $5 from the annual membership fee for lobbying and related activities outside of
the parameters in Keller.
The statute, in addition, limits the State Bars expenditures on
lobbying deemed nonchargeable under Keller to voluntary membership fees composed of the
sum of the $5 paid by those members who do not take the deduction. These voluntary
membership fees are accounted for in the legislative activities fund, a special fund.