Unified bar associations have faced attacks for many years from members and others who oppose paying bar dues in order to practice law within a state. As a recent panel discussion shows, the attacks continue, and bars need to be ready for new challenges.
“You don’t know where your challenges are going to come from as a unified bar,” said Jeannine McCoy, executive director of the New Hampshire Bar Association. “They can come from your members, the legislature, the courts, or other unexpected places.”
McCoy spoke at a 2017 National Conference of Bar Presidents Annual Meeting program called “Building the Capacity of Bars—Political Activism and Access to Justice: What Can Unified Bars Do?” Thomas C. Rombach, past president of the State Bar of Michigan, moderated the panel discussion.