December 11, 2018 Legislative Update

A New Model for ABA Membership: Embracing Change

By Troy S. Weston

You may not have realized it, but when you renewed your ABA dues this year, it’s a safe assumption that you probably did not pay precisely what your peers paid. This hypothesis rings true because the ABA currently offers 157 different membership packages that vary based on how long you have been practicing, how much you earn a year, whether you are in the public or private sector, and the subgroups within the ABA to which you belong. Even the most reluctant skeptic is led to one conclusion: The ABA has embraced the Byzantine, and Byzantine anything has gone the way of American-style venting for men’s suits.

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