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U.S. Supreme Court Decision Could Mean Big Changes for North Dakota Bar Association

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Could Mean Big Changes for North Dakota Bar Association

Lawyers in the State of North Dakota pay dues to what’s called an integrated bar. The State Bar Association of North Dakota is both the official regulatory body for the legal industry in our state, administering the licensing and discipline of lawyers who work in our state, and an advocacy group for the legal industry.

Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal of Suit Over Lawyer Dues Used to Oppose Shared Parenting

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has weighed in on a lawsuit aimed at the State Bar Association of North Dakota over that organization’s use of legally-required lawyer dues to engage in political activities against a shared parenting measure in the 2014 election cycle. The plaintiff in the suit, Bismarck attorney Arnold Fleck, originally argued

ND Bar Association Sued by Shared Parenting Proponent Over Open Records

The shared parenting issue – the push to reform North Dakota’s family law to create greater equity between divorced parents when it comes to raising their kids – has been a real headache for the State Bar Association of North Dakota. Despite being an official regulatory body – if you practice law in North Dakota

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Taxpayer Funded Politics: Lawmakers Should Take Away The State Bar Association's Advocacy Powers

North Dakota has a real problem with occupational licensing boards – state-sanctioned organizations that issue licenses to dentists and podiatrists and lawyers – which have seen their missions creep into political advocacy. During the 2015 legislative session I found that fewer than eight state licensing boards with registered lobbyists. In October Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s

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North Dakota Bar Association Close To Settlement Over Political Use Of Lawyer Dues

Back in February the Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit against the State Bar Association of North Dakota on behalf of an attorney in the state over the use of lawyer licensing fees for politics. Basically, the SBAND spent almost $50,000 fighting Measure 6 (the shared parenting measure) on the 2014 ballot. The SBAND told me

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Should State Regulatory Boards Have Lobbyists?

Over at Watchdog today I have a story up about the State Bar Association of North Dakota getting sued by a proponent of Measure 6 on the 2014 ballot (the shared parenting measure) who claims that his attorney licensing fees were used illegally for political purposes. For their part the SBAND doesn’t deny that they

State Bar Association Facing Lawsuit Over Use Of Licensing Fees For Politics

Chris Berg broke this story last night on his 6:30 Point of View program. You can read the complaint in the suit below, which was filed by attorneys for the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute on behalf of Bismarck-based attorney Arnold Fleck. You can read the Goldwater Institute’s press release on the matter here. At issue here

ND Bar Association Using Mandatory Lawyer Fees To Fight Shared Parenting

Measure 6 on the November ballot is the shared parenting measure which seeks to create a presumption of equal custody in divorce cases. Proponents say the status quo is biased against fathers. Opponents say the law will only confuse an already confusing area of the law and create more litigation. But beyond the debate over