McDonald et al v. Longley et al

Quick Facts

  • In March 2019, three Texas lawyers sued the State Bar of Texas claiming that under Janus v. AFSCME (2018), it is unconstitutional for an attorney to be required to join the State Bar of Texas in order to practice law. The plaintiffs also challenge Bar programs that they claim exceed the Bar’s “core regulatory functions.”

  • The State Bar of Texas will vigorously defend its existing statutory structure, which was established by the Texas Legislature in aid of the Texas Supreme Court’s inherent authority to regulate the practice of law.

  • Mandatory membership in a state bar and payment of compulsory fees are constitutional. Under U.S. Supreme Court precedent, the state has an interest in regulating the legal profession and improving the quality of legal services.

  • All State Bar of Texas programs further the state’s interests in regulating the legal profession or improving the quality of legal services. Through these activities, the State Bar protects the public, serves its members, and supports the administration of the legal system.

McDonald et al v. Longley et al

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