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Friday, November 8 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Legal Threats to State Bars: Potential Impact on IOLTA, Access to Justice Initiatives, and Funding for Civil Legal Aid

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The decision of the United States Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME, 585 U.S. 16 (2018), has created new challenges for mandatory bar associations and providers of civil legal aid, potentially affecting the earlier ruling in Keller v. State Bar of California, 496 U.S. 1 (1990), which supported many of the programs of fully integrated state bars. The recent 8th Circuit decision in the Supreme Court’s remand of the case of Fleck v. Wetch, 868 F.3d 652 (2017), on Janus grounds, and federal court challenges in a number of states to the state bar’s access to justice initiatives and funding of civil legal aid and indigent defense have left a cloud of uncertainty among bar leaders, access to justice advocates, and civil legal aid and public defender programs. This session will explain these cases’ status and potential impact and engage participants in a discussion of next steps in preparing a community response.

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Janet Welch

Executive Director, State Bar of Michigan
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Maria Thomas Jones

CEO, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas
Maria Thomas-Jones serves as Chief Executive Officer of Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (LANWT). LANWT provides civil legal services to low-income individuals and organizations in 114 counties in North and West Texas, with offices in both urban and rural service areas. Prior to serving... Read More →
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Betty Balli Torres

Executive Director, Texas Access to Justice Foundation
Betty Balli Torres is Executive Director of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, the largest Texas-based funder of legal services to the poor, since October 2001. She has dedicated her professional career to public interest work. Betty started as a st


Friday November 8, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Richard A 5th Floor