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Proposed budget has no bar dues increase

Wisconsin lawyers may not see an increase this year in their annual mandatory dues.

The State Bar Board of Governors discussed a proposed budget for the next fiscal year at its meeting Friday. The budget, which is balanced, does not include increasing yearly dues.

However, the bar’s finance committee chairperson, Sherry Coley, warned the board that it “will have to make some hard decisions” in the future. The budget she noted, is a cost-to-continue budget.

The board increased dues by $4 last year, bringing the total to $258 a year. However, the bar also collects assessments for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, so the amount lawyers see on their yearly dues statement is $494.

The board, which took no action on the proposed budget Friday, will most likely take up the proposed budget at its meeting in April.

This article has been edited to correctly identify Sherry Coley as the chairperson of the bar’s finance committee.

About Erika Strebel,

Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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