The American Bar Association is planning to significantly reduce its annual dues in hopes of boosting the number of paying members, which has been declining for decades.
Lawyers with fewer than 10 years on the job would pay half as much or even less under the proposal, dubbed OneABA, while most experienced lawyers would see their annual dues whittled down by $100 or more. Membership revenue is the organization’s single largest source of funding, and shrinking membership is imperiling its future, according to internal ABA memos that lay out the reasons for the dues overhaul.
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