Editorial: Time For An Integrated Bar In Connecticut?

The Connecticut Law Tribune

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Critics of state right-to-work laws, which prohibit mandatory membership in a union as a condition of continued employment in a bargaining unit represented by that union, complain that those who enjoy the benefits of union representation in the collective bargaining process and in grievance proceedings — without paying union dues — are "free riders."

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  • Jan Trendowski

    i absolutely disagree with a mandatory membership in the state bar association. While I'm sure the CBA would be delighted to triple it's revenues, there is a total disconnect between the CBA and the vast majority of practitioners in Connecticut. I have joined and quit the CBA on several occasions, signing up each time as I thought it might be of some benefit and quitting a year later after I realize once again that it is an utter waste of money. If I lit a cigar with my membership fee, at least I'd get a lit cigar out of the deal. My overall impression is that if your firm has less than 50 attorneys, you drop completely off their radar. Yes you'll get the periodic irrelevant mailings and inane comments on the various list serves (which seem to be more of a forum for shut ins than anything else), but interesting or meaningful? Never. Mandatory membership is nothing more than yet another "cost of doing business" in Connecticut, a state that already has more such costs than any state in the union. The CBA should take a long hard look at the CTLA and learn how a successful organization functions.

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