March 16, 2012
New Dues Structure Offers Savings
At its March 9 meeting, the Columbus Bar Association Board of Governors approved a change to the membership rules. The following approved dues structure will become effective for the 2012-2013 fiscal year (July 1, 2012).
Section A. Dues for Membership Categories.
The following annual dues shall be required for membership in membership categories of the Association as designated in Section 1 of these Rules:
Voting Members (dues based on year of first admission to any Bar, i.e. calendar year of
admission not number of years in practice.)
Admitted 0-5 years: $150; Admitted 6 years or more: $250
Government Members: 0-5 years $100; 6 years or more $200
This change is made in accordance with the procedures set forth in Article VIII., Sec. 2 - 3 of the Code of Regulations as stated below. Seventy two percent of members will realize a savings or no change in their dues. In addition, the Columbus Bar will provide New Lawyer Training at no cost to lawyers within the first two years of their admission to the bar.
Article VIII. Dues
Section 2. Dues Structure to be Set by Board of Governors.
The Board of Governors shall establish, by a vote of at least ten (10) of its members, the dues structure for each membership class of the Association. Any new dues structure shall become effective thirty (30) calendar days after publication unless the procedure specified in Section 3 of this Article is invoked.
Section 3. Petition Objecting to Published Dues Structure.
Within thirty (30) days of the first publication of a notice of a proposed new dues structure established by the Board of Governors, a written petition, signed by not less than one hundred (100) of the voting members of the Association, may be filed in objection to the proposed dues structure. The petition shall be addressed to the President and filed at the Association’s offices. Upon the filing of a timely and properly executed petition, the published dues structure, with any modifications the Board of Governors may deem appropriate, shall be submitted to a vote of the membership and shall become effective only upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the eligible members who cast a ballot.