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tomfoolery
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mandatory ABA membership?

Postby tomfoolery » Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:46 am

My understanding is that, as a 1L, my school automatically signs me up in the ABA. Dues are billed to my account.

Is this typical? And why is this automatic?

The ABA has taken definitive stands on some controversial issues, and I may or may not agree with any or all of them.

If the ABA was purely a professional organization, I might understand. But it isn't. It's as much political as it is professional.

How would the legal/academic community react if a school automatically registered all 1Ls for the Federalist Society?

Thoughts?

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rinkrat19
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Re: mandatory ABA membership?

Postby rinkrat19 » Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:51 am

You probably shouldn't attend any accredited law school, then. That's exactly like an endorsement of all the ABA's positions.

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Re: mandatory ABA membership?

Postby reasonable_man » Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:08 am

tomfoolery wrote:My understanding is that, as a 1L, my school automatically signs me up in the ABA. Dues are billed to my account.

Is this typical? And why is this automatic?

The ABA has taken definitive stands on some controversial issues, and I may or may not agree with any or all of them.

If the ABA was purely a professional organization, I might understand. But it isn't. It's as much political as it is professional.

How would the legal/academic community react if a school automatically registered all 1Ls for the Federalist Society?

Thoughts?


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kalvano
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Re: mandatory ABA membership?

Postby kalvano » Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:32 am

The mandatory dues thing is bullshit, though.

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2014
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Re: mandatory ABA membership?

Postby 2014 » Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:57 am

The normal rate is 30 a year I think and the school probably gets a group discount by signing the whole class up. Of all the things to stress about this probably shouldn't be a big one.

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Re: mandatory ABA membership?

Postby Gorki » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:43 pm

That is BS. I guess idk if my school does that... we were heavily lobbied to pay to join the student division of the ABA, but I never did so.

ABA is just a lobbying instrument for biglaw and law school administrators; paying to be part of the state bar association is more than enuff for me.

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Mce252
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Re: mandatory ABA membership?

Postby Mce252 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:44 pm

It's almost as bad as a mandatory NYT subscription.

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unlicensedpotato
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Re: mandatory ABA membership?

Postby unlicensedpotato » Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:04 pm

Fight the power. You can at least go and complain to the school administration and see what their reaction is.

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Re: mandatory ABA membership?

Postby PolySuyGuy » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:54 pm

tomfoolery wrote:My understanding is that, as a 1L, my school automatically signs me up in the ABA. Dues are billed to my account.

Is this typical? And why is this automatic?

The ABA has taken definitive stands on some controversial issues, and I may or may not agree with any or all of them.

If the ABA was purely a professional organization, I might understand. But it isn't. It's as much political as it is professional.

How would the legal/academic community react if a school automatically registered all 1Ls for the Federalist Society?

Thoughts?



It isn't the mandatory ABA that gets to me, it is the mandatory SBA that kills me. Those worthless good for nothing........

The only group I have ever met with more self importance is the High School Prom Committee.


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Re: mandatory ABA membership?

Postby kay2016 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:57 pm

Seconded on the mandatory SBA opinion.




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