In an order handed down last week, the D.C. Court of Appeals granted the D.C. Bar’s request to increase the ceiling on membership dues from $195 to $285.
The D.C. Bar’s Board of Governors filed a recommendation with the court on June 5 to raise the ceiling.
Now that it has been approved, the board can raise dues as it sees fit up to the ceiling of $285. Members’ bills could rise on July 1, 2009, but the bar does not have to raise dues to the ceiling amount.
The last time the court approved a ceiling increase was in 2004 when the maximum went from $155 to $195.
This year’s increase was largely driven by the fact that the bar’s lease on its current location at 1250 H St. N.W. is set to expire in May 2009.