The D.C. Bar’s board of governors voted to approve its proposed budget today, in turn raising annual active member dues from $195 to $224. The budget also raises dues for inactive members from $121 to $126 and for judicial members from $98 to $113.
The board also voted to delay the date upon which late fees may be imposed. The board had approved a measure last year that moved the late fee date from Aug. 15 to July 15. Today, the board voted to suspend that measure for this year only, moving the late fee date back to Aug. 15.
Board members decided to punt on a third measure that would have offered lawyers suffering from economic hardship the ability to request a one-time deferral on their dues. Had the measure been approved, lawyers would have had to submit an affidavit by Sept. 30, the date by which members would ordinarily have to pay or face automatic suspension, to have their dues deadline pushed back to March 1, 2010.
But board members decided today that they did not have a feel for how necessary a deferment option was. They opted to await action on the proposal until the board had a chance to hear from members of the bar on whether a deferral program is needed.