Feb. 1 is deadline for dues payment, MCLE compliance
Active and inactive members of the State Bar face a Feb. 1 deadline for payment of annual bar dues. The fee for active lawyers is $410 and includes $315 as the annual fee, $40 for the Client Security Fund, $25 for disciplinary activities, $10 for the Lawyer Assistance Program, $10 for a building fund and $10 for technology upgrades.
Inactive members owe $125, an amount that includes $75 for the general fund, $10 for both the Client Security Fund and the building fund, $25 for discipline and $5 for the LAP. Annual membership fees are waived for inactive lawyers who are 70 years of age on Feb. 1.
Those lawyers whose last names start with N-to-Z (Group 3) also have a Feb. 1 due date to report completion of their 25 hours of MCLE.
Failure to pay dues by the deadline will trigger a $100 late payment penalty for active lawyers and a $30 penalty for inactive attorneys Feb. 2.
Lawyers also will have the opportunity to donate to the Justice Gap Fund (recommended donation $100), the California Bar Foundation ($50 recommended donation), the Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA — $35 recommended donation) and the California Supreme Court Historical Society (CSCHS — a $25 donation is recommended).
Active lawyers with qualifying income levels are eligible for a 25 percent reduction in the membership fee. To qualify, a lawyer must declare a total gross annual individual income from all sources of less than $40,000 in 2010.
Dues can be paid and MCLE compliance can be reported online by logging on to My State Bar Profile.