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Membership Dues Waiver

Do I qualify for a waiver of my annual dues?
How do I request a waiver of annual dues?
What if my deployment orders are extended?
Do I qualify for a waiver if I am deployed later in the year, after I have paid dues?
How do I contact the Membership Department for more information regarding annual dues waivers?

MCLE Exemption

Do I qualify for an exemption from MCLE requirements?
How do I request an MCLE exemption?
What if I missed my MCLE compliance due to deployment in a combat zone?
How do I renew my MCLE Hardship exemption?
How do I contact MCLE for more information regarding a Hardship exemption?

Do I qualify for a waiver of my annual dues?
Attorneys serving in the U. S. Armed Forces performing services in a Combat Zone (as designated by an Executive Order of the President of the United States) and who will not practice law in Texas during this time period are eligible to be considered for a waiver of annual bar dues for each fiscal year designated in the order.

The Supreme Court of Texas has inherent authority to regulate the practice of law, and the authority to set member dues. All requests for waivers submitted to the State Bar Membership Department will be forwarded to the Supreme Court. If a waiver is granted by the Supreme Court, it will be for any "dues year" in which that member is serving in a combat zone. The member should notify the Bar upon the member's release from duty in a combat zone, and the dues obligations will be reactivated commencing the "next bar year".

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How do I request a waiver of annual dues?
Click here to print the Active Military Dues Waiver form to be exempt from annual dues. Complete the form and send to the Membership Department along with your military assignment orders. You may email, fax or mail your request.

Email requests can be sent to:
combatzone@texasbar.com

Our mailing address is:
State Bar of Texas
Membership Dept.
P. O. Box 12487
Austin, TX, 78711

Or fax to:
(512) 427-4124

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What if my deployment orders are extended?
If your deployment orders change and you are able to notify us, please let us know. Otherwise, we will not change your military waiver status until you notify us upon your release from duty in a Combat Zone.

Do I qualify for a waiver if I am deployed later in the year, after I have paid dues?
If you have already paid your dues for the current fiscal year, your dues will not be refunded. However, your annual dues will be waived for any subsequent fiscal year(s) as designated in your deployment orders.

How do I contact the Membership Department for more information regarding annual dues waivers?
You can contact the Membership via email, phone, fax or mail.

Email requests can be sent to:

combatzone@texasbar.com

Our phone is:
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1383

Our fax number is:
(512) 427-4124.

Our mailing address is:
State Bar of Texas
Membership Dept.
P. O. Box 12487
Austin, TX 78711

Express mail should be sent to:
State Bar of Texas
Membership Dept.
1414 Colorado, Fifth Floor
Austin, TX 78701

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Do I qualify for an exemption from MCLE requirements?
MCLE Rules and Regulations support the granting of a hardship exemption for any member who is faced with extraordinary hardship during the MCLE compliance year. If you are a member who is currently deployed to a combat zone, or if you will soon be deployed during the current MCLE compliance year, you can qualify for an exempt status.

How do I request an MCLE exemption?
If you are currently deployed to a combat zone, or if you will be deployed during your current MCLE compliance year (first day of the birth month to the last day of the month immediately preceding the birth month of the following year), then you may request a Hardship exemption from MCLE requirements. You may email combatzone@texasbar.com with a request, including your name, bar number and time that you will be deployed, OR, click here to complete a form that can be mailed or faxed to MCLE to request your Hardship exemption.

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What if I missed my MCLE compliance due to deployment in a combat zone?
If you missed your MCLE compliance year due to deployment in a combat zone, and you were in non-compliance due to your deployment, you will need to notify the MCLE department as soon as your deployment has ended to request a "retroactive" hardship-exempt status for the year(s) that you were deployed. Click here to request a retroactive hardship exemption.

How do I renew my MCLE hardship exemption?
If you have received an MCLE hardship exemption for military deployment in a combat zone, the exempt status will be automatically renewed and will remain on your MCLE record until you have notified the MCLE department that your deployment has ended. Once you have returned from your deployment, you will need to contact the MCLE department by mail, email or fax to make arrangements to return to a Regular (practicing) MCLE status.

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How do I contact MCLE for more information regarding a Hardship Exemption?

Please call for more information regarding MCLE hardship exemptions:
1 (800) 204-2222, ext 1806;
or locally 1 (512) 427-1806

Otherwise, you may fax your questions to:
1 (512) 427-4123

Or email to:
combatzone@texasbar.com. Please include your name and bar number with your request.

Correspondence sent by regular mail delivery should be sent to:
MCLE Dept.
P.O. BOX 13007
Austin, TX 78711-3007

Express mail should be sent to:
MCLE Dept.,
1414 Colorado Street, Fifth Floor
Austin, TX 78701

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