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COVID-19 has made every professional on Earth, including Texas attorneys, accommodate new realities and restrictions. Undoubtedly the State Bar of Texas will be offering far less to its members than before. Membership fees should reflect this new reality. Please reduce your annual fees. By how much? In accordance to the reduction of services, of course.
Also, please consider restructuring your fee structure to reflect not the years that a lawyer has been practicing, but the size of the firm. I can give you plenty of reasons why this would be a more equitable structure, and will do so if asked, but I will respect your intelligence and assume that you can figure this out yourself.
I invite your questions, but I prefer your acquiescence.
OSCAR GONZALEZ, Allen
Editor’s Response: The State Bar of Texas has remained fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the exception of in-person meetings. The State Bar has not reduced services and, by remaining fully operational, is following the directive of Gov. Greg Abbott that all state agencies continue providing essential services. State Bar leadership always welcomes innovative ideas. Thank you for your comments.
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JUDGE EMILY MISKEL (@emilymiskel)