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California’s top court says no to dues to save State Bar

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The state Supreme Court has refused to rescue the State Bar from imminent financial ruin by mandating that lawyers pay dues for this year.

The bar, which is scheduled to lay off most of its remaining employees Friday, asked the court this week to authorize mandatory dues of $364 for 1998. That would be enough to fund lawyer discipline and other legally required activities, the bar said.The bar's sole source of money was cut off by Gov. Pete Wilson's veto of its dues bill last October. Wilson has rejected the bar's proposals to reduce and restructure its operations and has proposed instead to slash its dues and change its leadership from a board elected by lawyers to one appointed by the next governor.