Supreme Court Keller opinion for such a
request. Not until December 2013 did I
get an answer.
The Bar Association’s response to my
letters is that the fees are reviewed by a
Committee, makes a recommendation to
the Arizona Supreme Court, which then
establish the fees. The “Committee” making the recommendation reviewed the fees
of other bar associations as they related to
active membership, making no mention of
the fees charged the inactive portion of
those bar associations. From my perspective, the Committee determined the fees
for the inactive membership solely to keep
the fees of the active membership in line
with what the Committee thinks reasonable for the active members.
I contend that the Arizona Bar
Association uses its “mandatory” bar
membership as a means to force its inactive
membership to subsidize a substantial portion of the Bar’s activities as they relate to
the active membership.
The Bar Association needs to provide
the inactive membership with a detailed
accounting on how their fees are established, using a process like that of the
California Bar Association, where members
are given the opportunity to add to or
reduce the fees charged, and not forced to
“contribute” to programs designed to benefit the active membership more so than
the inactive membership.
—Peter Stutsman, Inactive member
LEANING TOWARD IMPROVED GOALS
I wanted to let you know that I loved Roxie Bacon’s piece in
ARIZONA ATTORNEY reviewing Learning to Lead
(Chapter/Verse, Feb. 2014). I passed it around to the women
lawyers at my firm, as we’ve been meeting as a group and
discussing similar themes based on the book Lean In, which
sounds like it has much the same message as the ABA book.
Many of us, especially the “seniors,” had the same reaction to
Lean In as expressed in your article.
Shortly before reading the piece by Roxie Bacon in the
February issue of ARIZONA ATTORNEY, I had received my
winter issue of Loyola, a magazine for alumni of Loyola
University Chicago. In Loyola was a brief article about the
book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl
Sandberg, formerly the COO of Facebook and one of the
most well-known persons in today’s corporate America.
The Loyola article was written by Al Gini, a professor of
business ethics at Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business. He praises
Sandberg for her accomplishments in the field of business, pointing
out that she is only one of the little more than four percent of women
who lead Fortune 500 companies, and he compliments her book,
mentioning how important it is for women to know what they need to
do if they are to achieve hyper-success in the male-dominated field of
business. The article ends on a reflective note, however, and because
they complement what Bacon had to say, I quote the last two para-
I think that Lean In is an important book and should be taken
very seriously. I applaud Sandberg for encouraging women to
overcome self-doubt, to be more ambitious, and to aspire to
But I think that women and men need to be cautious about
uncritically embracing her advice. Isn’t it possible that rather than
“leaning in,” all of us should start thinking about “leaning back”
and start trying to find success, happiness, and fulfillment in other
parts of our lives beyond our jobs?
As for myself, I would like to someday see a much larger proportion of women in the top places in law, government, the physical and
social sciences, education, health care, and other important fields of
endeavor. Why not a U.S. Supreme Court consisting of at least five or
six justices who are women—not because of their learning and acting
out all the lessons taught in Lean In, but because as their influence on
human affairs grows, they will be leading us to the creation of an alternate paradigm, one with more humanistic standards and values in
which we may work and achieve.
—Ronald L Maksym, Northport, Wash.
INACTIVE BAR FEES QUESTIONED
For four years, I have requested an accounting of the Arizona State
Bar Association regarding the inactive fees charged, using the U.S.
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