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Group Will Study Whether Lawyers Must Join Bar

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court has created a task force to explore whether attorneys should be required to join the State Bar of Michigan.

The move comes just a few weeks after a lawmaker sponsored a bill to make membership voluntary. Critics of mandatory membership say the State Bar has become too political and not all lawyers agree with its actions.

The task force will be led by Alfred Butzbaugh, a former Berrien County judge and past president of the State Bar. Other members include an appeals court judge and the former dean of two law schools.

A report is due by June. The U.S. Supreme Court in 1990 upheld mandatory bar membership in California but said dues shouldn't be used to pay for ideological activities.

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