Updated: Dec. 13, 2017

Keller Compliance Option 2018

Notice to WSBA Members

In a U.S. Supreme Court case Keller v. State Bar of California the Court ruled that a bar association may not use mandatory member fees to support political or ideological activities that are not reasonably related to the regulation of the legal profession or improving the quality of legal services. The bar is required to identify that portion of mandatory license fees that go to such "nonchargeable" activities and establish a system whereby objecting members may either deduct that portion of their fees or receive a refund. 

This year (2018), objecting members may deduct up to the following amounts:

  • $2.50 Active Lawyer license fee — $449
  • $1.25 Active lawyer license fee for lawyers admitted to any bar in 2016 or 2017 — $224.50
  • $1.11 Inactive Lawyer or Emeritus Pro Bono license fee — $200
  • $1.25 New Active Lawyer (Jan.1–Jun. 30) license fee — $224.50
  • $.63 New Active Lawyer (Jul. 1–Dec. 31) license fee — $112.25
  • $.97 Active or Inactive LLLT annual license fee — $175
  • $.61 Active or Inactive LPO annual license fee — $110
  • $.31 Judicial license fee — $50

Overview, Calculation and Arbitration

Comparison to previous years