Updated: Oct. 1, 2018

Keller Compliance Option 2019

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 (2019), objecting members may deduct up to the following amounts:

 2019 License FeeKeller Deduction
Active Lawyer Admitted to any Bar before 2017$453.00$1.25
Active Lawyer Admitted to any Bar in 2017 or 2018$226.50$.63
Inactive/Emeritus Lawyer$200.00$.55
New Active Lawyer Admittee (Jan 1-Jun 30)$226.50$.63
New  Active Lawyer Admittee (July 1-Dec 31)$113.25$.31
Active Limited License Legal Technician$200.00$.55
Inactive Limited License Legal Technician$100.00$.28
Active Limited Practice Officer$200.00$.55
Inactive Limited Practice Officer$100.00$.28
Judicial$50.00$.14

Overview, Calculation and Arbitration

Comparison to previous years