RESOLUTION INCREASING THE ANNUAL DUES OF THE PUBLIC INTEREST SECTION

WHEREAS , the Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association promotes the interests of those members of the Bar Association who address the legal needs and rights of the poor, minorities, victims of abuse, persons with disabilities, the homeless and other disadvantaged populations; provides a forum for the members of the Bar Association to work together on issues of mutual concern that affect the public interest; and seeks to educate and involve the entire Bar in issues affecting the public interest;

WHEREAS, the Public Interest Section engages in a broad range of projects designed to serve the interests and needs of its members, including but not limited to hosting forums on legal issues of national, regional and local concern involving the public interest; presenting seminars and programs on specific legal and social developments, including new statute and decisional law, that affect disadvantaged populations and the larger community; developing continuing legal education and professional skills development programs for its members and the entire Bar on public interest law issues; supporting the work of numerous Philadelphia-area public interest law firms; encouraging its members in private practice to support public interest law firms through provision of pro bono legal services; and publishing a quarterly newsletter, among other activities;

WHEREAS, the membership dues of the Public Interest Section has remained unchanged at $10 per year in the five years since the inception of the Public Interest Section;

WHEREAS, the programs and activities described herein, as well as other activities of the Public Interest Section, have increased in number and scope progressively, and have been presented to growing numbers of members of the Bar Association, over the course of the five years since the inception of the Public Interest Section;

WHEREAS, the revenue generated by the current dues of the Public Interest Section is insufficient to enable the Section to continue to conduct, and expand, its activities pursuant to the Section's purposes and role as set forth in the by-laws of the Bar Association and of the Section;

WHEREAS, a dues increase for Public Interest Section members from $10 per annum to $20 per annum would assist the Section substantially in developing, presenting and conducting the various activities of the Section, and would not impose an undue financial hardship on current or potential members of the Section;

WHEREAS, the members of the Executive Committee of the Public Interest Section have carefully considered the full range of issues raised by a proposed increase in the Section dues from $10 per annum to $20 per annum, and have concluded unanimously that the proposed dues increase is fair, reasonable and appropriate for the reasons set forth herein, and have now recommended to the Chancellor and Board of Governors that the Bar Association approve the proposed dues increase for the reasons set forth herein;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Governors hereby adopts the recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Public Interest Section and approves an increase in the annual dues of the Public Interest Section to $20 per annum, effective January 1, 1998, and authorizes the Chancellor to take all necessary steps to implement the dues increase effective January 1, 1998.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: November 25, 1997