Should I stay in the Pennsylvania Bar?

One out to the readership:

In 1993, I passed the Pennsylvania Bar examination, to be a lawyer in Pennsylvania.

I haven’t lived in Pennsylvania since December 1994.

Here’s how it goes: every three years you must be “active” as a lawyer in Pennsylvania. This simply means that you have to pay a considerable amount of money (like $175) and be on “active status” for one year. Then, you can choose inactive status (for the other two years).

Otherwise, your bar membership lapses and you have to petition the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to ever be a lawyer there again.

So, is it worth it? I am already a lawyer in my home state of New Jersey.

Isn’t Pennsylvania just squeezing me for money? Here I am, in Japan.

I really don’t know what to do. Consistent readers of my blog know that I have a low opinion of the Pennsylvania bench. And here I am, giving money to the Pennsylvania Bar.

The flipside is some of my family now lives in Pennsylvania.

As a born-and-bred New Jerseyite, maybe I am supposed to have a lower opinion of Pennsylvania. But maybe it really does suck, regardless.

I can’t be sure.

Do I go through the hoops, or no?