About Texas Bar

  • About the Bar

    The State Bar of Texas is a public corporation and an administrative agency of the judicial department of the Texas government. The phrase “member of the Bar” means a person licensed to practice law in Texas. The State Bar does not purport to speak on behalf of all persons licensed to practice law in Texas.

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  • Your State Bar in Brief

    The State Bar of Texas provides many resources for its members, from legal research tools to the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program, and myriad benefits and services including special offers and discounts on a variety of programs.

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  • Board of Directors

    The State Bar of Texas is governed by a board of directors who volunteer their valuable time and professional experience to our organization. The board receives no monetary compensation and is elected by State Bar members.

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  • Our Mission

    The mission of the State Bar of Texas is to support the administration of the legal system, assure all citizens equal access to justice, foster high standards of ethical conduct for lawyers …

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The purpose of the State Bar of Texas is to engage in those activities enumerated at Section 81.012 of the State Bar Act. The expenditure of funds by the State Bar of Texas is limited as set forth in both Section 81.034 of the State Bar Act and in Keller v. State Bar of California, 496 U.S. 1 (1990).

Our annual budget is developed to advance the State Bar’s goals and objectives as expressed in the State Bar Act and the State Bar of Texas Strategic Plan.


Various projects and programs cultivated by State Bar presidents to provide lawyers with tools and resources to educate the public about the legal system.




The operation of the State Bar of Texas is governed by statute (Government Code Section 81) and internal rules and policies.


A section is comprised of lawyers who practice in similar legal specialties. Each section is designed to offer closer association between attorneys engaged in specialized fields of law, thus providing the opportunity to share professional experiences.
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Governmental Relations serves as the State Bar’s liaison to the Texas Legislature and other state and federal governmental entities. The department also manages and coordinates the State Bar’s legislative program, which is composed of bills drafted by sections of the State Bar.
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