Frequently Asked Questions

Can you help me find a lawyer?

Yes, we can. Search our online directory of all Texas attorneys by location, practice area, specialty certification, and more.

Lawyer Referral Service: Get the details on our Lawyer Referral Information Service program and let us help you find a lawyer.

What does the State Bar of Texas do for lawyers?

For Lawyers: This website section covers the services, information, and programs we offer to all members of the State Bar of Texas.

What does the State Bar of Texas do for the public?

For the Public: This website section covers the community services, education, and information the State Bar of Texas offers all Texans.

Do my taxes pay for the State Bar of Texas?

No. The State Bar is completely self-funded. The State Bar receives no tax dollars and is not a part of the state appropriations process.

The State Bar of Texas is funded through membership dues, continuing legal education fees, sales of books and legal forms, advertising income from the Texas Bar Journal, advertising income from our website,, and more.

How many lawyers are State Bar of Texas members?

There are 98,671 active members of the State Bar of Texas, including 87,957 practicing in-state, according to the 2015-2016 Attorney Statistical Profile.

The State Bar of Texas is the second largest active-member state bar in the United States.

How do you determine whether an attorney has violated the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct?

The State Bar of Texas, the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, the Supreme Court of Texas, the Commission for Lawyer Discipline, and the Board of Disciplinary Appeals jointly administer the attorney discipline process.

  • Filing a Grievance: Find out how it works and what to do if you want to file a grievance against your lawyer.

This process is designed to ensure that members of the legal profession comply with ethical standards prescribed by the Supreme Court of Texas.

Do State Bar of Texas lawyers do pro bono work? Is it required by law?

State Bar of Texas attorneys averaged 54.6 pro bono hours each in 2013.

And State Bar of Texas attorneys provided 2.37 million hours of free legal services to low-income people in 2013.

The State Bar of Texas lawyers engage voluntarily in pro bono work. It is not required by law.

How was the State Bar of Texas formed, and why is membership mandatory?

Attorneys created the Texas Bar Association in 1882 to uphold important ethical standards: Every Texas lawyer is an officer of the court and is responsible for keeping the public faith.

The Texas Bar Association was a voluntary membership organization until legislation was passed in 1939 making membership mandatory.

The State Bar of Texas was then created as an administrative agency of the state's judicial branch.

Who manages the State Bar of Texas?

The State Bar of Texas is administered by a board of directors elected to represent geographical districts throughout the state of Texas.

All members of the board serve voluntarily and receive no monetary compensation.

A president is elected by the membership each year, and an executive director oversees day-to-day operations.

Approximately 270 employees comprise the State Bar staff.

What does "Bar" mean?

"Bar" means "whole body of lawyers ... the legal profession."

It also means the place where the business of court is done. Bar in this sense had become synonymous with "court" by 1330.

In 1559, "bar" literally meant the railing that separated people on the bench from those conducting law on the other side.

After 1600, "bar" was popularly assumed to mean the bar in a courtroom, which was the wooden railing marking off the area around the judge's seat and where a barrister stood to plead his prisoner's case.

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