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, enable its members to better serve their clients and the public, educate the public about the rule of law, and promote diversity in the administration of justice and the practice of law.

We are the second largest state bar association in terms of active attorney members in the United States. The State Bar Act, adopted by the Legislature in 1939, mandates that all attorneys licensed to practice law in Texas be members of the State Bar.

Governing Documents

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

State Bar Act (Government Code Section 81) (September 2013)

Adopted by the Legislature in 1939, this law governs the operations and responsibilities of the State Bar.

Strategic Plan (January 2015)

We are required by law to develop a comprehensive, long-range strategic plan for the State Bar of Texas. This plan includes goals and how these goals are measured, which must be reported to the Supreme Court of Texas every year.

State Bar Policy Manual (April 2015)

State Bar Rules (Oct. 2008)

Performance Measures (2013-2014)

Texas Public Information Act (2013)