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August 1, 2019
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1706, or (512) 427-1706


State Bar of Texas statement on August 1
summary-judgment merits hearing

AUSTIN—The State Bar of Texas appeared in federal court August 1 in support of the constitutionality of the 80-year-old unified bar structure in response to a lawsuit filed against the bar.

“Almost six decades of U.S. Supreme Court precedent supports the constitutionality of the unified bar structure,” State Bar of Texas President Randall O. Sorrels said. “The uncontroverted record is clear that the State Bar fulfills its statutory obligations by regulating the legal profession and improving the quality of legal services in Texas. We look forward to the Court’s ruling.”

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel took the matter under advisement. Go to to read filings in the case.

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