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July 02, 2021
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
800-204-2222, ext. 1706, or 512-427-1706


Statement on Fifth Circuit panel’s ruling

State Bar of Texas Executive Director Trey Apffel released the following statement on the Fifth Circuit panel’s decision in the McDonald v. Sorrels case.

“We are gratified that the Fifth Circuit panel upheld the constitutionality of the State Bar’s continuing legal education and Annual Meeting programming, diversity initiatives, Texas Bar Journal, and the bulk of our access to justice initiatives. We continue to believe the State Bar’s legislative program and all of its access to justice initiatives are germane to regulating the legal profession and improving the quality of legal services, and respectfully disagree with the panel’s contrary conclusion. We are assessing the bar’s next steps in light of the panel’s opinion.”

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