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July 19, 2021
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
800-204-2222, ext. 1706, or 512-427-1706


State Bar of Texas statement regarding McDonald v. Sorrels lawsuit

The State Bar of Texas released the following statement after a special-called Board of Directors meeting on July 19 to discuss the recent panel decision from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“We are pleased that the 5th Circuit panel upheld the constitutionality of nearly all of the State Bar of Texas programs and activities challenged by the plaintiffs,” State Bar of Texas President Sylvia Borunda Firth said. “Today the State Bar will inform the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals it will not be filing a petition for panel rehearing or a petition for rehearing en banc. We look forward to getting back to the trial court to bring this litigation to a conclusion.”

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