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February 21, 2023
Contact: Lowell Brown
Communications Director, State Bar of Texas


Texas Young Lawyers Association launches website to improve public understanding of Texas courts

AUSTIN—A new multimedia project from the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) will help students, jurors, members of the media, and the general public better understand the Texas court system. TYLA’s How Texas Courts Work offers short videos, resource guides, and other information to help Texans navigate the courts and understand their rights and responsibilities under the law. The project can be found at

“The judiciary is likely the least understood branch of government, and we hope to change that with How Texas Courts Work,” TYLA President Michael J. Ritter said. “This project continues TYLA’s strong tradition of producing helpful content for the public that aids the courts in improving the administration of justice and that fosters the role of the legal profession in serving the public.”

Highlights of How Texas Courts Work include:

  • A primer on the types of Texas courts and their functions.

  • Videos on what to expect in some of the most common types of cases, including divorce, traffic tickets, DWI, and car accidents.

  • A guide on why and how to hire a lawyer.

  • Tips for journalists covering legal proceedings.

  • An educational program for middle and high school students.

How Texas Courts Work is made possible by a $45,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $24 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably funded bar foundation.

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The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA), the public service arm of the
State Bar of Texas, works to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the
law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. For more information, visit

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