Open Records Requests

Requests for Records (Open Records Requests)

The State Bar of Texas is committed to upholding the Texas Public Information Act and ensuring public access to its records. All State Bar of Texas records are available to the public unless an exception to disclosure listed in the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code Chapter 552) or other law applies.

Submit Your Request Online Now

Use our Open Records Center to submit a public records request electronically and browse frequently asked questions. The Open Records Center is available for online requesters to submit, track, and access requests and responses. As of May 29, 2020, all new requests will be processed through the Open Records Center. Requests may be submitted through mail, fax, email, or in person as referenced below.

The State Bar posts reports and many other documents on its website to support open government (see “Access Records Online,” below). For example, statistics and analysis information regarding the composition of the bar membership is also available online at texasbar.com/research. The State Bar is not required to perform legal research, answer legal or other questions, or create new documents. For non-records requests for customer service, submit your inquiry here.  

Tips on Making a PIA Request:
Be specific about the records you seek. Consider providing the following:

Review the records already online before sending your request.  

To speak with someone about making a request to help refine the search, call (512) 427-1555.

What to Expect When You Submit a Request:
This document outlines the rights and responsibilities of requesters and governmental bodies under the Texas Public Information Act and provides additional information about the process. When you submit a request, you can expect a response as promptly as possible, but if a response will take more than 10 business days you will receive one or more of the following:

Frequently Requested Records

Most frequently requested items and links to this information online

Frequently requested Description, purpose, and relevance

Annual performance reports

The State Bar posts statistical, performance, and related information online.

Archives information

Archives is the official repository for the permanently valuable records of the State Bar.

Board of Directors meeting agendas and related information

The Board of Directors meets quarterly under the Texas Open Meetings Act, which includes an annual meeting each summer.

Disciplinary history of lawyers

The Chief Disciplinary Counsel posts grievance history on lawyer’s online full profile and related documents.

Elections

Elections and election results are found here.

Finances – budget and financial audits

The State Bar presents information regarding budget and audits including quarterly reports.

Governance Documents – laws, policies, and procedures

The State Bar posts governance information online.

Career opportunities

Post or apply for legal jobs in Texas.

Lawyer profile information

Each attorney updates profile information on the State Bar website annually.

State Bar Leadership

Learn about the board of directors, its meeting activities, and its agendas.

Texas Bar Journal archives

The official publication of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Journal contains notices of rules, disciplinary actions, governance information, and other items.

Access Records Online

The State Bar provides self-service access to these records:

Legal resources for the public and useful websites:

Frequently requested online information:

Access Records in Person

Requests for other State Bar of Texas records may be requested and picked up in person. Records may not be available the same day as requested. Appointments for pickup may be necessary.

In person:

State Bar of Texas
1414 Colorado
Austin, TX 78701
Attn: Public Information Coordinator

Access Information by Phone

For other State Bar departments that may provide records to you in the course of handling your question, complaint, or other service, contact us.

Helpful Numbers

Access Records by Written Request

Use the optional State Bar Open Records Center portal or email piarequests@texasbar.com.

To obtain confidential records regarding yourself, please provide proof of identification such as a copy of your government-issued photo ID. 

To obtain confidential records of someone you represent, please provide a signed authorization from the person or entity, proof of your legal representation, a court order authorizing the State Bar of Texas to release the records, or an explanation of your authority to obtain the confidential records.

For records regarding a person other than you, that information may be confidential by law and the State Bar may not be authorized by law to release such information without a signed authorization from that person.

How to Submit Your Written Request
Send the required information to make a request by mail, email attachment, or fax, or deliver in person during our business hours. If you submit the request electronically, be sure to encrypt any confidential data.

Cost of Copies

The State Bar uses the public information cost rules set by the OAG in determining the charges for providing copies of public information or for making public information available for inspection under the Public Information Act. Information may be requested in paper or electronic format. Postage charges may apply. Common charges for requests are:

If costs are estimated to exceed $40, the requestor will be provided with an itemized estimate of charges and required to accept the charges in writing before the request is completed. The State Bar of Texas requires payment before the information is provided. If actual costs differ from estimated costs, overpayments or amounts owed will be reimbursed or billed as appropriate.

About State Bar Records

For a listing of records by department or program type, or by state records series, see the State Bar Records Retention Schedule under “Bar of Texas, State.”

Some State Bar records are confidential by law and can be released only to specific people based on their role in a claim or file. Generally, you must have been directly involved in the claim or case and in some cases it must be closed to get a copy of a State Bar of Texas investigation record.

Examples of our confidential records include:

The State Bar of Texas complies with all laws and rules on the release of confidential records, including who is and is not entitled to certain information and whether some information must be redacted (removed) from the record before it is released. If the record you are seeking exists and you are entitled to it, then the State Bar will review and redact it to ensure its release complies with applicable laws and rules. The review process may include removing specific personal and identifying information. However, members of law enforcement agencies and certain other entities including those with subpoena authority may get records without redaction for the administration or enforcement of a law.

Access Statistics for External Research or Studies

The State Bar of Texas encourages well-founded research regarding its statistics, which are located online at texasbar.com/research.

Contact the Research and Analysis Department:

By Email: research@texasbar.com

By Phone: (512) 427-1724 or (800) 204-2222, ext. 1724

By Mail:

State Bar of Texas
Department of Research and Analysis
P.O. Box 12487
Austin, Texas 78711-2487

For additional information about rights of requesters, responsibilities of the governmental body, and the procedures for inspecting or obtaining a copy of public information under the PIA, go here.

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