2020-2021 State Bar of Texas President Larry P. McDougal Sr.

Larry McDougal

Larry P. McDougal Sr. is certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the founder of a namesake law office where he practices with his son. McDougal has previously served as a police officer, firefighter, and an assistant district attorney.

He served on the State Bar Board of Directors from 2012 to 2015 and continues to serve on the State Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee. He is the District 5 Grievance Committee chair for the State Bar and District 5 nominating chair for the Texas Bar Foundation. McDougal also serves on the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Ethics Committee, Ethics Hotline, and Strike Force. He teaches legal ethics to lawyers around the state and is a member of several professional associations.

McDougal won the President’s Award from the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in 2009, TexasBarCLE Standing Ovation Award in 2014, and the Outstanding Third-Year Director Award from the State Bar of Texas in 2015, among other accolades.

He earned his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 1990.

President’s Messages

Larry P. McDougal Sr. comments on the profession, issues pertinent to practitioners, and State Bar initiatives and programs designed to assist lawyers throughout their careers.

President McDougal's Initiatives

Presidential task force to study resumption of criminal proceedings

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors voted June 24, 2020, to create a task force designed to help the Texas courts system resume criminal proceedings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 17-member Presidential Task Force on Criminal Court Proceedings will meet by videoconference and advise the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals regarding the resumption of criminal jury trials and other criminal law issues.

The task force, an initiative of 2020-2021 President Larry McDougal, is designed to supplement the work of the Jury Trial Advisory Group, which was formed in May 2020 at the request of the Supreme Court and with the support of the State Bar. The Jury Trial Advisory Group is assisting the Office of Court Administration as part of the judiciary’s plans to resume court operations.

View the task force’s interim recommendations as of August, 26, 2020 here.

View the task force roster and fiscal impact analysis here.

Past President Initiatives

Various projects and programs cultivated by State Bar presidents to provide lawyers with tools and resources to educate the public about the legal system.

Presidents' Award

The Presidents’ Award is presented at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting each year and honors exceptional service to the public and the legal profession.

Past Presidents

State Bar members elect the president, who serves a one-year term as president-elect before taking office. Many distinguished women and men have committed countless hours of service and shared their wisdom while leading the bar.

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