2018-2019 State Bar of Texas President Joe K. Longley


Joe K. Longley has been prolific throughout his legal career in helping pass laws that benefit lawyers and their clients.  

In 1973, Longley co-authored and nurtured the passage of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act, together with the private remedies sections of Article 21.21 (now Chapter 541) of the Texas Insurance Code. Since then, he has co-authored Chapters 542 (prompt pay) and 544 (unfair discrimination) of the Insurance Code, the Texas Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, the Texas Home Solicitation Act, and landlord-tenant protections.

Longley has authored numerous seminar papers, taught insurance law at the University of Texas School of Law, and served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, the District 9 Grievance Committee, and as chair of the State Bar Consumer Law Section, now called the Consumer and Commercial Law Section. In 2011, he received the State Bar Insurance Law Section’s Insurance Legend Award. 

Longley and his wife, Maggie, have three grown children and five grandchildren.

As president-elect, Longley formed the following task forces.

Financial Responsibility and Fiscal Control Task Force
The Financial Responsibility and Fiscal Control Task Force was formed in August 2017 to study State Bar finances and fiscal controls. The nine-member task force reviewed State Bar expenditures, revenues, and audit procedures and made recommendations to the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors. Click here for a list of Financial Responsibility and Fiscal Control Task Force members.


  • Task Force Summary Recommendations Through February 23, 2018 Meeting (Read the report)

  • William D. Brown Preliminary Status Report: Vendor Payment Analysis (Read the report)

  • William D. Brown Report on 2012 Embezzlement (Read the report)
    The financial task force asked Dallas attorney William D. Brown, who has more than 40 years of forensic accounting and investigative experience, to analyze the internal control system at the State Bar of Texas before and after a 2012 embezzlement case. Brown reported the results of his investigation to the State Bar Board of Directors on January 26, 2018, saying that current written controls adequately address the issues raised by the 2012 embezzlement.

Transparency Task Force
The Transparency Task Force was formed in January 2018 to explore what recommendations, if any, should be made to the State Bar Act, State Bar Rules, and/or the State Bar Board of Directors Policy Manual to improve transparency and openness within the State Bar. Click here for a list of Transparency Task Force members.


  • Transparency Task Force Status Report, June 8, 2018 (Read the report)


President’s Messages

Joe K. Longley comments on the profession, issues pertinent to practitioners, and State Bar initiatives and programs designed to assist lawyers throughout their careers.

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.