Local Bar Services

About Us

Along with the Local Bar Services Committee, our department has the express purpose of facilitating communication between State Bar leadership and local bar leaders to assist in the development and enhancement of their associations. Our department also initiates programs that further the legal professions’ involvement in local communities. Our goal is to improve the legal profession's standing with the public at large through these efforts.

We establish and maintain close relationships with local bar associations with the following elements:

View our Menu of Services for more information about available local bar resources.

Bar Districts

Click here to determine your bar’s district and Local Bar Services Committee representative

Local Bar Association Roster

Local Bar Association Roster

Local and specialty bars are encouraged to self-report to the State Bar of Texas each year so our department may maintain an accurate roster of associations. Local Bar’s contact information may be requested by the public, attorneys interested in joining your association, and other associations interested in networking. The Local Bar Services Department will also use this information to keep bars informed about valuable resources we offer.

Annually submit your current president’s contact information via our online update form or send us an email (localbars@texasbar.com) when a new president’s term begins.

Joining a local bar association

Local bars offer a great way to network with other attorneys in your area and serve your community. Associations are always looking for volunteers for programs such as legal lines, veteran clinics, or fee dispute programs. If you’re interested in joining a local bar, please contact the bar directly for membership information. Click here to view the list of active local bars we have on record in the state.

Starting a local bar association

If you’re interested in starting a new bar, the State Bar recommends filing with the Secretary of State as a 501(c)(6), which is a type of tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, specifically created for trade associations.

The Secretary of State requires the organization to create a mission statement and bylaws to speed the filing process. Follow the links below for more information:

Texas Secretary of State
Local Bar Bylaws Sample
Step-by-step advice on “How to Incorporate as a 501(c)(6)”

If you start a bar, please annually submit your current president’s contact information via our online update form or send us an email (localbars@texasbar.com) when a new president’s term begins.

Additional Resources

We're Here To Help!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Phone

800.204.2222 (ext. 1514)

Fax

(512) 427-4263

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