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Voluntary Resignation

An attorney must follow these steps to voluntarily resign from the State Bar of Texas. The attorney will be notified by letter once the Supreme Court approves the resignation request.


Please submit the following items:

  1. A written request that the attorney wishes to voluntarily resign from the State Bar of Texas.
  2. The affidavit below, to be completed by the resigning attorney, stating the attorney is not resigning in lieu of any current or pending disciplinary actions.
  3. A certificate from the SBOT Chief Disciplinary Counsel’s office stating there are no disciplinary actions pending against the attorney, and that the attorney is not the subject of any unresolved allegation of professional misconduct against him.
    • To request this certificate, please call the Membership Dept. at 512-427-1383.
  4. Please mail the items to:
  5. State Bar of Texas
    Membership Department
    P.O. Box 12487
    Austin, Texas 78711-2487

Members will be sent a letter with the effective date of their voluntary resignation upon approval and signature by the Supreme Court.

If you still have questions, please contact Sandy Gavin at (800) 204-2222, ext. 1813 or (512) 427-1383. You may also email her at

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Until an attorney complies with steps 1 through 4 above, he or she will continue to be shown on the membership rolls as an active member who must comply with the payment of Bar dues and the performance of continuing legal education mandated by the State Bar Act. 

The attorney would be subject to administrative suspension for any subsequent failure to pay Bar dues and/or failure to perform minimum continuing legal education (for the current fiscal year in which the voluntary resignation is submitted).

If the attorney is currently on the inactive rolls, he or she does not have to comply with the continuing legal education requirements. However, the attorney is required to pay $50 annually to remain in good standing.

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