State Bar of Texas
Annual Report 2018 - 2019

It is my pleasure to present to you the 2018-2019 State Bar of Texas Annual Report.

TreyApffelAnnualReportAs Texas lawyers, we have been fortunate to practice in a self-regulated profession with an independent grievance system since the creation of the State Bar of Texas in 1939. The State Bar has undergone Sunset review four times since then, most recently in
2017 when the Texas Legislature continued us for 12 more years.

Through a mandatory bar, we can gather our collective might to advance and improve the legal profession as well as safeguard shared principles including protection of the public, adherence to the rule of law, and promotion of equal access to justice. In fact, it is the oath we take as lawyers, and the right to access to justice that we defend every day, that make our profession different from all others.

As of this writing, there are a number of lawsuits pending around the country challenging the mandatory bar, including one in Texas (see page 5). Yet U.S. Supreme Court precedent is clear: Mandatory membership in a state bar and payment of compulsory fees are constitutional because of the state’s interest in regulating the legal profession and improving the quality of legal services.

All State Bar of Texas programs further the state’s interests in regulating the legal profession or improving the quality of legal services. Through these activities, the State Bar protects the public, serves its members, and supports the administration of the legal system.

The structure of our State Bar has served Texas well for 80 years. We will continue to vigorously defend it, for the betterment of all Texans.

Sincerely,

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Trey Apffel
Executive Director
State Bar of Texas

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