State Bar of Texas
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The State Bar of Texas (the Texas Bar) is an agency of the judiciary under the administrative control of the Texas Supreme Court. The Texas Bar is responsible for assisting the Texas Supreme Court in overseeing all attorneys licensed to practice law in Texas. The state bar is headquartered in the Texas Law Center at 1414 Colorado Street in Austin.
The Texas Bar is composed of those persons licensed to practice law in Texas and is an "integrated" or "mandatory" bar, as each Texas attorney is required by law to join the Texas Bar by registering with the clerk of the Texas Supreme Court. Membership in the State Bar is generally required for the practice of law in Texas. As of December 31, 2010, membership in the Texas Bar stands at 87,881.
The purposes of the State Bar of Texas are:
- to aid the courts in carrying on and improving the administration of justice;
- to advance the quality of legal services to the public and to foster the role of the legal profession in serving the public;
- to foster and maintain, on the part of those engaged in the practice of law, high ideals and integrity, learning, competence in public service, and high standards of conduct;
- to provide proper professional services to the members of the state bar;
- to encourage the formation of and activities of local bar associations;
- to provide forums for the discussion of subjects pertaining to the practice of law, the science of jurisprudence and law reform, and the relationship of the state bar to the public; and
- to publish information relating the practice of law, the science of jurisprudence and law reform, and the relationship of the state bar to the public.
The organization provides avenues for citizens to file grievances against attorneys and provides continuing legal education (CLE) courses for attorneys.
The Bar is run by an executive director, currently Michelle Hunter, and a board of directors made up of volunteers. The current president of the State Bar of Texas, Buck Files of Tyler, took office in June 2012.
Although lawyers have had statewide organizations in Texas since the 19th century, the State Bar of Texas began its formal existence on April 19, 1939, when Governor W. Lee O'Daniel signed House Bill No. 74, titled the State Bar Act of 1939. From that point, membership in the State Bar of Texas became a prerequisite for the practice of law in Texas.
In October 2005, President George W. Bush nominated the State Bar's former president Harriet Miers to be an associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. She later withdrew herself from consideration.
Sections of the State Bar of Texas 
Administrative & Public Law; African-American Lawyers; Alternative Dispute Resolution; American Indian Law; Animal Law; Antitrust and Business Litigation; Appellate; Asian-Pacific Interest; Aviation Law; Bankruptcy Law; Business Law; Collaborative Law; Computer & Technology; Construction Law; Consumer and Commercial Law; Corporate Counsel; Criminal Justice; Entertainment and Sports Law; Environmental and Natural Resources; Family Law; General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm; Government Law; Health Law; Hispanic Issues; Immigration and Nationality Law; Individual Rights and Responsibilities; Insurance Law; Intellectual Property Law; International Law; James C. Watson Inn of Former Officers and Directors; Judicial; Justice of the Peace; Juvenile Law; Labor and Employment Law; Law Student Division; Legal Administrators Division; LGBT Law; Litigation Litigation - Sustaining; Military Law; Municipal Judges; Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law; Paralegal Division; Poverty Law; Public Utility Law; Real Estate, Probate & Trust; School Law; Taxation; Women and the Law; Workers' Compensation
See also 
- "State Bar Act" (Texas Government Code § 81.011)
- "Contact Us." State Bar of Texas. Accessed August 31, 2008.
- "TEXAS BOARD OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE Summary of August 2003 Meeting Meeting No. 107." Texas Board of Criminal Justice. Accessed August 31, 2008.
- "State Bar Act" (Texas Government Code § 81.051)
- "State Bar Act" (Texas Government Code § 81.102)
- "State Bar Act" (Texas Government Code § 81.012)
- State Bar of Texas homepage
- State Bar of Texas Blog
- State Bar of Texas Twitter Feed
- Texas Government Code
- Texas Young Lawyers Association
- State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education (State Bar of Texas Publications and Texas Law Books)