State Bar of Texas Annual Report 2013 - 2014
January 2, 2014
It is my pleasure to present to you the 2013-2014 State Bar of Texas Annual Report.
In many ways, the story of the past bar year could be told through numbers. The State Bar celebrated 75 years of service, and we observed the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Our new Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange saw more than 21,000 visits and 1,800 enrollments, and TexasBarCLE offered approximately 100 live courses and 75 live webcasts. Our Solo and Small Firm CLE events served nearly 200 attorneys in McAllen and Amarillo, and nearly 1,000 attorneys received career advice through our new Alternative Careers for Lawyers seminars in Houston, Dallas, Austin, and online at TexasBarCLE.com.
Numbers alone would miss an important part of the story, however. One of the pleasures of working for the State Bar is hearing accounts of how our programs and services are impacting lives and making a difference. One seasoned family law attorney, having read a Texas Bar Journal article on tips for new lawyers, thanked us for reminding her of the importance of sitting with clients behind the rail to ease their apprehension at court appearances. “Thank you for making me a better lawyer,” she wrote. And another attorney told us the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program “helped save my life. Not just my career, but my life.” These stories, as much as the numbers above, are the fruits of our labor.
This year’s Annual Report provides an overview of our programs and services along with anecdotes from three of our members who were licensed the year the State Bar Act was signed, in 1939. I hope you enjoy their stories.
As always, I am thankful for the hard work and commitment of the State Bar’s officers, directors, volunteers, and staff. Together, we are succeeding in our mission to strengthen the legal profession while serving Texas lawyers and the public.