State Bar of Texas
May 20, 2013

Contact:  Kim Davey,, 800.204.2222 x 1713 or 512.427.1713

Former State Bar of Texas Employee Pleads Guilty to Felony Theft

AUSTIN – The State Bar of Texas today announced that a former State Bar employee has pled guilty to felony theft and has been sentenced.

Kathleen M. “Kathy” Holder, 52, of Austin, pled guilty to felony theft in the first degree.

Holder was sentenced to “shock probation,” including 180 days in state prison, 10 years’ probation, and ordered to pay $73,949 in restitution to the State Bar of Texas. She will report to prison by May 31.

The State Bar also has been reimbursed $482,029 by its insurance carrier and has been fully compensated for the loss.

The State Bar uncovered the theft in April 2012 and immediately notified the Travis County District Attorney’s office, which conducted an investigation. The theft occurred from May 2003 until April 2012.

The State Bar of Texas, together with the Supreme Court of Texas, has taken steps to prevent this type of activity from ever happening again, including hiring an internal auditor and establishing new processes and controls.

Holder served as the State Bar’s membership director and as a deputy clerk of the Supreme Court of Texas until her employment was terminated immediately on discovery of the misappropriation of funds in April 2012.

The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas. The Bar provides educational programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney discipline system.