Austin Bar Association
816 Congress Avenue, Suite 700
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 473-2720
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Enhancing the legal profession, administration of justice, and our community through education, networking, and public service.

Interested in Austin Bar networking opportunities, discounts on CLE, and serving the Austin community?

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election results announced

Congratulations to our newly-elected board members, who will begin serving during the 2015-16 Bar year:  Amanda Arriaga, Laura Merritt, Amanda Taylor, and Kennon Wooten.

For a complete list of newly elected AYLA board members, click here.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 28 | 12:00pm

Solo/Small Firm Section CLE

Topic: Becoming a Better Legal Writer Speaker: Wayne Schiess, Director, David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy, the University of Texas School…

  • Austin Bar Association – Seminar Room,
    816 Congress Ave., Suite 700
  • $0 for members | .75 CLE credit hours

Friday, May 29 | 12:00pm

Financial Institutions Law Section CLE

All attorneys are invited to review the most recent residential mortgage lending regulations with an emphasis on the Truth in Lending RESPA Integrated Disclosures which…

  • Austin Bar Association – Seminar Room,
    816 Congress Ave., Suite 700
  • Free Event | 1.0 CLE credit hour


Saturday, May 30 | 1:30pm

AYLA Community Service Day

Volunteer with AYLA before the DOG days of summer arrive. Join us for the final Community Day of Service before the summer break as we…

  • Bastrop County Animal Services,
    589 Cool Water Drive
  • Free Event

Monday, June 1 | 12:00pm

Austin Lawyers Support Group

A confidential monthly education  group for lawyers, judges and  law students seeking help while healing from depression, addiction, job stress, anxiety and other mental health…

  • Austin Bar Association,
    816 Congress Ave., Suite 700
  • Free Event

Tuesday, June 2 | 12:00pm

Austin Bar and AYLA Judicial Program Lunch

Speaker: Judge Robert Pitman, U.S. District Judge, Western District of Texas RSVP to RSVP early – Space is limited to 30 participants only! Must be…

  • Austin Bar Association – Seminar Room,
    816 Congress Ave., Suite 700
  • Free Event


Wednesday, June 3 | 5:30pm

Labor & Employment Law CLE and Happy Hour

Topic: Employment Lawyers Sound Off: Pet Peeves In Employment Law Speakers: Shafeeqa Watkins Giarratani, Norton Rose Fulbright; Robert W. Schmidt, Crews Law Firm; Lin Blansit,…

  • Sullivan’s,
    300 Colorado, Suite 200
  • $15 for members | .5 CLE credit hours




Law Day 2015: magna carta – symbol of freedom under lawDSC_5814

The annual local celebration of Law Day was held Thursday, April 30, 2015.

The Austin Bar Association, along with Volunteer Legal Services, and AYLA, gave out several annual awards

Regina Rogoff Award — David Escamilla
Professionalism Award — Martha Dickie
Liberty Bell Award — Belinda Powell
Outstanding Young Lawyer Award — Jessica Palvino
Mentor Award — Ranelle Meroney
Susan P. Burton Award — Hong Shi
J. Chrys Dougherty Award — Kris Algert
Joseph H. Hart Award — Austin Office of Vinson & Elkins

The Austin Bar Foundation also awarded grants to Asian Family Support Services of Austin, Texas State Law Library, and Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts.

For more photos of this year’s event, click here.

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