about the Austin bar association
The Austin Bar Association was founded in 1893 as a nonprofit professional organization for attorneys. Its mission is to enhance the legal profession, administration of justice, and the community through education, networking, and public service. The Austin Bar prides itself on a long-standing commitment to provide attorneys continuing legal education, networking and social opportunities, and opportunities to serve to the community.
Today, more than 3,500 local attorneys in 25 different legal specialties contribute to the Austin Bar’s mission by organizing CLE opportunities, attending social functions, volunteering legal services, and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations for local legal-related charities all year long. Lawyers in good standing with the State Bar of Texas who live or work in Travis County or surrounding counties are eligible for membership.
The affairs of the Austin Bar is managed by a Board of Directors, composed of a president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer, immediate past president, the current president and president-elect of AYLA, the current chair of each substantive law section, the chair of the Lawyer Referral Service, representatives from the four affinity bar associations, representatives of the legal administrators, legal secretaries, legal assistants, and court reporters, and eight other members of the Austin Bar who are elected annually.