#TBT: Celebrating 75 years of Texas legal history

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the State Bar of Texas.

As we celebrate, we want to engage lawyers and the general public on a variety of historical facts pertaining to State Bar and Texas legal history. What better way to showcase our history with you than through Throwback Thursdays?

Every Thursday, we’ll provide a photo and snippet of historical context via the State Bar of Texas Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram social media pages.

Members are encouraged to share their throwback photos with us. If you have a fun or interesting photo from your lawyer induction ceremony, an annual meeting, a CLE, or another event, we want to see it. Email your photos and caption information to tbethany@texasbar.com, or you can share your throwback shots through your own social media pages. Just be sure to add the hashtag #TBT and tag or mention the State Bar of Texas with your post.

Created by the State Bar Act in 1939, the State Bar of Texas is the fifth-largest organization of lawyers in the United States and has played a crucial role in the lives of lawyers and the general public. Throughout the course of its history, the bar has strived to accomplish its mission to support the administration of the legal system, assure all citizens have equal access to justice, foster high standards of ethical conduct for lawyers, enable members to better serve their clients and the public, educate the public about the rule of law, and promote diversity in the administration of justice and the practice of law.

We look forward to sharing our history with you and viewing yours.

Pictured: An image from the second telecast murder trial in Texas history, State of Texas v. David Frank McKnight, in September 1958 in Amarillo. Post in the comments section if you know the state's first telecast murder case. 

Archive of the Covenant

Among the treasures in Google's ambitious digital book repository are the 1882 Proceedings of the Texas Bar Association. That year, hundreds of Texas lawyers convened in Galveston to establish the volunteer organization that would serve as the precursor to the State Bar of Texas.

Also available through Google Book Search are the 1919 Proceedings of the Texas Bar Association and a 1907 Monograph on Legal Ethics by Houston lawyer John Charles Harris.

The Texas Legislature created the unified State Bar of Texas in 1939, one year after the Texas Bar Journal started publication. Now, thanks to a partnership with William S. Hein & Co., a complete, searchable archive of the magazine is available here