The State Bar of Texas Local Bar Services Committee is now accepting local bar association submissions for the annual Stars of Texas Bars Awards and Judge Sam Williams Award.

The Stars of Texas Bars Awards include eight award categories that recognize local bar associations for outstanding community involvement, commitment to increasing access to justice, dedication to the profession, and excellent reporting from May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2018. Each local bar has the opportunity to receive awards based on its division. Divisions are broken down by the size of bar membership.

The Judge Sam Williams Award honors one individual who demonstrates a commitment to fostering and maintaining the relationship between his or her local bar and the State Bar of Texas. The award, established in 1990, is named in honor of Judge Sam Williams, the longtime president of the Northeast Texas Bar Association. Judge Williams, an outstanding leader of the local bar, exemplified the highest ideals of the position and significantly contributed to maintaining the local bar’s relationship with the State Bar of Texas.

For more information about the awards and to view submission criteria, go to

The deadline to submit entries is 5 p.m. CST April 30. For questions, please email or call (800) 204-2222, ext. 1514. Winners will be honored at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at the Marriott Marquis in Houston.