In August 2014, attorney-mediator Andrew Tolchin started the “Texas Lawyers” Group, or TL Group, on Facebook. Four years later, right after the February 2018 Texas Bar Exam results were released, the TL Group reached a significant milestone, surpassing the 10,000-member mark, and as of this writing constitutes nearly 10 percent of the bar. Tolchin credits the TL Group’s success to the fact that the group “provides a comfortable environment where mentorship and camaraderie are the norm in the absence of the immediate pressures of clients and judges. A number of those who have a positive experience invite colleagues.”
The TL Group provides a forum for the discussion of cases, laws, scenarios, rulings, ethics, practice issues, legal trends, legal education, legal job openings, office space, referrals, and other related issues of interest to Texas lawyers. Tolchin confirms that the viewership statistics reflect readership in the many thousands of attorneys daily and well in excess of a million interactions between members across the TL Group and its affiliates.