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Courthouse preservation grant applications due Jan. 8

More of our state’s beloved courthouses will be restored and modernized with the next round of grants from the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program. The 84th Legislature appropriated $20 million to the program put on by the Texas Historical Commission, which is accepting grant applications until 5 p.m. January 8, 2016. The funds are partial … Continue Reading

High schoolers to tour Capitol, meet leading historian on Constitution Day

The transition away from summer and into full-swing academia will be a little easier for select high schoolers who will soon explore the State Capitol and meet one of America’s leading historians. On September 17, 2015—recognized as Constitution Day—the Texas Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates will host its fourth annual James Otis … Continue Reading

#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 history. What better way to showcase our history with you than through Throwback Thursdays?… Continue Reading

Women’s History Month Profile: Hortense Sparks Ward

Hortense Sparks Ward (1872-1944) was the first woman admitted to the State Bar of Texas, the first woman attorney in Houston, the first Southern woman attorney admitted to practice before the Supreme court, a Special Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, and an influential women's suffrage advocate.… Continue Reading

Telling An Untold Story

In 2004, a little-known, yet landmark, legal case was celebrated. Fifty years before, Pete Hernandez v. State of Texas set legal precedent when it was ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court that Mexican Americans and all other racial groups were protected under the 14th Amendment. Before the case, Mexican Americans were considered white, and therefore, were … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading
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