Programs and Committees

The Tarrant County Bar Association has over 40 programs and committees that address the needs of lawyers in Tarrant County. Additionally, it has a number of programs that provide attorneys in the county opportunities to help the local community in general. These programs have won recognition and awards from the State Bar of Texas and community organizations time and time again.

These committees depend upon the active participation of the members of the Tarrant county Bar Association to be successful. Serving on a committee not only helps to keep Bar activities meaningful, but offers a great way to meet other attorneys in the area., and provides and opportunity for Tarrant County lawyers to become involved in their profession and community. One of our re-instated Committees is the Mentor Program. If you want to volunteer as an attorney to mentor a young lawyer, or you are a young lawyer who would like the benefit of a mentor while you learn your practice, click on this Mentor Volunteer Form to download or print a form.

This section describes the member, public, social, and bar administrative services of the Tarrant County Bar Association. After reviewing the committees, please complete the form and indicate the committee or committees that you wish to serve. If you would consider serving in a leadership position, be sure to check that area.

For over 100 years, the Tarrant County Bar Association has been dedicated to making a difference in the professional lives of its members and in benefiting the local community as a whole. You can help to keep our local Bar activities meaningful by participating in the activities of the Tarrant County Bar Association by joining a committee today. Contact the TCBA office at 817.338.4092 to volunteer.

Download and Print a Committee Volunteer Form here.
Or complete a form online by clicking here.

Administrative Committees

Judicial Evaluations & Polls – Upon the request of the Board of Directors, develops and distributes judicial candidate qualification and preference polls in election years, and a judicial evaluation poll during non-election years.

Strategic Planning – Will prepare a long-term strategic plan to guide the direction and future of the Bar Association and will also prepare short-term plans to direct specific areas, as appropriate.

CLE Committees

Bench Bar Conference – Plans and conducts an annual Bench Bar Conference for the TCBA attorneys and judicial members.

CLE Seminars – Plans and conducts CLE seminars including the Brown Bag Seminar Series on varying topics of interest to all members of TCBA.

Court Coordinator Seminar – Plans and conducts annual CLE seminar for Court Coordinators.

Juvenile Law Seminar – Plans and conducts a seminar to include some of the required CLE for being on the Juvenile Court appointment list.

Communications Committees

Editorial – Assists the Editor and Staff Editor in publishing the Bulletin and soliciting legal articles for the publication.

Technology/Social Media – Will assist in the design of the Bar Association Website; provide input for apps to be used by members, oversee the Social Media outlets for the Tarrant County Bar Association.

 

Membership Committees

Diversity Program – Promotes active involvement and participation of ethnic minority attorneys.

Fee Arbitration – Reviews and hears disputes between clients and attorneys regarding attorney fees. Also hears disputes between attorneys regarding fees.

Lawyer Referral & Information Service – Oversees the LRIS Rules & Regulations; provides educational workshops for staff, and promotes the LRIS to TCBA membership and the public.

LLEAD (Peer Assistance Program) – Coordinates and plans meetings assisting lawyers who have trouble conducting their practices due to personal or health matters, as well as addressing alcohol and/or chemical dependency, mental illness, and depression.

Membership – Promotes membership in TCBA and solicits new members, as well as researching new member benefits, reviewing proposals from vendors and promotes benefits and servicse for the membership.

Transition To Practice/Mentor Program – Seeks experienced attorneys to mentor young lawyers in developing their practice of law and help plan CLE programs to further educate them on the daily practice of law.

Social Events Committees

Court Staff Appreciation – Assists in the selection of the recipients of the Outstanding Staff Awards and plan the reception honoring the court staff and the award recipients.

Docket Call Socials – Coordinates bi-monthly socials, including seeking sponsors and securing locations.

Holiday Party – Plans and coordinates the annual Holiday Party.

Law Day Awards Dinner – Plans the annual awards dinner and coordinates with subcommittees of the various awards including Blackstone, Professionalism and Silver Gavel.

Foundation Fundraiser

Tortfeasors – Plans the annual fundraiser program, is responsible for getting acts and sponsors and help with staging the program. All monies raised are used to fund the Community Service Committees.

Community Service Committees

The following committees are underwritten by the Tarrant County Bar Foundation but volunteers are provided by Tarrant County Bar Association members.

Annual Food Drive – Plans and coordinates the annual drive for the Tarrant Area Food Bank.

Bears & Friends Project – Coordinates the collection of bears, books and other items for National Adoption Day and the Family Courts.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters – Acts as a liaison between the local law firms and the Big Brothers & Big Sisters agency (which pairs adults in one-on-one mentoring relationships with local children).

Blood Drive – Plans and coordinates the annual blood drive.

Elder Law – Presents programs on various areas of law to senior citizen groups as requested. Updates the Elder Law Handbook as needed.

LegalLine – Seeks volunteers for the bi-monthly LegalLine, a free call-in public service, and solicits sponsors for refreshments for volunteers.

People’s Law School – Plans and coordinates an annual event to provide free information and education on the legal system to the public.

Tarrant County Volunteer Attorney Services (TVAS) – Develop a network of lawyers to assist low-income citizens who otherwise could not afford counsel.

Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans – Tarrant County Chapter (TLTV) – Develop a network of lawyers to assist veterans who otherwise could not afford counsel and to develop and assist a pro bono legal clinic for veterans.

Trinity Habitat for Humanity – Solicits funds and seeks volunteers for the building of a Habitat Home. Obtains sponsors for meals provided for the volunteers during construction during the years the Association in building a home.

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