Election to the Fellows is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member of the State Bar of Texas. Nomination is based on outstanding contributions to the legal profession as well as a commitment to the community. Once nominees are selected, each nominee must be elected by the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. Membership in the Fellows is restricted to Texas attorneys. If elected as a Fellow, one has the opportunity to join a network of top attorneys in Texas representing various ages, backgrounds, and practice areas, but all with clear agreement on the importance of professional integrity and promoting the cause of justice in Texas.
Level of Commitment
Once nominated and then elected by the Board of Trustees, each new Fellow makes a commitment to give a $2,500 gift to the Texas Bar Foundation. This gift can be completed immediately, or there is flexibility to pay $250 per year for ten years. Upon completion of the gift, a Fellow becomes a permanent member of the Texas Bar Foundation with the distinction of Life Fellow. A Life Fellow who continues to make annual financial contributions of 10% or more of their original pledge to the mission of the Texas Bar Foundation becomes a Sustaining Life Fellow. The financial support we receive from our Sustaining Life Fellows is of particular importance because 100% of these contributions go directly to the grants program.
How are our members chosen?
District Nominating Committees in the 17 State Bar of Texas bar districts identify this class of eligible nominees. If you are a Fellow and have a recommendation for a new member, contact your District Nominating Committee Chair.