Our Association was established officially in 1904 “to improve the character of practice in the various courts of the city and county, ... ." Fort Worth in the early 1900s had more than 150 lawyers, and there was a concern that not all were upholding the highest standards of the profession. Over the next one hundred years the Association held several names – Tarrant County Bar Association; Fort Worth Bar Association; Fort Worth and Tarrant County Bar Association and Fort Worth-Tarrant County Bar Association. Since 1980, it has held the name of Tarrant County Bar Association. With each new name the bar association has confronted many challenges—from struggling to provide needed services to adapting to sweeping changes in the profession. Dynamic individuals and firms have pioneered those changes, particularly in terms of age, race and gender issues.
To advance the science of jurisprudence; to facilitate and improve the administration of justice; to maintain and to elevate standards of professional conduct; to increase professional skills through regular continuing legal education; and to encourage and promote a better understanding of the legal profession by the public.
The Tarrant County Bar Association was established in 1904 and is a voluntary bar association, open to all attorneys licensed to practice in Texas. The Bar year runs from July 1 through June 30. For membership information, click Membership.
An elected Board of Directors governs the Association and meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at the Bar's office. The current Board of Directors is listed under the Board tab.
The Bar office is located at 1315 Calhoun Street in Fort Worth, Texas. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 817/338-4092 and the fax number is 817/335-9238. The offices offer 6,700 square feet of offices and meeting space including a formal Board Room, a small conference room and a 3,000 square feet Bar Center area which can be divided into 3 sections for arbitrations, mediations, individual committee or group meetings, or left in its full capacity for luncheons, seminars or special events with a seating capacity of 150 people.
The Association has various CLE events and activities including a bi-monthly CLE luncheon and bi-monthly Docket Call Social. For a calendar of events, click on the Calendar tab.
The Tarrant County Bar Association publishes a 20- or 24- page Bar Bulletin, a monthly newsmagazine featuring news about Association services and activities as well as articles on current legal issues.