The Tarrant County Bar Association offers a number of programs and committees that address the needs of the legal profession in and around Tarrant County. In addition, TCBA has a number of programs that provide the legal profession with opportunities to help the local community. These programs have won recognition and awards from the State Bar of Texas and community organizations time and time again.
Below are descriptions of the different committees and programs available at the Tarrant County Bar Association. You can join a committee by visiting your MyTCBA page. Can't serve on a committee? You can still volunteer by signing up using the Committee Volunteer Form.
Bench Bar Conference - Plans and conducts an annual Bench Bar Conference for the TCBA attorney and judicial members.
CLE Seminars - Plans and conducts CLE seminars on varying topics of interest to all members of TCBA, including the Brown Bag Seminar Series.
Diversity Program - Promotes active involvement, inclusion, and participation of minority attorneys and law students in the profession and TCBA.
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 and regulations; provides educational workshops for staff, and promotes the LRIS to TCBA membership and the public.
Membership - Promotes membership in TCBA, solicits new members, and promotes benefits and services for the membership.
Transition To Practice/Mentor Program - Seeks experienced attorneys to mentor young lawyers in developing their practice of law and helps plan CLE programs to further educate them on the daily practice of law.
Wellness Connections – Plans programs, initiatives, and communications that raise awareness about the benefits of wellness practices and resources. Addresses concerns adversely impacting many of our colleagues, including burnout, professional isolation, addiction, anxiety and depression.
Social Events Committees
Court Staff Appreciation Awards Reception & Court Coordinator Seminar - Assists in the selection of the recipients of the Outstanding Staff Awards and plans the reception honoring the court staff and the award recipients. Also plans and conducts the annual CLE seminar for Court Coordinators.
Docket Call Socials - Coordinates 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 the Blackstone, Professionalism and Silver Gavel Committees.
Women in the Law Luncheon - Plans and coordinates an annual luncheon honoring women attorneys.
Community Service and Pro Bono Committees
The following committees are underwritten by the Tarrant County Bar Foundation.
Annual Food Drive - Plans and coordinates the annual drive for the Tarrant Area Food Bank.
Bears & Friends Project - Coordinates the collection of bears and other stuffed animals for National Adoption Day and the Family Courts.
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.
National Adoption Day - Assists with planning the annual National Adoption Day (event usually held in November).
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) - Oversees the planning for the pro bono program's events, assists with the legal clinics, and recruits pro bono volunteers.
Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans - Tarrant County Chapter (TLTV) - Oversees the veteran pro bono program, assists with the legal clinic for veterans, and recruits pro bono volunteers.