The HBA Appellate Practice Section is the
largest local appellate bar in the State of Texas. The section holds a
monthly luncheon that provides an opportunity for networking with
members of the appellate bar and justices from the Houston Courts of
Appeals. Luncheons are well-attended and feature high-quality CLE
presentations by appellate judges and leading members of the appellate
The section hosts several social
events, including an annual Judicial Reception to honor the justices
from the Houston Courts of Appeals and other local members of the
judiciary. The section also participates in a variety of charitable and
service activities, including CLE scholarships for staff attorneys at
the Houston appellate courts, brief writing awards for all three Houston
law schools, and administration of a pro bono program designed to
provide pro bono counsel to indigent litigants with qualifying cases in
the Houston appellate courts.
Link to the Appellate
Practice Section's publication, Appellate Lawyer.
New Appellate Pro Bono Program:
The State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Pro Bono Committee and the Houston Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section Pro Bono Committee are conducting a Pro Bono Program to place a limited number of civil appeals with appellate counsel who will represent the appellant or appellee before the First or Fourteenth Courts of Appeals. The goal of the program is to match clients who are financially unable to obtain legal representation with volunteer lawyers who agree to serve without expectation of compensation for their service. Through this Program, volunteer lawyers obtain greater appellate experience in, and exposure to, the First and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals. The Courts have indicated that they will give special consideration to hearing oral argument in cases accepted through the Program.
A description of this Program is located at the
Pro Bono Pamphlet for
the First Court of Appeals and the
Pro Bono Pamphlet for the Fourteenth Court of Appeals.
The Sign-Up Sheet to volunteer to become involved in the pro bono programs is located at the
State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Pro Bono Project webpage. This webpage also includes general information, sample motions, and brief templates that may help you navigate through the appellate process in the First and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals.