Our Mission

Houston Bar Association's Offices located in Heritage Plaza

HBA Offices located in Heritage Plaza

The mission of the Houston Bar Association is to promote professionalism, access to justice, the rule of law, legal education for the profession and the public, service to our community, and equality and inclusion in the legal profession.

Established in 1870, The Houston Bar Association’s 11,000+ member attorneys have a continued commitment to serving the legal profession and the community of Harris County, Texas.

About the HBA

The Houston Bar Association’s 11,000+ member attorneys have a continued commitment to serving the legal profession and the community.

Established in 1870, the Association’s purpose was to maintain high standards in the legal profession and provide legal education for Harris County attorneys. Today, the HBA, the fifth largest metropolitan bar association in the nation, still adheres to those basic principles, but has expanded its goals to include public service and better access to legal services for all citizens in the Greater Houston area. Continuing Legal Education and professional development programs for attorneys are second to none. HBA members contribute over 45,000 volunteer hours to community service projects each year.

The HBA is a non-profit organization supported solely by member dues. In 1982, the HBA established the Houston Bar Foundation, a charitable vehicle through which many of the HBA’s community service projects are funded.

Did You Know?

Membership in the Houston Bar Association is voluntary. An attorney does not have to join the HBA to practice law in Texas.

While the Houston Bar Association has no attorneys on staff, and cannot give legal advice, we may be able to refer you to an appropriate program for help.

Only the State Bar of Texas, which licenses attorneys in our state, can investigate complaints and discipline attorneys. For information, call the State Bar Grievance Committee at (713) 758-8200 or their toll-free number, 1-800-932-1900.

The Houston Bar Association is an information and resource service for its members and the public. If you have a question about legal services or the administration of justice, we will try to answer your questions or direct your call to someone who can provide the answers you need.


HBA at a Glance

  • Established in: 1870
  • Membership: 11,000+
  • Number of Committees: 33
  • Number of Sections: 27
  • Continuing Legal Education Programs:
    60+ programs, including seminars and institutes
  • Publications: The Houston Lawyer and The Houston Bar Bulletin
  • Former HBA Presidents

Services to the Profession

  • CLE
  • Bench Bar Conferences
  • Mentor Program
  • Judicial Polls
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Discounts on Products and Services
  • Pictorial Roster

Community Projects

  • Book Drives
  • Clothing & Diaper Drive
  • Communities in Schools
  • Dispute Resolution Center
  • Eikenburg Law Week Fun Run
  • Elder Law
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • HAY Center
  • IDEA Program
  • Judicial Polls
  • Juvenile Consequences Partnership
  • Juvenile Justice Mock Trial Program
  • Law Day Activities
  • Legal Handbook Series
  • LegalLine
  • People’s Law School
  • Special Olympics
  • Veterans’ Legal Initiative
  • We Care Cards