Texas Bar Association organized in Galveston

July 15th, 1882

On this day in 1882, the Texas Bar Association was organized in Galveston. O. M. Roberts and Robert S. Gould were leaders in calling the organizational meeting, attended by 300 attorneys. The Texas Bar Association was the predecessor of the State Bar of Texas, a public corporation headquartered in Austin. Judge Thomas J. Devine was the association's first president and Charles S. Morse was the first secretary. The objectives of the association were to advance the science of jurisprudence, to promote uniformity of legislation in the administration of justice in the state, and to encourage interaction among its members.

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Texas Bar Association organized in Galveston

July 15th, 1882

On this day in 1882, the Texas Bar Association was organized in Galveston. O. M. Roberts and Robert S. Gould were leaders in calling the organizational meeting, attended by 300 attorneys. The Texas Bar Association was the predecessor of the State Bar of Texas, a public corporation headquartered in Austin. Judge Thomas J. Devine was the association's first president and Charles S. Morse was the first secretary. The objectives of the association were to advance the science of jurisprudence, to promote uniformity of legislation in the administration of justice in the state, and to encourage interaction among its members.

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