In 1981 the Supreme Court of Texas authorized the formation of a state Bar College the membership in which identifies those attorneys in Texas who continue to attend many more hours of legal education that required to maintain a license to practice law.  This group of attorneys total approximately 4,000 out of the 75,000 licensed to practice in the state.

James M. Bright is proud to be one of only 4,000 Texas attorneys that is  a member of the Texas State Bar College.

This web site should not be considered an offer to provide legal representation. The only manner that this firm establishes new clients is as described in the contact section of this web site.

Board Certification is NOT a requirement to practice law in Texas. Every attorney licensed to practice by the Supreme Court of Texas is authorized to practice in all State Courts, Justice Courts, County Courts, District Courts, Appellate Courts and the Supreme Court of Texas.

If an attorney wishes to specialize in a particular area of law and if certification is offered in that practice area he may apply for such certification by meeting specific training and experience requirements.

Specialty fields are:  Administrative Law, Bankruptcy Law, Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Estate Planning & Probate Law, Family Law, Immigration and Nationality Law, Labor & Employment Law, Oil Gas & Mineral Law, Personal Injury Trial Law, Real Estate Law and Tax Law.

Other practice areas do not offer certification.

Federal courts have their own bars, and an attorney licensed to practice in State Courts may apply to practice in the Federal Courts.  Texas is divided into four districts: Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western. Appeals from all of these districts are through the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.