“With the publication of this first number of the Texas Bar Journal, our Association has become articulate,” wrote D.A. Simmons, the president of the Texas Bar Association, in the January 1938 issue. From its inception 75 years ago, the Texas Bar Journal has been the voice of the bar, providing its readers with everything from association activities to Texas Supreme Court updates. The magazine has certainly evolved since that first issue, which included minutes from the board of directors’ meeting. Along the way, columns were added (or retired), graphics became more important, legal issues were examined, and additional content made its way to the website. Evolution is a good thing—it keeps the magazine (the print version and its digital counterpart) fresh and relevant. In this special anniversary edition, we take you through the pages of the Texas Bar Journal by decade: the ’30s and the first issue, the ’40s and World War II, the ’50s and the new State Bar Building, the ’60s and the JFK assassination, the ’70s and Watergate, the ’80s and AIDS, the ’90s and the rat race, the 2000s and immigration, and now. The journey provides a window into the germane discussions of those times—from the heartfelt news about enlisted men to the zealous letters to the editor in response to the President’s Page on Watergate—and pays tribute to the attorneys of Texas who have committed to a life of service to others. Here’s to the next 75 years. If you have comments about the Texas Bar Journal, contact Patricia Busa McConnico at (800) 204-2222, ext. 1520 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To see a slide show of covers, go to texasbar.com/tbjretrocovers.
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