Austin Black Lawyers Association P.O. Box 13321, Austin, Texas 78711-3321

History of the ABLA

In 1973, there were a total of fifteen African American lawyers practicing in the Austin area. That year a number of those lawyers came together to organize a support group for the African American attorneys to address issues that were essential to their legal and professional development and to address the lack of opportunities which existed at the time.

In 1979, the support group became formally known as the Austin Black Lawyers Association . Since this humble beginning ABLA has grown exponentially with member attorneys representing every facet of the legal community.