The Waco-McLennan County Bar Association was organized in the late 1930’s. The first president of the Bar Association, John Maxwell, was elected for a 1937-1938 term.
The Waco-McLennan County Bar Association has a proud history of service and accomplishment, both to the public and to the profession. Included among its members have been many eminent national, state and local government leaders, educators, jurists and practitioners. Past presidents of the Bar Association include:
Frank M. Wilson (1939-1940) First Practice Court professor at Baylor School of Law.
Abner V. McCall (1955-1956) Former Supreme Court Justice, dean of the Baylor School of Law and President of Baylor University. ·
William S. Sessions (1967-1968) Former Director of the F.B.I. and Judge in the Western District of Texas.
Louis Muldrow (1972-1973) Former Practice Court professor at Baylor School of Law.
There are currently approximately 500 members of the Bar Association.
The WMBA helps coordinate local bar efforts and gives local lawyers to network with one another in a variety of settings. We also provide affordable continuing education in a luncheon setting and annually publishes a local bar directory. The Bar Association assists the annual adoption day, the McLennan County Dispute Resolution Center and various conferences for veterans and the public.
In addition, the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association, an affiliate of the Bar Association, comprised of Lawyers thirty-six or younger or who have been practicing law less than three years, sponsors a number of community service projects, please look at the Young Lawyers tab for more information.