Come see the latest addition to our library walls, an historic photograph composite from 1912 of leading members of Houston’s legal community. Seven of the featured portraits depict founders of the Harris County Law Library. On your next visit here, challenge yourself to spot them all.
Today, Houston is proud to be the most diverse city in the United States, and is defined by its rich and unique blend of cultures, both in our legal community and our population at large. While the 1912 Houston Bench and Bar was noticeably less diverse, the composite itself heralds change and hints and our city’s future as it includes portraits of two women, Hortense Ward and Alice S. Tiernan. Ward was the first woman licensed to practice law in Texas. Tiernan passed the bar shortly thereafter, and became one of the fewer than 1% of women trial attorneys nationwide.