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New 2018-2019 HIS Officers

The Hispanic Issues Section has selected its officers for the 2018-2019 bar year.  Your officers for 2018-2019 are:


  • Justice Gina M. Benavides, Chair
  • Valerie Carrillo, Chair-Elect
  • Larry Banda, Vice-Chair
  • Judge Victor Villareal, Secretary
  • Jamie Vasquez, Treasurer
  • Betty Balli Torres, Immediate Past Chair
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HIS at 2018 Annual Meeting!

Please join the Hispanic Issues Section at this year’s State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting!  We have several events taking place on Thursday, June 21.


Here’s the schedule:

1:30: Hernandez v. State of Texas, the Gus Garcia Story (CLE)

2:30: Texas Women in the Civil Rights Era (CLE)

3:30: Current Issues Affecting the Hispanic Community (CLE)

4:30: Annual Membership Meeting

5:30: Reception and Annual Awards


We hope to see you in Houston!  Get more info on Annual Meeting here.

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Upcoming Events

Here is a list of upcoming events involving the Hispanic Issues Section or local Hispanic bar associations, or other sections of the State Bar of Texas.  Click on event listings for registration information.


Special Events


Want your event on the list?  Email us!

  • April 18, 2018 – Houston Minority Bar Association Spring Mixer – OKRA Charity Saloon, 924 Congress – Flyer
  • April 20, 2018 – Texas Minority Attorney Program – Houston – Brochure
  • May 17, 2018 – MABA Houston Golf Classic – Flyer
  • October 26, 2018 – MABA Houston Scholarship Gala – Royal Sonesta, Houston


Local Hispanic Bar Association Monthly Meetings


This list has information about regular monthly meetings for local associations around Texas.  If you have any updated information or want to add your group to the list, please email us!

Austin – Hispanic Bar Association of Austin

Monthly meetings typically are held on the second Friday of each month at noon at the offices of the Austin Bar Association, 816 Congress Avenue, 7th Floor.  Main websiteemail

Houston – Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston

Monthly meetings typically are held on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 (monthly CLE) and 6:45 (meeting) at Pico’s Restaurant, 3601 Kirby.  Facebook pageemail