HIS Past Chair Gloria Leal Named to SBOT Transparency Task Force

Hispanic Issues Section Past Chair Gloria Leal was named as one of the appointees to the Transparency Task Force created by State Bar President-Elect Joe K. Longley.


State Bar President Tom Vick described the appointments in a recent newsletter as follows:


“President-elect Joe K. Longley has appointed a Transparency Task Force to explore what recommendations, if any, should be made to the State Bar Act, State Bar Rules, and/or the State Bar Board of Directors Policy Manual to improve transparency and openness within the State Bar. Upon completion of its work, the task force will make recommendations, if any, to the board in accordance with Section 1.14.07 of the State Bar Policy Manual.  Click here for a list of task force members.  The State Bar is committed to transparency, and I look forward to receiving the task force’s recommendations.”


Congratulations Gloria!

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!

  • November 8-10, 2017 – Texas Minority Counsel Program – Sheraton Austin Hotel – TMCP Main Page
  • December 14, 2017 – MABA Houston – HisBA Houston Joint Annual Holiday Party – Batanga, 908 Congress, Houston
  • December 14, 2017 – Hispanic Bar Association of Austin – Kids’ Party and Holiday Party – Caroline Bar (Holiday Party), 621 Congress, Austin


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

HIS at 2017 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 22.


Here’s the schedule:

1:30: Immigration Law Update (CLE)

2:30: Voting Rights Update (CLE)

3:30: The Past, Present and Future of Minority Participation (CLE)

4:30: Annual Membership Meeting

5:30: Reception and Annual Awards


More detail is available in this excerpt from our newsletter.  We hope to see you in Dallas!

HIS – MABA-TX CLE and Legislative Day – April 12, 2017

On April 12, 2017, the Hispanic Issues Section, along with the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas, hosted a full day of CLE programming at the Texas Law Center.  The CLE was followed by a trip to the Texas Supreme Court, hosted by friend and HIS Member Justice Eva Guzman, and then hospitality in the office of State Representative Roberto Alonzo.  The day was capped by a legislative reception hosted together with the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and sponsored in part by the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin.


Here is the agenda for the day – it was a tremendous success!


Thank you to all of our speakers, legislative guests and sponsors!


Pictures from the event:



Supreme Court and Legislative Hospitality

Legislative Reception