Free CLE on Appellate Court Redistricting – March 31

The Hispanic Issues Section is pleased to present a CLE webinar scheduled for noon CDT on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 titled Changes to Appellate Courts? Know the History First.


This CLE is free for all and has been approved for one hour of MCLE credit.






Justice Linda Reyna Yañez (Retired)

Justice Yañez was the first Hispanic woman in Texas history to serve on a Texas appeals court and she is the first woman to serve as justice on the Texas Thirteenth Court of Appeals. She served as justice from 1993 until her retirement in 2010. Justice Yañez previously served as a Harvard Law School clinical instructor and regional counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.


Rolando L. Rios

Mr. Rios is a San Antonio-based attorney widely recognized for his experience in major voting rights and redistricting cases for over 20 years. He is a former general counsel for the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project and he frequently represents Hispanic advocacy groups in this type of litigation.


Carlos Soltero, moderator

Mr. Soltero is an Austin-based trial attorney and chair of the Hispanic Issues Section’ CLE committee. He is a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School.




Join our distinguished panel as they discuss the history and structure of Texas appellate courts and the gains that Hispanics have made on the judiciary in Texas. The panel will also analyze current proposals to “re-organize” appellate courts and the impact these proposals may have on the representation of Hispanics on the bench and on the voting rights of Hispanic citizens in Texas.