Hispanic Issues Section Participates in Joint Reception; New Officers Sworn In

On June 26, 2014, the Hispanic Issues Section participated in a joint reception with the African American Lawyers Section and the Asian Pacific Interest Section at the State Bar Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.  The Section announced the winners of its annual awards:

Legislator of the Year State Rep. Justin Rodriguez
Judge of the Year  Justice Gina Benavides
Pete Torres Community Service Award Maria A. Berriozabal
Bar Association of the Year MABA – San Antonio
Chair’s Award Betty Balli Torres and Tracy Nuckols
James Wray Jr. Founder’s Award Judge J. Manuel Bañales
Reynaldo G. Garza Lifetime Achievement Award          Justice Raul A. Gonzalez, Jr.

See the full awards announcement here.  The officers for the 2014-2015 bar year also were announced and sworn in:

Chair  Benny Agosto, Jr.
Chair-Elect Manuel Escobar
Vice-Chair Betty Balli Torres
Secretary Arturo Aviles
Treasurer Valerie Carillo
Immediate Past Chair Hon. Patricia O. Alvarez
Council Member (2017) Alfonso Cabañas
Council Member (2017) State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer 
Council Member (2017)         Dolores Hibbs

Congratulations to the award winners and our new officers!  Pictures from the joint reception and swearing-in ceremony are below.  Thanks to everyone who attended, and a special thank you to Ms. Berriozabal and Justice Gonzalez for being able to attend in person to receive their awards and to share a few words with us!