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Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield Appointed to 190th District Court
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Debra Ibarra Mayfield as judge of the 190th Judicial District Court in Harris County for a term set to expire December 31, 2018, or until her successor shall be duly elected and qualified. Her appointment is effective November 1, 2017.
Judge Mayfield previously has served as judge of the 165th Judicial District Court and of Couty Civil Court at Law Number One in Harris County.
Congratulations Judge Mayfield!
HIS Past Chair Benny Agosto, Jr. Receives Humanitarian Award
HIS Immediate Past Chair Benny Agosto, Jr. Discusses Recent Donald Trump Comments
HIS Member Carlos Soltero Discusses Supreme Court Nomination Process
HIS Council Member Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield Named One of Houston's Most Influential Women
Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield, HIS Council Member and recently appointed District Judge of the 165th Judicial District Court in Harris County, has been named one of Houston's 50 Most Influential Women by Houston Women's Magazine. A press release regarding the honor can be found here, and the the full list of honorees can be seen here. Congratulations Judge Mayfield!
HIS Member Sofia Adrogué Hosts Business Litigation CLE in Houston
Date: October 21, 2015
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: River Oaks Country Club, 1600 River Oaks Blvd., Houston, Texas 77019
Click here for the flyer for the event. Sofia is the editor of "Texas Business Litigation," a comprehensive handbook for Texas litigators and transactional attorneys. A new 2016 edition of the book is available now!
HIS Member Ricardo Meza Reviews Entity Investigations and Deflategate
HIS Immediate Past Chair Benny Agosto, Jr. Receives President's Award from State Bar
You can read more about Benny's numerous achievements in this press release from Benny's firm, Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend.
HIS Immediate Past Chair Benny Agosto, Jr. Participates in Voter Turnout Event
HIS Immediate Past Chair Benny Agosto, Jr. participated in an event today hosted by the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce encouraging professionals to help get out the vote. In the last presidential election, only 31% of eligible Hispanic voters cast their votes - 6.6 million votes out of 21 million eligible voters. According to a story by the Houston Chronicle on the event, fewer than 10% of eligible Hispanic voters have participated in Houston's last three municipal elections.Photos from the event are below. Be sure to cast your votes in your local elections, and encourage our community to do so as well!
HIS Immediate Past Chair Benny Agosto Jr. Discusses New Texas Laws
Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield Appointed to 165th Judicial District Court
Judge Mayfield has served in the Harris County Civil Court since 2011 and currently serves as Administrative Judge of the County Civil Courts. Included among her many accolades and achievements are her selection in 2013 as a "Woman on the Move" by Texas Executive Women, her service as a past president of the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, her receipt of the 2014 "Public Service Award" from South Texas College of Law, and her service on the board of the Institute of Hispanic Culture.
Congratulations Judge Mayfield!
Justice Patricia O. Alvarez Receives Professionalism Award
Justice Alvarez received the award for her continuous efforts to teach civility to attorneys and law students. She has published papers and given numerous presentations on the topic of civility at seminars and at law schools across the state.
The Texas Bar College is an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained attorneys in Texas, and recognizes Texas lawyers who attend at least double the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) required by the State Bar of Texas. Click here for more information on the Texas Bar College awards.
Congratulations Justice Alvarez!
HIS Member Angelica M. Hernandez Recognized by Firm
HIS Member Celeste Villarreal Appointed as HNBA Latina Commissioner
HIS Chair Benny Agosto, Jr. Named 2014 TMCP Trailblazer
Click here to read a press release with additional information about the award. Congratulations Benny!
HIS Chair Benny Agosto, Jr. Named Hispanic Male Executive of Year by Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The award was presented at this year's Annual Awards Gala being held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Hobby Center - Downtown Houston. The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce described the event as follows:
The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (HHCC) honored Houston entrepreneurs, corporate executives and businesses for their leadership and impact on the Houston Hispanic business community during its Annual Awards Gala. Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg, Founding Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, received the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Award for his outstanding contributions to the Houston community.
The Awards Gala took place on Saturday, November 1st, at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The ceremony was attended by an estimated 1,200 guests. Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg highlighted the importance of the changing demographics of Houston and how these are a reflection of the future structure of the country. Dr. Laura Murillo, President and CEO of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said that “leaders at all levels need to look at Houston now to see what is coming to their local communities.”
The Awards Gala honorees included Benny Agosto, Jr, Hispanic Male Executive of the Year; Maria Borras, Hispanic Female Executive of the Year; Maximo Tejada, Hispanic Male Entrepreneur of the Year; Evelyn Fletcher, Hispanic Female Entrepreneur of the Year; and Regina Garcia, Emerging Hispanic Business of the Year.
Congratulations Benny! Pictures from the event are below.
HIS Chair Benny Agosto, Jr. Elected President of HNBA Legal Education Fund
The HNBA-LEF Education Fund, the only 501(c)(3) charitable organization affiliated with the HNBA, provides law student scholarship funding, community outreach programming, a week-long law camp (LEAP Program) for high-school students of diverse backgrounds, and an annual publication, HNBA Journal of Law and Policy.
Please click here for the press release announcing the election. Congratulations Benny!
Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield to be Honored by Alumni Association
Click here to read more about the event. Congratulations Judge Mayfield!
Carlos Soltero Appointed as Chair of Court Rules Committee
The Court Rules Committee reviews issues of civil procedure in Texas and proposes changes in rules and statues concerning civil procedure to the Texas Supreme Court and the state legislature. In the past several years it has proposed the use of unsworn declarations, a complete revision of the rules for justice courts, the revision of the special appearance rule, changes in the discovery rules, revisions to the jury shuffle, and various other potential changes.
HIS Chair Benny Agosto, Jr. Honored with ADL Civil Rights Medal
Original Item, June 10, 2014: Hispanic Issues Section Chair-Elect Benny Agosto, Jr. will be honored by the Anti-Defamation League as a recipient of an ADL Civil Rights Medal at the upcoming 2014 Houston in Concert Against Hate: A Theatre Tribute to American Civil Rights on November 13, 2014 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas.
Here is the description of the event from the ADL: Houston In Concert Against Hate will be an inspirational evening of theatre honoring the progress of American civil rights over the last 50 years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed by President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Powerful stories of civil rights heroes from Houston and beyond will be presented along with a medley of musical and dramatic theatre vignettes, and will be woven into a compelling story, narrated by Academy and Emmy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. The evening will spotlight Houston’s rich diversity and honor six Texans and Texas organizations that have made a difference in promoting and protecting civil rights for all.
Please click here for more information about the event. Congratulations Benny!
Justice Eva Guzman Honored by Women and the Law Section
Congratulations Justice Guzman!
Angelica M. Hernandez Recognized by State Bar of Texas
Angelica M. Hernandez Recognized by Houston Bar Association
Chair, Justice Patricia O. Alvarez, Honored by Laredo-Webb County Bar Association
Chair-Elect Benny Agosto, Jr. Recognized by Philanthropy Organization, Featured in Hispanic Executive Magazine
Update: Here is a blog post from Hispanics in Philanthropy about the event. Also, you can now see the profile of Benny in the special publication "Hispanics in Philanthropy Celebrates 30 Portraits of Latino Giving & Leadership"--Benny's profile is on page 12.
Chair-Elect Benny Agosto, Jr. Delivers Commencement Address at South Texas College of Law
Chair-Elect Benny Agosto, Jr. Article Regarding Judicial Vacancies and the Need for Diverse Appointments
Tina Torres Appointed Judge of Bexar County Court at Law No. 10
Michelle Alcala Recognized by Employment Law Section of the Austin Bar Association
Justice Patricia O. Alvarez Named 2013 Angel of Hope Honoree
Click here to read an excerpt from the Laredo Morning Times describing the event and containing an article about Justice Alvarez.
Angelica M. Hernandez Named Houston Bar Association Ambassador
Charitable and Community Work of Frances Valdez Recognized in George Mason University Publication
Sofia Adrogue Publishes Law Review Article
See the full article here! The citation for her article is Sofia Adroguѐ, P.C., Business Litigation, 45 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 645 (2013).