Message from the Chair

Valerie Ann Carrillo
Escamilla & Poneck, LLP

Welcome Hispanic Issues Section Members and Future Members!

I am honored to be your Chair for the Hispanic Issues Section for the 2019-2020 year.  The term “Hispanic Issues” encompasses a very broad definition.  One of the most prevalent issues that has affected Hispanic communities in our nation in recent times has been the issue of immigration.  The immigration issue has undoubtedly caused strong emotions from various people, including animosity towards immigrants.

The recent tragedy in El Paso, Texas, is an example of this hatred that has unfortunately been directed towards immigrants and Hispanics in our country today.  It is important that we all come together to work on improving relations with one another in our respective communities. 

In my capacity as Chair this year, one of my goals is to help all members develop, foster and cultivate strong human connections this year by working with law students, law school faculty, attorneys, and judges throughout the state.  We must continue to focus on getting to know one another, respect and appreciate our differences, and come together in times of tragedy.

It was a pleasure seeing so many attorneys and judges attending the annual Hispanic Issues Section meeting at the Annual State Bar Meeting in Austin this past June.  The Hispanic Issues Section hosted a wonderful CLE program and we issued numerous awards to various members of the State Bar for their hard work and dedication to the legal profession, which included attorneys and judges of various ethnicities. 

I am hopeful we can continue to all work together to prevent, address and resolve the many issues that affect the Hispanic communities across our great state.  I am looking forward to working with my fellow State Bar of Texas colleagues on numerous endeavors this year.  Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.  I am here to serve you.