Message from the Chair


Angelica M. Hernandez
Partner, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP

Our Section’s logo states “desde 1979”.  Desde 1979, the Hispanic Issues Section has “provided a common meeting ground and forum for members of the profession for consideration of special issues with respect to recognition and enjoyment of constitutional rights of the Hispanic Community….” As your Chair, along with Council Members from Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, McAllen, and San Antonio, during our term, we celebrate our 45th anniversary of this vision.  We acknowledge all those individuals that created this Section and all those who have served in different capacities throughout its existence.  And, we thank them.  We ask our members to peruse the website to view a video of our history and to identify our Council Members.  We went to hear from our membership and their respective bar associations and partner with them.  You may reach out to me at any time with questions and concerns.

The 2023-2024 HIS Council is proud to announce our first event of the year- LawTeria!  HIS partners with the Texas Access to Justice Foundation for the fourth consecutive year to assist with legal aid objectives.  Please mark your calendars for Thursday, September 14th for our Zoom Event! Set up a watch party.  Our celebrity callers this year are:  Justice Denise Garcia, 5th Court of Appeals-Dallas, Justice Amparo Guerra, 1st Court of Appeals-Houston, U.S. District Judge David Morales-Corpus Christi Division, Southern District and Chief U.S. District Judge Alia Moses-Del Rio Division, Western District.  Our celebrity host is HIS Council Member and past President of the State Bar, Sylvia Borunda Firth.  The “tablas” are $50 each and include notable Texas Hispanic Firsts in our legal community; it’s a celebration of their achievements and our history.  We hope to disseminate the Hispanic First LawTeria cards as history lessons.  We have sponsorships from $500 to $5,000.  Please encourage your friends, associations and firms to sponsor!  Here is the link:  There are fantastic door prizes!  Thank you to all the individuals that collectively are ensuring a successful event.  Please help us make this the best event ever!