The Hispanic Issues Section has proudly joined its colleagues in the African American Laywers Section, the Asian Pacific Interest Section, the LGBT Law Section, the Native American Bar Section, the Women in the Law Section, and the Texas Minority Counsel Program, in issuing a joint statement regarding recent comments by State Bar of Texas President Larry McDougal, and in support of the position taken by the African American Lawyers Section.
View the video presentation here!
The Hispanic Issues Section gives out three named awards each year at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Texas, along with several other awards.
This year our awards recipients are:
- Reynaldo G Garza Lifetime Achievement Award: Roy R. Barrera, Sr.
- Pete Torres Jr. Community Service Award: Jose Angel Gutierrez and Chris Luna
- James W. Wray, Jr. Founder’s Award: Renato Santos, Jr.
- Judge of the Year Award: Justice Gisela D. Triana
- Legislator of the Year Award: Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia
- Chair’s Award: Justice Gina M. Benavides
- Access to Justice Award: El Paso Bar Association
You can learn more about our awards, and find a list of our past award recipients, by clicking this link.
The Hispanic Issues Section has issued a statement (click here to view) regarding the death of George Floyd. We encourage our members and all of our colleagues across the country to take a stand for equality and justice.
The Hispanic Issues Section encourages all members to nominate attorneys to apply for the LeadershipSBOT program, a diversity initiative designed to recruit, train, and retain Texas lawyers for leadership positions in the legal community and the State Bar of Texas. See the nomination form (click here) or the notice letter (click here) for more details! The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, June 30.
Here is a list of upcoming events involving the Hispanic Issues Section or local Hispanic bar associations, or other sections of the State Bar of Texas. Click on event listings for registration information.
Want your event on the list? Email us!
- June 25, 2020 – SBOT Virtual Annual Meeting (HIS programming is in the afternoon) – Details
Local Hispanic Bar Association Monthly Meetings
This list has information about regular monthly meetings for local associations around Texas. If you have any updated information or want to add your group to the list, please email us!
Austin – Hispanic Bar Association of Austin
Houston – Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston
HIS was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Judge Timoteo (Tim) Gonzalez, an HIS Member, as well as a member of the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas and a former president of the Dallas Mexican American Bar Association.
A memorial mass for Judge Gonzalez will be held Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 6:30 pm at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 9643 Ferndale Road, Dallas, TX 75238.
You can read Judge Gonzalez’s obituary information here. Our thoughts are with Judge Gonzalez’s family at this difficult time.
The Hispanic Issues Section and all of its members’ thoughts are with the citizens of El Paso following the tragedy that unfolded on August 3, 2019.
Attorneys from El Paso and throughout the state have mobilized to provide a variety of forms of assistance to survivors, their families, and others affected.
The State Bar of Texas has collected a list of resources that are available – please click here to review the list.
The Texas Bar Journal has published an article about El Paso and the El Paso Bar Association and the legal community’s tremendous response.
Click here for the Texas Bar Journal’s online version of the article.
Click here for a PDF of the article.
Article republished courtesy of the Texas Bar Journal and Amy Starnes.
The Hispanic Issues Section has selected its officers for the 2018-2019 bar year. Your officers for 2018-2019 are:
- Justice Gina M. Benavides, Chair
- Valerie Carrillo, Chair-Elect
- Larry Banda, Vice-Chair
- Judge Victor Villareal, Secretary
- Jamie Vasquez, Treasurer
- Betty Balli Torres, Immediate Past Chair