Save the Date for a Commemoration of Hernandez v. Texas, and a Message from the Chair

**UPDATE – We have added a page to our website regarding the 70th Anniversary of Hernandez v. Texasclick here to access.**


Save the Date


January 25, 2024


70th Anniversary Commemoration of Hernandez v. Texas


 St. Mary’s University Law School


Members and Friends:


Mark your calendars and join HIS as it commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, regulating the legal intersection of the constitution, class and jury service, Hernandez v. Texas.  The CLE program, both in-person and available by Zoom, occurs from 12:30 p.m.  – 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s University Law School in San Antonio on Thursday, January 25th.  Leading the commemoration are our distinguished jurists and panel members:


  • Honorable Gina M. Benavides (13th Court of Appeals);
  • Honorable Chief Dori Contreras (13th Court of Appeals); and,
  • Honorable David M. Medina (Ret. Texas Supreme Court).


We thank our panelists for their upcoming presentation. The judicial trio continue the commemoration at the State Bar Annual Meeting in Dallas on June 20th; our jurists will provide an analysis of the attorneys that obtained the victory at the U.S. Supreme Court.  More details forthcoming.


45th Anniversary of HIS


At the State Bar Annual Meeting in Dallas, we also invite all past Chairs and members as we celebrate our 45th anniversary with a discussion of our legal history and the attorneys who shaped our organization.  Please look for our ad in the February 2024 Texas Bar Journal.


Successful Fall Event- LawTeria


Thank you to our sponsors (and donors of fantastic prizes), our judicial celebrity callers, and all who participated in our 4th annual LawTeria; we collectively raised over $50,000 for access to justice initiatives!  A special thanks to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and it’s Executive Director, Betty Balli Torres, for a successful partnership!  TEAJF presented HIS with an Access to Justice Award (for substantial contribution and commitment to justice for low-income Texans) at its annual October Texas Supreme Court luncheon in Austin.  HIS Immediate Past Chair, Novert Morales and I accepted on behalf of HIS. 


Notable Loss


Frumencio Reyes, a co-founder of the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, recently passed away on December 6, 2023.  Licensed for 50 years, his contributions to our profession will reverberate for years to come.  A legal leader, and friend, we extend our thoughts and prayer to his family.


Felices Fiestas to all.  We look forward to seeing you all in 2024!  Please join us in all our events!


Adelante – Angelica M. Hernandez, Chair