HIS - MABA El Paso Mixer - October 27, 2015

One of the goals of the Hispanic Issues Section this year is to continue to hit the road and meet our members from across the state!  This year's first membership and recruitment mixer is being held in El Paso, in conjunction with the Mexican-American Bar Association of El Paso.

Date and Time: 5:30 PM, Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Location: Mesa Street Grill, 3800 N. Mesa St., Suite D1, El Paso, Texas
Confirmed Speakers: Hon. Maria Salas-Mendoza, 120th Judicial District Court, Hon. Robert Anchondo, County Criminal Court at Law No. 2

See the flyer here, and RSVP here.  We hope to see you there!

Posted October 2, 2015


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Our Local Bar Associations!

Hispanic Heritage Month typically is the launching point for significant events for local Hispanic bar associations throughout the state, and this year is no different!  The Hispanic Issues Section encourages everyone to consider supporting and attending the following events, both during Hispanic Heritage Month and beyond!  

  • September 26, 2015 - Dallas Hispanic Bar Association "Noche de Luz" Fundraiser and Gala - Perot Museum, Dallas, Texas - Info - Release
  • October 2, 2015 - MABA Houston Scholarship Gala - Hotel Zaza, Houston, Texas - Info - Sponsorship Info - Tickets
  • October 17, 2015 - Hidalgo County Bar Association HCBF Golf Tournament - Palm View Golf Course, McAllen, Texas - Info/Register - Contact
  • October 20, 2015 - Hispanic Bar Association of Houston Judicial and Legislative Reception - Harris County Civil Courthouse, Houston, Texas - Info
  • October 23, 2015 - Hispanic Bar Association of Austin Hispanic Heritage Luncheon - Omni Hotel Downtown, Austin, Texas - Info
  • October 30, 2015 - MABA San Antonio Dia de los Muertos Halloween Party - La Villita Plaza Juarez, San Antonio, Texas - Info
  • November 13-14, 2015 - National Hispanic Pre-Law Conference & Law Fair - University of Houston, Houston, Texas - Info - Flyer
  • December 4, 2015 - MABA San Antonio Pachanga - San Antonio, Texas - Info

Want your event on the list?  Email us!

Posted September 23, 2015


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

The Hispanic Issues Section is proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Did you know:

  • Hispanic Heritage Month started as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • It was expanded to a 30-day period in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month runs in the middle of two months, from September 15 to October 15, because there are several independence days of Latin American countries either on or near September 15:
    • Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua - September 15
    • Mexico - September 16
    • Chile - September 18
    • Belize - September 21

The Library of Congress hosts a Hispanic Heritage Month website that collects stories and highlights events occurring during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Want to see some interesting demographic facts about the Hispanic population in the United States?  The U.S. Census has released a "Profile America Facts for Features" document highlighting some of those facts to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Local PBS and other television stations, school districts and other groups frequently have Hispanic Heritage Month programming - get out there and celebrate!

Posted September 17, 2015 


HIS is on Facebook!

The Hispanic Issues Section now has a Facebook page!  Please visit us and like the page, and send us your notes, accomplishments and stories so that we can share them with all of our wonderful friends!

Posted August 9, 2015


Updates from the Hispanic Issues Section

We have plenty of recent updates for our members and friends!

  • The Hispanic Issues Section has just named the winners of its annual awards. Please click here for the full list and announcement! These awards were presented at a ceremony at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting. See our News page for details and pictures!
  • The Hispanic Issues Section approved new bylaws last year, which can be seen here.  Law students and recent graduates (licensed two years or less) can now join the section for FREE!  We have updated our membership form--download it here!  Or visit our Join Us page to join the section!
  • We now have our second Member Spotlight - Judge J. Manuel Bañales!  Please visit the Member Spotlight page to see Judge Bañales' excellent Q&A regarding the formation of the section and being an elected judge in Texas!
  • We frequently highlight when our members are in the news.  Be sure to visit the Members in the News page for updates, including recent honors given to Hispanic Issues Section members such as Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and Angelica M. Hernandez!

Would you like to advertise your event with us?  Have a news item regarding a Hispanic Issues Section member?  Please email us!


Welcome to the New Hispanic Issues Section Website!

Welcome to the new website!  We are looking forward to bringing members a variety of news items from Hispanic Issues Section members around Texas, as well as news on important legal issues impacting the Hispanic community.  As we launch the new website, we want to hear from section members!  

We are particularly interested in receiving the following information from members:

  • Members in the News Items - Tell us about a recent accomplishment.  Recently make partner?  Receive an appointment to a board or committee?  Has your organization recently held a noteworthy event or activity?  Tell us!  
  • Events - Let us tell our members about your upcoming events, and put them on our calendar! 
  • News and Articles - Have a news item or summary, or a scholarly article you would like to share?  Send it to us!
  • Feedback - What else would you like to see on this site? 
Please email us!

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Hispanic Issues Section is to study and report on laws, judicial decisions and governmental regulations as they may affect the particular needs of the Hispanic community of Texas, to provide a common meeting ground and forum for members of the profession for consideration of special issues with respect to the recognition and enjoyment of constitutional rights of the Hispanic Community, both individually and collectively, and to take such action with respect thereto, all subject to our Bylaws and the laws, rules and regulations of the State Bar of Texas.

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