Welcome to what is shaping up to be another tremendous year for the Hispanic Issues Section!
Those of you who have been involved with the Section in the past already know that the Section has been reinvigorated through the efforts of our recent Chairs and Councils, and we are tremendously indebted to them for their incredible leadership.
Immediate Past Chair Benny Agosto, Jr. continued this effort by leading us through another year of expansion in our activities, organizing a coordinated response to the unaccompanied minor crisis and ensuring that the Section held events and was present throughout the state so that we could grow the Section and connect more of our members with one another.
We will expand on these efforts throughout the year. In addition to remaining involved in the unaccompanied minor crisis and the statewide response to it, the Section is going to become more involved in addressing notario fraud. We intend to support existing efforts in this area, and to try to push to give local authorities more tools to combat this long-standing problem. We also plan to help connect Hispanic attorneys to pro bono projects throughout the state, and to further develop relationships with law schools and law students so that we can help prepare and mentor the next generation.
If you attended last year’s State Bar Annual Meeting, we hope that you joined us for a full afternoon of informative CLE programming – it was the first time in recent years that the Section had such a robust CLE program at Annual Meeting. We will continue to look for ways to educate and inform our members and to get everyone involved. Look for more communications, including newsletters, in the near future.
We also will be visiting many areas around the state to meet more of our members and to encourage others to join us. We already have visited El Paso, will be in Corpus Christi soon, and have plans for Houston in the near future. Please keep an eye on our events page and we hopefully we will be in your area soon.
Throughout the year, we will need your help. If you are not already a member, please join HIS – and regardless of whether you are a member, visit and like our new Facebook page! Please also review our list of committees, which do the hard work of the Section throughout the year. If any of them interest you, please contact us!
Finally, we want your input and ideas! Have an event you would like to promote? An accomplishment that should be shared with the Section and its members? An idea about how else the Section can help our members and our community? Please contact us!
We look forward to another year of progress, cooperation, and success. I am privileged and honored to serve the Section, and am thrilled by what we have the ability to achieve together. Now let’s get to work!
Chair, Hispanic Issues Section, 2015-2016