Join Us at Annual Meeting!

NOTE: All HIS CLE programming is in Room 201C.

This year the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting will be held at the Ft. Worth Omni & Convention Center on June 16 and 17, 2016.  

Just as we did last year, HIS is sponsoring a three-hour block of CLE on issues affecting the Hispanic community including labor and employment law, immigration and notario fraud. We also are co-hosting a Diversity Forum and an evening reception. All events will take place on Thursday, June 16. Below is the schedule:

9:00am – 12:00pm: Diversity Forum co-hosted with the African-American Lawyers, Asian Pacific Interest, LGBT Law and Women in the Law Sections.

Section CLE (3 hrs credit, including 1 hr of Ethics)

1:30pm - 2:30 pm: Labor/Employment Law: Warning for Non-Union Employers (Large or Small) - The NLRB May Be Watching You

  • Michelle Alcala, GRAVES DOUGHERTY HEARON & MOODY, P.C., Austin, TX

2:30pm - 3:30 pm: Immigration Consequences of Criminal Offenses

  • Jordan Pollock, Dallas Immigration Specialist, DALLAS COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE, Dallas, TX
  • Novert Morales, Austin MORALES LAW OFFICE ATTORNEYS AT LAW, PLLC, Austin, TX

3:30pm - 4:30 pm: Notario Fraud: Unauthorized Practice of Law and Potential Private Causes of Action

  • Lauren Fisher Flores, KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE (KIND), Houston, TX 
4:30pm - 5:00pm: Section Membership Meeting (Includes election of officers and council members, and Presentation of Annual Section Awards)

5:30pm - 7:30pm: Joint Reception with Asian Pacific Interest Section

We hope to see you in Fort Worth! Click here to register for the Annual Meeting!

Updated June 16, 2016


See our latest newsletter!

The Hispanic Issues Section has issued the newest version of its newsletter, so check your inbox!  If you are an HIS member and did not get the newsletter for some reason, please let us know, and in the meantime you can view the newsletter here.

Our latest newsletter contains an exciting announcement about the Hispanic Issues Section’s new service project regarding notario fraud. Other items include:

  • Local Hispanic Bar Fall Events throughout the State
  • Hispanic Issues Section events
  • Upcoming State Bar events
  • Call for volunteers for Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee

Have something you would like to see in a future newsletter?  Email us!

Posted March 5, 2016


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!


Message from the Chair

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 Pasowill 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!

Manuel Escobar
Chair, Hispanic Issues Section, 2015-2016


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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