HIS-MABA TX Legislative Update and CLE - April 12, 2017

Save the date!  The Hispanic Issues Section, in conjunction with the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas, is hosting a Legislative Update on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Texas Law Center in Austin, Texas.  See the flyer and registration below, or click here.


Posted March 21, 2017


MABA SA - HIS Mixer in San Antonio March 29

The Hispanic Issues Section is having a membership mixer with MABA - San Antonio on March 29, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at The Palm, 233 E. Houston Street.  We hope you can join us!  RSVP here.

Posted March 9, 2017


HIS Issues Statement in Support of State Bar of Texas in Minority Director Lawsuit

Today the Hispanic Issues Section, in conjunction with the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas, issued a statement in support of the State Bar of Texas in the litigation recently filed challenging the Minority Director positions on the State Bar Board of Directors.  Read the complete statement here.

Posted January 18, 2017


HIS Fall 2016 Newsletter Now Available!

The Hispanic Issues Section has issued the newest version of its newsletter for Fall 2016, 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.

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

Posted October 31, 2016


Message from the Chair

Dear HIS Members,

¡Bienvenidos! It is truly an honor to serve as Chair of the Hispanic Issues Section (HIS) for the forthcoming year. We begin by first acknowledging the outstanding work of our Immediate Past Chair Manuel Escobar and the outgoing council members. The new council members aspire to match our predecessors’ energy and passion.

Going forward, we will continue to nurture and grow the section. In 2014, we surpassed 500 members, making HIS a “medium-sized” section of the State Bar. Our objective now is to surpass 750 members by the end of 2017. With this goal in mind, you soon will be hearing about our new membership initiatives as well as our plans to co-host regional membership/networking events with local bar organizations in Corpus Christi, Austin, Tyler, San Antonio, and Dallas/Fort Worth. With your help, the section will continue to keep pace with the rapidly growing Hispanic community at large.

Further, HIS will continue to provide and support statewide networking, CLE, public service, and pro bono opportunities for our members. We have forged strong relationships with the law schools and a number of local bar organizations. HIS serves as an informational hub offering opportunities for our members, and we frequently use our website and newsletter to recognize our members’ achievements. Accordingly, please contact us with member news, awards, accolades, opportunities, or if you would like to publish an article or speak at a CLE.

We will continue to champion the Hispanic community of Texas and support access-to-justice initiatives. An essential purpose of HIS is to study and report on laws, judicial decisions, and governmental regulations as they may affect Hispanics. To this end, we recently launched a multiple-year service project focused on combating the predatory practice of notario fraud. We are in the process of forming coalitions, recruiting volunteers, and developing training materials. If you would like to join this effort, please contact me or Immediate Past Chair Manuel Escobar.

With your help, we have an opportunity to take you, our community, and the Hispanic Issues Section to new heights. We encourage you to join an HIS committee, spread the word about our Section, and send us news of your achievements. If there are other ways HIS can serve you, please let me know.

Un fuerte abrazo,

Arturo M. Aviles, Chair
Hispanic Issues Section
State Bar of Texas

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.

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

Updated August 22, 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!


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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