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
Hispanic Issues Section
State Bar of Texas