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Legal Resources for El Paso Support; Texas Bar Journal Article

The Hispanic Issues Section and all of its members’ thoughts are with the citizens of El Paso following the tragedy that unfolded on August 3, 2019.

Attorneys from El Paso and throughout the state have mobilized to provide a variety of forms of assistance to survivors, their families, and others affected.

The State Bar of Texas has collected a list of resources that are available – please click here to review the list.

The Texas Bar Journal has published an article about El Paso and the El Paso Bar Association and the legal community’s tremendous response.

Click here for the Texas Bar Journal’s online version of the article.

Click here for a PDF of the article.

Article republished courtesy of the Texas Bar Journal and Amy Starnes.

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Invitation from Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator

The Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator (TOJI) invites lawyers in the Hispanic Issues Section to apply for its fifth cohort beginning in January 2020.  
TOJI is the flagship program of the State Bar of Texas addressing the justice gap. We support Texas lawyers who are building sustainable solo practices serving low- and modest-income Texans.
TOJI helps lawyers gain the skills and knowledge to run a business and find personal balance while practicing law. Lawyers who join TOJI receive 12 months of group training and personal coaching delivered virtually.
Most importantly, being in TOJI means being a part of a supportive, vibrant community of like-minded entrepreneurs. With greater diversity in the TOJI community than in the State Bar of Texas at large, TOJI aims to create an inclusive statewide network for professionals who care about serving others.
If you want to start a solo practice that meets the needs of your community, apply now! Applications are open September 16-October 21. Check out TOJI online, or follow on Facebook or Instagram.

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Upcoming Events

Here is a list of upcoming events involving the Hispanic Issues Section or local Hispanic bar associations, or other sections of the State Bar of Texas.  Click on event listings for registration information.

Special Events

Want your event on the list?  Email us!

  • October 18, 2019 – MABA Houston Fall Gala – Royal Sonesta, Houston – Info

Local Hispanic Bar Association Monthly Meetings

This list has information about regular monthly meetings for local associations around Texas.  If you have any updated information or want to add your group to the list, please email us!

Austin – Hispanic Bar Association of Austin

When held, monthly meetings typically are held on the second Friday of the month at noon at the offices of the Austin Bar Association, 816 Congress Avenue, 7th Floor.  Main websiteemail

Houston – Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston

Monthly meetings typically are held on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 (monthly CLE) and 6:45 (meeting) at Lupe Tortilla, 1511 Shepherd Drive.  Facebook pageemail

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New 2018-2019 HIS Officers

The Hispanic Issues Section has selected its officers for the 2018-2019 bar year.  Your officers for 2018-2019 are:


  • Justice Gina M. Benavides, Chair
  • Valerie Carrillo, Chair-Elect
  • Larry Banda, Vice-Chair
  • Judge Victor Villareal, Secretary
  • Jamie Vasquez, Treasurer
  • Betty Balli Torres, Immediate Past Chair