The Hispanic Issues Section is delighted to cosponsor, along with the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, a 3-part webinar series exploring language and other barriers to members of the Hispanic Community in employment and the justice system.
Part 2 in the series is From Language Access to Language Justice – Fostering Equity for Latinos in the Justice System, which will be presented via Zoom on November 15, 2022 at 11:00 AM CT.
In this English-Spanish bilingual program, language access experts will present information and lead a discussion with attorneys and legal practitioners about:
Basic Concepts, legal mandates involving language access, and language justice principles
Best practices to ensure the use of qualified interpreters and translators in various legal contexts, such as housing, employment, domestic violence, and criminal justice matters
Practical tips to strengthen cultural competency, avoid common pitfalls, and advocate for fair and effective language rights
Resources regarding language access in technology and other legal services.
The Hispanic Issues Section wishes everyone a wonderful Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15 each year.
We invite you to revisit our combined legal heritage with interviews of two prominent Texas Hispanic attorneys, Adelfa Callejo – one of the first Hispanic women to earn a law degree – and Justice Raul A. Gonzalez, Jr. – the first Hispanic appointed or elected to statewide office in Texas. These interviews were conducted as part of the Texas Legal Legends series in 2008-2009.
You can view these interviews, along with others from the Texas Legal Legends series, at this link.
The Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas celebrates Women’s History Month and recognizes our many members who have contributed greatly to the progress of women in the legal profession and the judiciary, and serve as role models for future generations of leaders.
Highlighting some of the wonderful members in our leadership and on our council:
Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence: Where We Were and Where We Are Now
Wednesday, March 30
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. CDT
1 hour MCLE credit
The landmark Vanessa Guillen Act changed the law for many sexual assault and domestic violence victims. Join our distinguished panel as they discuss these changes and learn why they are so important.
Panelist: Natalie Khawam
Natalie Khawam is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. She also holds an M.B.A. and an M.S. degree. Attorney Khawam founded the highly regarded Whistleblower Law Firm in Tampa, Florida and is also the founding partner of Khawam Ripka, LLP based in Washington, DC. Khawam Ripka focuses on active-duty military medical malpractice cases.
She is passionate about serving our military and veterans, fighting for justice, and seeking truth and accountability. Ms. Khawam practices federal law, with a focus on whistleblower laws, while she advocates military rights and protections. Natalie proudly spearheaded the passage of two bills in Congress for her clients: the SFC Richard Stayskal Military Medical Accountability Act and the I Am Vanessa Guillen Act. These acts provide new rights and protections that our military never had before.
Natalie doesn’t just change the law — she changes history!
Panelist: Jacquelyn “Jackie” Davis
Jacquelyn “Jackie” Davis is an attorney and group coordinator for the Domestic Violence and Family Law Team at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA). For the past 15 years, Jackie has dedicated her practice to working with survivors of violence in family law and immigration matters. The DV & Family Law Team covers 68 counties of Southwest Texas and is TRLA’s largest practice group. In addition to leading the team, Jackie manages attorneys and her own litigation caseload.
Jackie is a 2006 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, a proud third-generation Longhorn following in the footsteps of her grandfather from Del Rio, Texas, who was the first in his family to attend college. Jackie is drawn to the creative problem-solving and consensus building inherent in the practice of law, particularly as someone raised in a mixed-heritage household, and the only lawyer in a big family. Jackie serves as a law school mentor for aspiring public interest lawyers and on the weekends can be found cheering her kids on from the sidelines or rescuing dogs.
Moderator: Veronica I. Legarreta
Veronica I. Legarreta founded the Legarreta Law Firm, PLLC, bringing nearly two decades of litigation and negotiation experience to her current practice which is focused on criminal defense cases and family law matters. She has worked with clients at all phases of the litigation process and is an empathetic and fierce advocate committed to fighting for a just outcome no matter how challenging the circumstance.
Throughout her career, Veronica has repeatedly been recognized as one San Antonio’s Top Criminal Defense/DWI Attorneys (2016, 2017, 2018, and 2021) and was recently honored by SA Scene Magazine as one of the Best S.A. Female Lawyers in 2021. Veronica serves as a member of the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, as well as a member of the San Antonio Bar Association, and was invited to join the Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas as a council member. Veronica has also received the Latino American Who’s Who award twice and continues to actively participate as a public speaker on a variety of legal topics. As a sustaining member of the Junior League of San Antonio Veronica continues to promote volunteerism and support community outreach.
Veronica earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and served as an American diplomat stationed in Mexico City where she interned for the Department of Justice and for the NSA. She attended St. Mary’s University School of Law where she was inducted into the Order of the Barristers for her exceptional skills in trial advocacy.
The Hispanic Issues Section is co-sponsoring an exciting CLE program entitled An Overview of Texas Courts of Appeal, which will be presented by 10 chief justices. This CLE program is part of the State Bar of Texas virtual Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 17.
To sign up for the program, go to the State Bar’s website, and register for the Thursday of the virtual Annual Meeting. The registration fee for the day is $185, and you can watch up to 10 hours of the CLE programs that are presented.
Take a peek at the full course brochure to review the additional 45+ CLE programs you can watch throughout the day.
The presentations are only available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT on June 17, so mark your calendars now! This topic has been approved for two hours of CLE credit, including 0.5 hours of ethics.
An Overview of Texas Courts of Appeal
Hispanic Issues Section
Texas LatinX Judges
Women and the Law Section
LGBT Law Section, State Bar of Texas
National Association of Women Judges
Texas Women Lawyers
Mexican American Bar Association of San Antonio
Thursday, June 17
During the SBOT Virtual Annual Meeting
2 hours of MCLE credit, including 0.5 hours ethics
The Hispanic Issues Section is announcing the creation of a Hardship Committee to identify needs of and to assist section members facing difficult issues in their lives and practices, whether or not related to the pandemic or recent winter crisis.
The Hispanic Issues Section has proudly joined its colleagues in the African American Laywers Section, the Asian Pacific Interest Section, the LGBT Law Section, the Native American Bar Section, the Women in the Law Section, and the Texas Minority Counsel Program, in issuing a joint statement regarding recent comments by State Bar of Texas President Larry McDougal, and in support of the position taken by the African American Lawyers Section.
The Hispanic Issues Section has issued a statement (click here to view) regarding the death of George Floyd. We encourage our members and all of our colleagues across the country to take a stand for equality and justice.
The Hispanic Issues Section encourages all members to nominate attorneys to apply for the LeadershipSBOT program, a diversity initiative designed to recruit, train, and retain Texas lawyers for leadership positions in the legal community and the State Bar of Texas. See the nomination form (click here) or the notice letter (click here) for more details! The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, June 30.
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.
HIS was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Judge Timoteo (Tim) Gonzalez, an HIS Member, as well as a member of the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas and a former president of the Dallas Mexican American Bar Association.
A memorial mass for Judge Gonzalez will be held Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 6:30 pm at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 9643 Ferndale Road, Dallas, TX 75238.
The Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Latinx Judges, Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, and the Cameron County Bar Association are delighted to host a free CLE webinar titled Navigating the Federal Court Appointment Process.
This panel-based webinar is scheduled for noon – 1 p.m. CST on Wednesday, December 1, and it has been approved for one hour of MCLE credit.