Program focuses on civility in law, legislative issues










Members of the Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas met Feb. 24 in Austin for a day of CLE.

In addition to talks on wills and estates, the current business landscape, and civility in the practice of law, attendees heard legislative updates and perspectives from state leaders.

Texas Sen. José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, and Reps. Roberto Alonzo, D-Dallas, R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-Mission, Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, Armando “Mando” Martinez, D-Weslaco, Alfonso “Poncho” Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, and Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, all spoke as part of the MABA-TX Legislative Day program.

Pictured: Texas Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, speaks as part of the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Legislative Day in Austin.



Scholarship luncheon to benefit Hispanic law students

The Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Houston for its annual scholarship luncheon, which provides financial support to six law students who best exemplify leadership, commitment, justice, and equality. Each Houston-based law school selects two scholarship recipients.

“It is important that we encourage a new generation of lawyers to not only be great lawyers but to also give back to the legal community,” said attorney Benny Agosto Jr., founder of the MABATx Foundation and partner in Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend in Houston.

Now in its ninth year, the luncheon will honor community pioneers who demonstrate the ideals of the foundation, including Michael and David Cordúa of Cordúa Restaurants (Outstanding Service as Entrepreneurs); Daniel Velasco, marketing manager of the Houston Texans (Outstanding Service in the Media); Harris County Sheriff Deputies (Outstanding Service as Public Servants); and Judge Elsa Alcala of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (Outstanding Service to the State of Texas).

Judge Denise Collins of the 208th Criminal Court will deliver a keynote address.

Established in 2006, the MABTx Foundation is a nonprofit organization that encourages justice and leadership within the Hispanic community. Since its beginning, the foundation has hosted the annual scholarship luncheon as its principal fundraising effort for the year. To date, the group has raised over $150,000 to benefit law students and further the organization’s purpose.

For more information on the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation, contact Benny Agosto Jr. at, (713) 222-7211, or by letter at 800 Commerce St., Houston 77002.