The Hispanic National Bar Association Legal Education Fund is hosting the 2015 Legal Education Action Program (LEAP) this week at Rice University in Houston.

LEAP introduces Hispanic high school students to the legal system by enrolling and providing scholarships to selected students from diverse backgrounds across the United States.

The program also provides students the opportunity to meet with national and international business leaders, lawyers in private practice, government lawyers, government agency officials, state and federal judges, and law professors. Throughout the program, participants learn of the many different careers they can pursue with a law or graduate degree by interacting with leaders who resemble their diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.


HNBA Legal Education Fund President Benny Agosto Jr. of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, and Friend will host a panel discussion Wednesday on the practice of law in a small firm. The program’s goal is to equip and inspire students to become leaders, he said. “The LEAP program guides students to understand that there are key players that have the capacity to serve as leaders trained in law in our nation’s governance, judicial, and legal systems,” Agosto said.

The HNBA is a nonprofit association of professionals in the legal profession, representing the interests of more than 100,000 Hispanic-American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit

Pictured: HNBA Legal Education Fund President Benny Agosto Jr. speaks Sunday at the Legal Education Action Program in Houston. (Photo courtesy of Benny Agosto Jr.)