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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS FOUNDATION

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For 25 years, The Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas (MABATx) has had the mission to provide a forum and a means for lawyers to promote the social, economic, and educational advancement of the people of Texas. In addition, MABATx has strived to serve the Mexican-American populous and all Hispanics, by providing services, assistance, and advice on matters of legal concern to the community; all the while encouraging respect, fairness, justice and equality.

The Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation was established in 2006 by [email protected], Jr., partner of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend in Houston, Texas. Mr. Agosto, a former President of the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas, seized the opportunity to establish a foundation to benefit Hispanic law students by awarding scholarships to the Houston-based law schools. From the beginning, MABATx Foundation has hosted an Annual Luncheon as its principal fundraising effort for the year. Thus far, the MABATx Foundation has raised over $100,000.00 to benefit law students and further the organization's purpose. The Luncheon is an event that is a great experience for all.

The Annual Luncheon honors those individuals in the community that best exemplify the MABATx Foundation's goals of promoting justice, fairness and equality within the Hispanic community and beyond. Past award winners include: Justice Eva Guzman, Honorable Jennifer Elrod, City Attorney Arturo Michel, Sherriff Adrian Garcia, Constable Jack Abercia, Constable Victor Trevino, Mike Barajas, Bill Balleza, Hilton Koch, Chief Eddie Corral, and Houston Astros great Jose Cruz--just to name a few. We appreciate the dedication to the community of all of our award winners and look forward to recognizing more individuals in the future.

In addition to the Annual Luncheon, for the past two years, the MABATx Foundation has played an integral role in the MABATx Law Student & Leadership Conference. The Conference is an opportunity for law students from all over the great State of Texas to learn practical application as well as legal theory from talented legal minds. Additionally, it is an opportunity for attorneys to offer advice and support to law students, while reminiscing about their law school days. Guest speakers include nationally recognized and accomplished attorneys, as well as, District, Appellate, and Supreme Court Justices of the State of Texas. The MABATx Foundation awards scholarships to law students that are in attendance. The Conference is a great opportunity for law students to get a taste of the real world while still in the beginning stages of their legal careers. Additionally, it is a great opportunity for participating attorneys to receive CLE credit.

For more information on the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation, please contact the office of [email protected], Jr. at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, by letter 800 Commerce Street, Houston, Texas 77002, by phone (713) 505-0100, or by email [email protected] The Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation is always interested in new perspectives and ideas.


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