For the past 25 years, the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas (MABATx) has provided 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. Five years ago, during my term as President of MABATx, I created the MABATx Foundation in an effort to present an opportunity to provide scholarships to deserving law students.
On August 18, 2010, the MABATX Foundation celebrated its Fifth Annual Scholarship Luncheon benefiting Hispanic law student scholarships. The Scholarship Luncheon has been the primary source of fundraising activity for the Foundation. Thus far, the Foundation has raised over $100,000.00 for the benefit of scholarship for many outstanding law students. I believe that as dedicated and hard working attorneys, we can do more to give back to law students in our community.
Over the past two years, the MABATx Foundation has maintained a continued presence at the MABATx Law Student & Leadership Conference. The Conference is held in different Texas cities every year. This past year, I chaired the committee responsible for hosting the Conference, which was held at South Texas College of Law Houston in downtown Houston. At this year’s Conference, the Foundation gave six scholarships to exceptional law students in attendance. The hardest part of awarding scholarships is deciding between the recipients, each applicant was uniquely impressive. Therefore, I decided that we need to raise more money for these talented law students.
Therefore, the MABATx Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of its Fellows Program. As the Founder of MABATx Foundation I decided that it was the perfect time to create a Fellows Program as the Foundation has now proven itself to be a viable force to offer support to the community and has accelerating demands. I encourage all to become a Fellow of MABATx Foundation. The MABATx Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization which allows all the money raised to go directly to the law students who appreciate all of the help. For more information on how to become a Fellow of the MABATx Foundation, please contact my office with any questions.