Firm Partner Benny Agosto, Jr. was recently honored by the Anti-Defamation League at the second annual Houston in Concert Against Hate: A Theatre Tribute to American Civil Rights. Mr. Agosto was one of just six Houstonians awarded the ADL Civil Rights Medal for his work in advancing the cause of civil rights.
The award ceremony and concert commemorated the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The evening of inspirational theatre honored the progress of American civil rights over the past 50 years. The performance included personal stories of the award recipients interwoven with theatre vignettes performed by nine of Houston’s premier theatre companies. The master of ceremonies for the evening was Emmy and Academy Award Winner Louis Gossett, Jr.
Mr. Agosto was selected as a recipient of this award for his role in promoting education in the Hispanic community, fighting bigotry, and encouraging diversity in the legal profession. He is active in many local and national groups that support the Hispanic legal community. His is especially involved with organizations that give opportunities to students pursuing law degrees and was president of both the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas. He founded the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas (MABATx) Foundation, an important source of scholarships for Hispanic law students. He is a co-founder and current president of the HNBA’s Legal Education Fund, another organization dedicated to securing funding for Hispanic law students. Mr. Agosto was named Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year by the Texas Minority Counsel in 2014.
Benny Agosto, Jr. is a partner at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner in Houston, Texas. For over 65 years, Abraham Watkins has successfully represented injured people and families who fall victim to catastrophes. Our attorneys have the knowledge, experience and resources necessary to obtain just compensation their clients. For more information, please contact the office of Benny Agosto, Jr. at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, by letter at 800 Commerce Street, Houston, Texas 77002, or by phone at 713-396-3964.