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Benny Agosto Jr. speaks at the 15th Annual Harvard Latino Law, Policy, and Business Conference

Harvard Law School in conjunction with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Business School recently hosted the 15th Annual Harvard Latino Law, Policy and Business Conference. The annual conference gathers Latino leaders from the private, public and non-profit sectors to discuss important issues in the Latino community. Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) President Benny Agosto, Jr. was invited to be part of a panel discussing "Latinos in the Legal Profession."

The Hispanic National Bar Association Participates in Selma-Montgomery March and Takes Action For Civil Rights

Washington, D.C. - On March 7th, the HNBA joined other national partners in a rally and press conference to launch a bus trip to Selma, Alabama from where the groups participated in a historic recreation of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery, AL march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hispanic National Bar Association President Participates in White House Sessions with U.S. Secretary of the Interior and Vice-President

On January 18, 2012, Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) President Benny Agosto Jr. met with Senior White House and Agency Officials along with other Latino leaders from across the nation to discuss several policy areas affecting the Latino population. Agosto was also among a select group of Latino leaders to participate in an intimate question-and-answer session recently with Vice-President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

Ninth Circuit Decision Reinforces Rights of Undocumented Workers

The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a long-time advocate for the Latino community, has been a fixture in the Ninth Circuit for over a decade defending undocumented workers' legal rights. In March of this year, President and General Counsel of MALDEF, Thomas A. Saenz, argued before the 11-judge en banc panel on behalf of the plaintiffs, Comité de Jornaleros de Redondo Beach and the National Day Laborers Organization Network (NDLON), challenging the City of Redondo Beach's anti-solicitation ordinance. Guided by "well-established principles of First Amendment law", the Court found the ordinance failed to meet the elements of the Supreme Court's "time, place and manner test." The Ninth Circuit, in a 9-2 decision, stood firmly in support of the First Amendment rights of undocumented workers by finding the ordinance a "facially unconstitutional restriction on speech."

PRIORITIZATION OF IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT: AN EFFECTIVE USE OF FEDERAL RESOURCES

Immigration has become a hotbed of discussion amongst Americans and politicians alike. With more than 10 million undocumented workers in the United States, it's unrealistic to try and deport such a tremendous number. So, the President has focused his attention to developing an immigration solution that effectively meets the country's security and economic needs. To do so, the Administration has created a strategy to utilize government resources in a way that puts national security and public safety at the forefront-prioritizing immigration enforcement.

Abraham Watkins Partner Named to Prestigious List of "101 Most Influential Leaders in the Latino Community"

Last month, partner [email protected], Jr. was named one of 2011's "101 Most Influential Leaders in the Latino Community" by Latino Leaders Magazine. For over ten years, this national publication has featured influential Latino politicians, business owners and community leaders across the country, with the goal of demonstrating the influence of Latinos in the United States by showcasing non-mainstream Latino stories in the national media.

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  • 2016-2017 Equal Access to Justice Champion

    The Equal Access to Justice Champions Program was started by the Houston Bar Association in 2006, to help ensure placement of Houston Volunteer Lawyers cases with pro bono volunteers. Originally, firms were tiered according to size, and firms within each tier committed to accept a certain number of pro bono cases from HVL each year for five years.

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers America | Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz | 2017

    Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

  • Lead Counsel Rated

    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

  • Texas Super Lawyers | Texas Monthly

    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

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