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HBAA Remembers Beginnings, Looks to the Future

Posted on September 24, 2020 by Laura de la Garza

HBAA's September general membership meeting featured a panel of the organization's founding members, moderated by Judge Maya Guerra Gamble. Panelists Jim Coronado, Tom Esparza, Xavier Medina, David Mendez, and Richard Pena shared their goals and struggles in starting the organization as well as their thoughts on the role we should have in the community and the future of the organization. The panel was informative and inspiring! You can view the recording here (passcode: ^s+yq.B2). Highlights include:

  • We must adopt an all-for-one attitude and use our leadership roles to open doors to bring others in. We need to participate to break the closed loop and open the circle up for others. The legal community in Texas should reflect the diversity of our population. 
  • We all owe it to our community to participate in any way we can--we can coach, teach, fundraise, or serve on a board of directors, for example. We need to be more involved in mentoring students, from law school down to grade school. 
  • The diversity report card has had a significant impact in encouraging law firms to hire and recruit minority attorneys; we must continue this work. 
  • We must collaborate with each other to make substantial, lasting change. We have a responsibility to make a difference not just in the local Hispanic community but in the legal profession generally. 
  • Get involved with the Austin Bar's new Equity Committee
  • Let's each invite one new person to join HBAA