HNBA Mourns the Loss of Adelfa Botello Callejo

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January 29, 2014


Washington, D.C. – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) mourns the loss of Dallas civil rights leader and respected attorney Adelfa Botello Callejo. For more than 30 years, Callejo was a civic leader and one of the most-respected Hispanic activists in the country.
“We express our sincerest condolences to the family of Adelfa Callejo, an incredible woman who had an immense impact on the civil rights community in the Dallas area and across the nation.”  said HNBA National President Miguel Alexander Pozo, Esq. ”For more than 30 years, Ms. Callejo inspired generations of Hispanic attorneys with her tireless energy and relentless efforts tackling issues of immigration reform, access to the legal process, and equality for the Latino community.” said Mr. Pozo. 
Ms. Callejo earned her law degree after taking night courses, and she became the first Hispanic female to graduate from Southern Methodist University Law School. Finding it difficult to find work after her graduation, she opened her own firm along with her husband, Bill Callejo. She began her career as an advocate for the disadvantaged, as an advocate for education equality, housing fairness, immigration, voting rights, and other social justice issues. In 2010, the State Bar of Texas named her a “Texas Legal Legend” as a testament to her many contributions to the legal community and the State of Texas.
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About the Hispanic National Bar Association
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed. The HNBA has also effectively advocated on issues of importance to the national Hispanic community. While we are proud of our accomplishments, we are mindful that our mission is as vital today as it was four decades ago, especially as the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow. For more information, please visit