Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Announces New President and Board of Directors

September 24, 2012
Contact:  Renee Castillo-De La Cruz
renee.c.delacruz@gmail or 512/470-1124



(AUSTIN, TEXAS) – The Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas (MABA-TX) is pleased to announce the election of the organization’s new president and board of directors. The Honorable Celeste I. Villarreal, Associate Judge for the City of Austin, assumes the helm as President effective September, 2012. Incoming officers of the organization are Danny Razo; President-Elect, Angelica Hernandez, Treasurer; Paul Torres, Secretary; Manuel Diaz, Vice President of Membership; Kristalee Guerra, Vice President of Programs; Renee Castillo-De La Cruz, Vice President of Public Affairs; Joshua Avelar, Law Student Representative; and Steven Aleman, Immediate Past President. The MABA-TX board also includes as advisory board members organization founders and past presidents Martin Garza and Benny Agosto, as well as former president Maricela Moore.

As in years past, MABA-TX will host a Legislative Day, Law Student Conference, a CLE program in the Rio Grande Valley, and award scholarship funds to deserving law students. Additional programs are in development to address the pressing legal issues of the day that affect the Hispanic community.

The purpose of MABA-TX is to provide a forum and a means for lawyers to promote the social, economic and educational advancement of the people of Texas; to improve the opportunities for and promote recognition to the capabilities of Hispanic attorneys; to encourage its members to participate in pro-bono legal services; to speak on behalf of the Hispanic community on legal issues affecting the community; to promote a better understanding of the legal profession to the Hispanic community and the public; to serve the Mexican American populace as a professional association by providing services, assistance and advice on matters of legal concern to the community; to encourage respect for the judicial system in the pursuit of fairness, justice and equality; to work through legislation, advocacy and education to accomplish these goals; to provide a means to promote the professional development of its members; and to preserve high standards of integrity, honor and professional courtesy among Mexican American lawyers.