The HNBA Legal Education Fund Announces New Board Members

Washington, D.C. –The HNBA Legal Education Fund (“The Fund”), the Hispanic National Bar Association’s (HNBA) only nonprofit foundation, announces three new members to its Board of Directors: Francisco R. Angones, Mark S. Gallegos, and The Honorable Catherine Torres-Stahl.

Francisco R. Angones specializes in trial practice, insurance defense, personal injury and wrongful death at Angones McClure & Garcia.  He is an active member of the legal community and has held office in several professional and civic organizations.  Mr. Angones has been a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, President of the Florida Bar, President of the Dade County Bar Association, and President of the Cuban-American Bar Association.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Century Bank, and the Metro-Dade Community Relations Board.  His humanitarianism has lead Mr. Angones to be recognized by the American Bar Association Diversity Commission as a Spirit of Excellence awardee in 2010, and by St. Thomas University, School of Law in 2008 for his outstanding service and commitment to professionalism in the legal community.

Mark S. Gallegos is a founding partner in the Miami law firm, Mitrani, Rynor & Gallegos, P.A., a firm that specializes in corporate and securities law, foreign investment, real estate, and corporate and public finance.  He has dedicated many years to community affairs, serving several local and national groups including the Mexican-American Council, American Jewish Committee, the Coalition of Hispanic American Women, Miami Mayor’s Economic Development Advisory Board, U.S. Senate Conference Task Force on Hispanic Affairs for the 101st Congress, and ASPIRA Youth Leadership Project.  Mr. Gallegos also served as chairperson for the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Equal Opportunity in the Profession where he displayed a strong commitment to diversity in education.  As chairperson he focused on promoting the admission, retention, graduation and job placement of minority law students.  Mr. Gallegos has been recognized for his excellence in the legal field through Who’s Who in American Law and Hispanic Business Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Minorities in the Legal Profession list.  A former President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, Mr. Gallegos lends his philanthropic experience to the HNBA’s educational mission as he joins The Fund.

The Honorable Catherine Torres-Stahl is a judge on the 144th District Court located in Bexar County, San Antonio, Texas, and has served in this capacity since 2006.  Before that, Judge Torres-Stahl served the people of San Antonio through the San Antonio Municipal Court where she implemented the City of San Antonio’s Teen Court, a specially designed judicial position that dealt with juvenile offenders.  Judge Torres-Stahl was also an Assistant District Attorney for Bexar County where she prosecuted criminal cases.  Prior to her service on the bench, she worked in private practice.  Among her many accomplishments, she has been recognized by St. Mary’s Center for Legal and Social Justice with the Amicus Award, Fox Tech High School’s Distinguished Alumni Award and Texas Teen Court Association’s Hall of Fame Award. Torres-Stahl has served as president of San Antonio’s Mexican American Bar Association, and Co-Chair of the Judicial Council of the Hispanic National Bar Association for several years and helped the HNBA ensure full involvement by members of the judiciary.  In 2010, Judge Torres-Stahl was selected as the HNBA’s Latina Judge of the Year Award in recognition of her many contributions to her community, including Hispanic youth.

“The HNBA Legal Education Fund is pleased to welcome Francisco Angones, Mark Gallegos, and Judge Catherine Torres-Stahl to its Board of Directors,” says Román D. Hernández, HNBA National President.  “Each of them is well-known within the legal community because of their distinguished professional and personal achievements. We are glad to have such accomplished and dedicated individuals as Board members.  Each brings with them a unique set of skills and experiences to support the HNBA’s charitable and educational activities and programs through service on the Fund’s Board.”  The Fund’s initial Board of Directors, previously comprised of Román D. Hernández, Omar A. Vargas, Benny Agosto, Jr., Patricia A. Madrid, Hon. Lorenzo Arredondo, Josefina Fernandez McEvoy, and Hon. Alberto Gonzales continues to grow in size and national prominence, all of which will allow it to successfully accomplish its mission to support the HNBA’s charitable and educational activities and programs.

About The HNBA Legal Education Fund:
The HNBA Legal Education Fund (the “Fund”), incorporated in April 2010, is a not-for-profit, charitable and educational organization dedicated to promoting and facilitating educational programs, exposing underrepresented students and professionals to the benefits and opportunities in the legal profession by providing scholarship and financial support to individuals from underrepresented communities to pursue legal careers, and supporting the charitable and education mission of the Hispanic National Bar Association. The Fund is based in Washington, DC, and is the only foundation affiliated with the Hispanic National Bar Association. For information about The Fund, please visit its website: www.hnbafund.com.