2022 Noche de Luz Recap & Photo Gallery
On Saturday, October 22, 2022 the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association hosted their annual gala fundraiser, Noche de Luz, at the Dallas Museum of Art. The Noche de Luz Gala brings together their members, sponsors, and community leaders for a dinner and awards presentation that celebrates the Noche de Luz Awards. The Noche de Luz Awards honor individuals who are lighting the path to the legal profession for Latinas and Latinos in the Dallas community. This year DHBA also recognized the 2022 “Women of Distinction”, as a part of an exciting 2022 partnership between DHBA and LATINA Style, Inc. This recognition highlights 10 Latinas lawyers in Dallas who have distinguished themselves within DHBA, their respective practice areas, and the community.
View the full Photo Gallery of the Event.
The 2022 Noche de Luz Award Recipients (L-R)
Thomas J. Wronski, Director of Legal Talent Solutions at EBG Advisors (Law Firm Excellence Award-Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.), Maria Alonso, International Trade Attorney, Tokyo Electron US (Volunteer of the Year Award), Berenice Medellín Pruettiangkura, Associate Attorney at Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith (Estrella Award), Regina Montoya, CEO, Regina T. Montoya, PLLC (La Luz Achievement Award), and Juan Suarez, Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Southwest Airlines (Corporate Counsel Diversity Award).
Regina Montoya, CEO and Chairperson of Regina T. Montoya, PLLC received the distinguished La Luz Achievement Award. This award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Dallas legal community and has been a trailblazer in helping light the way for success of the Hispanic community through her legal-related contributions.
Montoya is a Harvard-trained attorney who has been nationally recognized as one of the top lawyers in the country, and she is a former award-winning television commentator. Recently, she was appointed by President Biden to the President’s Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics.
Robert Bard, CEO of LATINA Style, Inc. presented the 10 recipients of this year's special recognition, DHBA Women of Distinction. As part of an exciting 2022 partnership between DHBA and LATINA Style, Inc., this recognition highlights Latinas lawyers in Dallas who have distinguished themselves within DHBA, their respective practice areas, and the community.
The 2022 DHBA Women of Distinction with DHBA President Elsa Manzanares and LATINA Style CEO, Robert Bard.
Front Row: Maria Aceves, Judge-Elect of the 192nd Civil District Court in Dallas County, Isabela Amie Garcia, Founding Attorney and CEO, Garcia-Windsor, P. C. Family Law, Judge Paula M. Rosales, Dallas County Court-at-Law No. 4, Rocío Cristina García Espinoza, Senior Counsel Real Estate, Rosewood Property Company, Ashley Aten, Shareholder, Real Estate, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Carolina Rivera, Supervising Attorney, Immigration Legal Services, Catholic Charities of Dallas, and LATINA Style CEO, Robert Bard.
Back Row: DHBA President Elsa Manzanares, Justice Robbie Partida-Kipness, Fifth District Court of Appeals – Dallas, Justice Dennise Garcia, Fifth District Court of Appeals – Dallas, Angela Lopez, Shareholder, Cowles & Thompson, P.C., Dania Duncan Moreno, Partner, Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP.
The 2022 Board Officers & Directors of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (R-L)
Front Row: President Elsa Manzanares, Partner at Stinson LLP, Treasurer Berenice Medellin Pruettiangkura, Associate at Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, Secretary Maria Alonso, Attorney at Tokyo Electron U.S. Holdings, Inc., President-Elect Carla Green, Associate at Haynes and Boone, Director Fabiola Segovia, Managing Partner at Accidentado, and Director Tyrone Valdivia, Managing Counsel at Toyota North America.
Back Row: Immediate Past President Javier Perez, Attorney at Perez Law and Vice President Edward J. Loya, Jr., Partner at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. (Not pictured Director Jake Torres, Associate at Vinson & Elkins LLP).