• Tuesday, May 07, 2019 8:08 PM | Matthew Phillips
    The Dallas County Criminal District Attorney has issued a notice regarding fingerprint misidentification by a now-deceased Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy.
  • Thursday, May 02, 2019 4:45 PM | Matthew Phillips

    Saturday plans? Go vote.

    Friendly reminder. Saturday, May 4th is Election Day. There are critical races including the elections for the new Mayor of Dallas, Dallas City Council, DISD school board, and the DCCCD bond election.

    On Saturday, the last day to vote, you must vote at your precinct. Did you know early vote turnout in Dallas County was just under 6%? Your vote counts. Be heard. Vote.

    Forgot where your precinct is located? Visit Dallas County’s Voter Lookup.  

    Do not know who is on your ballot? After you submit your information on the voter lookup you should be able to see your precinct location and a sample ballot.

    Have a question about your voter registration? Call Dallas County’s voter registration office at (214) 819-6389.

    Need more information about locations, early voting data, or want to follow results? Visit

    Here are other helpful links:

  • Thursday, April 04, 2019 9:43 PM | Matthew Phillips

    As many of our members may have heard, on April 3, 2019, Immigration & Customs Enforcement conducted a raid of a telecommunications repair company in Allen Texas. Close to 300 immigrants were arrested by ICE while working at the company. Some have been processed and released, while others are still being held.

    On Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 1-5 pm, Catholic Charities will be hosting a workshop to assist the immigrant families impacted by the raid.  The workshop will be held from 1 pm-5 pm at:
    Chase Oaks Family Center
    1896 K Avenue, Suite 200
    Plano, TX 75074

    A Know Your Rights Presentation will be held from 1 pm-2 pm.  A Family Preparedness workshop will be held from 2 pm-5 pm, and individual immigration screenings to offer brief legal advice will also be held from 2 pm-5 pm.

    Attorneys are needed to staff all three components of the workshop.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up using this link.  Please contact Nubia Torres at and Patricia Freshwater at with any questions.

  • Friday, February 08, 2019 2:00 PM | Matthew Phillips


    We are excited to partner with the Dallas Bar Association to sponsor a very special CLE trip to Mexico City! Several folks have expressed interest and we want to make sure everyone knows that YOU MUST REGISTER BY MARCH 1, 2019.

    Take a minute to look at the itinerary – this trip is put together especially for us and we want as many of our members to go as possible. In addition to the history, food, and sightseeing, there is a special service opportunity to aid individuals at a local refugee lodging program.

    We hope to see you there!

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 11:16 AM | Matthew Phillips

    Dear Friends and Colleagues,

    I am both inspired and humbled to begin our year as the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association President.  This year we celebrate DHBA's 50th Anniversary.  I am very mindful of the legacy of this organization and all the great work done by those who have served in the past.  I want to thank all of you who have supported our work in various capacities and invite you to become even more engaged as we embark on a genuinely ambitious set of priorities this year.  

    Our new Board of Directors is made up of exceptionally talented advocates with a demonstrated commitment to public service.  I can assure you that we will be doing all we can to make an impact in our profession and community.  We would like to welcome:

    • President Javier Perez
    • President-Elect Isaac Faz
    • Vice-President Elsa Manzanares
    • Treasurer Claudia M. Guerrero-Nava
    • Secretary Tricia Freshwater
    • Director Hon. Jaime Resendez 
    • Director Carla Green
    • Director Joe Carreon

    I invite you to join us at our upcoming events and to get involved with one of our fantastic committees.  I look forward to working with each of you this year as we continue the important work before us.


    Javier Perez
    DHBA President

  • Monday, December 31, 2018 1:28 PM | Matthew Phillips


    First let me thank you for your support. During the past 12 months, the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association continued to grow and continued to make an impact in our community through programs, volunteering, and raising dollars for scholarships. We could not have done this without you and our 2018 board – DHBA Officers Javier Perez, Larry Banda, Jes Alexander, Nicole Munoz and DHBA Directors Trisha Freshwater, Elsa Manzanares, Matt Phillips and Angelina LaPenotiere.

    Thank you for volunteering at several events from the Karnes Pro Bono Project to the Noche de Luz. What else have we been doing? Look here to see a few fliers from our 2018 events. Want to help us make a bigger impact in 2019? Renew your DHBA membership and ask a friend to join. DHBA is an inclusive organization, thus if you want to make an impact all you need to do is sign up. If you join via the Dallas Bar Association, you can join the DBA and DHBA for one price and double the benefits. You can also visit our site at

    It has been a pleasure to serve as the DHBA 2018 President. I wish you all a prosperous and healthy 2019.

    Juntos Podemos,

    Isaac Faz

  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018 4:09 PM | Matthew Phillips

    This fall, the DHBA recruited volunteers to provide free legal services for immigrants detained in the Karnes immigration detention center near San Antonio. The following is a firsthand report from immigration attorney Amy Hsu on her experience volunteering last week.

    At the beginning of December I spent a week volunteering at the Karnes County Residential Center through RAICES, where ICE is holding hundreds of fathers and their minor sons fleeing from Central America. Our volunteer group included myself, Gerardo Villegas (another attorney from Dallas), two attorneys from New York, a paralegal from Colorado, a social worker from New York, and a child therapist from Boston.

    We spoke to the fathers, and sometimes the sons, to prepare them for their credible fear interviews, the first hurdle in the process to apply for asylum. Most of them had never been in contact in with an attorney before and only had a very limited understanding of the asylum process. They would have been completely unprepared for their interviews if we hadn't been there. Sometimes we would help RAICES with intake interviews as well. The day started around 9 am and didn't end until visitor hours ended at 8 pm. It was a very intense but very rewarding experience. Everyone that I spoke with was very grateful for the advice and assistance.

    At the end of the week all the volunteers agreed that we would do it all again. One of the other volunteers is already looking to volunteer again. The RAICES staff is incredibly dedicated to providing access to legal services for as many people as possible, and it was a privilege to work with them. DHBA was kind enough to provide a stipend to cover travel and lodging expenses.

  • Thursday, November 08, 2018 2:44 PM | Matthew Phillips

    Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision requiring the Trump administration to continue accepting renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The government is likely to appeal to the Supreme Court.

    News coverage of the decision:

  • Friday, October 19, 2018 9:12 PM | Matthew Phillips

    In his remarks at Noche de Luz last month, Judge Clay Jenkins mentioned the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed “public charge” rule. This rule would penalize the permanent residency and visa applications of immigrants who receive an expanded range of public benefits, including Medicaid, food stamps, and Section 8 housing.

    The DHS has now published the public charge rule in the Federal Register. Through December 10, the public can comment on the proposed rule online. The only personal information required is a first and last name, and submitting comments on behalf of a third party is permissible.

    The Washington Post has further coverage of the public charge rule. The Center for Public Policy Priorities has published a fact sheet explaining its opposition to the rule.

  • Friday, October 19, 2018 8:41 PM | Matthew Phillips


    DHBA is seeking 3-5 bilingual volunteer attorneys to volunteer at the Karnes immigration detention center the week of December 3rd-7th (with the option to stay and continue volunteering Saturday the 8th).

    The Karnes Pro Bono Project provides free legal services to immigrants detained in the Karnes Detention Center - most are families fleeing violence in Central America. The detained parents and children are forced to pass a credible fear interview before they can be released from detention to pursue asylum. The failure to pass the interview can lead to deportation, which means a return to danger and even death.

    At this time, the Karnes Pro Bono Project is serving fathers and their sons. These families are often traumatized and untrusting, and volunteers must be able to quickly build positive bonds. The legal environment is fast-paced and needs are always changing, but volunteers will likely assist with legal research, holding intake meetings with clients, preparing clients for credible fear interviews, providing legal advice to families regarding release from the detention center, drafting declarations for asylum cases, representing clients during their credible fear interviews (telephonically or in person), and possibly representing families in hearings before the Immigration Court.

    The detention center is staffed Monday through Saturday from 10am-8pm. RAICES will hold an orientation phone call for both legal training and a discussion of the logistics of volunteering on November 28th from 3pm-6pm.  RAICES does provide support on the ground, but the volume of clients if very high and volunteers should be prepared to be flexible, patient, and work as independently as possible.

    Volunteers are typically responsible for their own travel and hotel expenses. RAICES recommends that volunteers stay near their San Antonio office. However, DHBA may be able to financially assist attorneys who would not otherwise be able to volunteer with some of the expenses. 

    Please contact Patricia Freshwater if you are interested in this volunteer opportunity at freshwater@dfwvisa.comDHBA must finalize the volunteer list prior to November 16, 2018.

    For more information on the Karnes Pro Bono Project, please see here.

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