• Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:01 PM | Matthew Phillips

    The North Texas Immigration and Education Table is hosting a DACA-renewal event this Saturday (09/23) from 9am to 2pm at the University of Texas at Arlington at the Maverick Activities Center, Lone Star Auditorium (2nd floor). They are in need of volunteers and lawyer volunteers. For more information please visit their Facebook page.

    If you are interested in volunteering, lawyers can sign up a and volunteers can sign up at

  • Friday, September 08, 2017 5:06 PM | Matthew Phillips

    The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association is partnering with the North Texas Dream Team (“NTDT”) to help DACA recipients impacted by the recent decision to end the program.  DACA recipients whose permits expire before March 5, 2018 must submit their renewal applications by October 5, 2017.  The cost of each renewal application is $495.
    NTDT will host a Mega DACA workshop at Mountain View College on Saturday, September 16 from 9 AM – 1 PM. Volunteer attorneys will provide pro bono legal services to DACA recipients completing renewal applications.
    There are two ways we can help – volunteer and/or make a monetary donation.
    NTDT is seeking both attorney volunteers and non-attorney volunteers to assist the day of the DACA workshop. Two trainings will be provided for individuals seeking to volunteer. The first training is scheduled for Saturday, September 9 from 9:30 AM – 12 PM at Mountain View College, 4849 W. Illinois, Dallas, TX 75211. The second training is Monday, September 11 from 7 PM – 9 PM at Equal Justice Center, 1250 W. Mockingbird Ln., Ste. 455, Dallas, TX 75247. Please note, there will be one training session for attorneys with no prior immigration experience on September 16, at 8:30 am at Mountain View College. Please register via the attorney link below.   
    For immigration attorneys, there are three shifts between 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM.  Please register at:
    For all other volunteers, there are three shifts between 8 AM – 3 PM.  Please register at:
    NTDT is accepting monetary donations that will be used to pay the renewal application fees for those in need of financial assistance.  To make a donation, please visit the DEFEND DACA site:

    We suggest adding in the message “DACA Application.”
    NTDT asks that all donations be made by Friday, September 15 to ensure funds are available for the Mega DACA workshop on Saturday, September 16.

    We thank you in advance for any help you can provide.  Please keep an eye on our social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) for more information on how you can be engaged before and after the October 5th deadline. Finally, if you know a DACA recipient who needs to submit a renewal application, please share the following link to register for the workshop on September 16: 
    Your friends,

  • Tuesday, September 05, 2017 3:00 PM | Matthew Phillips



    September 5, 2017

    Contact: Isaac Faz

    Dallas, TX – Today President Trump ordered the elimination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) and called on Congress to replace the policy with legislation before it expires on March 5, 2018. These are steps in the wrong direction.

    The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (“DHBA”) stands in support of DACA, a policy that has given recipients, who were brought by their parents at a very young age to our great country, work permits, opportunities to seek higher education, and a shield from deportation.

    “DACA has provided a sense of security, allowing students to continue their education that in turn provides them the opportunity to obtain a good job,” stated DHBA President Angelina LaPenotiere. “DACA recipients pay taxes, contribute significant revenue to our local and state economy, all while being ineligible for legal permanent resident status or federal benefits.”

    “The overwhelming number of DACA recipients in Dallas and across the state call Texas home,” stated DHBA President Elect Isaac Faz. “This is the only place they know, the only national anthem they sing, and the only pledge they take.”

    The fate of approximately 800,000 “Dreamers” deserves more than a temporary hiatus during uncertain Congressional deliberations. We, along with businesses across the country, support DACA and will continue to monitor changes to the program.

    DHBA asks Congress to act quickly with compassion and clarity, and asks our President to reconsider his decision. Additionally, the DHBA asks the State of Texas Attorney General to cease any legal proceedings against the United States regarding DACA.


    The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (DHBA) is the leading Hispanic attorney association in North Texas committed to providing a forum through which Hispanic attorneys can come together to exchange ideas and to pursue common goals. DHBA promotes the social, economic, educational, and civic advancement of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area Hispanic community by making the legal system more accessible to the Hispanic community and more responsive to its needs.

  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 2:49 PM | Matthew Phillips

    You may now purchase tickets and sponsorships for the Annual Event online through the event page.

  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 5:25 PM | Matthew Phillips

    The DHBA has joined the Dallas Bar Association and our Sister Bar Associations condemning the hatred acts in Charlottesville. Our statement can be found here.

  • Monday, August 14, 2017 11:26 AM | Matthew Phillips

    Do you know a corporate counsel who has advanced diversity within the legal profession? Nominate him or her for the DHBA’s Corporate Counsel Diversity Award! The Award honors the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations in improving diversity within the legal profession, and will be presented at the DHBA’s Annual Event – Noche de Luz, on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Nominations should include the name of the individual or organization and a description of his/her/its efforts and accomplishments in improving diversity within the legal profession, as well as additional relevant information as set forth in the Call for Nominations (PDF).

    Nominations will be accepted through September 5, 2017, and should be sent to Please include “Corporate Counsel Award” in the email subject line.

  • Monday, August 14, 2017 11:21 AM | Matthew Phillips
    Sponsorship information for the Annual Event is now available.

    Sponsorship Levels (PDF)

    Sponsorship Confirmation Form (PDF)
    Sponsorship Confirmation Form (DOCX)

  • Thursday, July 27, 2017 10:20 AM | Matthew Phillips

    Join the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association for its annual event, Noche de Luz, on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

  • Thursday, February 02, 2017 8:14 AM | Matthew Phillips

    JL Turner Legal Association, DFW Muslim Bar Association (DFW-MBA), Dallas Asian American Bar Association (DAABA) and Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (DHBA), And South Asian Bar Association (SABA) Joint Press Release


    Several Dallas Area Bar Associations Express Deep Concern Regarding President Trump’s Executive Order Severely Restricting Entry From Seven Muslim Majority Nations

    (DALLAS TX, 2/2/17) Several Dallas lawyers’ groups joined together to express serious concern regarding President Trump’s recent executive order, issued on the premise of protecting Americans from terrorist attacks on American soil. The order severely restricts entry from seven Muslim majority countries, bars Syrian refugees indefinitely, and suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days.

    To date, four United States District Courts have issued stays of the executive order. The first, issued by US District Judge Ann Donnelly, prevented the removal from the United States of those with approved refugee applications, valid visas, and “other individuals... legally authorized to enter the United States.”

    JL Turner Legal Association President Tramaine Tinner: “We believe Judge Donnelly was absolutely correct in ruling that there was a risk of “substantial and irreparable injury” to the individuals affected, particularly to those who would have been returned to nations where their lives were endangered. We have seen from hundreds of thousands of protesters across the nation, and in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, that Americans are concerned about the impact such an executive order may have on our security and our country’s noble ideals.”

    Hundreds of travelers, including some U.S. citizens, who were detained in airports throughout the United States are being released following the federal rulings and under pressure by civil rights groups.

    At least nine individuals were detained at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.  Accurate numbers are not available, as government officials have declined to identify the names of the individuals being detained. Among those released was a mother from Sudan who is a legal permanent resident, who was separated from her 11-month-old U.S. born baby. According to news reports, her child, who is still breastfeeding, was denied access to her mother for hours while attorneys worked diligently to prevent her from being deported.

    We are thankful and proud of our lawyers who volunteered their services here at DFW Airport this past week” said Asad Rahman, Vice President of the DFW Muslim Bar Association. “They have played a part in helping reunite those family members being detained by immigration officials – and we were proud to join thousands of ordinary Texans who refused to leave until every one of them were released.”

    While the stories of these detained people vary, the Boards of the four Dallas-area bar associations are committed to the rule of law and the fair and equitable treatment of all individuals regardless of race, national origin, creed or religion. Actions that discriminatorily impact and target certain members of our community should be treated with suspicion and carefully scrutinized to ensure they comport with the law. Our bar associations remain united in ensuring these ideals.


    CONTACT: For further information please contact Asad Rahman at 214-384-6410 or email him at

  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017 3:33 PM | Matthew Phillips

    The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association was mentioned in yesterday's Dallas Morning News editorial thanking members of the community for their participation at DFW International Airport over the weekend.

    Thank you to all the volunteers and attorneys who coordinated and gave their time to assist those in need of legal representation.

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