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

    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 (Administrator)
    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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.

  • Monday, January 30, 2017 11:54 AM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)


    As a result of the implementation of the January 27, 2017 Executive Order titled “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States” (the “Executive Order”), an unknown number of individuals returning from or otherwise entering the United States from majority-Muslim nations have been detained at major U.S. airports, including the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The number and circumstances of individuals affected has been difficult to establish, as reports indicate that the Executive Order has been implemented in a manner that permits individuals to be detained without an opportunity to confer with legal counsel. It has been reported, however, that many of these individuals have green cards or otherwise lawful bases to enter or return to the United States. Refugees seeking asylum in the United States are likewise prevented from entering and risk being sent back to the dire circumstances from which they are seeking to escape.

    The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (DHBA) finds this Executive Order to cause serious legal and humanitarian concerns, not the least of which is the improper detainment, exclusion, and potential deportation—without due process—of individuals who are singled out on the basis of their national origin and faith. As members of a group that actively seeks to counter the effects of discrimination, stereotyping, and disenfranchisement, it is imperative that we unite against such acts when directed at anyone.

    Accordingly, the DHBA opposes the Executive Order. In the midst of the drafting of this Statement, federal judges have entered orders staying the removal of individuals affected by the Executive Order and allowing some access to legal counsel, among other things, although the ultimate disposition of these matters is still left unresolved.

    The DHBA is committed to promoting a legal system that upholds justice and is accessible to individuals affected by potentially discriminatory actions. The DHBA has joined the efforts of those in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex seeking to provide legal counsel to those affected by this Executive Order, and continues to work with elected officials and community organizations to recruit volunteer attorneys to provide basic civil legal counsel to the affected individuals. The DHBA will continue to pursue and participate in additional measures to ensure the legal rights of those affected are protected.

  • Thursday, January 05, 2017 5:51 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association was featured in the recent issue of Attorney At Law's Association Profile. You can read about the highlights of 2016 in the interview with the DHBA's 2016 President Rocío Cristina Garcia by clicking here.

  • Friday, September 23, 2016 12:00 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association awards the Corporate Counsel Award to Cynthia Sutherland, Legal Director of Global and Information Solutions at PepsiCo. She is also Hispanic National Bar Association, Regional President, Region XII and Latina Commissioner and Board Member of the Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation.

    Through the Corporate Counsel Award, the DHBA honors the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations in improving diversity within the legal profession. We honor Cynthia Sutherland because of her work promoting progressive initiatives, including the first Dallas Latina Leadership Program, and practices that foster greater diversity in the Dallas legal community.


  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:00 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association will be awarding the La Luz Award, the organization’s highest honor, to Marcos G. Ronquillo, of Fishman Jackson Ronquillo, PLLC. The La Luz Award will be presented at the 11th Annual Event: Noche de Luz celebration on Saturday, October 15th at the Perot Museum.

    Mr. Ronquillo has over 35 years of trial experience representing governmental agencies such as the Dallas Independent School District and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as well as Fortune 500 Companies in high-profile controversies where public policy and social concerns collide in the courtroom.

    He is a past recipient of the State Bar of Texas Presidents’ Special Citation Award and Outstanding Lawyer of the Year Award from the Texas Mexican Bar Association. From 2013 to 2016 he was selected to the list of the Best Lawyers in America.

    Mr. Ronquillo has been awarded the national Spirit of Excellence Award by the American Bar Association, National Commission on Minority Lawyers. He has been recognized nationally as an outstanding lawyer by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Dallas Business Journal, Ernst & Young, Texas Diversity Council and Texas Lawyer. He has also been honored by Texas Monthly and Super Lawyer magazines and listed as a Texas “Super Lawyer” from 2003 through 2016. In addition, Super Lawyers has named him to the list of the top 100 lawyers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

    He is the former President of the Dallas Mexican American Bar Association, former Chairman of the Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, former member of the Board of Advisors of George Washington University Law School, and the former National Chairman of the University of Notre Dame Hispanic Alumni Association.

    He was honored in 2011 by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in the United States, and by Latino Leaders Magazine with its prestigious “Maestro Award for Leadership.” He was selected in 2016 by Latino Leaders Magazine as one of the “top 25 Hispanic Attorneys” in the country.

    He has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority (DART), Children’s Medical Center and JPMorgan Chase to name a few. He formerly served on the Board of the United States/Mexico Bi-National Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Smithsonian National Latino Center Advisory Board and New America Alliance national Board of Directors.

    La Luz is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Dallas legal community by serving as a trailblazer in helping light the way for the success of the Hispanic community through his or her legal-related contributions.  The award recipient must demonstrate inspirational leadership, courage, integrity, and a commitment to lending a helping hand to others in the legal community. The recipient is selected based on her/his leadership affecting the Hispanic legal community, significant contributions to the legal profession, courage and integrity, and commitment to the success of individuals in the Hispanic community in general.

  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016 12:00 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    2016 Annual Event: Noche de Luz

    The DHBA would like to thank the PayneMitchell Law Group for its generous Platinum Sponsorship of the 2016 Annual Event.

    PayneMitchell Law Group is a boutique law firm with areas of expertise in business torts, aviation disasters, product defect cases, medical malpractice, commercial vehicle and other catastrophic personal injury matters. As recognized trial lawyers, the firm’s attorneys have a record and a reputation for creativity, tenacity — and ultimately, success. Founding partners Andy Payne and Jim Mitchell are both Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the firm’s attorneys have all been recognized as top personal injury lawyers by Texas Monthly Super Lawyer, D Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, Best Lawyers, and other publications and organizations. Andy is also board certified in civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has been recognized as one of the top 100 lawyers in the state of Texas by Super Lawyers. Jim is a member of the prestigious Trial Lawyer Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates, and has served as the president of the Dallas Lawyers Trial Association.

    PayneMitchell Law Group recently expanded by adding Jose Sanchez to its team. Click here to learn more about Jose, and for more information on the PayneMitchell team, visit at

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