November 19, 2015

Hispanic Bar Association of Austin Hosts Hispanic Heritage Luncheon

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(Left to Right) Gloria Leal, Vanessa Gonzalez, Cobby Caputo, David Mendez, Judge Orlinda Naranjo, AISD Superintendent, Dr. Paul Cruz, Efrain De La Fuente, and Constable Sally Hernandez

A mariachi band serenaded those gathered at the Omni Hotel on Oct. 23, 2015, for the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin’s 19th Annual Hispanic Heritage Luncheon. The program included cultural speaker Margo Rey, who serenaded the group with several original songs. Trey Washington, grand prize winner of HBAA’s middle school essay contest, read his essay on police brutality. Scholarships were awarded to Eddy Perez and Veronica Carrera, followed by the keynote address by the Honorable Gina Benavides.

HBAA President Betsy Peticolas presented the 2015 HBAA President’s Award to Manuel Escobar. The award is given to an Hispanic Luncheon2HBAA member who exemplifies the goals and mission of the organization, which are to foster and encourage the involvement and interest of the Hispanic-American legal community in civic, professional, social, educational, charitable and governmental issues while also enhancing the entire Austin area Hispanic community.  Escobar has been a long-time member and past-president of the HBAA. He is active in the Austin Bar Association, serving on the board of the Austin Bar Foundation, and is the current Chair of the Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas.

According to Peticolas, “Manuel’s level of commitment and consistent involvement in the legal community, as well as his dedication to increasing diversity in the legal field, made him an easy choice for this award.”