This month, 20 members of St. Mary’s University School of Law’s Hispanic Law Students Association were given the opportunity to attend the Hispanic National Bar Association’s (HNBA) Annual Convention and Career Fair in Dallas, Texas.

Working closely with St. Mary’s School of Law Associate Dean Reynaldo Valencia and Assistant Dean Faye Bracey, the Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA) secured scholarships that allowed the students to attend the convention.
During the conference, students networked with legal community professionals from around the country, participated in the HNBA Career Fair and learned from Continuing Legal Education classes. They also attended several workshops for law students on starting a private law practice and using social networking to their advantage.

“Our members were also treated to a pleasant surprise when, through the diligent efforts of Dean Valencia, we were able to attend an informal meet and greet with Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman, editor of the Latino Leadership Magazine Paul Schneider, and former San Antonio District Judge Catherine Torres-Stahl,” said Jeffrey Martinez, president, St. Mary’s Hispanic Law Students Association. “We were able to speak candidly with these respected legal figures about the practice of law and gain valuable insight into our chosen profession.”

A highlight for the group was a reception held at Cowboys Stadium. U.S. Senator and St. Mary’s alumnus, John Cornyn (J.D. ’77) made the keynote address amidst the five Dallas Cowboys Championship trophies. Throughout the night the attendees were treated to insightful speakers. Students enjoyed a tour of the Dallas Cowboys’ player and cheerleader locker rooms and were able to punt, pass, and kick on the field.

“At the end of the conference, I believe all our members had a very memorable experience that will stay with them forever, and have a lasting effect on their legal career path,” said Martinez.

Written by Jeffrey Martinez, president, St. Mary’s University School of Law’s Hispanic Law Students Association

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