Judge Maria Salas Mendoza

Judge Maria Salas Mendoza Judge of the 120th District Court Administrative District Judge * 2015 Outstanding Jurist, presented by the El Paso Young Lawyers Association * 2014 Pathfinder, presented by Texas Women Lawyers * 2013 Outstanding Jurist, presented by the El Paso Paralegal Association * Fellow, Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource (ASTAR) curriculum, presented by ASTAR Executive Board by chair Robert M.

Bell (ret. Chief Judge) * Presidential Commendation, Certificate of Special Competence at Texas College of Judicial Studies, presented by State Bar of Texas * 2012 Border Hero, presented by Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center * Chair’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Service to the Judiciary, presented by Chair Justice Gina P. Benavides, Texas Center for the Judiciary * Reynaldo G. Garza Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas * Certificate of Merit, presented by Directors and Past Presidents of the State Bar of Texas

El Paso Young Lawyers Association
12/29/2020

El Paso Young Lawyers Association

Every year, EPYLA hosts its annual Christmas of Hope event for children receiving care at the El Paso Children’s Hospital. We could not let COVID stop us from delivering Christmas cheer for the 15th year in a row. Instead of our traditional event, we delivered gifts for over 50 children and gift cards to benefit over 30 families! We want to extend a sincere thank you to the local businesses, law firms, attorneys, and community members who donated to our cause, including:

Amigo Bail Bonds
Blanco, Ordonez, Mata & Weschler
Flores Tawney & Acosta P.C.
Pease & Associates
Judge Maria Salas Mendoza
El Paso County Attorney’s Office
Express Records
El Paso Association of Legal Professionals
Judge Sue Kurita
Kirk Cooper
Judge Linda Chew

This event is near and dear to the El Paso Young Lawyers Association and we could not continue to bless these families without your generosity. Happy holidays to all!

With the last minute help of my lion 🦁 sisters, we delivered 70 bags of toiletries to the men and women at the rehabilit...
12/20/2020

With the last minute help of my lion 🦁 sisters, we delivered 70 bags of toiletries to the men and women at the rehabilitation treatment facility of the West Texas Community Supervision and Corrections Department—plus some yummy treats and candy.

#RaiseTheBar
12/17/2020

#RaiseTheBar

Excellent Legislative Preview. Thank you to our CLE Committee, chaired by Carlos Soltero. Thank you to our partners, El Paso Bar Association, Dallas Hispanic Bar Association and Mexican American Bar Association of San Antonio. And many thanks to Congressman Castro, Congresswoman Escobar, Senator Menendez and Representative Anchia!

Hispanic Issues Section’s Legislative Preview yesterday. If you missed it or the prior CLEs this year, the recordings wi...
12/17/2020

Hispanic Issues Section’s Legislative Preview yesterday. If you missed it or the prior CLEs this year, the recordings will be available soon. I had the great privilege of introducing Congresswoman Veronica Escobar.
#RaiseTheBar

Despite a really tough week, these women—Texas members of District 11 of the National Association of Women Judges—lift m...
12/12/2020

Despite a really tough week, these women—Texas members of District 11 of the National Association of Women Judges—lift me up (so much that my eyes were closed as my smile was 😁). Much love ❤️ for all of them and our cheerleader for the High Five Membership challenge, Judge Toni Arteaga.

#RaiseTheBar
12/11/2020

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#RaiseTheBar
12/11/2020

#RaiseTheBar

What Lies Ahead for the Hispanic Community? That's the topic of our Legislative Preview CLE on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at noon.

Speakers include:
Representative Rafael Anchía, Chair of Mexican American Legislative Caucus
Senator José Menéndez, Chair of the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus
Congressman Joaquin Castro, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, Freshman Representative, Congressional Hispanic Caucus

CLE Co-Hosts include:
Dallas Hispanic Bar Association
El Paso Bar Association
Mexican American Bar Association of San Antonio

Join us for an interesting, engaging, non-partisan discussion on issues likely to dominate the upcoming legislative sessions!

Over the last two days, the Texas Center for the Judiciary wrapped up a fantastic College for New Judges.  Center staff ...
12/09/2020

Over the last two days, the Texas Center for the Judiciary wrapped up a fantastic College for New Judges. Center staff have met the challenges of the pandemic by completing its first (I hope, last) virtual College. Judge Clifford Brown, 147th District Court (Travis), and I facilitated this year’s best group of new judges!

El Paso Bar Association
12/09/2020

El Paso Bar Association

The El Paso Bar Association is pleased to announce that it will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Barra y Colegio de Abogados de Ciudad Juarez and the Asociacion Nacional de Abogados de Empresa, Seccion Chihuahua, A.C. to work collaboratively to strengthen the Rule of Law, facilitate cross-border educational and networking opportunities, and expedite cross-border transactional legal services.

The signing ceremony will be live-streamed on Facebook on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. We will share the stream at that time.

#RaiseTheBar
12/04/2020

#RaiseTheBar

What Lies Ahead for the Hispanic Community? That's the topic of our Legislative Preview CLE on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at noon.

Speakers include:
Representative Rafael Anchía, Chair of Mexican American Legislative Caucus
Senator José Menéndez, Chair of the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus
Congressman Joaquin Castro, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, Freshman Representative, Congressional Hispanic Caucus

CLE Co-Hosts include:
Dallas Hispanic Bar Association
El Paso Bar Association
Mexican American Bar Association of San Antonio

Join us for an interesting, engaging, non-partisan discussion on issues likely to dominate the upcoming legislative sessions!

#RaiseTheBar
11/25/2020

#RaiseTheBar

Join the Asian Pacific Interest Section at its virtual seminar: 'Women Charting Successful Career Paths' on 12/10! View more info at www.texasapis.org.

#RaiseTheBar
11/20/2020

#RaiseTheBar

Thank you to this excellent panel presenting on Crimmigration, which was moderated by HIS Vice-Chair Noverto Morales.

#RaiseTheBar
11/18/2020

#RaiseTheBar

HIS is offering this outstanding CLE (BONUS- ethics credit) with our partners the Cameron County Bar Association, El Paso Bar Association, Hidalgo County Bar Association & Hidalgo County Bar Foundation and the Laredo Webb County Bar Association!

Crimmigration: Criminal Law, Immigration Law and the Border! Thank you to our panelists John Anthony Balli, Jodi Goodwin and Jordan Pollock

Hispanic Issues Section
11/14/2020

Hispanic Issues Section

Please share this information with your networks. We all know someone who is struggling to pay the rent. Language should not be a barrier; there are legal aid lawyers ready to help.

#zoommultitasking
11/14/2020

#zoommultitasking

Double Zooming!!! NAWJ and Hispanic Issues of SBOT

Hispanic Issues Section
11/10/2020

Hispanic Issues Section

Hurry, Hurry, Register for this all star panel!

#raisethebar
11/10/2020

#raisethebar

HIS is offering this outstanding CLE (BONUS- ethics credit) with our partners the Cameron County Bar Association, El Paso Bar Association, Hidalgo County Bar Association & Hidalgo County Bar Foundation and the Laredo Webb County Bar Association!

Crimmigration: Criminal Law, Immigration Law and the Border! Thank you to our panelists John Anthony Balli, Jodi Goodwin and Jordan Pollock

Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week goes virtual, free clinics set for November 9-13
11/06/2020
Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week goes virtual, free clinics set for November 9-13

Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week goes virtual, free clinics set for November 9-13

AUSTIN – Texas veterans are invited to virtually participate in Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week (TVLAW), a statewide effort in honor of Veteran’s Day, coordinated by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and legal aid programs across the state, the Texas Legal Aid Veterans Coalition. This year, d...

#RaiseTheBar
11/06/2020

#RaiseTheBar

The TAJF Board has awarded grants to Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, Inc., Equal Justice Center, Houston Volunteer Lawyers, San Antonio Legal Services Association, and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid from the proceeds of the September "Law"teria event! Thank you to the Hispanic Issues Section for raising $40,000 to help underserved communities impacted by @COVID-19.

Latinx Webinar6 Election
11/06/2020
Latinx Webinar6 Election

Latinx Webinar6 Election

This free webinar reflects on the implications of the 2020 election and looks to the future of Latinx in the United States. What will the first 100 days of the newly elected administration look like when it comes to Latinx law and policy? What issues should be at the top of the Latinx community’s ...

#RaiseTheBar
10/30/2020

#RaiseTheBar

HIS is offering this outstanding CLE with our partners the Cameron County Bar Association, El Paso Bar Association, Hidalgo County Bar Association and the Laredo Webb County Bar Association! Crimmigration: Criminal Law, Immigration Law and the Border! Thank you to our panelists John Anthony Balli, Jodi Goodwin and Jordan Pollock.

Hispanic Issues Section
10/17/2020

Hispanic Issues Section

Congratulations to HIS Treasurer, Judge Maria Salas Mendoza ,for being elected Regional District 11 Director of the National Association of Women Judges. District 11 encompasses Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. #raisethebar

Presented for the El Paso Association of Paralegals/NALS education week with Justice Gina Benavides and Uriel Barron, co...
10/17/2020

Presented for the El Paso Association of Paralegals/NALS education week with Justice Gina Benavides and Uriel Barron, court coordinator for the 41st Judicial District Court, on the challenges of Tradition and Technology.

Attending the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Women Judges—the leading voice for women in the judiciary, s...
10/17/2020

Attending the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Women Judges—the leading voice for women in the judiciary, says our VP of Districts Judge Pamela Washington, a most dynamic and fabulous judge serving in Alaska.

#RaiseTheBar
10/14/2020

#RaiseTheBar

The Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas and Texas Women Lawyers invite you to a CLE webinar scheduled for October 14, entitled "The 19th Amendment at 100: Latina Perspectives from the Bar and Bench."

Register and join us!

EPALP
10/13/2020

EPALP

El Paso Association of Legal Professionals is an educational organization chartered in 1968 by NALS and is affiliated with the Texas Association of Legal Professionals.

On October 14, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford signed a proclamation designating the second full week of October as NALS Court Observance Week. This proclamation established the basis for a NALS tradition of recognizing the skill and dedication to the system we serve.

This year’s theme "The Intersection of Technology and Tradition" reflects the dramatic challenges facing the court system during a global pandemic. We will be having a panel discussion on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm with Justice Gina Benavides, 13th Court of Appeals, Judge Maria Salas Mendoza, Judge 120th District Court and Uriel Barron, Court Coordinator, 41st District Court.

Texas Young Lawyers Association
10/06/2020

Texas Young Lawyers Association

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, today we honor Sylvia Mendez. Mendez was born in 1936 and grew up at a time when Hispanics were sent to “Mexican schools” and not allowed to attend schools designated for “Whites Only.” Realizing the white schools had access to better books and other educational benefits, Sylvia’s aunt wished for her family to attend a white school. The aunt was told that her lighter-skinned children could attend the school, but the eight-year-old Sylvia could not because her skin was darker. After Sylvia was denied enrollment to the white school, her parents sued the California public school system. After years of litigation, Sylvia was finally allowed to attend and became the first Hispanic to enroll in a “Whites Only” school. The case paved the way for the more well-known Brown v. Board of Education case less than ten years later. In 2011, President Obama awarded Mendez with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.
#NationalHispanicHeritageMonth #Shero #TYLACelebratesDiversity #BetterTogether #UncommonLeaders

#raisingthebar
10/02/2020

#raisingthebar

The Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas and Texas Women Lawyers invite you to a CLE webinar scheduled for October 14, entitled "The 19th Amendment at 100: Latina Perspectives from the Bar and Bench."

Register and join us!

Sylvia Borunda Firth President-Elect of the State Bar of Texas
09/29/2020

Sylvia Borunda Firth President-Elect of the State Bar of Texas

09/25/2020
Judith Zaffirini, Texas State Senator

#RaisingTheBar

"THE PANDEMIC'S PERMANENT IMPACT ON TEXAS COURTROOMS" will be co-hosted by the Hispanic Issues of the State Bar of Texas on Wednesday, September 23, 1:30 p.m.

I'll discuss Zoom's impact on communication and presentation skills in the courtroom. David Slayton will focus on virtual courtrooms of the future, and Justice Rebeca Martinez will provide the perspective from the bench. Judge Victor Villarreal will be the moderator.

The 2020 Liberty Medal Ceremony - National Constitution Center
09/22/2020
The 2020 Liberty Medal Ceremony - National Constitution Center

The 2020 Liberty Medal Ceremony - National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center awarded the 32nd annual Liberty Medal to the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, for her efforts to advance liberty and equality for all. To celebrate Justice Ginsburg, the Center aired a video tribute featurin...

09/21/2020
Council of Judges - El Paso County TX

Council of Judges - El Paso County TX

"It is a gift to have a judge who has been a positive influence, not only to our judicial system, but to our American way of life. Justice Ginsberg has shown us the true face of courage with grace, dignity and wisdom. We, as a society, have been blessed by her love and devotion to our great country."
-- Local Administrative Judge Linda Chew

Thank you to everyone who supported the Hispanic Issues Section’s LawTeria benefiting Texas Access to Justice Foundation...
09/17/2020

Thank you to everyone who supported the Hispanic Issues Section’s LawTeria benefiting Texas Access to Justice Foundation. We had fun, had great prizes and had some great intermission talent—all for a good cause. Almost 200 joined to play/support.

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Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a wonderful day today!!!🎉🎂
We delivered the clothes collected by the El Paso Executive Women Lions Club and the El Paso Association of Legal Professionals to the H.O.P.E Institute on October 7th. The best part was meeting Hope Jackson, whose divine inspiration has led her to establish this tremendous resource for female homeless veterans.
Over a decade ago, the El Paso Women's Bar Association began its Positive Role Model Program at Aoy Elementary. The program brings 30 fifth graders to the courthouse once a month where they meet positive role models and learn about various careers in law. I started a second program with Burleson Elementary about 6 years ago. I love the first session when they meet the staff of the court and try out my chair.