History
A History of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association
By Dan Sosa, Jr. (Retired Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court)

In 1978, I was approached by Judge Steve Herrera, of the First Judicial District Court, and attorney Eddie Benavidez. Ed had replaced me on the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Executive Board. At the time I was serving as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  The two asked me to help create an Hispanic bar association. The purpose of the association was two-fold. First, to recognize outstanding Hispanic attorneys and second, in light of the unique challenges facing Hispanic attorneys, to provide assistance to Hispanic attorneys in their practice.

In order to organize the association, we invited attorneys to a luncheon in Santa Fe. About ten interested attorneys turned out. From this group we formed the NMHBA. Later that same year the American Bar Association held its annual meeting in Albuquerque. United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy attended the ABA convention. As Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court, I escorted Justice Kennedy around. The NMHBA convened a meeting at the ABA convention and I made sure Justice Kennedy was in attendance. Justice Kennedy’s presence generated a great deal of excitement and interest in the NMHBA and membership rapidly grew.

In the years following the formation of the NMHBA, I received a good deal of credit for its creation. In fact, the credit belongs entirely to Judge Steve Herrera and Eddie Benavidez. It was they who saw the need for the Association and they who did the hard work of organizing it. Both of these men were visionaries who were taken from us too soon. I’m sure they would be very proud to see how the Association they started developed and prospered from its humble beginnings.


Past Officers

2015-2016 Executive Board
President - Damian Lara
Vice President - Jacqueline Medina
Secretary - Cristina Chavez
Treasurer - Darren Cordova
At Large Member - Monnica Garcia
At Large Member - Lysette Romero
Immediate Past President - Denise Chanez

2014-2015 Executive Board
President - Denise M. Chanez
Vice President - Elaine Lujan
Secretary - Darren Cordova
Treasurer - Damian Lara
At Large Member - Jessica Terrazas
At Large Member - Monnica Garcia
Immediate Past President - Chris Melendrez

2013-2014 Executive Board
President - Denise M. Chanez
Vice President - Sarah Gallegos
Secretary - Elaine Lujan
Treasurer - Damian Lara
At Large Member - Jessica Terrazas
At Large Member - Stefan Chacon
Immediate Past President - Chris Melendrez

2012-2013 Executive Board
President - Chris Melendrez
Vice President - Denise M. Chanez
Secretary - Jessica Terrazas
Treasurer - Damian Lara
Exec. Committee Member - Elaine Lujan
Exec. Committee Member - Stefan Chacon
Immediate Past President - Antonia Roybal-Mack / Rebecca L. Avitia

2011-2012 Executive Board
President - Antonia Roybal-Mack / Rebecca L. Avitia
Vice President - Vanessa Chavez / Christina Vigil
Secretary - Rebecca L. Avitia / Carlos Pacheco
Treasurer - Robert Lara / Damian Lara
Exec. Committee Member - Roxie De Santiago
Exec. Committee Member - Carlos Pacheco / Stefan Chacon
Immediate Past President - Christina Vigil / Antonia Roybal-Mack

2010-2011 Executive Board
President - Antonia Roybal-Mack
Vice President - Christina Anaya
Secretary - Mary T. Torres
Treasurer - Robert Lara
Exec. Committee Member - Roxie De Santiago
Exec. Committee Member - Vanessa Chavez
Immediate Past President - Christina Vigil

2009-2010 Executive Board
President - Christina A. Vigil
Vice President - Frank Baca
Secretary - Mary T. Torres
Treasurer- Antonia Roybal-Mack
Exec. Committee Member - Roxie De Santiago
Exec. Committee Member - Christina Anaya
Immediate Past President - Morris "Mo" Chavez

2008-2009 Executive Board
President - Morris "Mo" Chavez
Vice President - Laura E. Sanchez
Secretary - Denise M. Chanez
Treasurer - Antonia Roybal-Mack
Exec. Committee Member - Roxie De Santiago
Exec. Committee Member - Robynn Sena
Immediate Past President - Frank Baca

2007-2008 Executive Board
President - Frank Baca
Vice-President - Ernestina Cruz
Secretary - Robynn Sena
Treasurer - Laura E. Sanchez
Executive Committee Member - Roxanna Chacon
Executive Committee Member - Morris "Mo" Chavez
Executive Committee Member - Christina A. Vigil

2006-2007 Executive Board
President - Frank Baca
Vice-President - LaDonna Giron
Secretary - Ernestina Cruz
Treasurer - Raul Torrez
Executive Committee Member - Robynn Sena
Executive Committee Member - Joseph Sapien

2005-2006 Executive Board
President - Rosalie Fragoso
Vice-President - Frank Baca
Secretary - Mary T. Torres
Treasurer - Carla C. Lopez
Executive Committee Member - Lori Martinez
Executive Committee Member and Immediate Past President - Phillip Sapien

2004-2005 Executive Board
President - Phillip Sapien
Vice-President - Rosalie Fragoso
Secretary - Ernestina Cruz
Treasurer - Carla C. Lopez
Executive Committee Member - Frank Baca
Executive Committee Member - Brian S. Colón

2003-2004 Executive Board
President - Phillip Sapien
Vice-President - Charles V. "Chuck" Garcia
Secretary - Rosalie Fragoso
Treasurer - Carla C. Lopez
Executive Committee Member and Immediate Past President - Victor E. Valdez
Executive Committee Member - Antonio "Moe" Maestas
Executive Committee Member (Filling the remaining term of Victor Valdez) - Ernestina R. Cruz
NMHBA & NHBA
Mentoring Event


November 29th, 2016
Save the Date: NMHBA & Somos 3rd Annual Wage Theft CLE in Gallup!

December 2nd, 2016
16th Annual NMHBA Holiday Fundraiser


December 2nd, 2016