AUSTIN, October 3, 2017 - Baker Botts L.L.P., an international law firm, is pleased to announce that Baker Botts Litigation Partner, Gavin R. Villareal, was awarded the Elizabeth Garcia President's Award at the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin's (HBAA) annual Hispanic Heritage Luncheon today in Austin, Texas, on September 22, 2017.
This award is named after former HBAA President Elizabeth Garcia and recognizes an individual who has devoted significant time and effort to serving the local Hispanic community in central Texas.
In presenting the award, HBAA president Kevin Terrazas said, “In addition to being a talented lawyer and loving husband and father, Gavin has served in leadership roles for numerous local organizations, including as past president of HBAA and as a director of the HBAA Charitable Foundation. He served for 14 years on the board of Volunteer Legal Services of Texas, which facilitates pro bono legal aid in Central Texas, including a term as its President.”
Terrazas added, “As part of his passion for improving access to justice, Gavin has taken an active role in recruiting and mentoring diverse law students. For more than a decade, Gavin has organized the mentoring program that matches HBAA lawyers with members of the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association at UT Law. CHLSA has honored Gavin with its Spirit of Community Award, given to an individual who ‘exemplifies what it means to work towards empowering our community,’ and CHLSA recently presented him with its Outstanding Alumnus Award for his ‘endless commitment to CHLSA and Latino students at UT Law.’”
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