South Texas College of Law Houston launches Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy
Following a 2016 inaugural issue of the South Texas College of Law Houston Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy, the law school is proud to officially launch this academic journal to provide an important influence for Houston’s Hispanic legal community. Its purpose is to inform and significantly impact the diverse legal profession in Texas and across the nation.
Established and championed by noted Hispanic attorney and STCL Houston alumnus Benny Agosto ¢95, the journal will address key issues of importance to the Hispanic community, including social work, public policy, government, and other pertinent fields, in addition to the law.
“At South Texas College of Law Houston, we are proud that our esteemed alumnus Benny Agosto has founded such a relevant vehicle for inspiring thoughtful discourse on issues that are critical to Hispanic legal scholars,” said Don Guter, president and dean of STCL Houston. “We are honored to serve as the academic home for this journal, which is sure to unite attorneys, community leaders, and students around pressing current topics.”
Agosto worked closely with Guter and Monica Ortale, associate director for public services at STCL Houston’s Fred Parks Law Library, for three years in taking the journal from conception to publication.
As president of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), Agosto identified the need for an association journal and spearheaded the creation of the HNBA Journal of Law and Policy. Using both this publication and the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy as inspiration, he fully funded and supported this journal to benefit current practitioners and students alike.
“We believe that we belong to an extremely diverse population in one of the greatest cities in the nation, and we want to be the leader in the community and the country regarding legal issues impacting Hispanics,” said Agosto.
While respected members of the legal and academic community contributed articles to the inaugural issue of the South Texas College of Law Houston Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy, Agosto’s goal is for law students eventually to assume authorship of the journal, enabling them to become advocates on key societal and legal issues.
“Through this journal, Mr. Agosto has unquestionably provided an important voice for Houston’s Hispanic legal community, and ushered in a new vehicle for professional development, education, and activism,” said Guter. “STCL Houston faculty and administrators look forward to hosting a symposium on campus to introduce the journal and congratulate Mr. Agosto on his vital work in making it a reality. Under his direction, I am confident that the South Texas College of Law Houston Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy quickly will become a leader in our state and country on legal issues impacting the Hispanic community.”
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