SABA welcomes RAICES Executive Director Jonathan Ryan to the August SABA luncheon, Aug. 28

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On August 28 the San Antonio Bar Association is excited to welcome Jonathan Ryan, executive director of RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services)  to our monthly luncheon!

RAICES was founded and incorporated in 1986 under the name of the Refugee Aid Project. During this time, Central Americans flooded into Texas after fleeing the civil wars and social upheavals of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Several churches and religious orders answered the needs of the new arrivals by providing food, clothing, language classes, housing, medical and legal referrals. The agency provided a forum for San Antonians to meet the new arrivals and learn first hand about the situation in Central America.

RAICES’ first office opened in the Madison Square Presbyterian Church. After the Oblates of Mary Immaculate donated a building, the agency moved to its current location at 1305 North Flores. This building has also provided a home to other community-centered organizations such as the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, Fuerza Unida, Latin American Solidarity, the Quakers, and a Spanish-speaking Chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous.

RAICES received funding for its first attorney in 1990, and the focus of the agency turned to assisting other vulnerable members of the immigrant community, including as asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, immigration detainees, and survivors of crime. The agency also assisted low-income immigrants in filing family-based petitions.

In 2008, RAICES enlarged its office in order to keep pace with its growing staff and programs. Located five minutes from the San Antonio Immigration Court and in the heart of the city’s historic Five Points neighborhood, RAICES continues to provide counsel and representation in a full range of defenses against deportation before the Immigration Court, as well as representation before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in family-based immigration cases, visas and other affirmative applications.

In its third decade, RAICES has a dedicated team of attorneys, accredited representatives, and legal assistants, in addition to volunteers, student interns and partnering pro bono attorneys.

The August luncheon will take place at the Plaza Club, located on the 21st floor of the Frost Bank building. The cost to attend is $25 for members of the San Antonio Bar Association and Plaza Club members, and $30 for nonmembers. You may register online or telephone your reservation to 210.227.8822 x99. As always, space will be limited, so please RSVP early!

Humanitarian Aid for Unaccompanied Minors

To address the growing need for legal as well as humanitarian aid for the unaccompanied minors being housed in facilities in San Antonio and South Texas, the Mexican American Bar Association of San Antonio (MABA) is collaborating with other state and local bar associations and non-profit organizations, including SABA, Catholic Charities of San Antonio (www.ccaosa.org), and RAICES (www.raicestexas.org), to provide pro bono legal services and goods and toys to help the children. To make a donation of goods or toys, please deliver the donations to SABA’s offices at 100 Dolorosa, Ste. 500, or to Jaime Vasquez’s office at 112 East Pecan, Ste. 1450. The following are items that are currently in need:

  • Bibles (in Spanish and English)
  • Canned foods and vegetables.
  • Baby items (blankets, diapers, diaper cream, wipes, baby food)
  • Latex gloves (all sizes)
  • Women’s clothing (sizes 0-10), especially pants (sizes 0-5)
  • Bras (size 38 and smaller, A&B cup)
  • Comfortable shoes for traveling
  • New undergarments for men, women and children
  • Toiletries, snacks for travel
  • String backpacks, backpacks with rollers, duffel bags
  • Toys

If interested in pro bono legal services, please send an email to jaime.vasquez@chamberlainlaw.com.

Please join the San Antonio Bar Foundation for ‘Baseballs and Bow Ties’ Sept. 20

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You are cordially invited to the 2014 “Baseballs and Bow Ties” Installation Gala and Casino on Saturday, September 20, 2014!  Please join us for a special evening at the Grand Hyatt as we raise funds for the award-winning Community Justice Program (CJP) — and celebrate the San Antonio legal community.

The evening will include sumptuous food and beverage offerings, live music by our very own Court Jesters band and a variety of casino games including roulette, blackjack, craps and Texas hold ‘em! Try your luck at a casino table to accumulate chances to win some fabulous prizes!

What could be better than a night out of dinner, dancing and casino games?  How about a night out of dinner and dancing for a great cause. 100 percent of the proceeds raised at this event will be donated to the Community Justice Program. The CJP provides vital legal assistance to families, veterans, and the indigent through localized neighborhood-based clinics staffed by judges, attorneys, district clerks, paralegals, and law students.  Just last year, CJP volunteers donated over $1,000,000 in time to our community.

We must ensure that all San Antonians have access to justice in our city and in our courthouse.  Help us make a difference today by signing up as a sponsor.  Gala sponsorships are available at the following levels:

Wrigley Field Sponsor: $5,000
Includes 10 dinner tickets, 5 complimentary valet parking passes, 20 beverage tickets, a starting purse of $1,500 per person in casino money, underwriting sponsor recognition on all print, email and online materials

Minute Maid Park Sponsor: $2,500
Includes 10 dinner tickets, 20 beverage tickets, a starting purse of $1,500 per person in casino money, presenting sponsor recognition on all print, email and online materials

Oriole Park at Camden Yards Sponsor: $1,500
Includes 10 dinner tickets, 20 beverage tickets, a starting purse of $1,500 per person in casino money, priority recognition on all print, email and online materials

Individual tickets are $125 apiece. Sponsor forms are located on the SABA website at www.sabar.org. Please make checks payable to the San Antonio Bar Foundation and mail checks to:

San Antonio Bar Foundation
Attn: Katie Kinder
100 Dolorosa, Suite 500
San Antonio, Texas 78205

The earlier you sign up as a sponsor, the longer your name will run in SABA publications and emails — including the Subpoena and SABA website! For questions or additional information, please contact Katie Kinder, SABA Development Director, by phone at 210.227.8822 x25 or via email at katiek@sabar.org.
All proceeds from the Baseballs and Bow Ties Gala will support the San Antonio Bar Foundation and Community Justice Program. All sponsorships are deductible to the fullest extent that law allows. The San Antonio Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Thank you so much for your continued support of the San Antonio Bar Foundation. We look forward to celebrating with you on September 20!







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