Luncheons for April, 2012

Gilberto Hinojosa, Candidate for Texas Democratic Party Chair

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

PROGRAM/SPEAKER: Gilberto Hinojosa, Candidate for Texas Democratic Party Chair

Gilberto Hinojosa has had an extraordinary life and career.  Born and raised in the Valley, he was the first in his family to graduate from college. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C., and then worked at the Migrant Legal Action Program.  He later managed the Brownsville office of Texas Rural Legal Aid, Inc.

Governor Mark White appointed him to the 107th District Court, where he served until he was elected Justice of the 13th Court of Appeals.  Governor Ann Richards appointed Justice Hinojosa to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice.  After serving on the court of appeals, he ran for and was elected Cameron County Judge, and he served in that position for 12 years.

In 2007 he was elected Cameron County Democratic Party Chair and he still serves in that position.  He also has served on the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee.  He now practices law in Brownsville.  We are very pleased to have Gilberto Hinojosa speak to the Forum about his candidacy and his vision for the future of the Democratic Party in Texas.

Spectacular Door Prizes:

1.  Seamus (as told to Gail Collins), Travels In Mitt’s Crate.
2.  Andy Sansom, Water In Texas. Andy spoke at the February Forum and is one of the foremost experts on water in Texas.
3.  Red Wassenich, Nothing Before Something.

New Reservation Policy Alert: Please note our new policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we will have to start charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend.  The Forum still has to pay for those lunches, and at times we’ve had to absorb over $150 in costs for non-attendees who made reservations.  We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch.  If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation.

Cost: Lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage. Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress. Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email or or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665. Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns. PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, APRIL 20. Seating to this event will be limited.

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers. Membership is $120/yr. Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches.