Recognition for service to the Hispanic community is awarded by the State Bar of Texas
Attorney Frank Herrera, Jr. has been named the recipient of the 2016 Peter Torres, Jr. Community Service Award.
Each year, the Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas bestows this award on an individual or organization that has made substantial contributions to the Hispanic community. The award's namesake, Peter Torres, Jr., was a prominent attorney who dedicated much of his 40-year career to awareness of the unique issues facing people of Hispanic descent in Texas, eventually becoming the first Chair of the Hispanic Issues Section (then known as "Concerns of the Spanish Speaking Community").
"It is a great honor to be recognized as the 2016 recipient of the Peter Torres, Jr. Award," said Herrera. "For many years, the Hispanic Issues Section has done a terrific job of helping Hispanics throughout Texas face their unique legal challenges. Throughout my career, I have been dedicated to this goal as well." Herrera further says, "Pete was a dear friend who championed the rights of all Hispanics in San Antonio and Texas. He was a fierce, courageous and a tenacious fighter in the courtroom and in his community."
Originally admitted to the bar in 1967, Herrera has earned many awards and honors during a legal career that spans nearly five decades. His contributions to the Hispanic community include his work with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the New American Alliance, Inc. - where he serves as Chair of the Board of Directors.
Herrera was presented with the award at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Texas on June 16 in Fort Worth.