Whereas, El Paso community lawyers Edward and Maria Hernandez received the Henry B. Gonzalez Civil Rights Award from the Texas Civil Rights Project at the 16th annual Bill of Rights Dinner in Austin on November 2, 2006



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H.R. No. 293


R E S O L U T I O N

WHEREAS, El Paso community lawyers Edward and Maria Hernandez received the Henry B. Gonzalez Civil Rights Award from the Texas Civil Rights Project at the 16th annual Bill of Rights Dinner in Austin on November 2, 2006; and

WHEREAS, Named for the late congressman from San Antonio, the Henry B. Gonzalez Civil Rights Award is presented annually to recognize service in the defense of civil rights; and

WHEREAS, Edward Hernandez has a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at El Paso and a law degree from Yale University; working with the Paso del Norte Civil Rights Center, he has defended clients in First Amendment cases and worked to protect El Pasoans against abuses in the enforcement of immigration law; he also has helped to institute special judicial courts of inquiry to investigate police corruption; and

WHEREAS, With a bachelor's degree and a law degree from the University of Washington, Maria Hernandez played an essential role in representing El Paso high school students in an unlawful arrest lawsuit, and she has defended the First Amendment rights of students at UTEP; and

WHEREAS, The first residents of El Paso to win a Henry B. Gonzalez Civil Rights Award, Mr. and Mrs. Hernandez were instrumental in encouraging the Texas Civil Rights Project to open an office in El Paso, and their recognition by the organization is truly well-deserved; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 80th Texas Legislature hereby congratulate Edward and Maria Hernandez for receiving the Henry B. Gonzalez Civil Rights Award from the Texas Civil Rights Project and offer them best wishes for their continued service to the people of El Paso; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be prepared for Mr. and Mrs. Hernandez as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.
Chavez
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Speaker of the House     


I certify that H.R. No. 293 was adopted by the House on March 1, 2007, by a non-record vote.

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Chief Clerk of the House   



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