MALDEF

Southwest Regional Office (San Antonio, TX)

MALDEF's San Antonio office opened as the organization's National Headquarters on August 1, 1968. It later became a regional office serving the Latino communities of the Southwest. The office covers the following states: Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.

Some of its first cases dealt with school segregation, police brutality, and employment abuses. Forty years later, MALDEF continues to address many of the same issues — employment discrimination, educational inequities, voting rights abuses, and immigration concerns.

Southwest Regional Office
110 Broadway Suite #300
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 224-5476

Regional Counsel
David G. Hinojosa

David G. Hinojosa is the Southwest Regional Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation's premier Latino civil rights law firm. Since he joined MALDEF in 2003, Mr. Hinojosa has become a leading litigator and advocate in the area of civil rights, with a focus on educational civil rights impact litigation on behalf of Latinos.

Among current cases, Mr. Hinojosa serves as MALDEF's lead counsel in Edgewood ISD v. Williams, where he represents low income and English Language Learner (ELL) students and property-poor school districts challenging the inequity and inadequacy of the Texas school finance system; and parents of ELL, low income and special education students in Martinez v. New Mexico, the first case seeking to establish education as a fundamental right in New Mexico and challenging the adequacy of funding, the lack of culturally-relevant curriculum, and arbitrary teacher evaluation and accountability systems. Since 2008, David has represented amici students and organizations defending the University of Texas's diversity admissions plan in Fisher v. Texas, where he more recently co-authored a Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of several Latino civil rights organizations. He also represents parents and students in a forty-year old class action school desegregation case, Morales v. Shannon, and a class of ELL students alleging insufficient language programs in LULAC v. Texas. In addition, Mr. Hinojosa represents DREAM students who successfully defended against a challenge to Texas's in-state tuition law for undocumented immigrants and are now fighting to preserve access to tuition grants in IRCOT v. Texas/ULI, among other cases.

Mr. Hinojosa has also served as MALDEF's lead in a number of successful impact cases, breaking down segregated classroom assignments, ending employment segregation, enjoining restrictive driver's licenses policies, and restoring college tuition exemptions for honorably-discharged veterans who were denied exemptions based on their citizenship status. Mr. Hinojosa has also presented testimony to local and state governments, lectured at undergraduate universities and law schools, served as an expert panelist at dozens of local, state and national conferences, and wrote two book chapters on school finance litigation, which are pending publication.

A graduate of Edgewood High School in San Antonio and a former air traffic controller in the U.S. Air Force, David earned his Bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University and his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law in 2000.

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