Rafael Anchia of Haynes and Boone Receives MALDEF’s 2009 Public Service Award


Haynes and Boone, LLP partner Rafael Anchia is the recipient of the 2009 Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) Matt Garcia Public Service Award, which is presented “to a true advocate and life-long devotee to grassroots organizing and service to the Latino community.”

Mr. Anchia, who is serving his third term for District 103 in the Texas House of Representatives, received the honor at MALDEF’s 25th Annual San Antonio Awards Gala Sept. 18 at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel.

The award is named for former Rep. Matt Garcia (D-San Antonio), a champion of the Latino community from 1973 to 1983 who died while still in office. Past honorees include Rep. Delia Garcia of the Kansas House of Representatives, Texas State Sen. Eliot Shapleigh and Texas Rep. Rick Noriega.

“It’s incredible to be selected among such esteemed company by an organization like MALDEF,” Mr. Anchia said. “I am proud of the work we have done together.”

Mr. Anchia began his community service representing District 7 on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees from 2001-2004, overseeing a $1 billion budget, 19,000 employees and about 220 schools in the nation's 12th largest school district. In the Texas House, Mr. Anchia has been consistently recognized among the top emerging leaders. Texas Monthly named him "Rookie of the Year" during the 79th Legislative Session and one of the "10 Best Legislators" during the 80th Legislative Session. He is currently vice-chair of the Pensions, Investments and Financial Services Committee.

For more than 40 years, MALDEF has served as the law firm for the Latino community, safeguarding the civil rights of Latinos living in the United States and encouraging their full participation in the American democratic process. MALDEF is pleased to honor and recognize leaders in the public and private sector who have been instrumental in promoting equality and justice for Latinos.

About Haynes and Boone:
Haynes and Boone, LLP is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, California, Washington, D.C., Mexico City and Moscow, providing a full spectrum of legal services. With more than 500 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by The National Law Journal. The firm has been recognized as one of the "Best Corporate Law Firms in America" (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2001-2009), as one of "The Best 20 Law Firms to Work For" (Vault.com, 2009), and as a Top 100 law firm for both diversity (MultiCultural Law Magazine, 2009) and women (Women 3.0, 2008).


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