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Moody’s MABA party

From the NPT Inbox:

State Representative Joseph Moody Helps Host First Annual MABA Legislative Conference

El Paso – Friday October 2, 2009 State Representative Joseph Moody will help host the First Annual Mexican American Bar Association Legislative Conference.

“I think this is a great opportunity for leaders from across the state to come to El Paso to discover our rich legal background as well as for El Pasoans to learn more about the law and the legislative process,” said Representative Moody.

The event is officially hosted by the Mexican American Bar Association of El Paso at the El Paso County Courthouse, 500 E. San Antonio Street, from 11:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Speakers include Texas State Representatives Rafael Anchia, Trey Martinez-Fischer, Veronica Gonzales, Mike Villarreal, Joaquin Castro, and Joseph Moody. All speakers are members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) in the Texas House of Representatives.

“I want to encourage students from the University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College to attend, this is also an important event for our city to get more involved in the legislative process and in their state government,” said Moody.

Please RSVP to For more information call 915 881 7177 or 512 463 0728.

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October 1, 2009 at 12:58 pm

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Haggerty statement of support for Reyes challenger Besco

From the Tim Besco for U.S. Rep. campaign:

There were 300 people in attendance at the Kick-Off Press Conference announcing Tim Besco’s candidacy as the Republican Nominee for the 16th Congressional Seat for the U.S. Congress on September 30, 2009. The following statement was read (Commissioner Haggerty was not able to attend) at the beginning of the event:

“I am delighted and proud to express my support for Tim Besco, as the Republican candidate for the United States Congress. Though Mr. Besco is new to the political arena—he is not new to the issues now facing our country and community. Offering an example, being a nurse for the U.S. Navy provides him a unique first-hand perspective regarding the current health care issue.

Mr. Besco is a person of good character and his life experience demonstrates a great testament of the values he engenders, the beautiful family he cherishes, and the timeless service he has made protecting our country as a member of our armed forces. He is not only the leader we want, but need, representing our families—in Washington. The election of Tim Besco will be a new beginning for El Paso.” — El Paso County Commissioner Daniel Haggerty

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October 1, 2009 at 12:45 pm

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Rodriguez named top 25 minority lawyer by Texas Lawyer mag

From the NPT Inbox:


El Paso County Attorney José R. Rodríguez has earned a spot among 2009 Texas top 25 “Extraordinary Minorities in Texas law” by Texas Lawyer magazine.

The announcement was made this week in the publication of a tabloid-sized special section inside the September 28 edition of the Texas Lawyer magazine. The publication profiles 25 leading lawyers of color, selected by the editors of Texas Lawyer for their impact on Texas firms, government, nonprofits, academia and/or the corporate world within the past five years.

In a press release to introduce the profiles of the attorneys featured in the publication, Texas Lawyer editor in chief Colleen McGushin said: “There is no doubt that the 25 attorneys profiled in these pages have made significant contributions to law and lawyering in Texas. They write the laws that shape our state; stand up for the powerless; guide powerful corporations; and extend a helping hand to the next generation of attorneys.”

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October 1, 2009 at 12:43 pm

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New reporter at ABC-7

From ABC-7:


Jill Galus has joined ABC-7 as the station’s newest reporter. She has been assigned to the New Mexico Mobile Newsroom, reporting on stories happening throughout Southern New Mexico.

A native of Portage, Michigan, Galus is a May 2009 graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She was part of a team of student broadcast journalists from ASU that finished second in the nation this year at the prestigious Hearst Journalism Awards.

Jill Galus

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October 1, 2009 at 11:51 am

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Shapleigh gets married

From former El Paso Times reporter Brandi Grissom, writing in Texas Weekly:

Wedding bells rang for state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso, this weekend in the tiny old mining town of Shafter, near Big Bend National Park.

On Sunday, Shapleigh, 56, married Joyce Feinberg, of El Paso, former executive director of the Sun Bowl, former chief assistant to former El Paso Mayor Ray Caballero, and Shapleigh said, “an absolutely stellar person.”

It was a small ceremony, attended by six people, including the bride and groom, he said.

Shapleigh divorced his first wife, assistant El Paso County attorney Lee Shapleigh, last year.

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October 1, 2009 at 10:06 am

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