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, Regional Counsel - San Antonio Office Since he joined MALDEF in 2003, Mr. Hinojosa has become a leading litigator, advocate, and thinker in the area of education civil rights. His practice focuses exclusively on civil rights impact litigation on behalf of Latinos. Mr. Hinojosa previously served at MALDEF as a Staff Attorney and Senior Litigator, during which time he participated in MALDEF's litigation, advocacy, and public education in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and six additional southern and western states.

Among current cases, Mr. Hinojosa serves as MALDEF's lead counsel for: low income and English Language Learner (ELL) children challenging the inadequacy of the Colorado school finance system; student intervening to defend Texas's in-state tuition law for undocumented immigrants; ELL children challenging secondary programs and state education monitoring in Texas; and immigrants challenging discriminatory rules related to Texas driver's licenses. Mr. Hinojosa has also litigated MALDEF cases that resulted in halting racially discriminatory classroom assignments for Latino schoolchildren, desegregated public school systems, and restored college tuition exemption to military veterans who were naturalized citizens or legal permanent residents of the U.S. In addition, he argued the most recent Texas school finance case, on behalf of property-poor districts, to the Texas Supreme Court in West-Orange Cove CISD v. Neeley. Mr. Hinojosa has also presented testimony to local and state governments and has served as an expert on education issues at numerous local, state and national conferences.

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

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