Texas Fellow Sofia Ramón has been named as a board member for CASA of Hidalgo County for the 2017-2018 period. Ms. Ramón is very passionate about helping others through difficult times, and this honor solidifies that fact.

CASA of Hidalgo County’s mission statement is to “speak for the best interests of the children in the courts by promoting and supporting quality volunteer representation to provide each child a safe, permanent, nurturing home.” CASA of Hidalgo County is part of a national volunteer movement that began in 1977 when Judge David Soukup in Seattle decided he needed to know more about the children whose lives were in his hands. His solution was to ask community volunteers to act as a “voice in court” for abused and neglected children. These Court Appointed Special Advocate® (CASAs) provided him with the detailed information he needed to safeguard the children’s best interests and ensure that they were placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The program was so successful that it was copied around the nation.

In 1994, CASA of Hidalgo County, Inc. was created by a group of concerned citizens to serve abused and neglected children in the county with trained community volunteers. Today, CASA of Hidalgo County is led by eleven board of directors and a staff of six, including: an executive director, three case managers, one volunteer coordinator, and one administrative assistant. In 2016, CASA of Hidalgo County served 321 children with 67 volunteers. It is the goal of CASA of Hidalgo County, Inc. to ensure that every child in the county who needs a child advocate, has one. CASA Volunteers make positive impressions on the lives of abused and neglected children, and positively impact the judicial and child welfare systems.

Sofia Ramón of Ramón Worthington, PLLC in McAllen, Texas, was born and raised in Edinburg, Texas, and she is fluent in Spanish. She graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American, magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications (theater emphasis). She obtained her law degree from The University of Texas School of Law in 1992 and is licensed in the Southern and Western Districts of Texas as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit.

Prior to opening Ramón Worthington, PLLC, Ms. Ramón practiced law as an equity partner at Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, LLP in McAllen, Texas. She was previously an attorney with The Law Office of Israel Ramón, Jr. in McAllen and before that, worked as an associate in the Litigation Section of Austin-based Small, Craig & Werkenthin, P.C. (San Antonio office). Ms. Ramón was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2012 and she has successfully represented numerous clients in jury trials in State and Federal Courts across Central and South Texas. She served two terms with the State Bar of Texas Standing Committee on Court Rules and the Attorney Admissions Committee for the Southern District of Texas from 2004 to 2013. Ms. Ramón is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute (DRI), Texas Bar Foundation and has earned the status of “Fellow” with the College of the State Bar of Texas, having maintained membership for 10 or more consecutive years.

She has written for and presented at various continuing legal education seminars for the State Bar of Texas, TADC and the HCBA on topics including insurance law, liens and subrogation, prosecuting and defending trucking and auto accident lawsuits, arbitration and ethics of representation of multiple clients.

She completed the 40 hour Basic Mediation Training seminar in Dallas, Texas, February 2015, and has mediated commercial and personal injury disputes.

She also served several terms as an officer and director for the Hidalgo County Bar Association. She was also previously active in the San Antonio and Bexar County Women’s Bar associations as well as the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association. Other community activities include the Puente Mentor Program for South Texas College and she is active in her local cycling community often participating in fund raising events for cancer awareness, diabetes, Toys for Tots and other worthy causes. Ms. Ramon is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.