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E-NOTICIAS Special Edition
2018 CCC Recap!

Over $1 Million in sponsorships, a first for an HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference!
Over 800 CCC Participants including 300+ attending CCC Specialty Workshops & Programs; 800+ CLE attendees; 1000+ Plenary attendees!
93 Sponsors & Exhibitors including: 4 Strategic Partners (↑33%); 2 Platinums & 3 Gold Sponsors (↑200%); 9 Silvers ((↑13%); 12 Bronze (↑33%); and 18 Exhibitors (↑80%)!
Over 100 Students from 30 Teams participated in 23rd Annual Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Competition, which was judged by almost 40 Volunteer Judges, including a record number of federal court judges (15 Article III Judges and 5 Circuit Court Judges)!
Moot Court Scholarship Awards Increased By 25% to $50,000.00!
HNBA Hall of Flags Launched; 75 New Members Joined Substantive Law Sections, Committees Divisions and Task Forces!

#HNBAFamilia       #HNBAPresente

  • CBAC Advocacy Day
  • HNBA Advocacy Day
  • 2018 Corporate Counsel Conference & Moot Court Competition
  • View photos and highlights below from the 2018 CCC in San Francisco!
  • Read our latest issue of Noticias!
  • Submit a CLE Proposal for the 2018 Annual Convention!
  • Have a favorite Conference memory? Email: dmehta@hnba.com to share!
  • Don't forget to connect with HNBA President Mason on Twitter @HNBA_Pres


Querida HNBA Familia,

We nicknamed this Special Edition of E-Noticias “March Madness” (despite losing miserably in the Bar Association Bracket Challenge), because the HNBA has accomplished in the past month what many thought was unthinkable-- the successful execution of three major events within a single month: CBAC Advocacy Day, HNBA Advocacy Day and the 2018 Corporate Counsel Conference and Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Competition! I could not be prouder of our association and the members and allies who have heeded our call to action and said “Presente!” when it mattered most. 

I encourage you to read the special reports on each of these events as well as information about various upcoming opportunities and future events included in this Special Edition of E-Noticias.

My sincerest thanks to all who are helping us meaningfully move the needle for Latinos in the legal profession and advocate on behalf of our community. I consider it a privilege to lead this extraordinary group, and I cannot wait to see what we do next!

Your HNBA National President,
Erica V. Mason


February 27-28, 2018 (CBAC Advocacy Day)

CBAC Members Unite to Support DACA Legislation & Puerto Rico Relief Among Top Priorities During HNBA-Hosted CBAC Advocacy Day.

Formed 26 years ago by the national affinity bar associations of color (HNBA, NAPABA, NBA and NNABA) CBAC member associations collaborate year-round on issues of common importance, including an annual Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. It was our honor to host this year’s event!
The spirit of coalition-building permeated our planning meetings and Advocacy Day events, and we are extremely grateful that the leaders from each member association: (1) voted to adopt all five of the HNBA’s Legislative Priorities (discussed in the HNBA Advocacy Day report below); and (2) agreed to make DACA the priority focus during this year’s CBAC Advocacy Day.

In addition to conducting more than a dozen Congressional Meetings during CBAC Advocacy Day, Latina Congresswoman and Co-President of the 115th Congress’s Freshman Class, Representative Nanette Barragan (CA), addressed CBAC participants and answered questions during the CBAC annual dinner preceding the event.
Feedback from CBAC participants and the Congressional offices with which we met has been uniformly glowing! My favorite, by far, was from NAPABA Policy Director Navdeep Singh who commented that he wished he could “clone” our VP of External Affairs Mariana Bravo. Of course, I could not agree more!!
Thank you to VP of External Affairs Bravo, our National Office, and Immediate Past President Pedro Torres-Díaz who led the charge on the planning and execution of CBAC Advocacy Day, to all of the CBAC member organizations for their ongoing allyship!
We look forward to our next joint-event with NAPABA, NBA, NNABA, as well as the ABA and LGBT Bar, the 2018 Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy June 24-26, 2018 in Miami, FL. Please our sidebar for information about how you can apply to the 2018 HNBA CBLA Class! EVM

February 28-March 1, 2018 (HNBA Advocacy Day)

The Challenging Political Climate and Unexpected Scheduling Changes Couldn’t Stop the HNBA Familia From Achieving our Best-Attended Advocacy Day to Date!

Earlier this year, HNBA leadership made the tough call of moving up our Advocacy Day to early March in order to ensure that our voices were heard prior to Congress’s (then-pending) March 5, 2018 DACA Legislation deadline. 

Despite this schedule change and close proximity to the CCC, our unwaveringly dedicated members showed up in droves, making the 2018 Advocacy Day the best attended and most geographically-diverse Advocacy Day ever, with members from numerous southern and midwestern states that we had not seen before (including Oklahoma!). Their presence was critically important to our strategy this year, because it allowed us to schedule constituent meetings with members of Congress who sit on key committees that we hope to influence—e.g., Senate Judiciary Committee, Ways & Means, and Infrastructure. We also held our first ever webinar-based Advocacy Day Training so that members could begin to prepare for their meetings with Congress well before they arrived in Washington, DC. 

HNBA members conducted nearly 80 congressional meetings during which we advocated for this year’s five Legislative Priorities: Puerto Rico Economic & Disaster Relief, DACA Legislation, Diversity In The Federal Judiciary, Criminal Justice Reform, and Legal Representation For Unaccompanied Minor Asylum Seekers. The HNBA will continue to advocate on all of our priority issues until positive change is achieved! If you are interested in finding out how you can help with our continuing advocacy efforts, please contact VP of External Affairs Mariana Bravo at vpexternal@hnba.com 

March 15-17, 2018
The HNBA’s 9th Annual Corporate Counsel Conference Breaks Numerous Records in San Francisco, CA!

As I reflect upon the success of our 2018 Corporate Counsel Conference, I think back to the beginning of our CCC planning process that commenced a few short weeks after the 2017 Annual Convention. HP Inc.’s Chief Legal Officer Kim Rivera invited a small team of us to HP's Palo Alto offices to discuss the upcoming conference. We shared with her our vision of having CLEs focused exclusively on emerging areas of law and specialty programs that focused on strategies that would help our in-house and outside counsel members advance their careers in targeted and quantifiable ways. She graciously agreed to serve as our Honorary CCC Chair and spent the next hour with us planning and offering ideas on how we could achieve these goals.
Six months and countless conference calls, sponsor meetings, CCC-promotional Memes, and sleepless nights later, our Honorary Chair praised the results of our efforts during her keynote remarks at the CCC Welcome Reception. And not without reason– by nearly every metric we can quantify, including record-setting fundraising, CLE and Noticias submissions, attendance at specialty workshops, and $50,000.00 in Moot Court Scholarship Awards, this CCC was our most successful yet!
I am grateful for the example set by my personal heroes like Kim Rivera, whose game-changing Diversity Holdback Mandate has broken the mold of legal diversity “initiatives” and is creating unprecedented opportunities for our legal community; Prudential Group CLO John Rosero who was instrumental in the launch of Poder25 as well as our newly-announced strategic partnership with Prudential that will provide free financial wellness education to our members via web- and app-based platforms and in-person workshops across the country; and Patricia Menéndez-Cambó, Vice Chair of Greenberg Traurig (and rainmaker extraordinaire), who flew directly from overseas to the CCC just to serve as a faculty at the BDI Program and mentor the next generation of HNBA rainmakers. It always amazes me that despite their incomprehensibly busy schedules, they have never said they were “too busy,” or failed to show up or lend a helping hand when asked.
I am equally grateful to the literally hundreds of Board Members, Judges, speakers, and volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this CCC possible. To each of you- thank you for taking the time to invest in our association and elevate the CCC’s reputation as a must-attend event for in-house and outside corporate counsel around the country! While I cannot possibly thank everyone individually, I must specially recognize several members of our planning team HERE.
I am also grateful to every member who showed up and took advantage of the many CLEs, programs and evening networking events that we worked so hard to execute. Thank you for taking your careers seriously and for taking the steps necessary to achieve your dreams!
Most of all, I am grateful that the teamwork, collaboration and camaraderie that our lawyers exemplify are not “innovative” concepts within our organization as they would be in many bar associations. Make no mistake, these values will serve as a force-multiplying differentiator that will catapult us to even more record-breaking successes. Let us never lose sight of the fact that we are Familia first and foremost, and continue to demonstrate this year’s theme of “Vision in Action” in that we accomplish! EVM



I am overwhelmed by the incredible amount of support the HNBA received from so many sponsors at the 2018 CCC. Make no mistake, your AMAZING support allows the HNBA to, among many other things, fund scholarships, support pro bono efforts, improve pipeline programming, and advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. YOUR SPONSORSHIP DOLLARS MAKE A DIFFERENCE! I simply could not be more proud to be associated with an organization that does so much good, and enjoys the support of so many caring collaborators. 

While many were saddened to see the CCC come to an end, do not fear! There is another "can't miss" HNBA event coming this fall! I invite you to join us for the 2018 HNBA Annual Convention, September 5th-8th, in Philadelphia, PA, where we will celebrate the HNBA's accomplishments over the past year, and offer robust programming designed to help you take your career to the next level! And if that’s not enough, I will be offering a select number of lucky sponsors the opportunity to join me for the vaunted "Philly Cheesesteak Challenge" -- are you team Pat's or team Geno's? Join me and find out!

I cannot wait for #FamiliaEnPhilly!

Bryan R. Browning
2017-2018 HNBA National Finance Director


Irene Oria
2017-2018 HNBA Vice President of Programs

Poder25 Program Launch 

There could be no better venue than the 2018 CCC for the launch of our Poder25 GC Pipeline Initiative, the first Fortune 500 GC Pipeline Program for Hispanic Attorneys! Prior to the conference, the Poder25 Steering Committee selected 40 members for Poder’s 2018 “GC Ready” and “GC Next” Classes, and assembled an impressive faculty of four Fortune 500 General Counsel, five GCs from the “GC Ready” class, and five recruiters from the most prominent GC executive search firms in the country! Our inaugural event featured three impressive panels and interactive sessions, including an hour-long meet & greet session during which each GC Ready class member received one-on-one mentoring sessions from our Fortune 500 GC and Recruiter Faculty. Thank you to all of our faculty and participants and to the Poder25 Steering Committee for your hard work in planning and executing this ground-breaking event!   

Celebrated Return and Expansion of Business Development Institute (BDI) 
It was standing room only for the return of BDI which is not surprising given our all-star faculty comprised of high-ranking in-house counsel from Nokia, PepsiCo and Prudential, and Biglaw Rainmakers from Bryan Cave, Dechert and Greenberg Traurig. A lively, interactive panel discussion about business development strategies was followed by more intimate breakout sessions led by each of the 6 panelists. The participants were then provided with a template Individual Marketing and Business Development Plan and matched up with other participants as accountability partners to work on their marketing/business development throughout the year.  A heartfelt thank you to the BDI panelists and participants for their contributions to this redesigned, reinvigorated BDI program!

What People are Saying About Poder25 and BDI 

"I really enjoyed the Poder25 session. The folks going through the program are quite impressive. A great initiative."
Pilar S. Ramos, General Counsel- North America, Mastercard  

"Thank you again for the opportunity to join the inaugural Poder25 class. I learned a great deal in this initial program and found the program very beneficial. I look forward to the next program."
Alan B. Cardenas, Lead Counsel - Central Functions, Siemens Corporation

"The BDI program was awesome. Thank you!"
Marisa Rodriguez, Attorney, Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial
BDI Program Participant

"I heard so much positive feedback about the program. Thank you Irene and the HNBA team for the invite and setting up a well-executed program. To the other panelists, it was pleasure and privilege to work with each of you."
Hasan Ibrahim, Vice President and Chief Legal Officer,
Prudential Advisors; BDI Panelist

Another Highly Successful Speed Networking & Corporate Connections Program 
This year, a record 109 Speed Networking interviews were conducted by a record 33 in-house counsel participants from 18 companies and 1 government agency!  In fact, additional interviews had to be scheduled before and after the official hours of the program in order to accommodate all of the corporations’ interview requests. Thank you Amazon, Apple, Bank of America, eBay, Facebook, Freddie Mac, Google, HP Inc., Intel, Liberty Mutual, Macy’s, Microsoft, Mitsui Rail Capital, NBC Universal, Nokia, State Farm, Target, Walmart, US Army JAG, and the 77 attorneys who participated in the Speed Networking interviews and the Reception that followed. We are confident that the professional connections that were made will turn into business and/or employment opportunities.
Best of luck to all who participated in the program!


Friday, March 16th
Breakfast Plenary: Rebuilding Puerto Rico: A Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue Regarding How Best to Address Puerto Rico's Humanitarian & Economic Crises

Lunch Plenary: GC Roundtable: Innovation in Diversity: What Can We Learn About Diversity from Innovative Companies?

Saturday, March 17th
Breakfast Plenary: HNBA Latina Commission Plenary

Lunch Plenary: Innovating Solutions To Close The Latino Education Gap

The HNBA was honored to host 15 students from Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School as our Special Guests at the Saturday lunch plenary on Closing the Latino Education Gap.

Here's What They Had to Say
"Our deepest gratitude for inviting Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School to the HNBA conference. What an amazing opportunity it was for our students. They soaked in every second of the conversation on Innovative Solutions to the Education Gap. 
The highlight of the day was when you introduced Cristo Rey and asked the students to stand. Followed by asking [the attorneys and law students] in the audience to stand if they were first in their families to go to college. That moment alone was extremely powerful. Our students were equally moved by their individual conversations with conference attendees at their tables, and the global offer of support as they pursue high school graduation and college acceptances. Please extend our thanks to HNBA and all the attendees who made Saturday so memorable!"

Celeste Giusti 
Work Study Development 
Cristo Rey San José Jesuit High School 

Student Quotes
  "I've never been in a room of successful people before, who have come from the same path that I am on." Diana
"Everyone was nice and offering to help me." Carlos 
"I really want to work at eBay after sitting with them." Joanna 
"There are so many people willing to help us." Xiomara 
"We need more of "us" running companies." Lizbeth 
"It was emotional and powerful to see all the people standing in the room who were just like me." Mirian  
"I plan to go into business, but now law sounds interesting too." Renzo 


Welcome Reception @ The Green Room at the
San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center

Sponsored by: Foley & Lardner LLP

 Thursday, March 15th

(HNBA President Mason on the L. and on the R: Jaime B. Guerrero from Foley & Lardner, City Attorney of San Francisco, Dennis Herrera, HNBA President Mason, HP Inc. GC, Kim Rivera, HP Inc. VP & Associate GC, Willie Hernandez, & HNBA COO & Executive Director, Alba Cruz-Hacker)

2018 Top Lawyers Under 40 Awards Reception
Our 33 “Top Lawyers Under 40” Award recipients demonstrate professional excellence, integrity, leadership, commitment to the Hispanic community, and dedication to improving the legal profession. Congratulations!

Watch the video of Award Recipients HERE.

Lion Dancing
Special appearances by Yau Kung Moon’s Lion Dancers & HNBA President Erica Mason!

Sponsored by: The Marquez Law Group

HNBA Gala Dinner
Sponsored by: Google

Saturday, March 17th
Watch the "HNBA Top 10" presented during the Gala Dinner by HNBA Law Student Volunteers! Thank you to Leo, Steve, Elsie, Nicole, and Diana! 

$50,000.00 in Scholarships Awarded at the Gala to our 2018 Moot Court Winners!

HNBA Moot Court National Champion
Washington and Lee University School of Law

2nd Place
Baylor Law School
3rd Place
Loyola Law School
4th Place
Seton Hall University School of Law
(L. to R. from Washington and Lee, Joseph Isenberg and Danielle Phillips, and 2nd place winners from Baylor Law School, Luis Herrera and Pablo Martinez) (Photo on the R. Pablo Martinez, Luis Herrera, and Andrew Martinez from Baylor Law School)
(United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on the L. and on the R. Moot Court Champion, Danielle Phillips from Washington and Lee School of Law) 

2018 Global TEC Forum
Wed. April 11th, 7:00 am - Friday April 13th, 7:00 pm
JW Marriott Austin, 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX

The Global TEC Forum: Empowering Change in Technology, Education and Careers (G-TEC) addresses diversity in the tech industry, the latest disruptions and challenges facing the legal profession, and how emerging technologies are changing the practice of law. In addition to educational panels, participants attend career development sessions and workshops specifically tailored for their career track and level of experience. The ultimate goal for each attendee is to cultivate professional relationships, learn about the latest tech developments in the legal profession and strategically advance their professional brand and career.

2018 HNBA Annual Convention

Philadelphia, PA
September 5-8, 2018

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*Registration Opening Soon...



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Deadline: 5:00 pm EST on Wed., April 12th

Up to twenty-five Latino law students from law schools across the country are chosen to participate, with airfare, lodging and meals covered. Candidates are selected to participate in this immersive summer program through a highly competitive process.

To apply to participate in IPLI 2018, fill out the online application and upload:
1. Personal statement
    (maximum 3 pages)
2. Your most recent transcript
3. Your current resume



Thank you Finnegan for hosting the 2018 CBAC Business Meeting, Reception and Dinner!!



The Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (CBLA) is an annual leadership academy for diverse bar leaders from each of the CBLA member organizations: the American Bar Association (“ABA”), Hispanic National Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”), National Bar Association (“NBA”), National LGBT Bar (“LGBT Bar”), and the National Native American Bar Association (“NNABA”).

Through this collaboration, the CBLA aims to strengthen the pipeline of diverse bar association leaders through leadership training and professional development programs. The CBLA benefits current and future bar leaders, the bar association community, and the legal profession overall, and lays the foundation for further collaborative efforts by the sponsoring bar associations to foster diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

CBLA is intended for: 
•    Up-and-coming bar leaders who have been in practice for 5-15 years.
•    Have served in leadership role with an HNBA Affiliate or local minority bar association, or who have served as an HNBA Regional President, Deputy Regional President, or chair or co-chair of an HNBA committee, section, division, or task force.

Deadling to Apply: May 25th





The work of the HNBA remains critical to the continued growth and development of our members and the Hispanic community, and we ask that you partner with us in these efforts. To view sponsorship opportunities, click here.



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Want to participate in programs like these? Many of our programs are members-only. Don't miss out on these and other great members-only benefits.

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Delta Airlines generously donated numerous items for a Raffle to benefit the HNBA's Scholarships and Educational Pipeline Programs. We raised over $6,000.00 and thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets and winners were announced live at the HNBA Gala!

Raffle Prizes

*2 tickets to anywhere in the Caribbean/Mexico
*2 tickets to anywhere in the US48
*A stay for two at La Concha Resort in Puerto Rico
*A stay for two at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in Puerto Rico




Join the HNBA Law Student Division (LSD) Career Opportunities Board for access to all of the opportunities heading your way and receive new postings straight to your inbox!

Do you know of an internship, scholarship, or clerkship in your area? Submit to: studentopportunities@hnba.com




Washington, DC
May 18-19, 2018

The HNBA thanks Reed Smith LLP for hosting the 2018 HNBA March Board Meeting in San Francisco, CA!
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