The e-Newsletter from the Hispanic National Bar Association
June 15, 2018 Edition

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The Countdown begins HNBA Familia

Only 84 days until our Annual Convention installation Gala at which my dear amiga Jennifer Salinas will be sworn in as our new National President! I am proud to report that we are kicking things into high gear after nine months of breakneck advances in nearly every area of operations and programming. This year has already seen record-breaking fundraising and double-digit increases in our Association’s savings, individual and affiliate memberships, strategic partnerships, local programming, scholarships, press coverage in national news publications, member engagement at regional and national events, and thousands of new followers receiving our message on a daily basis via social media. I am so grateful to our Board of Governors, partners like The Raben Group, and the countless members who have made this progress possible, but make no mistake, We Are Not Done!

We recently kicked off our “VIA Summer,” in keeping with our theme this year of “Vision In Action.” This means you will see even more local events at the regional and affiliate level including Su Negocio and Su Dinero events teaching our solo and small firms how to run their business better and placing our members on the path to financial wellness, as well as the roll-out of our IPLI Roadshow and Latina Leadership Academy toolkit-- mini-sized national programs we are now offering at the local level. I hope that you will take advantage of these programs when they come to your area! It also means that we will continue to play meaningful leadership roles on the issues of immigration reform and Puerto Rico relief, with events like the Congressional Briefing we recently hosted at the U.S. Capitol (more below), and increased opportunities for our members to be individual contributors to the solution via advocacy and pro bono legal opportunities. 

Our community is facing unprecedented attacks and turmoil, but we must remain hopeful and committed to being a part of the solution. I am encouraged by the good work of our members that I see on a daily basis. Please take the time to read through this excellent edition of E-Noticias to see what I mean. HNBA leader Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, is receiving the ABA’s prestigious John Marshall Award in recognition for his important work-- the first Latino to do so in the award’s history(!)-- because he and his organization are working hard to be part of the solution. Our regions, affiliates, sections, and committees are hosting amazing events designed to advance our Latinx attorneys and increase the law school pipeline all over the country, with the HNBA’s support, because they believe in the power of the collective and want to be a part of the solution. So with less than three months to go, I challenge you each to answer this question: what can you do to be part of the solution? 

I can’t wait to see you all soon at our Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA, September 5-7, 2018, where I will enthusiastically pass the baton to President-Elect Salinas and proudly watch as she and our new Board of Governors take our amazing Association to the next level! Until then… P’alante! 

Erica V. Mason
HNBA National President 

September 5-8, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA

HNBA's Poder25 Featured in

Hispanic National Bar Association Leaders Discuss Initiative to Increase Latino GC Numbers
"I have spent years working across all legal functions and developing my leadership skills in global roles. However, this experience alone does not make GC opportunities readily available. I appreciate Poder25 because it gives me visibility to the opportunities and the network of professionals who can help connect me to them.” Willie Hernandez, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Read the full article by Caroline Spiezio on HERE.

What is Poder25? The Poder25 initiative aims to increase the number of Hispanic General Counsels at Fortune 500 companies to 20 by the year 2025. Learn more HERE

ABA Survey on Understanding the Workplace Experiences of Legal Professionals
You are invited to participate in a first-of-its-kind project aimed at better understanding the workplace experiences of today’s legal professionals.

The research project examines the opportunities and challenges facing individuals in the legal profession of the 21st century, with consideration of women, minorities, people of differing sexual orientations and gender identities, people with disabilities, and others. The American Bar Association is partnering with the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University on this study. 
The 15-minute survey is anonymous and voluntary. It is approved by the Syracuse University Human Subjects Review Board. The findings will be used to help develop best practices in the legal profession.



HNBA Congressional Immigration Briefing
June 7, 2018 | Washington, D.C.

On June 7, 2018, the HNBA hosted a Congressional Briefing on Immigration Policy and Reform at the U.S. Capitol before a packed room of congressional staffers and other stakeholders— the first HNBA event of its kind. Panel speakers included HNBA Immigration Law Section Chair Christine Hernandez, KIND President Wendy Young; Senator Hirono’s Chief Counsel & Legislative Assistant on Immigration and the Judiciary, Helaine Greenfield; and M. Lucero Ortiz, Director of Legal Services for the Central American Resource Center. Topics briefed included family separations, DACA, TPS, asylum, caravans, unaccompanied minors and immigration quotas. Mil gracias to our speakers and The Raben Group for spearheading this important event and ensuring that our voices are heard on this critical issue!

2018 HNBA/Microsoft IPLI
June 2 - 9, 2018 | Washington, DC

HNBA/Microsoft held their annual IPLI in Washington, D.C., last week with 27 law students from across the country coming together for an intensive, exciting week of IP law! Thank you to all the government agencies, law firms, mentors, speakers, and staff who participated and made this yet another unforgettable IPLI! Take a look at the full agenda!

View the 2018 IPLI Scholars, Fellows, and Speakers HERE.
Check out the photo album from the week!

(More photos to be added soon.)

Inaugural HNBA/Prudential Su Dinero Program
Co-Hosted by the Hispanic Bar Association of DC (HBA-DC)
May 31, 2018 | Washington, DC
HNBA/Prudential held the inaugural Su Dinero Program at Troutman Sanders on May 31! Thank you to everyone who joined us in D.C., and a special thank you to:
  • Prudential speaker Silvia Tergas, who did an outstanding job connecting with the audience! #PlanForTomorrowToday #NoLoansForRetirement
  • Location sponsor Troutman Sanders LLP. Team member Olga Carrera is a gem!
  • Hispanic Bar Association of DC  for getting the word out! #HNBAFamilia

    Second HNBA/Prudential Su Dinero
    HNBA/Prudential held the second Su Dinero Program at Greenberg Traurig in Miami, FL, on June 13!

    Thank you to everyone who joined us in Miami, and again to Prudential Presenter Silvia Tergas.
What is Su Dinero?
The HNBA/Prudential Su Dinero program is designed to educate
​members on how to achieve overall financial wellness for themselves, their families, and future generations. Su Dinero’s two-prong approach features an online platform that allows participants to access financial wellness modules tailored to their unique needs, as well as in-person financial education workshops that will be conducted throughout our Regions and Affiliates. The curriculum offers practical, down-to earth information, focusing on key financial concepts such as budgeting, debt management, protection of assets, tax implications of investment decisions, preparing for retirement, and creating a financial legacy for your familia. 
Stay tuned for the next in-person Su Dinero in your area!
HBA of Greater Kansas City's Salsa Social
April 6, 2018
(First photo are UMKC HLSA students. Second photo is HBAGKC: Janell Avila, Lynn Treviño-Legler, Amanda Sisney (HBAGKC President) & Raymond Rico)

The Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City co-hosted a Salsa Social Night with the Region XI Law Student Division and the University of MO School of Law at Hush Speakeasy. Thank you to Genesis Mercado, Region XI YLS President, Janell Avila, Region XI Deputy Regional President & Elsa Linares, UMKC HLSA President for making the first Salsa Social a success!


Join Us for the HNBA Family Law Section Call!

The upcoming call for the HNBA Family Law Section is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 29 at 1 p.m. EST.  The dial-in instructions for this conference call are as follows:

Conference Number: 607
Conference Access Code: 201

Questions? Please contact: Family Law Chair, Dolly Hernandez, at:

You're Invited - NAACP Voting Rights Training Institute in San Antonio

In order to combat voter suppression efforts, the NAACP is training a cadre of attorneys and law students on how to conduct voting rights litigation in federal courts. The NAACP will hold a Voting Rights Training Institute July 15 & 16, 2018, at The Henry B. González Convention Center, 900 East Market Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205. The program is free of charge and we are seeking 13.5 CLE credit hours. All are welcome to attend the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Memorial Luncheon on Monday, July 16th, at 12:30 p.m. (cost $50). The keynote luncheon speaker will be the former Governor of Massachusetts, the Honorable Deval L. Patrick. 

Congratulations to Judge Samour

Carlos Armando Samour, Jr. was recently appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court.
“Judge Samour complements Colorado’s Supreme Court both professionally and personally. He has presided over some of Colorado’s highest profile cases in recent history and has distinguished himself, without exception, as being fair and impartial regardless of the magnitude of the case,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “He has been educated completely in Colorado having attended Columbine High School, University of Colorado Denver and University of Denver’s law school. And of course, he is a lifelong Broncos fan.”
Judge Samour is currently the Chief District Court Judge in Colorado’s 18th Judicial District. He has been Chief Judge since 2014 and a District Court Judge since 2007. 

Juan Cartagena Receiving John Marshall Award

Congratulations to HNBA member, Juan Cartagena (President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF) who will be receiving the John Marshall award from the ABA this year! The John Marshall Award is meant to recognize those attorneys dedicated to the improvement of the administration of justice. Juan is the first Latino to win this award. Past winners include: Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Justice Anthony Kennedy and other legends in our profession. 

Nissan/Infiniti Canada GC Fernando Garcia Wins Lexology's Global Counsel "Thought Leader of the Year" Award

On June 8, 2018 Fernando Garcia, General Counsel of Nissan Canada, Inc. and Infiniti Canada received the 2018 Global Counsel “Thought Leader of the Year Award” from Lexology in association with ACC Foundation at a ceremony in New York City. Fernando is a tireless advocate for the Latino community and enjoys speaking and writing about advancing diversity and inclusiveness within the legal profession, as well as speaking about the future of law and how technology is changing and will change the profession. He was previously recognized as one of the 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. We are proud of Fernando for this amazing award and even more grateful that in true #HNBAFamilia fashion, he took the time to invite us to send three of our HNBA’s YLD Division members to sit at his table and attend the awards dinner so that they could gain early exposure to this powerful network! Congrats Fernando!

Congratulations to Dolly Hernandez
Congratulations to Dolly Hernandez, HNBA Family Law Section Chair for being named in the Top 50: 2018 Women Florida Super Lawyers and Top 100: 2018 Miami Super Lawyers lists! Of Counsel to Richman Greer, P.A., Dolly focuses her practice on complex marital and family law cases. Ms. Hernandez represents high-net-worth individuals in matters that include dissolution of marriage, equitable distribution, alimony, child support, parenting and time-share issues, paternity, prenuptial agreements, and postnuptial agreements.

Congratulations to Irene Oria, HNBA VP of Programs

Congratulations to Irene Oria, HNBA VP of Programs, who has been elected to the Dade County Bar Association (DCBA) Board of Directors as a Director, Group 3. The Dade County Bar Association (DCBA), a not-for-profit voluntary bar, founded in the early 1900's and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1916. The DCBA is largest voluntary bar association in the State of Florida and the voice for Miami-Dade County's diverse legal community. Learn more about the DCBA HERE.


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Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our sisters and brothers in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean as they work through the devastation caused by the numerous recent natural disasters that have impacted our communities.

Every effort counts during this crucial time, so please visit our website HERE to find resources to best offer assistance.


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