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July 2, 2020 Edition
Querida HNBA Familia,

June was a month filled with activity, including major U.S. Supreme Court decisions on key HNBA advocacy priorities related to LGBTQ protection and immigration as well as dynamic and engaging HNBA/VIA virtual programs.

On June 15, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that, under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, gay, lesbian, and transgender employees are protected from workplace discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation. HNBA’s official statement celebrated the opinion, noting that we must continue to fight against these types of discrimination and barriers. HNBA applauded the Supreme Court decision to continue DACA’s protections from deportation, also noting that continued advocacy for permanent citizenship for qualified immigrants is the ultimate goal.

Later that same week, on June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the federal government’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects hundreds of thousands of DREAMers from deportation. The HNBA community was closely watching the DACA case and anticipating a decision that would affect many individuals currently working, living and learning in the United States. Just a week prior to the Supreme Court’s decision, the HNBA/VIA Webinar: Deconstructing DACA, held on June 9, featured an informative panel discussion of corporate social responsibility in the education and technology sectors. Speakers shared how DACA has made a difference in the way they do business, touching on legal implications of the program and outlining future possibilities. [Read More...]
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SUPPORT THE HNBA VIA (“Vision in Action”) FUND 
As the HNBA's 501 (c)(3) charitable arm, VIA’s mission is to empower the U.S. Hispanic community (students, legal professionals and the public) through targeted programs and initiatives that increase the community’s access and influence, provide expanded education, career advancement, and leadership opportunities. Click here to donate!

Text to Donate: Text the code HNBAVIA to 44-321

Click here to support the HNBA VIA Law Student Scholarship Fund! Making a gift can help change the lives of Hispanic students across the country. Donate today and help the HNBA VIA Fund increase scholarships and expand on our programs and initiatives!

Text to Donate: Text the code LAWSTUDENTS to 44-321

Please consider VIA when deciding where to invest your or your organization’s charitable support. You may also consider partnering with the HNBA VIA Fund to advance your organization’s Hispanic diversity and inclusion or corporate citizenship programs and initiatives. 

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AmazonSmile is an easy way to shop for both your daily needs and special gifts, and contribute to the HNBA VIA Fund at the same time! It is easy to sign up, and 0.5% of your Amazon purchases will be donated to VIA, helping us continue our critical programs and services. To designate VIA as your preferred charity, sign into Amazon through our official AmazonSmile link, or go to and search for Hnba Via-Vision in Action-Fund.

Also, AmazonSmile customers can now support the VIA in the Amazon Shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Click here for detailed instructions.
Together, we are a powerful force! 
HNBA Familia Responds to Racial Injustice
Tu lucha es mi lucha - your struggle is my struggle. The HNBA's statement on the death of George Floyd denounced racial injustice against the black community and promoted a culture of equality. “Justice in this nation should be accessible to all, and should move at the same speed regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious background, or immigration status," said HNBA National President Irene Oria.
This E-Noticias section will focus on current issues surrounding systemic racism in the United States, and how legal professionals, companies and organizations can not only speak up but also take action and influence change.
On June 25, 2020, over 160 law firms announced their participation in the new Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA), which intends to tackle racism in the legal industry and in government. The aim of the LFAA, as noted in the group's charter, is “to leverage the resources of the private bar in partnership with legal services organizations to amplify the voices of communities and individuals oppressed by racism, to better use the law as a vehicle for change that benefits communities of color and to promote racial equity in the law.”

The Alliance's point of contact is Brenna K. DeVaney, Director of Pro Bono Programs at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Immediate Past President of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel. Per DeVaney, member firms are being asked to undertake pro bono projects and dedicate resources to initiatives that address systemic racism and diversity and inclusion (D&I). There is no financial commitment required, nor is there a specific commitment to particular pro bono hours/matters or D&I metrics or policies to participate. The initial summit for law firm chairs, D&I professionals and pro bono counsel is scheduled for July 29-30, 2020. 

As of June 29, there are currently 155 firms signed on as part of the LFAA. Firms that would like to join the Alliance can click here to send an email with the following information:
  • Name of Law Firm
  • Chair/Managing Partner Name/Email
  • Pro Bono Contact Name/Email
  • Media Contact Name/Email
  • Other Notes (e.g. D&I Contact)

Below, please find articles containing updates and additional resources:
We want to hear from you! Please e-mail stories, events and other information highlighting both individual and organizational anti-racism and diversity & inclusion initiatives to
Have you visited the HNBA/VIA Coronavirus Resource Center lately? Don't miss out on the latest news and community resources, including public health information, to keep you up-to-date and connected during these difficult times.

Please view the latest updated resources for this week:
If you would like to contribute information pertaining to COVID-19 resources and upcoming virtual events, please e-mail us at We are stronger together!
#HNBAFamilia     #HNBAPresente     #StayConnected     #TogetherWeRise
Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a globally-recognized mutual life insurance and financial services firm providing life policies, annuities, money management, and retirement planning to individuals and businesses in the United States and abroad. MassMutual also offers disability income insurance, long-term care insurance, structured settlement annuities, and trust services. The firm's purpose from day one has been "to help people secure their future and protect the ones they love," and they continue to deliver world-class products and services to shareholders aligned with this mission and vision. MassMutual's corporate headquarters are located in Springfield, Massachusetts, outside of Boston, and the company has over 7,000 U.S. based employees and nearly 11,000 worldwide. MassMutual is consistently ranked as a Fortune 500 company for the past 26 years (No. 93 in 2020), and has been in the exclusive Fortune 100 since 2013.

In October 2015, MassMutual became an HNBA/VIA Strategic Partner to provide support for the HNBA/VIA Su NegocioTM Program, which empowers Hispanic solo practitioners and small business owners at all stages of business formation, funding and expansion with targeted information and resources. Click here to learn more about this highly successful and popular program, which has evolved into a robust and informative webinar series the recent event on June 16 offered insight on navigating uncertainty and sustaining a business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MassMutual has prioritized supporting our employees, customers, and communities," said Brian Trzcinski, MassMutual's Director of Business Market Development. "With the majority of our people working remotely to help ensure their safety and well-being, we have provided wellness assistance such as counseling sessions, meditation resources, and virtual fitness activities, as well as paid leave for COVID-19-related needs so they can take care of themselves and their loved ones."

"To help our customers navigate through uncertain times, we’ve collected useful resources for them on our website. We also believe it’s essential that we all do our part to contain the virus, mitigate its impact, and help others who are affected by it," Trzcinski added. "To help do this, we launched MassMutual HealthBridge to provide up to $3 billion in free life insurance coverage to eligible health care workers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Arizona, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, and California." [Read More...]
2020 Corporate Counsel Conference &
Annual Convention

September 15-18, 2020 • September 22-24, 2020
As previously announced in early June 2020, the HNBA and VIA Boards unanimously voted to hold the combined CCC-AC2020 virtually, offering cutting-edge legal content through Continuing Legal Education (CLE) sessions, plenaries, and specialty programs, along with an exhibitor & sponsor showcase and unique networking opportunities designed to foster connection and collaboration. 

2 Conferences. 2 Weeks. 2 Themes 
– #TogetherWeRise and #StayConnected – CCC-AC2020 will have something for everyone, allowing a virtual experience accessible from your home, office, or on the go! Check out the preliminary agenda below:

September 15-18, 2020*
 Specialty Programming
  • Latina Leadership Academy
  • Latina Executive Leadership Program
  • Public Sector Lawyers Initiative (PSLI)
  • HNBA/VIA Su DineroTM; Sponsored by Prudential
  • LGBT Summit
  • HNBA/VIA Speed Networking & Corporate Connections Program
  • Solo/Small Firm Boot Camp
    • HNBA/VIA Su NegocioTM; Sponsored by MassMutual
  • CCC-AC2020 Sponsor & Exhibitor Showcase
  • HNBA/VIA Young Lawyers Division & Law Students Division Speed Mentoring
  • Diverse Meet-and-Greets (featuring Amazon, Apple and Genentech)
  • Division, Section & Committee Virtual Meetings
September 22-24, 2020*
Standard Programming
  • Plenary Sessions (AM & PM each day)
  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Sessions (4 tracks, 8 panels each)
  • CCC-AC2020 Sponsor & Exhibitor Showcase
  • Attorney Wellness Programs
  • HNBA/VIA Welcome Remarks, Keynote Speakers & Top 40 Lawyers Awards
  • HNBA/VIA Gala en La Sala, Keynote Speakers & National Awards
*Agenda is tentative and subject to change.

Every year, the HNBA/VIA recognize a talented group of lawyers and institutions that are making a difference in the legal profession and in our communities.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Latino Judge of the Year
Latina Judge of the Year
Latino Attorney of the Year
Latina Attorney of the Year
Regional President of the Year
HNBA Affiliate Organization of the Year
Law Student Organization of the Year
Corporate Partner of the Year
Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

Please click here to access the nomination form and view the criteria for each award category.

Please submit your nomination form via e-mail to:
Award Nomination Deadline: July 31, 2020


Application Deadline: Friday, July 24, 2020 

The HNBA Latina Commission is accepting applications for two professional development and leadership training programs, to be held in conjunction with the CCC-AC2020. These programs address areas identified as key to shattering glass ceilings and securing the advancement and long-term success of Latina lawyers. Click here to view the website for more details and application criteria, or click the links below to apply for either opportunity. 

The Latina Leadership Academy
The Latina Executive Leadership Program

Questions: Please contact Sulema Medrano Novak and Sonia Zeledon at

Please continue to visit the CCC-AC2020 website and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn for the latest event updates. We look forward to your participation!
HNBA/VIA offers ways for our partners and sponsors to recruit the best and brightest diverse candidates, along with providing career advancement opportunities to Hispanic legal professionals and law students seeking assistance with their own professional advancement. 
Law firms, in-house legal departments, and agencies/organizations seeking to hire qualified Hispanic attorneys and law students from across the country should not miss this opportunity to identify top diverse candidates at the 2020 HNBA/VIA Virtual Career Fair (VCF)—the Nation’s largest career fair for Hispanic attorneys and law students! The VCF helps match your organization with qualified diverse attorneys from a variety of practice areas, and at all levels of experience, as well as top law students. Fulfilling our mission, the VCF expands access and opportunity for employers and Hispanic legal professionals and students, all in one place—a cost-effective win/win for everyone.

Mark down August 5-6, 2020 on your calendars and visit the website for more information—you don't want to miss this event. Download the 2020 HNBA/VIA VCF Flyer and share with your colleagues and network!
Attorneys/Students: log in to your HNBA account to access the link to register.
Cost: FREE!
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Employers: click below to sign up!
Cost: $2500
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Looking for a new job, curious about opportunities, or seeking to hire qualified diverse candidates? Visit the HNBA Career Center! This robust and flexible job board allows job seekers to create email job alerts and refine their search to identify the exact roles they are seeking. For employers, the updated platform offers the same great one-time and package job posting options, but has additional features such as branded company profile pages tied to active job listings. Employers can also purchase upgrades such as featured jobs and banner advertising to further enhance recruiting efforts.

Check out our Featured Employers:
DLA Piper

View the Latest Jobs:
Director for The Small Business and Trademark Clinic; SMU Dedman School of Law (Dallas, TX)
Staff Attorney, Alaska; Earthjustice (Anchorage, AK)
Irvine - Labor & Employment Associate; Littler (Irvine, CA)
Associate Principal Counsel - Employment; The Walt Disney Company (Burbank, CA)
Director of Private Sector Legal Marketplace; University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School (Philadelphia, PA)
General Counsel; Teacher Retirement System of Texas (Austin, TX)
Senior Assistant City Attorney; City of Rockville (Rockville, MD)
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Corporate & Securities; The New York Times Company (New York, NY)
Corporate Counsel, Lab126 (Sunnyvale, CA or Seattle, WA); Amazon
Corporate Counsel (CC) Pipeline; Amazon (Seattle, WA)
Associate Corporate Counsel (ACC) Pipeline; Amazon (Seattle, WA)

The HNBA Career Center connects a pool of qualified diverse candidates with employers at leading law firms, Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Visit to learn more, submit your posting or apply for a new career! 

HNBA/LatinoJustice Virtual Voting Rights Event
Tuesday, July 7, 2020; 7 - 8:15 PM ET

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED: View the event on Zoom at or visit LatinoJustice's Facebook page to participate!

Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook is an award-winning documentary which brings to light how the game of voter suppression is played – and captures in real time some tactics from an illegal voter purge in North Carolina, and an effort to intimidate Latino voters in Texas.

HNBA and LatinoJustice are honored to host a showing of selected segments from this documentary – with the segments addressing some of the key electoral challenges confronting Latino voters in 2020. After each segment, expert panelists will comment on how to counter various types of voter suppression tactics and what HNBA members and grassroots community leaders can do to protect, preserve and expand Latino voting rights.
On Tuesday, June 9, over 230 attendees participated the HNBA/VIA Webinar: Deconstructing DACA. This virtual event examined corporate social responsibility (the obligations of companies and organizations to actively advocate on social issues) and offered commentary and discussion on recent court cases regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The session concluded with a panelist Q&A touching on how the DACA program impacts business, education and technology. This timely event preceded the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to continue the DACA program.

Please visit to view the recording of this session.

HNBA/VIA National Office staff would like to thank the speakers, members, partners and individuals who helped coordinate this event:

  • Maria Peña, Digital Reporter, NBCUniversal Telemundo
  • Ramona Romero, HNBA Past President; VP and General Counsel, Princeton University
  • María Perales Sánchez, Communications Coordinator, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, DACA Plaintiff
  • Dev Stahlkopf, Corporate Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Microsoft
  • Noreen Krall, VP and Chief Litigation Counsel, Apple
  • Javier Flores, HNBA/VIA CCC-AC2020 Plenary Committee Chair; Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
  • Allison Renda, Communication Manager, Apple
  • Juleantonette Lopez, Event Manager, Legal & Global Security, Diversity & Inclusion Program, Apple
  • Nathan Huey, Legal Operations Project Manager, Apple
  • Pablo Tapia, Senior Attorney, Microsoft
  • Candace Whitney-Morris, Corporate Communications Manager for the Office of General Counsel, Microsoft

 On Tuesday, June 16, nearly 100 attendees participated in 2020's first HNBA/VIA Su Negocio™ Virtual Program, sponsored by MassMutual. An expert panel of speakers shared strategies, programs and resources for small businesses and law firms navigating post-pandemic uncertainty.

Please visit to view the recording of this session.

HNBA/VIA National Office staff would like to thank the moderator, speakers, and individuals who helped coordinate this event:

  • Brian Trzcinski, Director, Business Market Development, MassMutual Financial Group
  • Leslie V. Marenco, Esq., Estate Planning & Asset Protection Attorney, Trust Counsel
  • Gregory L. Matalon, Partner, Capell Barnett Matalon & Schoenfeld LLP
  • Adriana Cara, Partner, FisherBroyles
  • Freddy Saavedra, Founding Attorney, Saavedra Law Firm, PLC
  • Anna Maria Tejada, HNBA VP of Programs; Partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
  • Lynn Trevino-Legler, HNBA Deputy VP of Programs, HNBA Region XI Deputy Regional President - At Large and HNBA Labor and Employment Law Section Co-Chair; Senior Employment Attorney, Waddell & Reed, Inc.
  • Irene Oria, HNBA National President and HNBA VIA Fund Chair; Partner, FisherBroyles
  • Elia Diaz-Yaeger, HNBA President-Elect and HNBA VIA Fund Vice-Chair; Shareholder, Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard
Su Negocio is one of HNBA/VIA's signature programs focused on providing Hispanic solo practitioners and small law firm owners valuable legal and business assistance resources. Please watch your email, visit the Su Negocio website and follow HNBA on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for information on upcoming programs. We look forward to your participation! 
JUNE 30, 2020

Hosted by the HNBA Young Lawyers Division

 On June 30, over 50 participants tuned in for the most recent installment of HNBA/VIA Su DineroTM; sponsored by Prudential, hosted by the HNBA Young Lawyers Division. Titled "Managing Day-to-Day Finances During the Coronavirus Crisis" and led by Silvia Tergas, Financial Planner with Prudential, this educational seminar shared tips on balancing financial goals in times of increased uncertainty, strategies to help cut expenses and make saving easier, and key investment considerations. 

The session featured remarks from Cristal Reyes Lambert, HNBA Young Lawyers Division Chair and Irene Oria, HNBA National President and HNBA VIA Fund Chair.

John Rosero, Prudential's VP & Chief Compliance Officer for Workplace Solutions Gorup and Marketing, spoke to the group about maintaining resiliency in challenging times. Sharing a quote from Robert F. Kennedy, Rosero stated that “courage is the most important attribute of a lawyer. It is more important than competence or vision. It can never be an elective in any law school and it should pervade the heart, the Halls of Justice and the chambers of the mind.”

HNBA/VIA National Office staff would like to thank the speakers, partners, and individuals who helped coordinate this event:

  • Silvia Tergas, Financial Planner, Prudential
  • John Rosero, VP & Chief Compliance Officer for Workplace Solutions Group and Marketing, Prudential
  • Stefanie Callelo, Senior Marketing Specialist, Prudential
  • Cristal Reyes Lambert, HNBA Young Lawyers Division Chair; Legal Counsel, Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Ela Hernandez, HNBA Region VIII Deputy Regional President; Associate, Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers LLP
  • Anna Maria Tejada, HNBA VP of Programs; Partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
  • Irene Oria, HNBA National President and HNBA VIA Fund Chair; Partner, FisherBroyles
  • Elia Diaz-Yaeger, HNBA President-Elect and HNBA VIA Fund Vice-Chair; Shareholder, Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard
Su Dinero is one of HNBA/VIA's signature programs designed to help Hispanic professionals achieve overall financial wellness for themselves, their families, and even future generations. Please watch your email, visit the Su Dinero website and follow HNBA on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for information on upcoming programs. We look forward to your participation! 

Synopsis: In acquiring a company in bankruptcy, there is often a tendency to think this guarantees the purchaser will be “free and clear” of any liability (including so-called “successor liability”).  This is not necessarily so with wage and hour liability, particularly if the purchaser merely continues to operate virtually the same business that was acquired.

Ordinarily, a bankruptcy debtor’s sale of property ‘free and clear’ of interests under Bankruptcy Code section 363(f) excises from the sold assets any claims made on a theory of successor liability.  The purchaser is shielded from successor liability claims in accord with public policy underlying the Bankruptcy Code, including the inequality of allowing one creditor to pursue a purchaser of assets for successor liability while other creditors’ recourse is limited to the proceeds of the asset sale.  However, although rarely applied, some bankruptcy courts have found exceptions to this ‘free and clear’ transfer where: (1) the successor expressly or impliedly assumes the liabilities; (2) there is an actual or de facto consolidation or merger of the two companies; (3) the purchaser is a mere continuation of the seller; or (4) the transaction was entered into fraudulently to escape liability.  This not-often-discussed and rarely-applied exception is similar to that which has developed in connection with asset purchase sales (which was first recognized under the FLSA and has recently continued to develop in state statutes), as we previously wrote about here
[Read More...]

Thank you to the following contributors for this article:
John G. Yslas, HNBA Chief Communications Officer; Partner, Labor & Employment, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Phillip J. Ebsworth, Associate, Partner, Labor & Employment, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

This article was originally published in the Seyfarth Shaw LLP Wage & Hour Litigation Blog (June 1, 2020). Reprinted with author permission.
Last month, HNBA Region III, in collaboration with the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and the New Jersey Hispanic Bar Foundation, spearheaded the Todos Unidos fundraiser. The fundraiser raised over $21,000, which helped support over 150 undocumented families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The charitable contributions were used to purchase ShopRite gift cards to families across New Jersey who have lost their jobs, are not eligible to collect unemployment benefits and/or are not eligible to receive a stimulus check.  Special thanks to all of our donors and to our local ShopRite for donating $800 in gift cards.  Through its vibrant social media presence, Region III was also contacted by various local businesses who donated trays of food to families most in need.  Todos Unidos, we are stronger as a community!
On June 18, 2020, HNBA National Finance Director Carlos Bollar and HNBA Region III President Julia Lopez gave congratulatory remarks and provided advice to New Jersey 2020 law school graduates during a virtual celebration hosted by the HBA-NJ’s Young Lawyers Committee. 

Facebook: HNBA Region III | Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
Twitter: @HNBARegionIII | @hbanewjersey
Instagram: @hbanewjersey 


Region V recently released the June 2020 issue of their newsletter, El Noticiero. This issue contained the Statement from HNBA National on George Floyd's Death; a Member Highlight of Region V Young Lawyers Division VP, Blosmeli Leon; and information on employment opportunities and upcoming events.




Please join the Hispanic National Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division and HNBA Region X for a Virtual Telenetworking Workshop on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

The workshop will feature career coach and owner of The Other 85 , Stephanie Hanna, Esq. on how to initiate, develop, and maintain relationships with clients and colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here to register.

This program is complimentary and a great resource for attorneys at any stage of their career. Law students are also encouraged to attend as building relationships and proper virtual networking are invaluable tools during today's hiring climate!

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Facebook: HNBA Young Lawyers Division
Twitter: @HNBAYLD


On Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. MST, Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association and HNBA Region XIV will hold a webinar titled "The DACA Supreme Court Case: Present and Future," which will feature distinguished panelists discussing the monumental Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) opinion issued by the United States Supreme Court on June 18, 2020. Click here to access this event.

The Las Vegas Latino Bar Association is hosting their second annual ¡Andale! 5K - A Race to Equalize Law School Admissions. Due to COVID-19, this year, the race will take place virtually from September 19, 2020 to October 4, 2020. Participants can register at and find more information on Facebook.

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Facebook: HNBA Region XIV Group | Las Vegas Latino Bar AssociationLos Abogados Hispanic Bar Association
Twitter: @AZHispanicBar | @LasVegasLBA


HNBA Region XVI continues to work to support our members. These are some of the actions that we have undertaken recently:
  • Connecting
    • Monday Coffee Talks
      • We’ve started a “Monday Morning Coffee Talk” (9:30-10 a.m. PST) – a 20 minute session where Hispanic legal community members can come and decompress on current issues, listen to short presentations on substantive legal topics, share wellness and professional advice, discuss professional opportunities, and hear an overview of the latest HNBA news and events.
    • Student Outreach
      • We’ve been organizing our connections with Hispanic students in high schools, colleges/universities, and law schools.
  • Mentoring
    • We’ve rolled out a Region XVI “first job” initiative mentoring program.  Attorney mentors are free to sign up by Wednesday, July 1, 2020, and we will then begin identifying potential mentee law students who will receive the following mentorship guidance: resume review; mock interviews (remote); job hunting advice; advice on how to succeed in law school, on the bar exam, and in the legal profession; writing sample review; advice for physical/mental wellness; and advice on how to start a practice.
  • Panels
    • Benefits of a Judicial Clerkship Panel (Wednesday, July 1 , 12-1 p.m. PST)
      • We have a panel with three prior judicial clerks to discuss the ins and outs of a judicial clerkship.
    • Judicial Clerkship Panel – A Judges Perspective (date TBD)
      • We’re arranging a panel of judges to share their views on the benefits of a judicial clerkship and how to land one.
    • Know Your Rights Training with ACLU – Police Interactions (date TBD)
      • We’re arranging a train-the-trainer training with ACLU to help members train others about their rights when interacting with police.
    • Miranda Language Expert Panel (date TBD)
      • We will be hosting a panel with a Miranda Spanish language interpreter who has testified in courts throughout Oregon for 20+ years on police interpretations/translations of the Miranda warning.
Additionally, Region XVI has compiled an expansive list of national and regional resources, which was recently updated.
Facebook: HNBA Region XVI


Come (re)connect with HNBA Region XVIII in our 2020 Summer Kick-Off event on Thursday, July 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. PDT.  The Region XVIII Board looks forward to seeing and/or meeting you, as well as sharing what is in store for the rest of this summer, locally and nationally. Build connections in So Cal’s Hispanic legal community via Lotería, libations, and fun!

The next meeting of the HNBA Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section will take place on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 12 p.m. CT. Please click here to register. 

Now that most of us have worked from home or continue with some work from home components, developing a social media strategy is a relevant factor in our professional development. Jasmine Partida, branding and social media strategist, will be the guest speaker for the July Litigation and Dispute Resolution meeting.  Based in Sacramento, California, Partida is a Brand Strategist, Activist, and Technology Expert, passionate about the empowerment of women and civic leadership. 


On June 2, 2020, HNBA’s Executive Committee and the HNBA Special Committee for Puerto Rico hosted a discussion with Natalie Jaresko, Executive Director of the Board. The Board was established by the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act of 2016 (PROMESA). As the senior leader of the Board’s staff, Ms. Jaresko is responsible for managing the Board’s restructuring and fiscal planning responsibilities under PROMESA.  

Ms. Jaresko and the Committees took part in a far-ranging discussion touching on a number of challenging topics important to the residents of Puerto Rico and the broader diaspora community. In addition to discussing implementation of fiscal reforms on the island, Ms. Jaresko discussed the fiscal and public health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the recent earthquakes and the lingering impacts of Hurricane Maria. Ms. Jaresko also discussed her efforts coordinating with local and federal authorities around the challenges facing the island. Our discussion took place on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of the Board and Ms. Jaresko took tough questions on the legitimacy of the Board and its impact on democratic institutions on the island. Ms. Jaresko also took questions on the expensive nature of the Board’s work, costs which are borne by the island’s residents, including significant and costly litigation against multiple parties, including the Puerto Rican government itself.
Daihana Estrada, HNBA law student member and incoming Secretary of the HNBA Law Students Division recently posted to Twitter, detailing her journey from watching her parents' deportation as a young girl to appearing before a judge in her first immigration case as a law student. Her tweet went viral, with nearly 2K comments, 90K retweets, and 640K likes of support and inspiration. Univision Communications Inc. shared Daihana's story through their show Despierta América. Click here to watch the interview!

Javier Flores, HNBA Member and HNBA/VIA CCC-AC2020 Plenary Committee Chair, was recently named to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's task force to reform the Boston Police Department.

HNBA Member and HNBA Latina Commissioner Adelaida Vasquez Mihu was recently recognized as a 2020 American Bar Association’s “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers.” The award recognizes 40 exceptional ABA young lawyer members who exemplify “high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community service.”

Lisa Capote, HNBA Member, HNBA Region VIII President and HNBA Deputy VP of Regions & Affiliates, was featured in the Supply Savvy Blog "5 Questions with an Industry Expert" to discuss the effects COVID-19 has on FDA regulations.

HNBA Member Esteban A. Rivera has become the 102nd president of the Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA) as of July 1, 2020. He is the first HCBA president to have also served as president of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association (MHBA). Rivera is also a coach of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law Moot Court Competition team awarded 1st Place Petitioner at the 2020 HNBA/VIA 25th Annual Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Competition.

HNBA Member Victoria Beckman was nominated by management consulting company Inteligenca for their Cybersecurity Woman of the Year 2020, in the category "Cybersecurity or Privacy Woman Law Professional." Click here to find out more information about the award and vote by July 15.

As a Board Member for
Community Refugee and Immigration Services (Columbus, OH), Beckman was featured in a Spanish-language public service announcement about COVID-19 testing procedures.

HNBA law student member Jennifer Acevedo was selected as the inaugural recipient of the LatinoJustice Nixon Peabody Summer Civil Rights Fellowship. Each year for the next decade, a Latinx law student participating in LatinoJustice’s ten-week summer program will be the recipient. The full-time internship provides valuable experience working on civil rights cases involving the Latinx community. 

Bloomberg Law is looking for authors to contribute content or expertise to their products in a variety of formats, including Professional Perspectives, News Insights, Practical Guidance, Portfolios, and Background Materials. 

Contributors’ content will be featured on Bloomberg Law and the Bloomberg Terminal, and shared with their news, analysis, content, and event teams, as well as provided to HNBA authors to share on their websites.  Authors will receive expert attribution and a link to their bio page, a PDF or web link to share publicly, and consideration for future content opportunities.

Contact and put HNBA in the subject line to send in a proposal or query, or to ask for more details about the formats. Please click here to view the guidelines and style sheet for submissions.

Bloomberg Law is seeking authors on the following topics, but will accept other proposals as well:

  • Banking/Finance Articles & Practical Guidance: fintech, banking and finance, crypto, fair lending compliance 
  • Labor Manuals: Advisers to review existing chapters in the Labor Arbitration and Grievance Guide and the Collective Bargaining Negotiations and Contracts Manual
  • Supply Chain Articles & Practical Guidance: General supply chain compliance topics as well as issues in traditional manufacturing
  • Bankruptcy Practical Guidance: Topics include Chapter 12, Lease and Executory Contracts, and Motions Practice
  • Distressed Assets Articles & Practical Guidance: Topics include aspects of selling off part of a business (equipment, subsidiaries, divisions, etc.) as well as possible options before a sale becomes necessary (mortgages, liens, etc.)
  • Attorney well-being articles
  • General bankruptcy content related to economic downturn
  • Employment litigation trends articles
  • Litigation topics articles
  • New York Corporation Portfolio: Author to take over existing portfolio
In the June 4, 2020 E-Noticias issue, the article "HNBA Supreme Court Watch" initially listed Katherine Culliton-González as the HNBA Voting Rights Section Chair. Culliton-González is the HNBA Civil Rights Section Chair. The article has been corrected on the website and PDF versions.
Share your stories! If you have items you would like to include in the next issue of E-Noticias, please forward them to by Thursday, July 30 , 2020. The next E-Noticias issue will be distributed on Thursday, August 6, 2020
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