The e-Newsletter from the Hispanic National Bar Association

November 1, 2016 Edition
Maria C. Dantes Sanchez-VP of Regions & Affiliates
Much progress has been accomplished since we got back from the Annual Conference in Chicago.  One of the first things I did after my appointment as Vice President of Regions & Affiliates was to appoint two deputies.  I am very pleased to announce that to join me in this year’s journey as Vice President of Regions and Affiliates, I have appointed Neysa Alisina from Region II and Ela Hernandez from Region VIII as my Deputies.  In our new roles, we listen to the feedback from the Regional Presidents (RPs), and work diligently to address those areas that were often reported as challenging in executing their role.  In order to make the process smoother, the first item on the agenda was streamlining the event approval process.  In that regard, we started by revising the forms being used to seek approval for events and budgets; as well as the reimbursement form.   The new forms have been revised and made very user friendly and easier to complete. The forms have now been uploaded to the HNBA website for everyone to use.  We have also improved the response time on all requests to less than 48 hours.

As VP of Regions and Affiliates, I am also working very closely with the HNBA Treasurer, Jess Massey and her Deputy Treasurer, Jaime Angarita, preparing a tracker spreadsheet which will include all events and budget request by region.  This tracker will allow us to keep accurate records of the region’s budget at a glance.  We continue to fine tune the process and feel confident that these changes will have lasting positive changes for all the regions.
I am also excited to announce that all RPs will be having a training conference on November 7th.  The training conference will be presented by several of our seasoned RPs and myself.  We expect to cover many topics designed to enhance the knowledge of the veteran RPs, and provide guidance and training for the new ones.  We held our first call recently and everyone is looking forward to the upcoming training. 

The Regions have been extremely active and many events have either been held or are in the planning process.  A big shout out goes to Region X lead by Regional President, Christian Gonzalez, in Ohio, which hosted the Second Annual Region X Gala.  It was a huge success, raising more than $20,000 and being very well attended.  We hope to see other Regions consider hosting a similar event. I also encourage all the Regions to use social media effectively, within the guidelines of the HNBA, of course, to showcase all the activities that are happening in your region.  I am always amazed how much we do throughout the country. We need to make sure to share with others just how much the HNBA has to offer.

Maria C. Dantes Sanchez
Vice President of Regions & Affiliates


Remember to Vote Next Tuesday!

Election day is only 1 short week away, Tuesday November 8th! It is imperative that during this critical time in our nation's history that you make your voice heard! Every vote counts.  Make sure you double check that you are registered, your information is all up to date, and you know what your state requires that you bring for identification.  Check the requirements for your state here.
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Remember: For inclusion in the HNBA Regional E-Noticias all articles, events, or news from your region must be submitted to by the 25th of every month for publication on the 1st of the month.  If the deadline is missed, your news will be included in the next month's E-Noticias.

For national events or national news from your region or affiliate organization, that will be included in our National E-Noticias published on the 15th of every month. The submission deadline is the 10th of the month.

*Remember if you have a holiday party, don't forget to submit  that invitation by November 25th for inclusion in the December 1st E-Noticias! 


Regional Presidents and Affiliates, please take the time to review the entries for your Deputies and double check that the email addresses and contact information are correct in the 2016-2017 HNBA Leadership Directory that was sent to you.

If there are any edits/revisions/additions please send an email to: with the subject line: “2016-2017 Leadership Directory Edit”
HNBA Region II

It has been an exciting Fall so far!  Hispanic Heritage Month has ended, but there’s a great line up of upcoming events that you won’t want to miss. 

I encourage you to become or renew your membership with us in the meantime.  There are multiple affordable pricing options available!  For example, there are significant discounts if you are a current member of the ABA or a local Hispanic affinity bar association in NYC.  So, please take a look and reconsider your membership or join us as a member! Also, contact me directly if you would like to get involved and help lead this organization.

HNBA Region II would also like to congratulate the new acting District Attorney of Kings County (Brooklyn) – Eric Gonzalez.  DA Gonzalez is the first Hispanic in this role in NYC history!

In case you missed our recent past events, you can view the photo gallery and some pictures below from our Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, including our fireside conversation with Horacio Gutierrez, General Counsel at Spotify, on November 13th at Kaye Scholer.  Horacio spoke about his exciting career, his long tenure at Microsoft, Hispanic under-representation in the law, the importance of leadership, and now his new role as General Counsel.  (Thank you Horacio and Kaye Scholer!)

(From L to R: Matthew Fernandez Konigsberg (HNBA Regional President) and Horacio Gutierrez (Spotify)

(From left to right, HNBA leaders: Neysa Alsina, Alex Gutierrez, Rocio Chavez, Frank Francis, Joseph Borrero, Diana Santos, Horacio Gutierrez, Karen Leyva-Drivin, Honorable Judge Javier Vargas, Guillermo Artiles, Matthew Fernandez Konigsberg, Joseph Linares, Chris Mendez, Marcia Guevara, Chris Carrion.)

Another great event was the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration with HNBA Immediate Past President Robert Maldonado and ABC News Senior Legal Correspondent (and co-host of The View) Sunny Hostin at Cleary Gottlieb.  Take a look at the photo gallery.  (Thank you Sunny and Cleary Gottlieb!) 

(From L to R: Jaime Angarita (HNBA National Assistant Treasurer), Robert Maldonado (HNBA Immediate Past National President), Sunny Hostin, Carlos Davila-Caballero (Cleary Gottlieb),          Matthew Fernandez Konigsberg (HNBA Regional President.)

Lastly, there are only a few days left until Election Day, and early voting has begun in most states.  Recently, the HNBA provided a webinar on how to protect Latino voting rights in 2016, which you can access here.
I welcome you to join us as the seasons change and the country prepares for an important election.  Remember to vote and stay informed.  As Hispanic lawyers, jurists, and legal professionals, we must continue to make an impact in the next few weeks and the years to come.

Matthew Fernandez Konigsberg

HNBA New York Region II-Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Join the HNBA Region II for a Careers in Mediation Panel: A Spectrum at 6pm, JAMS (620 Eighth Avenue, 34th Floor, NYC).  Click here to view the official invitation.  RSVP by emailing

Thursday, November 3, 2016 – Join the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association for a General Membership Meeting and Networking Reception, 6pm-9pm, hosted by Frank Valaverde, Esq. and Rivkin Radler (Rivkin Radler, 926 RXR Plaza, West Tower, Uniondale, NY).  The LIHBA will have a special guest speaker, Justice Luis A. Gonzalez, Presiding Justice of the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Dept.  RSVP by November 1, 2016 to
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – Join the Dominican Bar Association at its High School Law Day Program (9am-1pm) at the Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts (123 W 43rd St, NYC).  There are various slots available to volunteer.  To participate, please email Chair, Omar Almanzar-Paramio at by Friday, November 4th.
Thursday, November 17, 2016 – Join HNBA Region II and Region III for a special HNBA/MassMutual “Su Negocio” event for Latino Business Owners, at the Westin Jersey City Newport, 5pm-9pm (479 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ).  Register Here by Nov 15.  Click here to view the official invitation.  This is steps away from the PATH train (Newport stop) and the Holland Tunnel in NJ.
Friday, November 18, 2016 – Join the HNBA Region II’s Open Reception of Luminarias de La Ley (Luminaries of The Law) – An Exhibit featuring the First Latina Lawyers at 6pm at Brooklyn Law School (250 Joralemon Street, 10th Floor).  RSVP to Stephanie Robayo at or 917-442-4255.  Click here to view the official invitation.

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Hispanic Bar Association of Washington, DC

Friday, November 4, 2016 - HBA-DC Equal Justice Awards Reception.  The Hispanic Bar Association of DC (HBA-DC) will hold its 2016 Annual Equal Justice Awards Reception on November 4, 2016, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, located at 1330 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024.  The event will consist of a reception at 6:30 pm, the Awards Ceremony at 8:00 pm, and a dessert reception with a live band at 9:00 pm.  To view this year’s award recipients and to purchase tickets online, please visit

Hispanic Bar Association of St. Louis, MO

(New Executive Board From L to R:Nicholas Garzia (Treasurer), Sheila Martinez (Secretary), Nancy Martin (President), Jessica Mendez (President Emeritus), Carol Mena Quick (Vice President), and Peter Corsale (President Elect)

The Hispanic Bar Association of St. Louis, MO-We are excited to begin our new year, which commenced with our annual dinner.  View our new board members here

Our annual dinner featured a tequila tasting courtesy of our sponsor Tequila Farias, Dominican food, and live music.  Our members even joined in the entertainment.
Guillermo Rodríguez singing En Mi Viejo San Juan. 

Hispanic Bar Association of Kansas City, MO
On October 05, 2016, HNBA President Pedro Jaime Torres-Diaz, was the keynote speaker at the Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City’s Annual Scholarship Reception.  In 2007, HBAGKC began a formal scholarship fund to award area  incoming 1L and current law students scholarships. At the reception, HBAGKC awarded a record number of scholarship monies to six recipients for the 2016-17 academic year, monies which are matched dollar for dollar by their respective area law schools.
Also, during his visit, President Torres-Diaz spoke at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Annual Noche de Gala  on October 06, 2016 before over 800 business and community leaders.  
President Diaz-Torres and Janell N. Avila, HBAGKC Board Representative, also met with Kansas City area law firms and businesses regarding the upcoming Annual Convention in Kansas City on September 06-09, 2017. Be sure to join us next year in KC! 

Hispanic Law Association of Louisiana (HLAL)
Maria M. Pabon (formerly Lopez) is the new president of the Hispanic Law Association of Louisiana, (“HLAL”) effective September 28, 2016.  At its annual meeting held on that day, HLAL officers Vice President Barbara Rivera Fulton, Secretary Isabel Bonilla-Mathe, of the Sullivan, Stolier law firm and Treasurer Isidro Rene De Rojas, of the McCranie, Sistrunk, Anzelmo, Hardy, McDaniel & Welch  firm, also took office.  Pabon, a professor of law and former dean at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, was the first Latina and first woman law dean in the state of Louisiana.  She is the director of the L.L.M. programs at the College of Law. A native of Puerto Rico, she is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Pabon is very interested in increasing the pipeline of Latinos into the legal profession and currently teaches courses in diversity and the law, immigration law, and legal research, advocacy and writing.  During her presidency, Pabon plans to extend more opportunities for Latino students in Louisiana to network and be mentored into successful and satisfying law careers. Because of her affiliation with the Loyola College of Law, HLAL meetings will take place at the law school in New Orleans for this upcoming year.
Also at the HLAL annual meeting on September 28th, Loyola University New Orleans law student Lisa Zelaya received a scholarship in a ceremony attended by the membership as well as her friends and family. Lisa, a first year evening student, is the daughter of immigrants and works full time as a legal assistant at the John Redmann law firm in Gretna, Louisiana.
María Pabón
Director, LL.M Programs

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The Formation of the HNBA

Like most noteworthy organizations and group efforts, the Hispanic National Bar Association was founded in times of adversity. It was a conscientious response to the increasing struggles and questionable burdens facing the Hispanic community in the United States. The year was 1971, and the landmark decision, Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954), was still leading civil rights litigation across the United States. (…) 

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