The e-Newsletter from the Hispanic National Bar Association
December 18, 2018 Edition


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Season's greetings to my HNBA familia. Wishing you all the hope, wonder and joy that the season can bring. May you have a wonderful time with your family and friends. Do not forget to spend some quality time getting some R&R so you are energized for 2019. We have some amazing events planned that you do not want to miss including our Corporate Counsel Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 20-23, and our Annual Convention in New York, New York, on September 26-29. I look forward to seeing you.

Lastly, to the HNBA board of governors and the National Office, I am beyond grateful for your love and support. I know we are making a positive difference in the lives we touch.  Thank you for all you do for our community.

Con amor y cariño, 

Jennifer Salinas
HNBA National President 


Phoenix, AZ – HNBA Board of Governors Meeting

The HNBA held its most recent board meeting on December 7-8, 2018, in Phoenix, AZ. Thank you to our gracious hosts, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP! This year, the board meeting kicked off with a community service event at two middle schools where HNBA members taught a 4th Amendment class to 8th graders and answered questions about the legal field. Then, the Board attended a training with Kent Stroman, an independent consultant specializing in fundraising and strategic planning. 
The next day, the Board attended a productive meeting including Corporate Counsel Conference planning, member reports, community service planning, and personal career development discussions. 

Also, thank you to our local affiliate in Phoenix, Los Abogados, who gave a very warm welcome to the HNBA with a Holiday Welcome Party!


New York, NY – HNBA Region II Community Service Event

(L to R: Dorichel Rodriguez, Atanasio Fernandez, Frank Francis, Rasheim Donaldson, Daniel Vasquez, Amber Peterson, Demetrius Thornton, Michelle Pham, Roberto Concepcion, Tiffany Reaves, Zoila Del Castillo, Carolina Morales, Doralyn DeDios, Kimberly Gay)

On December 15, 2018, HNBA Region II spent the day with special needs kids in the Bronx for a day of play and fun with the KEEN organization, Kids Enjoy Exercise Now. 

Orange County, CA – HNBA/Prudential Su Dinero Program

On December 12, 2018, HNBA/Prudential Su Dinero Program came to Orange County, California, where Prudential Financial Advisor, Maureen Umaña Boone, led the group through key concepts such as budgeting, debt management, protection of assets, preparing for retirement and creating a financial legacy for your loved ones, and taking control of your taxes. Thank you to HNBA Strategic Partner, Prudential, for teaching these important topics to the Latinx community! Thank you to Troutman Sanders for generously hosting this Su Dinero Program in their offices! 

Edgewater, NJ- HNBA Region III Holiday Toy Drive & Mixer

(L to R: HNBA Past President, Robert Maldonado, HBA-NJ Past President, Anna Maria Tejada, and HNBA Region III President, Joseph Linares)

On December 5, 2018, HNBA Region III held their 10th Annual Holiday Toy Drive & Mixer at Pier 115 in Edgewater, NJ. This event was geared towards collecting toys, food and money for underprivileged families during the holiday season and was very well attended by members of the New York/New Jersey bench and bar. Thank you to our sponsors: Reed Smith, Parker Ibrahim & Berg, Hudson Court Reporting, and Bederson LLP.

Kansas City, MO- HNBA Region XI Youth Symposium 

On November 15, 2018, the Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City (HBAGKC) hosted the HNBA Youth Symposium at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law (UMKC School of Law.) Approximately forty high school and undergraduate students from across the metro attended the event, which included a mock law school class, speed mentoring with HBAGKC members and informational sessions about applying for law school. Over fifteen HBAGKC volunteers, attorneys, judges and law students made the event a success. Thank you to UMKC School of Law for hosting and sponsoring the event for the second year in a row!

Boston, MA – Leveraging Latindad in Big Law

An amazing and successful Leveraging Latinidad in Big Law event took place on November 8, 2018, at Locke Lord. Over one hundred Latinx lawyers and law students attended, meeting representatives from twelve different big law firms. Law Students from eight different Latin American Law Students Associations (LALSAs) were in attendance coming from four different states including: Boston University LALSAVermont Law School, University of Connecticut School of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law, Suffolk University Law SchoolNew England Law | Boston, Northeastern University School of Law, and Boston College Law School.
The panel of Jose Sierra of Holland & Knight, Alex Mancebo of Jones Day, Genevieve Aguilar Reardon of Choate, Hall & Stewart & Gabriela Morales-Rivera of Goodwin were terrific and shared practical and real advice and experiences

Columbus, OH - HNBA Region X Law Student Mixer
On November 8, 2018, HNBA Region X partnered with Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and Vorys to host the first of a series of mixers connecting law students with local practitioners. HNBA Region X hosts quarterly mixers in collaboration with local law firms and corporations, where students interact with local attorneys from all walks of the profession. 

New York, NY - HNBA Regions II & III Joint Regional President Inaugural Fundraiser

On November 8, 2018, HNBA Region II President, Frank Francis, and Region III President, Joseph Linares, held a professional development and networking mixer at the Australian in New York, NY, introducing their Regions to their new Presidents. Sponsors included Ameriprise Financial Services, Legalese Wellness, Alabaster & Chess Custom Suiting, and Severance, Burko, Spalter, Masone & Laurette.

All proceeds from the ticket sales for the event were directed to the HNBA Vision in Action Fund, and $1,500 was raised! Attendees also participated in the Gift of Life Marrow Registry where Latinx people are only 40% likely to find matches; the second lowest match rate.


Region XVII - Annual Holiday Party
December 19, 2018 | 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM PST
DaDa Bar, 65 Post St, San Francisco, CA

The HNBA, San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association, and Latinos in Finance are coming together for the holidays! You're invited to this joint event! There will be an open bar, light appetizers, and good company.  

The event is free to members, so it a great time to renew your membership! Click below to RSVP or email HNBA Region XVII Deputy, Ray Manzo, at:

Thank you to the Bank of San Francisco and Victor Vazquez for helping make this event free and open to all members.

Region VIII - HNBA Holiday Party

December 19, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Atton Brickell Miami Hotel, Roof Top Bar and Deck, 1500 SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL

Charitable Donation

We will be collecting funds to donate shoes to children! All donations will be used to purchase shoes from The Shoe That Grows.

Region I - Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's Happy Hour & Toy Drive
December 20, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
Manning Gross + Massenburg LLP Boston
125 High Street, Oliver Street Tower, 6th Floor, Boston, MA

Region IX- Puerto Rican Bar Association
January 4, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm CST
Nellie's Restaurant, 2458 W. Division St., 2nd Fl, Chicago, IL

Region XVI - Amazon Latinx Legal Professional Event
January 17, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST
The Amazon Spheres, 2101 7th Avenue, Seattle, WA

Please join your fellow Latinx legal professionals from the Seattle community for a belated New Years’ celebration with drinks, snacks, music, and fellowship. Catch up with old friends, make new ones, and let's discuss ways to bring our community closer together.  We will also have honored guests from the local Latinx community.

The Amazon
Spheres is an incredible location and will serve as the backdrop for our evening. The Spheres contain 400 different species of cloud forest plants from all over the world, from tiny epiphytes that cling to a 50-foot living wall to Rubi, a nearly 49 year old (and nearly 49 foot tall) old ficus tree. 

RSVP: Please visit our
event site and let us know if you will be able to attend. Please forward this on to other Latinx legal professionals you may know in the greater Seattle area. Please ask them to RSVP using this same link to provide us an accurate count of the number of people attending.

Region III - Diversity Day Celebration
January 28, 2019 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm EST
Seton Hall Law School, 1109 Raymond Blvd., Newark, NJ

You're invited to this open house, hosted by Seton Hall Law School, as a part of our Diversity Day Celebration.

This event is a great opportunity for HNBA members to network with Seton Hall Law School students and to speak to them about the benefits of joining the HNBA. Food and drinks will be served.

RSVP by January 2, 2019, to Kimberly Lindenmuth at:, preferably including the names of representatives attending the event.


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HNBA VIA (“Vision in Action”) Fund

The HNBA VIA (“Vision in Action”) Fund is the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 501(c)(3) charitable arm.

The HNBA VIA Fund’s mission is to empower the U.S. Latinx community through programs and initiatives that increase the community’s access and influence, and provide expanded education, career advancement, and leadership opportunities.

Through a combination of targeted programmatic activities (trainings, workshops, mentoring and pipeline programs, pro bono legal services, conferences, and more!), HNBA VIA, as a joint enterprise with the HNBA, supports the development and advancement of Latinx students, legal professionals and community members. Please consider VIA when deciding where to invest your or your organization’s charitable support! Learn More!




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2019 HNBA Annual Convention
September 26 - 29, 2019

New York Midtown Hilton Hotel, 1335 6th Ave, New York, NY



Deadline to Apply: December 31, 2018

The Poder25 program is the first General Counsel pipeline program specifically targeted for Latinx attorneys that tackles the unique challenges that Latinx professionals in the legal field face, including, but not limited to: anti-Latinx implicit bias, lack of mentorship/ sponsorship, and lack of exposure to the networks required to gain entrance into the highest strata of the legal profession. Due in part to these unique challenges, today only 1.8% of Fortune 500 General Counsel are Latinx. The HNBA believes that not only should the General Counsel of Fortune 500 corporations drive diversity in the legal industry, but they should also be diverse themselves so that corporate executive suites reflect the diversity of the communities in which they do business. A recent McKinsey & Co. report indicates that diverse companies perform financially better than non-diverse companies. As such, diverse General Counsel provide a real value-add to corporate legal departments, positively impacting the company, economy and society.  

The goal of the Poder25 program is to increase the number of Latinx General Counsel at Fortune 500 companies to 20 by the year 2025, by providing the training and mentorship needed to make program participants viable General Counsel candidates. In 2019, the Poder25 program is being expanded to include new participants. Current Poder25 participants need not reapply. The HNBA seeks individuals who aspire to join the General Counsel ranks to participate in this vital, unique, and cutting-edge program. 

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