The e-Newsletter from the Hispanic National Bar Association
February 15, 2017 Edition

HNBA National President, Pedro J. Torres-Díaz, commenced 2017 by uniting and meeting with bar and diversity leaders across the continental U.S. throughout January and February, celebrating those who have shown a commitment to advancing our shared missions and collaborating on how best to traverse this uncertain political landscape.

January 17th-18th-Washington, DC-  President Torres-Díaz and President-Elect, Erica V. Mason, spent two productive days in Washington DC, building bridges and advancing the mission of the Hispanic National Bar Association.  President Torres-Díaz saying, "we had the pleasure of connecting with the offices of Senators and Representatives from across the nation, and hearing from inspiring Latino leaders like Jorge Elorza, Lionel Sosa, and Catherine Cortez Masto, the first Latina to be elected to the United States Senate. Thank you Zuraya and the Raben Group for making it happen!"

January 20th- Minneapolis, MN- Visit with Hispanic National Bar Association, Region XI

Pictured with Judge Peter Reyes and Bryan Browning

January 21st- Denver, CO - Colorado Hispanic Bar Association Annual Banquet at the Ritz Carlton

January 25th- Washington, DC- Welcome Reception co-hosted by Region V and HBA-DC at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

February 4th- Miami, FL-American Bar Association's Mid-Year Conference
Pictured with National Bar Association President, Kevin D. Judd and President-Elect, Juan Thomas.

February 4th- Miami, FL-At Greenburg Traurig with the National Native American Bar Association, celebrating leader Thomas Fredericks (pictured below) who received the ABA’s prestigious Spirit of Excellence Award.

February 10th- Miami, FL-Americans for Immigrant Justice 21st Annual Awards Dinner

Pictured with Gold Star Father and US Constitutional Rights Advocate, Khizr Khan, who received the Americans for Immigrant Justice Spirit Award.  On the right with HNBA General Counsel, Raquel Matas, HNBA National Finance Director, Irene Orias, and HNBA VP of Regions & Affiliates, Maria Dantes Sanchez.


Resolution 110B concerning proposed amendments to Standard 316 was defeated by the ABA House of Delegates.  A significant number of people were in the well of the House prepared to speak both for and against 110B. There were six salmon slips filed in support of this resolution.  In contrast, there were 27 salmon slips filed in opposition.  Several, but not all, were called to speak before the question was called.  Judge Peter Reyes (on behalf of the HNBA) and Wendy Shiba (former President of NAPABA) were high enough in the batting order arranged by the opposition that they were called to speak.  Judge Peter Reyes ended up being the last speaker in opposition of the resolution.  Representatives from the NBA and NNABA had also filed salmon slips but weren't recognized before the question was called; the Chair did, however, read the names of everyone who was prepared to speak in opposition.
Judge Peter Reyes said, "While we have won this battle, we will need to remain vigilant.  As the saying goes, 'Justice never sleeps!'"

View a copy of the resolution here.

The HNBA Congratulates Benny Agosto Jr.
Four Time Honoree in Latino Leaders Magazine!

HNBA National President from 2011-2012 and partner at the Houston law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, Benny Agosto, Jr. has been recognized as one of the Top Latino Lawyers in the U.S. for 2016 by Latino Leaders Magazine.  Mr. Agosto was also honored by the Magazine in 2011 and 2012 as one of the 101 Most Influential Leaders and in 2015 as one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers.

(View 2016 and 2015 issues below)

Aurelio J. Pérez

HNBA Deputy Regional President in Region XVII, has been elevated by Littler from associate to shareholder.

Region XIV-Leadership Visit

February 23-24th - Region XIV is preparing to welcome HNBA President-Elect Erica V. Mason and National Finance Director Irene Oria. Their visit will commence with a tour of the new Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Campus, which opened August, 2016.  

February 23rd - Michael Sillyman and Amy Gittler will host a welcome reception for HNBA leadership and Los Abogados at their home at 8516 N 16th Street, Phoenix AZ from 6-8PM. This event is being co-sponsored by Kutak Rock, Jackson Lewis, and Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association. To rsvp please contact by February 20, 2017.

February 24th-A welcome luncheon for Erica and Irene will be held at Mora Italian Restaurant at 5651 N 7th Street, Phoenix Arizona from 12-2pm. Kate King and Daniel Ruiz from Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s office will be in attendance as well as many attorneys and law firms. This even is being co-sponsored by Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, Stephen Silverman Law, and Alex & Saavedra PC. To rsvp please email by February 21st.

Region XIV-Other News
Region XIV is currently undergoing a due diligence review for Yuma County Presiding Judge Maria Elena Cruz. We expect to forward a completed due diligence report by the end of this week. Judge Cruz is applying for a position on the Arizona Court of Appeals Division 1. The attorneys working on this due diligence report include Will Knight, Jessica Sanchez, Mina Mendez, Marcos Tapia, Arturo Gonzalez, and Freddy Saavedra.

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor visited region XIV on January 23, 2017. Justice Sotomayor was able to meet with a group of Los Abogados and HNBA members at the US District Court. This was a wonderful and inspiring experience for the many members that were able to attend.

Region VI-Happy Hour Mixer

February 28th-Charlotte, NC at Chima Restaurant in Uptown.  For the event, we will partner with the Mecklenburg County Hispanic Latino Lawyers Bar.  For more information contact or

Region II
Region II had a very successful Post-Holiday Reception on January 19th. We were pleased to have over 100 attendees, including many bar leaders, civil rights leaders, judges, and the Acting Brooklyn District Attorney, Eric Gonzalez.

Locally, HNBA Region II (New York) has partnered with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in his "We Are All Immigrants" Initiative, and specifically with the new Empire State Immigrant Defense Project.  The first-in-the-nation, state-led, public-private legal defense project will ensure that all New Yorkers have access to representation and due process, regardless of their citizenship status. This initiative will be administered by the State’s Office for New Americans in partnership with advocacy organizations, major colleges and universities, law firms, and legal associations around the state. The HNBA Region II is proud to be involved in this effort.  To learn more about working with the HNBA Region II on this partnership with NYS, contact Deputy President Marcia Guevara here.

Maryland Hispanic Bar Association

The Maryland Hispanic Bar Association's largest event is our Annual Gala, which recently celebrated its 23rd year on October 16, 2016. Our gala is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize attorneys and Judges who make positive contributions to our community. The gala provides time to network while enjoying great music, dancing, and delicious food, so please save the date for our 24th Annual Gala held at Martin’s Crosswind’s on September 28, 2017.  Other prior events this year have included a mentoring event with the local law schools and our annual holiday party.

MHBA is currently working on a Spanish speaking attorney directory. The directory includes information about an attorney's practice area for lawyer referrals and as a resource for our members seeking assistance from other members in specific areas of the law. Over the next few months our organization will host networking and public service events.  

On March 15th, 2017, MHBA will be hosting a legislative day allowing our members an opportunity to address our concerns before the Maryland Legislature.

To stay current on MHBA events please visit our website or contact our president, Jessica Quincosa at

Dominican Bar Association Hosts "Celebrating Dominican Judges" Panel

New York, NY- The Dominican Bar Association proudly presents Celebrating Dominican Judges, a panel and reception taking place on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Fordham University School of Law from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Guests can RSVP here.
Celebrating Dominican Judges Panel and Reception 
Fordham University School of Law.
150 W 62nd St, New York, NY 10023
6pm-7pm - Dominican Judiciary Panel (Room 7-119)
7pm-8pm - Evening Reception (Bateman)
Event graciously sponsored by Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. 

In commemoration of Dominican Heritage Month, the DBA is proud to bring this event to our community as we celebrate diversity in the judiciary and newly elected Dominican judges.  This unique DBA event will celebrate the many accomplishments of our Dominican judiciary and provide networking opportunities with the judges, DBA members and colleagues.  
The event will kick off with remarks by two leaders in the Dominican legal community, the Hon. Rolando T. Acosta, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, First Department, and the Hon. Manuel J. Mendez, Justice, Supreme Court, Civil Branch, New York Court.
Justices Acosta and Mendez will be joined on a Judiciary Panel by Hon. Denise Dominguez; Hon. Nilda Morales Horowitz; Hon. Rita Mella; Hon. Diccia Pineda-Kirwan; Hon. Victoria Pratt; Hon. Leticia Ramirez; Hon. Julia Rodriguez; Hon. Fiordaliza A. Rodriguez; Hon. Llinet Beltre, Rosado; Hon. Faviola A. Soto; and newly elected Hon. Emily Morales and Hon. Bianka Perez.
Guests will receive a 2017 Dominican Judges Journal which will include personal message/pictures from the Judges. 
The DBA will also launch The DBA's Judge's Lunch series.  If you would like to participate or host a small lunch with any of the Judges, please reach out to DBA President, Vianny M. Pichardo at  
Special thanks to the entire Fordham Law School community, particularly Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives Nitza Milagros Escalera, Esq. and Lorena Jiron and Andrea Rodriguez of Fordham LALSA.  We also would like to thank our sponsor Liza Milgrim, Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C.

We hope you can join us on 2/22 (and hopefully a future DBA Judge’s Lunch series)! Please visit our website for upcoming events.

Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois 
We are proud to be holding our First Annual Judges Night on February 23rd at McCormick & Schmicks. Our ticket sales and sponsorship donations have surpassed our expectations. 

We are also very exited and proud to be putting together a pro bono project where we will play a part in assisting with the immigration issues affecting the Latino community. This also is in response to HNBA’S Immigrant Legal Defense Task Force. We are holding a training for non-immigration attorneys to be able to represent detainees in immigrating bond hearings. The first training takes place on February 25th.  Find out more here.

HLAI recently held an event on January 26th, co-hosted by the HLAI Latina Lawyers Committee and the HNBA Latina Commission called "How To Ask For A Raise-Come find out how to negotiate your salary" at the law firm of SmithAmundsen.



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