The e-Newsletter from the Hispanic National Bar Association

October 1, 2016 Edition
It was such a pleasure to see you all in Chicago.  Once again, I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to lead our beloved Association, and to work for your well-being and success, while advocating for the interests of our 54+ million hermanos and hermanas.  Our Annual Convention was quite a success, in every respect – from the CLEs, to the events, to the speakers…  not the least of which (on a very personal and biased note) was my daughter Natalia… I still tear up…

That Convention would not have been possible without the dedication, commitment and boundless energy of hundreds of individuals – from our National Office, led by our beloved Alba Cruz-Hacker, and her team, Erika Lopeztello-Jones (aka ELTJ), Michelle Avelino, and our newest addition Darcy Tharp; to our National Leadership Team and its “A-Team” “Boots On The Ground” local folks; to our esteemed Immediate Past President Robert (“Robertico”) Maldonado and our Executive Committee; to our sponsors, who believe in us and our mission; to our volunteers (YOU ROCK!!!); to the Raben Group (Robert, Danny, Estuardo, Lia, Anais, and the entire team); to the staff at the Intercontinental Chicago; and to so many others who stepped up when we needed them, I say, GRACIAS for a job well done!  We could not have pulled this off without you!
And now that the Annual Convention is over, we carry forward this energy into our mission.  As you heard me say in Chicago, there is a lot of work to do.  This election is without a doubt the most important of our generation; our efforts will be focused on ensuring that everyone’s fundamental right to vote is respected and protected.  But we need to go beyond that: we urge the Latino community to listen closely to what the presidential candidates have to say, and determine whether or not those candidates have your best interests in mind.  Only then can you make an informed decision.
Our advocacy efforts, however, would not be effective without a strong foundation.  That is why we are already hard at work reviewing our internal procedures and systems to ensure that we provide you, our members, with the support you deserve.  We are reviewing our procedures for regional events and funding; we are evaluating an expansion of our national office staff; we are establishing a schedule for presidential town hall meetings; and we just completed our Presidential Reception schedule for 2016 - stay tuned, because I will be visiting your city soon!
This is only the beginning – and we cannot do it without your help.  I’ve already rolled up my sleeves, and so has the leadership team;  I encourage you to do the same, and join us in this journey.
Pa’lante siempre…
Pedro J. Torres-Díaz
HNBA National President
Dear HNBA Family, 
What a year we've had!  From the Corporate Counsel Conference in Las Vegas, NV to our Annual Convention two weeks ago on Chicago's Miracle Mile, and everything in between.  Those of you who attended our many phenomenal conferences, or participated in our amazing programming this year know that Past President Robert T. Maldonado certainly delivered on his promise to take the HNBA to "new heights" this year!  Under the leadership of our new National President, Pedro J. Torres Diaz, the upcoming year promises to be even better! 
As your new President-Elect, I look forward to serving under President Torres Diaz, and supporting his dynamic vision of what the HNBA can offer to each of you, as well as to our community.   I share in his optimism for our future, and we already working hard to deliver what promises to be another record-breaking year!   
Lastly, I want to thank each of you who showed up, participated, and/or volunteered.  What we do is not possible without our members, our sponsors, and our incomparable strategic partners:  Mass Mutual, Met Life, Microsoft, and WalMart!   So, THANK YOU!  And if there is anything I can do for any of you, mi HNBA familia, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at
With much gratitude,

Erica V. Mason
HNBA National President-Elect
Dear HNBA Sponsors/Friends:
Thanks to your generosity and our shared commitment to empowering our communities and diversifying our profession, this past year we raised OVER $2.7 MILLION!  As your returning National Finance Director for 2016-2017, I am eager and excited to continue to collaborate with all of you this coming year.  Working together, inspired and guided by our incoming National President, Pedro Torres-Diaz, we are sure to keep our great organization on an upward trajectory!
I hope to see all of you in Miami, Florida for our very unique, very international, 2017 Corporate Counsel Conference from March 31-April 2. This conference will be the "Gateway to your Global Network."  Then on September 6-9 2017, join us in Kansas City for our always spectacular Annual Convention.
In the interim, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, suggestions, and ideas on new ways in which we can partner, on existing partnerships, or anything else HNBA that is on your mind.  Let us help you achieve your goals.  I am always listening.
Un fuerte abrazo,

Irene Oria
HNBA National Finance Director

“Empowering Leaders,” the theme of the 2016 HNBA Annual Convention in Chicago, manifested itself each day through the impressive speakers, panelists, and future leaders that came together to make the convention an outstanding success.  The Latina Leadership Academy and the HNBA/NACD Corporate Board Training started the convention off strong by providing training, practical tools, and resources for Latino/a leaders of today and tomorrow, including a Ted Talk networking lunch.  Later that evening, Linda A. Klein, President of the ABA and Governor Bruce Rauner both spoke at the Wednesday Welcome Reception, and Jenner & Block generously hosted the VIP President’s Reception with views of Lake Michigan and a valuable fireside chat.  

On Thursday, the prestigious Ohtli Award, presented by Instituto de los Mexicanos was awarded to Judge Peter Reyes, HNBA Past President.  Julie C. Rodriguez from the White House gave a keynote address at the first plenary of the day about executive appointments.  How the Media Shapes the National Debate was the topic of the second plenary, which commenced with Ana Navarro, Republican Strategist & Political Commentator and a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at  Harvard University, and had a number of esteemed members of the media on the panel.  Thursday was also the first day of the exhibit hall, CLE’s, and the very successful first HNBA/MetLife’s Young Lawyers and Law Students Speed Mentoring Program.  In the evening, the National Awards Ceremony took place at the Chicago Cultural Center, amidst empanadas, tacos, and mini Margaritas, with a video featuring the service and accomplishments of each award recipient. 

Friday’s networking breakfast was packed full with remarks by Amanda Renteria, National Political Director, Hillary for America, and a keynote address from U.S. Senator Durbin.  The all-day HNBA Career Fair matched a wide range of employers looking to hire HNBA members with both students and laterals.  Finally, over surf ’n’ turf entrees and sparkly dresses and bowties, Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, delivered an inspiring keynote address at the Friday night gala dinner, rousing the audience with his commitment to diversity in the workforce.  Also, in fitting with the Convention’s theme, eighteen past presidents of the HNBA were honored with awards for their exemplary leadership of the organization.  After a passing of the gavel and a swearing in of the new National President and President-Elect, the dancing commenced with judges, lawyers, and law students alike shimmying to the beat of a rewarding week alongside new friends and colleagues.

¡Muchas gracias, y nos vemos pronto!

~HNBA National Office

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HNBA to Exhibit at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association of Corporate Counsel
The National Office of the HNBA will be exhibiting in San Francisco on Oct. 16-19 during the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association of Corporate Counsel at the Moscone Convention Center, in what is the world's largest gathering of in-house corporate counsel.  If you are in town and going to the conference, stop by our table to say hello.

Have You Registered to Vote?! 
Election day is only 6 short weeks away! Make sure you double check that you are registered, your information is all up to date, and you know what you need to bring for identification to ensure your voice will be heard!  Check the requirements for your state here.
HNBA National President - Kansas City, MO
HNBA National President, Pedro J. Torres-Díaz, will be the Keynote Speaker at the Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City's Sponsorship Reception on Wednesday, October 5th.  President Torres-Díaz will also address the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City during their Noche de Gala 2016 on Thursday, October 6th.

Katherine Culliton-González has been serving as Chair of the HNBA Voting Rights Committee since 2012, during which time she has led HNBA’s cutting-edge training and advocacy to protect Latino voting rights.  Among other recent achievements, she was a leading attorney in litigation against discriminatory voting practices in Florida, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin, while also authoring influential reports on Latino voting rights, and providing expert advice regarding the legislation needed to restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act in the wake of the June 25, 2013 Shelby decision.  

A former Fulbright Scholar, Culliton-González taught human rights law in Chile (1993-1994), and among other awards, she graduated as Valedictorian of the Washington College of Law of American University in 1993.  She is the author of a series of law review articles and other publications, written in both English and Spanish, which have been used to protect civil and human rights in the Americas (read her articles here). Her most recent law review article, published in Harvard Human Rights Law Journal, analyzes birthright citizenship from a racial justice lens, focusing on the intersection between disparate access to citizenship and Latino voting rights.  Culliton-González is a former MALDEF lawyer, and frequently appeared in Spanish-language media as a nationally-recognized immigrants' rights expert. 

She also served from 2007-2012 as Senior Attorney in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, where she brought a series of cases to enforce the anti-discrimination provisions of the Voting Rights Act on behalf of Latinos, African Americans, and other voters of color across the nation. She is an expert in language access rights, and the mother of three beautiful bilingual sons. 

During the 2016 HNBA Annual Convention in Chicago, Kathy served as the moderator on the CLE Panel: Protecting Latino Voting Rights in 2016: Getting and Staying on the Rolls.  The potential political power of the Latino community in the 2016 presidential election is tremendous.  There are 27.3 million Latino citizens over 18, comprising nearly 12 percent of eligible voters, and that is why more than ever we need to advocate on behalf of this incredible portion of our national population.  There has been a “surge” in naturalization and voter registration applications among Latinos in response to anti-Latino rhetoric on the campaign trail.  Yet, these new voters may be faced with restrictions on their ability to register and vote, while others already on the rolls may face “purging” or other barriers to staying on the rolls and having their votes counted.  During this critical moment in history where participation in our democracy is so important, it is leaders like Kathy who need to be recognized.  That is why the HNBA commends the influential work that Kathy is doing, and encourages its members to pay attention to this crucial issue.

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Congratulations again to our 2016-2017 HNBA Board of Governors!  Thank you for your service as a member of this prestigious leadership team.

Please take some time to acquaint yourself with our Board of Governors.

December 1-3
Austin, Texas

April 02, 2017
Miami, Florida

May, 2017
Washington, DC

July 14-16, 2016
San Juan, Puerto Rico
March 30-April 02

Miami, FL
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The HNBA would like to thank all of our generous sponsors who supported the 2016 HNBA Annual Convention! Our Convention was a great success, thanks, in large part, to your contribution and support.


The work of the HNBA remains critical to the continued growth and development of our members and the Hispanic community, and we ask that you partner with us in these efforts. To view sponsorship opportunities, click here.




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HNBA en VIVO is a new initiative of the Hispanic National Bar Association that brings you live updates, exclusive interviews, sneak peeks inside our events, testimonials, and more all through videos.  Once a month HNBA en Vivo will host “Asked & Answered” to answer your questions, respond to your ideas, and interact with YOU!  

Look out for contests once a month hosted by HNBA en Vivo!

This October we will choose the best mini-submission video responding to this: “What did you do this month to enhance the mission of the HNBA?”  Learn more, and watch past episodes here.




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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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