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

Coast to coast, from D.C. to Seattle, down to Miami, and back to D.C., HNBA National President, Pedro J. Torres-Díaz is 
advancing the mission of the Hispanic National Bar Association and preparing for the upcoming HNBA 2017 Annual Convention.  

Some highlights from the President's schedule the past few weeks including two of the HNBA's signature programs-HNBA Advocacy Day and the HNBA/Microsoft Intellectual Property Law (IPLI) Institute

Kansas City, MO-Site Visit Prepping for the 2017 HNBA Annual Convention
 "Thank you Janell Avila and Mike Barrera for your hospitality and leadership! See you in KC!!"

Washington, D.C. - HNBA/Microsoft IPLI-Day 1
Washington, D.C. - HNBA/Microsoft IPLI-
Day 2
"Thank you to our Fellows Shook Hardy & BaconBallard SpahrDavis Wright Tremaine LLPFerraiuoli IPFish & RichardsonFinnegan, Merchant & Gould PCPerkins Coie LLP, Sidley Austin, and Workman Nydegger for their generous support!"

Washington, D.C. - HNBA/Microsoft IPLI-Day 3
"Thank you to our Fellows at Fish & RichardsonMerchant & Gould P.C.FinneganSidley AustinDavis Wright Tremaine LLP and Ballard Spahr for your invaluable assistance in conducting the interviews! And thank you Daniel Martí of the RELX Group for your inspiring words!"

Washington, D.C. - HNBA/Microsoft IPLI-Closing Reception

Miami, FL- LatinoJustice PRLDEF Awards Reception
  Maria Dantes Sanchez, Vice President of Regions and Affiliates for the Hispanic National Bar Association, received the Lucero Award from LatinoJustice PRLDEF, for her commitment to community service. Many HNBA leaders and members attended the event to show our support and appreciation for Maria.  "She is an inspiration to us all, and I am honored to call her my friend. Maria - gracias for all you do for us and the community!"

Seattle, WA-HNBA President's Welcome Reception
Reception hosted by the Seattle office of Perkins Coie LLP to welcome Hispanic National Bar Association President Pedro J. Torres-Diaz, cosponsored by Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW)
(top right: Perkins Coie Managing Partner,James Williams, and Dainen Penta, bottom left: HNBA Region XVI members/board, bottom right: Mick Konowal and Catherine Romero from Microsoft)

Washington, D.C.-HNBA Advocacy Day

(left: Congressman Tony Cardenas, right: Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer)
"Thank you Congressman Tony Cardenas for your inspiring words during the closing reception for the Hispanic National Bar Association's Advocacy Day! And thank you Skadden Arps for hosting us in your beautiful offices!"
Hispanic National Bar Association leaders and members meeting with top officials of the White House's Office of Public Liaison (pictured above left). "Thank you for the opportunity to address issues of importance to the Latino community!"

View the full gallery from the 2017 HNBA Advocacy Day

A Brave New World: Exploring The State of Latinas in 2017

On April 1, 2017, the HNBA Commission on Latinas in the Legal Profession convened a plenary at the 2017 HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference.  The panel, “A Brave New World: Exploring ‘The State of Latinas’ in 2017,” was an opportunity to take stock of the changed social, political, and economic landscape of the United States and its impact on Latinas after the 2016 election. Latinas represent one in five women in the United States today. However, Latinas still lag in all critical measures of health, economic affluence, and political impact.  The panel included speakers who addressed Latina health and reproductive justice, voting rights and civic engagement, immigration and education, and Latinas in the legal profession and what Latina/o attorneys can do to help improve the forecast for Latinas.  The panel, moderated by Commissioner Aracely Muñoz, included Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Suzette Recinos, Legal Senior Director – Global Procurement for PepsiCo, Inc.; Jessica Reeves, Chief Operating Officer for Voto Latino; and Lourdes Rivera, Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs for the Center for Reproductive Rights.

This lively discussion was the start of an on-going conversation that the Commission seeks to continue through a three-part series of articles in E-Noticias focusing on critical issues impacting Latinas today. This, the first in the series, is an analysis of the importance of and challenges around Latina health and reproductive justice.

Region VI
(NC, SC)

Region VI of the HNBA and the Mecklenburg County Bar hosted a General Counsel Forum on April 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Approximately 100 members of the Charlotte legal community were in attendance.  Region VI also welcomed National President of the HNBA, Pedro Torres-Diaz to Charlotte for his attendance to the General Counsel Forum and second visit to the region.  The general counsel panel participants were Julie Janson of Duke Energy, Mark Metz of Bank of America, Joe Pierce of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and Tommy Warlick of Red Ventures.  The panel discussion covered legal topics such as current legal developments, technology impact, cost control in legal departments, diversity in legal departments and risks on the horizon.  A cocktail reception, sponsored by K&L Gates LLP, followed the panel discussion for an hour of networking with panel participants and fellow attendees.  A private dinner for the panelists and event organizers, sponsored by Moore & Van Allen, PLLC, followed the reception for extended conversation and networking.

Region XVIII & The HNBA Latina Commission
(Southern CA)

On June 2, 2017, the HNBA Latina Commission and HNBA Region 18 hosted the “Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk” Seminar for approximately 15 East Los Angeles Community College, Pathway to Law School (ELACC-Pathways) student participants. ELACC Pathways is a designed pipeline program that is meant to ensure that students that come from low income and underrepresented backgrounds gain access to a law school education. ELACC’s student body is 80% Latino, and those who participated today were all Latino and majority female (13 out of 15 students). The purpose of the workshop was to provide students with necessary professional development and etiquette skills needed to ensure success in law school and secure employment opportunities in the legal profession. The workshop, which lasted from 10am-5pm, covered the following agenda (1) Personal Statement Workshop (2) Building Your Brand and Taking Risks Exercise (3) Lunch and Eating Etiquette (4) “Landing your Dream Job”-Proper Attire, Networking, Interview Overview, and Resume Workshop and (5) Elevator Pitch.

Back Row:  Alvaro Vasquez, Lindsay Holloman, Christine Rodriguez, Genesys Sanchez, Andrea Luna, Pauline Manley, Myra Casillas, Elizabeth Prudente, Marissa Montes, Daniel Torres
Front Row: Elizabeth Padilla, Jacqueline Pinzon, Yennifer Iniquez

(left: Michelle Polanco, Evelyn Padilla, Myra Casillas, Alvaro Vasquez, Lindsay Holloman, Pauline Manley, Genesys Sanchez, Yennifer Iniquez, Andrea Luna, and right: Marissa Montes Presenting)

During the course of the day, student participants also had the opportunity to network and work closely with HNBA members and law student attendees. Student participants were heavily involved and remained engaged by asking questions that ranged as to professional development to sensitive topics, such as cultural differences and the impact of implicit bias. Our interactive workshop was effective, and students left knowing how to apply principals of professionalism in their daily lives. At the end of the workshop, students were also provided with a swag bag, as well as handouts and material to review. 

It was encouraging and exciting to hear and learn from accomplished Latina lawyers' experience. The Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk Workshop helped me brainstorm how to articulate my academic and legal interest and accomplishments. As well as, how to communicate those in the legal field. – Michelle

It was a great opportunity to meet successful Latina attorneys in the field, which provided us a great resource, and information that was shared at this conference was invaluable. I will keep it in mind when I am on my own path to becoming an attorney. -Evelyn


HNBA Assistant Treasurer-Jaime Angarita Earns Prestigious 40 Under 40 Award
The Child Center of NY is pleased to announce that the agency’s chief operating officer, Jaime Angarita, has been selected as a New York Nonprofit Media 40 Under 40 Rising Stars honoree for outstanding work in the nonprofit sector.
For the third year, NYN Media is recognizing 40 of New York’s rising stars in the nonprofit world who are under the age of 40, have made great strides in their careers, and hold the promise of a bright future. All have already made what every nonprofit strives to make: an impact.
The award will be presented at a celebratory breakfast reception on Wednesday, July 19, at The Capital Grille in downtown Manhattan. 
“We are thrilled that Jaime has been selected for this prestigious award,” said Child Center CEO Traci Donnelly. “After having spent nearly 10 years in the private financial industry, Jaime came to The Child Center with a fresh eye and different perspective that led to the agency operating more efficiently and innovatively from the get-go. He has the right mix of heart and business – and our children, families, and communities are better off for it.”
Chief Justice Names Judge Alberto Rivas Assignment Judge of Middlesex Vicinage
Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced that Superior Court Judge Alberto Rivas will lead the Middlesex Vicinage, effective July 1. Rivas will succeed Assignment Judge Travis L. Francis, who is retiring after 25 years on the bench and 10 years as assignment judge.“Judge Francis has distinguished himself as a jurist of great intellect with a passion for the law. He will be missed not only in the Middlesex Vicinage, which he has served for the past 25 years, but also throughout New Jersey’s legal system,” Chief Justice Rabner said.  
 “Judge Rivas has done an outstanding job leading the vicinage’s criminal division. He is a highly respected jurist who possesses strong leadership skills that will enable him to thrive in his new role.”
In more than seven years at the Middlesex Vicinage, Judge Rivas has served on the bench in the civil, family and criminal divisions. He was named presiding judge of the criminal division in February 2015.         
“I am humbled and honored at the confidence the Chief has expressed in me,” Judge Rivas said. “I look forward to working with our talented group of jurists and staff.”

The Hill's Latina Leaders to Watch
Former HNBA Executive Director
Zuraya Tapia-Hadley
Zuraya Tapia-Hadley’s career is a reflection of the issue she most cares about: the U.S.-Mexico relationship. Born in Mexico City, Tapia-Hadley grew up in Washington, D.C., where her mother was a diplomat working in the Mexican Embassy. After high school, Tapia-Hadley went back to Mexico to study law at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), about two hours southeast of Mexico City.
While at UDLAP, Tapia-Hadley joined an internship program that brought her back to Washington, this time working for then-Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) in her first term as a member of Congress. Read the rest of the article HERE or click image below.


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July 14-15, 2017
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Kansas City, MO


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The HNBA Immigrant Legal Defense Fund provides grants for low-cost legal representation to assist in the defense of select immigration cases.  We  encourage all HNBA members and supporters, as well as the general public, to consider donating to this important fund.  Every single donation will make a difference!

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As part of its mission to advance Latinos in every area of the legal profession, the HNBA supports those interested in applying for a nomination to the federal bench and those interested in a federal political appointment to the new administration.

To that end, the HNBA has developed a clearinghouse of information about the ins-and-outs of presidential appointments, including the types of positions likely to be available, how to find out about positions, and how to go about applying for them.  Find out more!


September 6-9, 2017
Kansas City, MO

Register HERE

PLEASE NOTE: In order to register for the Convention, you must be an active, dues paid
 HNBA Member.

Theme: "Our Future Knows No Bounds"

Submit your CLE proposal for the 2017 HNBA Annual Convention HERE.
Deadline for proposals is TOMORROW June 16, 2017.

HNBA Awards

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

Deadline for nominations is TOMORROW June 16, 2017.

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

2017 Latina Leadership Academy
Deadline to apply is June 16, 2017.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The cost of attendance for this program is paid for through the generous support of the Latina Commission’s sponsor, Wal-Mart.
(Travel and hotel accommodations are not included). 

VIEW the program schedule and apply today!

The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2017

This award is given annually to a Latina lawyer trailblazer who, licensed for 30 years or more, has achieved great distinction by opening up opportunities historically closed to Latinas.  

HNBA Career Fair
Friday, September 8,2017

The HNBA Career Fair is the nation’s largest career fair for Hispanic law students and legal professionals. One of the HNBA’s many institutional objectives is to assist our members during our National Convention in obtaining gainful employment and/or furthering their career goals.

Deadline to apply for employers and students is August 11, 2017.

HNBA Career Fair Travel Stipend

Law Student Career Fair Participants may apply for a Career Fair Travel Stipend, geared towards reimbursing expenses for travel and lodging for out-of-state students. Learn more and apply today!

Deadline to submit application is July 14, 2017.

HNBA/NACD Corporate Board Training
In partnership with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the HNBA will offer a Corporate Board Training Program during the 2017 HNBA Annual Convention in Kansas City, MO.

This valuable program is being offered to Convention attendees at an

82.5% discount!
Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!
Learn more and sign up

Book Your Hotel
Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel
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*Reservation Cut-off Deadline: August 16, 2017
*HNBA Group Rate: $155 (in-room wireless internet is included)

The HNBA has set aside a block of rooms for students at a reduced rate of $105. Please contact Michelle C. Avelino, HNBA Programs Manager, at for instructions on how to reserve a room at the student rate.

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