The e-Newsletter from the Hispanic National Bar Association
November 16, 2018 Edition

We are thankful for our HNBA Familia—our members, supporters, and partners working together, weaving a collective web of influence, resources, and better opportunities for underrepresented people across the nation. The HNBA continues to be strong because of the dedication and contributions of our HNBA Familia to the communities where we live and work. We are grateful for the opportunities we have to serve and make a difference in the lives of many. Wishing you all love, joy and happiness in abundance this holiday season.

Connect with HNBA President Jennifer Salinas on Twitter @HNBA_Pres.

Chicago, IL - National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
November 10, 2018

(Left to Right: Juan Thomas, Robert Maldonado, President Salinas, Daniel Sakaguchi, Cyndie Chang and Pankit Doshi)

HNBA National President Salinas attended the NAPABA Gala on November 10, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois, where Daniel Sakaguchi became the 2018-2019 President of NAPABA. The HNBA is stronger because of our connections and programmatic partnerships with NAPABA and other affinity organizations.

Minneapolis, MN - Fundraising & HNBA President's Reception
November 7-8, 2018

(Pictured on the Left: HNBA National Finance Director, Carlos Bollar, HNBA President-Elect, Irene Oria, and HNBA President, Jennifer Salinas)

As we work to advance our vital work and mission, HNBA Vice President of Programs, Bryan Browning, set up various sponsor meetings for President Salinas to attend in Minneapolis, Minnesota, along with National President-Elect, Irene Oria, National Finance Director, Carlos Bollar, and National Secretary, Javier Flores. In addition, on November 8, 2018, HNBA members and other local attorneys attended an HNBA National President’s reception, generously hosted by Bassford Remele.

Atlanta, GA- Minority In-House Counsel Association
(MIHCA) Conference
November 1-2, 2018

Both President Jennifer Salinas and President-Elect Irene Oria, represented the HNBA during the Minority In-House Counsel Association (MIHCA) Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Houston, TX – 2018 ABA Litigation Section Professional Success Summit
November 14-16, 2018 

(Left to Right: Gene Vance, Joseph Drayton, Joel West Williams, Daniel Sakaguchi, Alba Cruz-Hacker, and Bob Carlson) 

Affinity Bar leaders, including HNBA COO & Executive Director, Alba Cruz-Hacker, discussed multiple aspects of leadership and the benefits of bar involvement in front of an engaged audience of young litigators.

Phoenix, AZ – HNBA/MassMutual Su Negocio Program
November 14, 2018


On November 7, 2018, HNBA/MassMutual Su Negocio Program came to the Tradiciones Restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona, and Latinx solo practitioners, small law firms, and small business owners received educational information and resources to help them succeed. Thank you to our local partner, Fuerza Local for getting the word out, and a special thank you to HNBA Strategic Partner, MassMutual, for assisting Latinx small businesses and law firms.

Roseland, NJ – HNBA/Prudential Su Dinero Program
November 14, 2018


On November 14, 2018, HNBA/Prudential Su Dinero Program came to Roseland, New Jersey, where presenter, Silvia Tergas, Prudential Financial Planner and Designations Worksite Education Program Speaker, once again captivated the crowd with her knowledge and expertise. Thank you to HNBA Strategic Partner, Prudential, for teaching key financial topics to the Latinx community! Thank you to Lowenstein Sandler for generously hosting this Su Dinero Program in their Roseland, New Jersey, offices!

Washington, DC – Hispanic Bar Association of DC-Equal Justice Awards
November 9, 2018

(Left to Right: Román D. Hernández, HNBA Past President and Partner at Troutman Sanders, Richard Rodriguez, President of HBA-DC, and Daniel Archuleta, Partner at Troutman Sanders)

(Pictured on the left: Raul Herrera, HNBA International Law Co-Chair and Partner at Arnold & Porter and Erika Lopeztello, HNBA Director of Operations)

On November 9, 2018, the HBA-DC hosted its 2018 Equal Justice Awards, with over 300 guests attending the event at the Park Hyatt Hotel, including politicians, judges, partners at law firms, managers at their legal organizations, and various other leaders. The HBA-DC recognized some of the most inspiring members of the Washington, DC, community. This year, HBA-DC presented the Judge Ricardo M. Urbina Lifetime Achievement Award to Poli A. Marmolejos, Director and Chief Administrative Judge of the Department of Energy Office of Hearings and Appeals; the Hugh A. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Awards to Sulma D. Arias, Campaign Director for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement and to the Abramson Scholarship Foundation; and the Rising Star Awards to Catherine Cone, Counsel at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, and Wandaly Fernández, Associate at Sidley Austin LLP. These award recipients have made outstanding contributions to the Hispanic community in the areas of equality, fairness, and social justice. They have shown an unwavering commitment to and achievement in public service. And they inspired the audience by their achievements and dedication to social justice, cultural respect, service, and integrity. HBA-DC was also proud to have Mónica Ramírez, an accomplished Latina lawyer and activist, provide our keynote remarks. Lastly, HBA-DC also presented four $2,500 scholarships to deserving 3L law students. The event saw various HNBA leaders attend the event, including HNBA Past President Román D. Hernández

Minneapolis, MN - HNBA/MassMutual Su Negocio Program
November 7, 2018


President Salinas and other HNBA leadership attended the HNBA/MassMutual Su Negocio Program in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 7, 2018, hosted by Target Field. Thank you to HNBA Strategic Partner, MassMutual, for bringing this much-needed program to the Latinx community that provides valuable tools for succeeding as a small business or law firm. 

Las Vegas, NV - Region XIV HNBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD)
October 14, 2018

In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, and in coordination with the New Americans Campaign, Region XIV of the HNBA Young Lawyers Division volunteered at the Citizenship Assistance Workshop in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 14, 2018. The Citizenship and Health Fair offered citizenship application assistance and health education, screenings, and fun family activities. Hundreds were in attendance. HNBA YLD volunteers assisted with the Citizenship Workshop’s set up, check-in and provided legal assistance and translation services. The HNBA YLD assisted with over 100 citizenship applications and there was plenty of entertainment (even dancing!) for the whole family. 


Region I - Pay Parity Panel
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Brown Rudnick, One Financial Center, Boston, MA
Massachusetts Women's Bar Association Women of Color Committee invitees you to a Pay Parity Panel and Networking Reception to listen to women discuss important issues surrounding equal pay. HNBA Region I is a proud co-sponsor. Register HERE.

Region XVIII – HNBA/Prudential Su Dinero Program
December 12, 2018 | Orange County, CA
Troutman Sanders, 5 Park Plaza, Suite 1400, Irvine, CA 

Being Latinx means taking care of our families, but are we maximizing our resources? Can we take care of today while also providing a cushion for tomorrow? What can we do to safeguard our future and the future of those who are most important to us? Find out by joining us for the next Su Dinero in Orange County, California! View our website HERE for more details and register today! Thank you to Troutman Sanders for agreeing to host this Su Dinero Program!

(Registration is complimentary!)

HNBA/Prudential Su Dinero Financial Wellness Online Tool

What’s your financial wellness score? Whether trying to pay off student loans or planning for retirement, we could all use some help in getting our financial houses in order.

HNBA Strategic Partner Prudential has helped us create the online
HNBA Su Dinero Financial Wellness Portal, which provides a number of practical tools to help you be smart with your money, no matter what stage you’re at in your career!

20 simple questions and start planning for your future! Once your profile is created, you’ll be able to set your goals, customize your content and track your progress!

ABA Forum on Construction Law’s Diversity Scholarship to Attend the 2019 Midwinter Meeting, “Public Construction Projects: Not Always a Hollywood Ending”

January 31 – February 1, 2019 | Los Angeles, CA
Scholarship applications due no later than December 14, 2018.

The American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, the largest organization of construction lawyers in the world, is going to Los Angeles on January 31 – February 1, 2019, for its Midwinter Meeting and CLE program entitled, “Public Construction Projects: Not Always a Hollywood Ending." The Forum is pleased to announce the availability of six (6) Diversity Scholarships for the cost of registration for this program to women and minority construction lawyers, construction lawyers with disabilities, and construction lawyers from the LGBT community. Individuals wishing to be considered for a scholarship should submit a copy of their resume and a letter describing their construction law practice and the reasons why they want to attend the Midwinter Meeting. Applications are due no later than December 14, 2018. If selected, candidates must commit to attend the program. The scholarships are not transferable. Click HERE for full details and how to apply. View the 2019 Midwinter Meeting Brochure.

Join in celebrating all we have done together this year!

Region I & Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) Festive Fiesta
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
LaFabrica Central, 450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

Join us to celebrate HNBA Associate Organization ALPFA Boston's 2018 Accomplishments at the 2018 Festive Fiesta Mixer. Appetizers and dinner will be provided, along with a cash bar, 50/50 raffle and music by DJ Feeno. HNBA Region I is a proud co-sponsor. You can purchase tickets HERE.

Region I & Latino Professional Network (LPN) Holiday Spectacular
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 12:00 am EST
Venu Night Club, 100 Warrenton St, Boston, MA

Latino Professional Network presents its Holiday Spectacular night of fun and networking with two international artists, Domenic Marte and Hector Tricoche. HNBA Region I is a proud co-sponsor.

Hispanic Bar Association of DC (HBA-DC) 2018 Holiday Party & Toy Drive to Benefit Mary's Center

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 | 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm EST

Capo Deli Speakeasy (through the fridge door), 715 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC

HBA-DC will be holding a Holiday Party & Toy Drive on December 6, 2018. This year's event will be held in a private speakeasy room with a DJ. Dancing is encouraged! This year's event will also serve as a fundraiser for Mary's Center's annual toy drive.

Region VII, Georgia Hispanic Bar Association (GHBA), and Georgia Latino Law Foundation (GLLF) Holiday Party
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Please save the date to celebrate the end of the year with our Latino lawyer colleagues from the HNBA, the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association, and the Georgia Latino Law Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia. More details coming soon! 

Region I - 31st Anniversary EBONY Winter Gala
Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 | 8:00 pm - 2:00 am EST
Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston, MA

The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) in association with the United Minority Professionals (UMP), ALPFA BOSTON, HNBA Region I, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Boston cordially invites you to the 31st Annual EBONY WINTER GALA. This year's event will be better than ever, with more surprises and announcements to come, plus the great value and entertainment you have come to expect from this premiere Boston event. Buy tickets HERE.


Why You Should Attend an HNBA Conference as a Law Student
By: Anna Magallanes, HNBA Law Student Division (LSD) Region III President

There are two major Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) conferences in the year: The Corporate Counsel Conference (“Conference”) in March and the Annual Convention in September. The HNBA confirms the location of the conferences two years in advance, making it easier for students and other professionals to plan ahead. The HNBA conferences provide students an opportunity to learn and engage with other students and professionals from around the country. The conferences are fun, engaging, relevant, and inspiring.


2019 HNBA CCC CLE Selection Status

On behalf of the HNBA, I would like to thank each of you for submitting a CLE proposal for the 2019 HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference in Albuquerque. We received approximately 60 panel proposals! As you can imagine, the large number of stellar proposals is making the selection of the CLE lineup somewhat challenging. Within the next week, we will be emailing the moderators for the panel proposals which were selected. If you do not receive a separate email from us, unfortunately, your panel proposal was not selected.

Please note that we did combine some proposals, and we will be looking for additional panelists to fill slots on the panels which are currently in the CCC lineup. We hope each of you will consider joining another panel if you are contacted by a moderator and/or the CLE committee.

Elia Diaz-Yaeger
HNBA Vice President Divisions, Sections, Committees & Task Forces
HNBA CLE Committee Chair 

Register a Team for the 24th Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition

The Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition brings together over 30 teams of law students from the nation’s top law schools to argue a case currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Learn about Competition requirements and other information  HERE.

Submit a Nomination for HNBA "Top Lawyers Under 40" Award

The HNBA’s “Top Lawyers Under 40” Award celebrates and highlights the accomplishments and contributions of Latinx attorneys under 40 years of age, who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession and their communities. The Award honors lawyers who have demonstrated professional excellence, integrity, leadership, commitment to the Hispanic community, and dedication to improving the legal profession. HNBA Members from all segments of the profession (including private practice, government, public interest, academia, and corporate legal departments) are eligible for the Award.
Learn more about the criteria and award categories HERE.

Register at the Early Bird Rate & Book Your Hotel

Register by December 21, 2018, to receive the Early Bird Registration rate for the 2019 HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico! Then book your hotel at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque at the HNBA Group Rate of $165 HERE
Rooms sell out quickly, so don't wait too long!


HNBA Past President Román D. Hernández Receives Civil Rights Champion Award

Congratulations to HNBA Past President, Román D. Hernández, Portland-based partner at Troutman Sanders, for receiving the prestigious 2018 Civil Rights Champion Award from the League of Minority Voters (LMV), a non-profit focused on issues affecting communities of color and minorities in Oregon. The award recognizes community members “who have gone beyond their call of duty to promote and advocate for civil rights, for all peoples.” 

Hernández, an employment and commercial litigation attorney who joined Troutman Sanders LLP in March 2018, was nominated for the award because of his ongoing, civil rights-focused work in the local community as well as his work nationally. He accepted the award at the 9th annual League of Minority Voters' State of Civil Rights Forum on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.

Judge Javier E. Vargas Honored by the Cervantes Society

Congratulations to the Honorable Javier E. Vargas, member of the HNBA Judicial Council, for being honored by the Cervantes Society of the Courts of the State of New York during its 23rd annual awards ceremony in Manhattan on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, where it honored four individuals, including Brooklyn Family Court Judge Javier Vargas. “I’m glad that we’re honoring Judge Vargas,” said Hon. Ariel E. Belen. “He has served with distinction, I can tell you myself. More than once I have been able to turn to him for help.” Judge Vargas was honored alongside Hon. Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the State of New York; and a pair of court officers, Edwin Colon, from Brooklyn Supreme Court, Civil Term; and Lorraine Alicea of the Bronx Supreme Court, Civil Term. While all of the honorees have made significant contributions to the legal community, these four were picked not only because of their distinguished careers, but also for what they did in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Benjamin R. Sigel Named a 2018 Latinx Amplifier

Congratulations to HNBA Region I President, Benjamin R. Sigel, Director of Client and Community Relations – Special Counsel at Mintz, for being named a 2018 Latinx Amplifier by Amplify Latinx & Latina Circle. Amplify Latinx is a non-partisan, collaborative movement aimed at significantly increasing the representation of Latinos in elected and appointed positions, on boards and commissions, and in corporate leadership. Amplify Latinx was founded by the Latina Circle, a Boston-based network that is advancing Latina leaders across industries into positions of power and influence. As Director of Client and Community Relations at Mintz, Ben coordinates and supports the efforts of the firm’s client and community relations activities, including deepening client relationships, increasing and expanding the firm's institutional reputation and goodwill, and effectively and efficiently bringing added value to the firm's clients and community partners.

Arnulfo D. Hernandez Named 2018 Barrister's Best "Best Immigration Lawyer" by Law Week Colorado

Congratulations to HNBA Region XIII President, Arnulfo D. Hernandez, who was named Barrister's Best "Best Immigration Lawyer" by Law Week Colorado in 2018. Arnulfo is the Managing Partner of Hernandez & Associates, a bilingual immigration, crimmigration, and criminal defense firm in Denver, Colorado. Arnulfo concentrates his practice on immigration law and criminal defense litigation, particularly cases in which both practice areas intersect. Arnulfo represents immigrants and their families in the Denver metropolitan area before state courts as well as federal agencies such as the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Executive Office for Immigration Review. He is also admitted to practice before multiple federal appellate courts, the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

HNBA LGBT Division Member Spotlight

Congrats to our very own Vania Cebrero, who was awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the Women’s Bar Foundation! Vania, a third-year law student at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL, is actively involved in the HNBA. She currently serves as Vice President of Communications for the HNBA's Law Student Division and will be a returning participant in the HNBA's 2019 Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition. She also assists the LGBT Division as Communications Vice Chair. Cebrero is also actively involved on John Marshall's campus, where she serves as Executive Justice for the Moot Court Honors Program, a teaching assistant for appellate advocacy, Co-President of OUTLaw (the LGBTQ+ law student association), and a member of the Latino Law Student Association. In addition to her campus involvement, Cebrero is an intern at the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois, where she assists with federal criminal cases such as drug trafficking, gun cases, bank robberies, and extortion. Congratulations Vania!

Congratulations to Neysa Alsina on Her New Role as Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. House of Representatives

Puerto Rican congresswoman, the Honorable Nydia Velázquez, recently appointed attorney and HNBA member Neysa Alsina as Public Policy Advisor with special emphasis on issues related to Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican Alsina was co-chair of the New York City Bar Association Working group on Puerto Rico and a past HNBA Regional President for Region II. "Neysa brings great legal and policy knowledge to the Bureau, and I know she will be helpful as she continues to work in Congress to help Puerto Rico and represent my New York City electors with Puerto Rican heritage," said Congresswoman Velázquez. Neysa has also worked in financial services and insurance companies as a lawyer. She is a graduate of Rutgers College and Fordham University Law School. The island-born lawyer, who will have in her portfolio of work topics on health and women said she considers it "a deep honor" to join the Congresswoman’s team. 


Student members of the HNBA Associate Organization, La Voz, the Latin/Hispanic Law Student Association at the University of Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law, attended the 2018 HNBA Annual Convention this past September. The students were moved by both the theme and the speakers of the Convention, and as a result, they were inspired to create their first Hispanic Heritage Month Newsletter. 

"Our stories and histories highlight our struggles, resilience, and accomplishments. Every pioneer in the newsletter has an important story to share. Our stories are part of our message. Together, our experiences can inspire others and empower our community."



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December 7-8, 2018
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Generously hosted by: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP



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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!

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The online HNBA Career Center is a key resource to provide career placement services to our national members who seek assistance with their own professional advancement.

It is also a way for our partners and sponsors to achieve their recruiting needs from among the best and brightest diverse attorneys. 

Employers, post your jobs today and begin receiving applications from qualified candidates!
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