What a conference! President Mason promised a breakthrough convention and she did not disappoint. The Annual Convention offered exceptional programming, from miniature workshops to equip members with new skills, to a full day summit devoted to our LGBT community; plus, our signature Poder25 program with phenomenal allies dedicated to our members’ success, robust CLEs from masters in their profession, outstanding receptions, including at the beautiful Masonic Temple and, of course, closing it all out with a spirit-filled gala. I don’t know about you, but my cup spilled over with the best the HNBA has to offer. It was an especially moving time for me as it marked the beginning of my presidency. I was overwhelmed with emotion as so many of you approached me to offer your support. The gala was especially powerful for me. Sharing my personal story, including my trials and tribulations, has never been easy but the outpouring of love from everyone was not only comforting but freeing.
It is this love and support that has sustained me in a profession that oftentimes seems cold and lacking in compassion. It is this love and support that set my eyes on the presidency many years ago as a way to pay it forward. The remarkable thing about our conferences, and this one was no different, is that in just a few days a great transformation occurs. We are focused together on a larger purpose, and we are satiated. The HNBA always provides. Through our conferences our lungs are filled with the necessary air (and our hearts with the necessary blood) we need to go back into our respective worlds ready to bring our best, create positive change, and give back to our community.
It is only because of the love and support I have received from this organization that I am able to bring 100% of me. Thankfully, I am not alone in that endeavor. I know many of us work tirelessly to bring great programs, opportunities and fellowship because we believe in our HNBA familia and we know what we have here is very special. I promise to let this love and faith in what we have be the guideposts in what I do this year. In just these past few weeks, I’ve been reminded how easy it can be to get lost in tasks and forget our core mission of serving as the national advocates for the benefit of our Hispanic community and legal profession. I promise to focus my efforts on our mission, which will be front and center in everything we do. And I’m not alone in this endeavor. I am fortunate that I am surrounded by an amazing executive committee and board of governors that are right here with me in the trenches working hard to advance our mission. I look forward to working with you and seeing you all at our Corporate Counsel Conference in Albuquerque. Our theme is Ascension and let’s do just that—take it to the next level!
Con amor y cariño,
HNBA National President
Connect with HNBA President Salinas on Twitter @HNBA_Pres.
THANK YOU SPONSORS!
On behalf of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), I am writing to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU for your sponsorship of the HNBA’s 2018 Corporate Counsel Conference, Annual Convention, or one of our many other programs or events!
Your sponsorship dollars ensure that the HNBA is able to continue educational pipeline, mentoring, leadership development, and community advocacy programs that are critical to our mission of advancing Latinos in the legal profession and making a significant difference in the Hispanic community. As your outgoing National Finance Director, I cannot express how grateful I am for your support over the past two years and I look forward to continuing to work with all of you in my new role as the HNBA’s Vice-President of Programs! Going forward, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 376-1617.
I also could not be more excited to introduce you to the HNBA’s incoming National Finance Director, Carlos M. Bollar! Carlos is a litigation shareholder at Archer & Greiner, P.C. in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Carlos practices environmental litigation and was formerly the Regional President for HNBA Region III and a Past President of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey. A link to Carlos’ bio is HERE, and he can be reached at email@example.com or (856) 354-3073 to discuss partnership and sponsorship opportunities in the upcoming year. Also, please be on the lookout for the 2018-19 HNBA Partnership Brochure, which will be unveiled in the next few weeks!
Thank you again for your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon at our 2018 HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference, March 20-23 in Albuquerque, NM and our 2019 HNBA Annual Convention, September 26-29 in New York, NY!
Bryan R. Browning Carlos M. Bollar
2017-18 HNBA National Finance Director 2018-19 HNBA National Finance Director
2018 HNBA ANNUAL CONVENTION WRAP UP
"The Breakthrough Convention!"
September 5-8, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA
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HNBA IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Farewell HNBA Familia,
As I reflect on the past year, all I can say is “WOW!” We started this year with a bold plan and what some thought was the overly-ambitious goal to meaningfully move the needle in nearly every aspect of our operations, programming, and mission. My Welcome Letter predicted that thousands of Latino lawyers, law students, and allies, moving in tandem towards common goals could MOVE MOUNTAINS. What we accomplished, however, exceeded even my greatest expectations! From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to our amazing National Office Team, Executive Committee, Board of Governors, Sections/Committees, Divisions/Task Forces leaders, and every single member and volunteer who said #Presente and contributed to our progress this year! If you have the time, please take a look at my Special “Thank Yous” Addendum to my Annual Convention Welcome Letter, my way of personally acknowledging the hard work and contributions of numerous members and volunteers!
Our strategic plan aimed to improve nearly every aspect of the way we operate and serve our members and our communities:
I am very proud to report that we have broken all of our fundraising goals for this year, and gave away over $100,000.00 in LSAT and Patent Bar prep course reimbursements, conference attendance stipends, and law school scholarships, including our newest LGBT Division scholarship!
- investing in our technology and infrastructure to achieve greater efficiency and member services;
- rebranding and expanding of the mission of our 501(c)(3) charitable arm with the launch of our VIA Fund and Endowment;
- reinvigorating old programs with new ideas (e.g., our new convention CLE and speaker selection process and CCC Business Development Institute) ;
- launching two new, very successful programs (Poder25, the first Latinx General Counsel Pipeline Program; and the HNBA/Prudential Su Dinero Program, in-person and online financial wellness resources designed to help our members get ahead financially);
- "getting local" and delivering important programs and resources to our individual and affiliate members across the country through mini-sized “toolkits” (and in the process, doubling the size of our network of local affiliate and associate organizations!);
- unprecedented advocacy efforts including our highest attended Advocacy Day in our history, hosting a standing-room only Immigration Law and Policy Briefing at the US Capitol, and contributing to nine amicus briefs on issues of importance to our community (DACA, Puerto Rico, Family Separation, LGBT Rights, and TPS);
- changing the way we communicate with our members and community, fewer eBlasts, more targeted regional communications, and our first major social media outreach campaign, which increased our impressions by over 1000% each month, including, the new @HNBA_Pres Twitter page, which now has over 1200 followers!
TO READ MORE ABOUT OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, CLICK HERE
Last but not least, we hosted a highly successful Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Going back to Philly for our closing convention, the city where I earned my law degree, brought me back to where I started. And as I thought of the rather unexpected trajectory of my life, and where the HNBA stands today as compared to when I was in law school, I was reminded of why the HNBA remains so important to so many, and must continue to grow and evolve for the sake of the young people served by our pipeline initiatives, many in our communities in need of pro bono assistance and a voice in our Nation’s Capital, and the lawyers whose careers we are helping to advance.
In addition to our stellar CLEs and Plenary Sessions, impressive keynote speaker lineup (PECO/Exelon Board Member Nelson Diaz, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, ABA President Bob Carlson, Oracle General Counsel Dorian Day, Prudential Advisors President Salene Hitchcock-Gear, Former U.S. Ambassador Julissa Reynoso, YWCA CEO Alejandra Castillo, Princeton University General Counsel Ramona Romero, and Chief CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta), and eight specialty pop-up workshops (including early-morning Lawyer Wellness mini-retreats, “Rock Your Profile” presented by LinkedIN, “How To Run For Elected Office” presented by Voto Latino and Emily’s List, and a Business Clinic for our Small Firm and Solo Practitioner members), we also executed SIX pro bono and pipeline programs, run 100% by our member-volunteers who took the time out of their convention schedules to give back: our Young Lawyer/Law Student Speed Mentoring Program, the Latina Commission Pearls of Wisdom Program at the Esperanza Academy Charter School, a pro bono immigration clinic at the Mexican Consulate, Family Separation pro bono training in partnership with the ACC Foundation, our Annual Youth Symposium, and a sign-up booth with Voto Latino through which our members could volunteer to help out with voter registration drives being organized around the country in advance of the mid-term elections. It is through programs like these that our young people, many of who may not have ever met a lawyer, much less understand that this is a viable career path, are exposed to positive Latinx attorney role models. My hope is that we inspired many of them to go to law school and join our ranks! Thank you to all who took the time to join us, invest in your careers, and take an important pause to recharge your batteries and appreciate the fruits of our labor this year!
I wish I could that say we are done, but we will not be done until the number of Latinos in the legal profession is much more reflective of the total U.S. Latino population, the achievements of Latinx attorneys demonstrates that the profession is finally offering us a level playing field, and we are no longer subjected to targeted attacks against our community such as the many we have had to fight over the past year. Luckily, there is no one more capable that our incoming President, Jennifer Salinas, to take all that we started this year to the next level! I cannot wait to see what she and our incoming Board of Governors achieves!
Until then, don’t stop! When we started using the #HNBAFamilia hashtag this year, we meant it. We truly are a family and each of YOU is more important to our association, our community, and our society than you can possibly know. Your achievements are our achievements and we will continue to do all we can to support you; we hope that you feel the same way about us!
Con mucho carino y respeto,
Erica V. Mason
HNBA Immediate Past President
The HNBA's New and Expanded 501(c)(3), the HNBA VIA ("Vision in Action") Fund & Endowment
For those of you who were not at our Annual Convention, we are proud to announce the rebranding and expansion of the HNBA’s 501(c)(3) charitable arm (formerly known as the HNBA Legal Education Fund (LEF)), the HNBA VIA (“Vision in Action”) Fund. After an in-depth strategic analysis, our Board of Governors concluded that we needed a charitable vehicle whose mission was broader than just scholarship fundraising. The HNBA does so much in the community, including our Immigrant Legal Defense Fund, Law School Sin Límites and other K-12 educational pipeline programs, pro bono legal services, and many other programs and initiatives (e.g., Puerto Rico disaster relief; Family Separation pro bono services, etc.) that cannot be adequately funded through 501(c)(6) conference sponsorships—the business model on which the HNBA has relied for decades. HNBA VIA Fund’s expanded mission allows us to fund the HNBA’s community-facing initiatives, and seek out new supporters from sources not previously available to us.
While the VIA Fund helps us ensure that all of our charitable endeavors are fully-funded, the VIA Endowment ensures that this funding will be available well into the future. At this year’s 2018 Annual Convention Gala, in front of a crowd of over 500 attendees, Immediate Past President Erica V. Mason and HNBA Executive Director & COO Alba Cruz-Hacker presented a check to the VIA Endowment for its initial seed money of $500,000.00!
As you think about how you’d like to spend your charitable dollars this year, please consider contributing to our VIA Fund. To learn more about VIA, visit our webpage HERE. Thank you to HNBA Executive Committee members Jaime Angarita, Bryan Browning, Alba Cruz-Hacker, Josefina McEvoy, Jennifer Salinas, and Maria Dantes Sanchez; the entire HNBA Legal Education Fund Board, especially Aida Rodriguez, Hon. Peter M. Reyes, Benny Agosto, Pedro Torres Diaz, and Jaime Vasquez; and our external auditors at Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman (Ricardo Trujillo), our accountants Chazin and Company, and pro bono legal counsel Troutman Sanders (Tania Sebastian) for their tireless work to bring our dream of securing the future of the HNBA to fruition!
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Kicking off the Convention, the HNBA simultaneously held Poder25, the HNBA/Walmart Latina Leadership Academy sponsored by Walmart, and the HNBA LGBT Summit sponsored by ReedSmith.
Our official Welcome Reception, graciously sponsored by Exelon and PECO, was held at the beautiful rooftop at the Liberty View at Independence Visitor Center where HNBA members enjoyed the views, a cigar roller, and of course, Philly cheese steaks! We were honored to have welcome remarks by Robert (Bob) Carlson, President, American Bar Association and sponsor remarks by Judge Nelson A. Diaz, PECO Director, followed by the keynote address from James Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia, welcoming us to his city.
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Our first full day of programming had two amazing plenaries. Robert Rodriguez, PhD, President—DRR Advisors, LLC and Co-Author, Auténtico: The Definitive Guide To Latino Career Success was the Keynote Speaker for the Opening Plenary: Leveraging Your Authenticity to Achieve Breakthrough Career Success. Later that afternoon, the GC Roundtable: “Latina Allyship in the #MeToo Era” was honored to have Dorian Daley, General Counsel, Oracle as the Keynote Speaker. Throughout the day, there were a number of specialty programs and work-shops, including our first ever LinkedIn Headshot Booth, a "Rock Your Profile" Workshop by LinkedIn, HNBA/Prudential Su Dinero Workshop, and the HNBA/ACC/Lawyers for Good Government/Project Corazon Pro Bono Training for Family Separation Cases!
The 2018 HNBA National Awards Reception took place at the magnificent Masonic Temple where Salene Hitchcock-Gear, President, Individual Life Insurance & Prudential Advisors, gave the inspiring keynote address. The Honorable Jose L. Linares, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, received the HNBA Lifetime Achievement Award. View the award recipients video HERE.
Friday, September 7, 2018
Friday's program started off with a plenary on the Judicial Diversity Crisis, and that afternoon, the Honorable Julissa Reynoso, former U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay and Partner at Winston & Strawn, presented during the the 2018 HNBA Latina Commission Plenary, Sponsored by Walmart. We also had more specialty programs, including HNBA/MassMutual Su Negocio Workshop and the "Run to Win" Political Candidate Training Workshop Presented by Voto Latino & Emily's List. We were excited to have Jim Acosta, CNN Chief White House Correspondent, as our Keynote Speaker during the Gala Dinner. President Salinas, President-Elect Irene Oria, and the new 2018-2019 BOG were sworn in, capping off our "Breakthrough" Convention!
Saturday, September 8, 2018
As part of the 2018 Annual Convention, the Immigrant Legal Defense Task Force held a pro bono legal services day in partnership with the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia on Saturday, September 8, 2018.
HNBA volunteer attorneys and law students assisted 25 individuals and families with legal consultations and naturalization application assistance. Co-chairs, Janell Avila and Eric Dominguez, were pleased with the turnout for the event by HNBA members and with the number of community members we were able to assist, particularly now that the need is great for accurate and sound legal advice and assistance in naturalizing eligible applicants.
Stay tuned for future pro bono events at upcoming conventions and how you can get involved. For more information about the Immigrant Legal Defense Task Force & Fund visit our website HERE.
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS!
HNBA Latina Commission & HNBA LGBT Division
This year, we celebrated 10 years of HNBA's Latina Commission with its founding and current leaders. Learn more about the Commission's work by watching the video HERE.
We also celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the HNBA LGBT Division with its founders and leaders. Learn more about the founding and the HNBA LGBT Division's work by watching the video HERE.
You can also read the HNBA LGBT Division's 2017-2018 Annual Report.
Maryland Hispanic Bar Association Celebrates 25th Gala
On September 27, 2018, the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association (“MHBA”) hosted its 25th Anniversary Gala in Greenbelt, Maryland. MHBA honored award recipients: Brian Frosh, Attorney General of Maryland; John McCarthy, State’s Attorney for Montgomery County; and Jose Bahamonde-Gonzalez, Associate Dean of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. Victor Velazquez, the Executive Director of the Maryland State Bar Association delivered a keynote address on resilience and connectivity. HNBA was a Gala sponsor. HNBA members in attendance included Region V President Fernando Rivero, Executive Director Alba Cruz-Hacker, and HBA-DC President Richard Rodriguez.
Region VIII hosted its Lo Nuestro series September 20 with Ana Salas Segiel, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Hispanic Enterprises and Content at NBC Universal. In attendance was HNBA National President-Elect Irene Oria and Past President Pedro Torres-Diaz, as well as many of our regional members.
Hamilton- Hurricane Relief Fundraiser
October 12, 2018 | Boston Opera House
The Massachusetts Bar Association, together with the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, is holding a fundraiser to help the Puerto Rican victims of the last fall’s hurricanes. Our event’s goal is to raise $150,000 to donate to nonprofit organizations providing legal aid assistance to hurricane victims both in Puerto Rico and in Massachusetts. All net proceeds from your ticket purchase will be used to help us reach this goal. Hamilton’s creator and original star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has arranged for 100 orchestra tickets to be available to us for the Friday, Oct. 12 performance of the smash hit musical at the Boston Opera House.
We are honored to offer them to you at the price of $1,500 per ticket.
The program for this special event includes a pre-show cocktail reception with a personalized video welcome to our group from Lin Manuel himself. His father, Luis Miranda, will talk to our group and engage in a Q&A session during the pre-show private function. Lin-Manuel has authorized the playing of a special video recording of a duet he did with the star of “Dear Evan Hansen.”
3-Day Flash Sale
We are offering MAHA Members a chance to join us for the show at a discounted price of $450 + ticketing fees. Simply CLICK THE LINK, select the ticket, and enter promotional code "MAHA" for the price to reflect the $450 price! This sale will only be active until this Wednesday at Noon and tickets are LIMITED!! Please note that these tickets are for ORCHESTRA LEVEL SEATING, but do not include the pre-show reception.
Hamilton Raffle Information
This time we will have 4 prizes. 4 pairs of tickets to see Hamilton on 10/12
• Official Rules for the 2018 Hamilton Ticket Raffle (click to review)
• We will hold the next drawing on 10/10! Click here to purchase tickets!
Region XII - Latina Leadership Conference
October 13, 2018
The third annual Dallas Latina Leadership is a professional development program designed to increase opportunities for career advancement for Latina lawyers and law students. Speakers include Norma Garcia, Associate General Counsel at Rent-a-Center, U.S. District Judge Alia Moses, Western District of Texas, Judge-Elect Paula Rosales, County Court at Law No. 4, Assistant U.S. Attorney Erica Benites Giese, and certified coach PJ Dunn, Dunn Coaching Dunn Consulting. The event will be held SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2018, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM, at Rent-A-Center, 5501 Headquarters Drive, Plano, TX 75024. The event is sponsored by the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, Rent-a-Center, and the UNT Dallas College of Law. For registration details, please visit: www.dallashispanicbar.com.
Region VIII-Lo Nuestro Series Lunch
October 16, 2018
Region VIII will be hosting its Lo Nuestro Series lunch on October 16, 2018. Our guest of honor will be Marylin Blanco-Reyes, Vice President and Regulatory Affairs LAC for FedEx Express. Please contact Region VIII for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.