The e-Newsletter from the Hispanic National Bar Association
April 23, 2018 Edition

It's President Mason's Birthday Today!
Wish her a happy birthday on Twitter @HNBA_Pres and thank her for all she is doing to advance the mission of the HNBA! #HNBAFamilia  #HNBAPresente


2018 MHBA's 13th Annual Gala

HNBA President Erica V. Mason and HNBA Finance Director Byran Browning were among the HNBA members that attended the 2018 MHBA Gala. The Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association's Thirteenth Annual MHBA Gala honored Tamara Cabán-Ramirez and Senator Melisa Lopez Franzen, recipients of the 2018 Manuel Guerrero Courage In Leadership Award and featured Keynote Speaker, Kim Rivera, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary of HP Inc. View more photos from the gala HERE.

HNBA Latina Commission's Pearls of Wisdom

In March, members of HNBA's Latina Commission took a break from the Corporate Counsel Conference to share Pearls of Wisdom with students at Mission College in San Francisco. Pearls of Wisdom is a pipeline program directed at exposing young women in the community to the legal profession by giving them access to Latina Leaders. The students were able to hear the personal stories of each member and learn about their pathway to success. This year, HNBA’s Latina Commission will celebrate its 10th anniversary!

You're Invited!

2018 Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (CBLA)

June 24-26 | Miami, FL

Deadline to Apply: May 25, 2018, by 8:00 PM EST
The Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (CBLA) is an annual leadership academy for diverse bar leaders from each of the CBLA member organizations: the ABA, HNBA, NAPABA, NBA, LGBT Bar, and NNABA. Through this collaboration, the CBLA aims to strengthen the pipeline of diverse bar association leaders through leadership training and professional development programs. The CBLA benefits current and future bar leaders, the bar association community, and the legal profession overall, and lays the foundation for further collaborative efforts by the sponsoring bar associations to foster diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

CBLA is intended for: 
•    Up-and-coming bar leaders who have been in practice for 5-15 years.
•    Have served in a leadership role with an HNBA Affiliate or local minority bar association, or who have served as an HNBA Regional President, Deputy Regional President, or chair or co-chair of an HNBA committee, section, division, or task force.

Learn more HERE & submit an application.

Inaugural HNBA LGBT Division Public Interest Scholarship 

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the HNBA’s LGBT Section, the HNBA LGBT Division announced the launch of the LGBT Division Public Interest Scholarship Program at the 2018 Corporate Counsel Conference in San Francisco, CA.

Deadline to Apply: May 15th by 5:00 PM EST

To be eligible, the applicant must:
(i) be either a first, second or third year law student in good standing in an ABA accredited law school, or a recent law graduate (having received the degree within 12 months of the application date);
(ii) have secured an internship or placement for Summer 2018 (which can extend beyond the Summer) or the fall of 2018 (for a recent law graduate) with a public interest organization engaged in legal, advocacy, or policy work with a direct impact on Latinx LGBTQ individuals.

Want to Contribute?
If you would like to donate to the LGBT Division Scholarship Fund, please click HERE.

2018 HNBA Annual Convention CLE Proposals
Theme: "Breakthrough"

*Deadline to Submit: COB Wed., May 9th
We are currently accepting CLE proposals for the 2018 HNBA Annual Convention (AC) in Philadelphia, PA. Please see the full track descriptions HERE, and submit a proposal today!

Litigation NOW: 2018 trial techniques, challenges and trending areas of law. 
Transactional Law: What’s new and coming around the corner? Are you ready?
Legal Practice Management Track: What's next in legal practice management?
Achieving Breakthrough - Professional Development Track (SPLIT TRACK):
DAY 1: Achieving Breakthrough for In-House Counsel
DAY 2:  Achieving Breakthrough for Outside Counsel

Congratulations Arnulfo D. Hernandez!

Arnulfo D. Hernandez, Managing Partner of Hernandez & Associates, P.C. and Region XIII President of the HNBA, was named to Law Week Colorado’s 2018 Top Litigators. Arnulfo D. Hernández is a leader in the Colorado legal community. He was named President of Region XIII of the Hispanic National Bar Association in 2017 covering Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming. He served as President of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association in 2016. For the past two years, he served as the Chair of the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section. He stays active in volunteer activities sponsored locally by the Colorado Lawyers Committee and Metro Volunteer Lawyers.

HNBA Member Melissa Gomez Nelson Makes Partner!

At the end of March, Dentons announced the promotion of 36 new partners from the Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Singapore, UK and Middle East and United States regions of the Firm.  The new partners represent a range of practices, sectors and industries. 
"We are extremely proud to elevate these very deserving lawyers to the next level of their careers at the Firm," said Elliott Portnoy, Global Chief Executive Officer.  "They represent Dentons' rich diversity, our global collegiality, and the excellence embodied in our work." HNBA member, Melissa Gomez Nelson is a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution and the firm's White Collar and Government Investigations practices. She focuses on representing clients in white collar criminal matters and government investigations, with an emphasis on anti-money laundering, cryptocurrency & block chain and fraud criminal matters. Melissa has extensive experience conducting internal investigations, and defending clients in criminal matters from initial grand jury investigations, through sentencing hearings. She has experience representing public and private entities as well as corporate witnesses and individuals in both federal and state criminal matters.


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Know of an HNBA member who deserves the spotlight for an accomplishment, career highlight, or an award?

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MEET THE 2017-2018 BOARD!

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

Thank you for your service as a
member of this prestigious
leadership team.



Washington, DC
May 18-19, 2018

More details coming soon!



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Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our sisters and brothers in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean as they work through the devastation caused by the numerous recent natural disasters that have impacted our communities.

Every effort counts during this crucial time, so please visit our website HERE to find resources to best offer assistance.


Join the HNBA Law Student Division (LSD) Career Opportunities Board for access to all of the opportunities heading your way and receive new postings straight to your inbox!

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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.


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!

Apply for a grant, find resources and training courses, and more!
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