The e-Newsletter from the Hispanic National Bar Association

November 15, 2016 Edition

Assisting Latino Small Business Owners

November 17th
5-9 PM
Westin-Jersey City, Newport

  • Have you recently started your own business?
  • Do you want to expand your business?

MassMutual and the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) are excited to bring to your community the HNBA/MassMutual “Su Negocio” Program, designed to assist and empower Latino-owned small businesses.  Recent data indicates that Latino-owned small businesses are the fastest growing segment of small businesses in the country. The HNBA and MassMutual stand ready to help these businesses succeed. Through motivation, education and networking, the mission of “Su Negocio” is to provide Latinos with access to resources to either start or expand a commercial enterprise, and help protect their businesses for a successful future. The event will feature a prominent keynote speaker, educational workshops for both start-up and growth businesses, and networking and mentorship opportunities.


*Registration is COMPLIMENTARY

Please click HERE to view the agenda.

Westin Jersey City Newport 
Liberty Ballroom, 2nd floor
479 Washington Blvd.
Jersey City, New Jersey 07310

Self-parking is available at the following rates:

  • Up to three hours – $3.50
  • Up to four – $5.50
  • Up to six – $10

Please contact Erika Lopeztello-Jones, HNBA Director of Operations, at

HNBA National President, Pedro J. Torres-Díaz has been on the move from coast to coast in the past couple of months with receptions, speaking engagements, and meetings to attend all over the country, representing the HNBA.

November 11- Most recently, he was a keynote speaker at the National Hispanic Pre-Law Conference at New York University School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall. 

November 5- The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) held their annual convention in San Diego this year, and President Torres-Díaz attended the Gala Dinner.
(President Torres-Díaz and NAPABA President Cyndie M. Chang) 
November 3- Earlier, he was in Tampa Bay where he attended and delivered remarks  at the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association’s 10th Annual Scholarship Gala Dinner.  The dinner was held this year at the Palma Ceia Gold and Country Club, with Governor Robert "Bob" Martinez, Florida's first governor of Hispanic descent and former mayor of Tampa as the keynote speaker of the evening.
November 2- Attended the 37th Annual Installation and swearing-in Ceremony of our affiliate Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey.

October 27- He attended an Attorney Networking Event hosted by NBCUniversal. 

October 16-19- The HNBA National Office headed to San Francisco to exhibit at the 2016 Annual Convention of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).

October 12- It was Hispanic Heritage Month Reception at the White House, where President
Torres-Díaz and his two daughters had the opportunity to meet President Obama and Vice President Biden.

Latino Leaders Magazine Names Yesenia Gallegos Among the 25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers in the U.S.
The HNBA would like to congratulate Yesenia M. Gallegos, Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP who was named among the 25 most influential Hispanic lawyers in the U.S. by Latino Leaders Magazine, a national publication devoted to connecting and showcasing Latino/a leaders.

The distinction is accorded to American-based Latino/a attorneys who display leadership and strength both inside and outside the courtroom and who have demonstrated a strong commitment through their legal practice to the Latino/a community.

Yesenia Gallegos served as the Hispanic National Bar Association’s (HNBA) Regional President for Southern California from 2013-2014 and received the HNBA’s “Regional President of the Year” award in 2014 for her contributions in that role.  Most recently, the HNBA’s National President, Pedro J. Torres Diaz, appointed Gallegos to the HNBA’s Latina Commission, which was created in 2008 to study and remedy the status of Latinas in the legal profession who continue to suffer the lowest representation of any racial or ethnic group as compared to their overall presence in the nation.

Currently serving as the co-chair of Fox Rothschild’s Diversity Committee, Yesenia oversees and participates in various initiatives aimed at the recruitment, retention, and advancement of diverse attorneys. She is also an active speaker, and has spoken at national conferences on the topic of diversity in the legal profession and the topic of advancement in the legal profession by retaining mentors and sponsors. Known for her professional excellence, integrity, leadership and commitment to the legal and Latino/a community, Gallegos is seen as a mentor to other junior attorneys throughout the firm.

Gallegos focuses her practice on labor and employment matters and advises clients in areas such as restrictive covenants, wage and hour law, discrimination and harassment, executive employment agreements, leaves of absence, and high risk employee terminations. As a litigator, she represents employers in class actions and single plaintiff litigation in both federal and state court, and before state and federal administrative tribunals.

Gallegos received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law and her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Region XII HNBA President, Cynthia Sutherland Received the Corporate Counsel Award from the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association 
The HNBA is pleased to congratulate our Region XII President, Cyntha Sutherland on receiving the Corporate Counsel Award from the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association.  Cynthia Sutherland is the Legal Director of Global and Information Solutions at PepsiCo.  She is also the Latina Commissioner and a Board Member of the Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation.

Through the Corporate Counsel Award, the DHBA honors the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations in improving diversity within the legal profession. They honor Cynthia Sutherland because of her work promoting progressive initiatives, including the first Dallas Latina Leadership Program, and practices that foster greater diversity in the Dallas legal community.

Congratulations Cynthia!

Judge Jorge J. Perez Joined Bryan Cave LLP in the Miami Office
Former Circuit Court Judge Jorge J. Perez has joined the international law firm, Bryan Cave LLP as a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors' Rights Groups. 
Perez specializes in receiverships, fiduciary appointments, mediation, arbitration, and complex commercial litigation matters. He was appointed to the bench in May 2003 by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, where he presided over nearly 100 jury and bench trials to verdict or ruling. Since leaving the bench to return to private practice, he has received numerous court appointments as receiver, special magistrate, special master and mediator.
“Jorge brings with him knowledge across broad areas of commercial litigation as well as valuable experience in the Miami community,” said Ketrina Bakewell, co-leader of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group. “He will be a great addition to our Commercial Litigation Group, and we’re thrilled to have him in our Miami office to serve Bryan Cave clients firmwide.”
“In addition to his litigation experience, the Restructuring Group is excited to welcome Jorge and his breadth of knowledge and receivership experience,” said Mark Stingley, leader of the firm’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors' Rights Group. 
Perez has extensive litigation experience in state, federal and administrative courts, and has represented corporate clients in various complex commercial and financial services litigation cases. Perez has acted as receiver in numerous multimillion-dollar proceedings and disputes across Florida. In addition, Perez has served as assistant district counsel for the Department of Homeland Security in Miami where he represented the U.S. government in all forms of federal immigration and judicial proceedings, including as lead prosecutor in a successful anti-terrorist case.
Perez received his J.D., with honors, in 1988 from the University of Florida and his B.B.A., magna cum laude, in 1984 from the University of Miami.

Dickie McCamey Columbus Welcome's 9th Attorney 
November 2016 (Columbus, OH)  Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C., (DMC) a national law firm announces that Kelli Jo Amador has joined the firm as an Associate in the Columbus, Ohio office.  Kelli is a member of the Transportation Law Practice Group, and focuses her practice in general liability litigation.  Ms. Amador is fluent in Spanish and Russian, having studied both languages as a college undergraduate and abroad.
 Shareholder in Charge of the Columbus office, Joseph Golian, is pleased to have Ms. Amador join Dickie McCamey after she worked for the firm as a Summer Associate.  “Kelli is a welcome asset to our expanding team of attorneys.  It’s an exciting time for us, having moved into our new space 10 months ago and adding two attorneys this past summer.  Our growth continues to attract valuable talent that serve our clients well.”
Ms. Amador obtained her Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in May 2016, where she earned the CALI Excellence for the Future Award and served as editor of the Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution.  Ms. Amador earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, at the University of Utah where she was a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Honor Society.

"Gateway to Your Global Network"
March 30-April 01, 2017
Miami, FL
Submit a CLE Panel Proposal

We are searching for presenters to engage attendees in conversations around cutting edge trends, issues, and solutions in the legal profession. We will focus on substantive tools, skills and resources to expand our members’ knowledge on the interplay between national, international, and cross-border legal and business issues. In keeping with the Conference’s global theme, you are encouraged to incorporate the relationship between national and international issues into your proposal.

Deadline: Monday, November 28, 2016 by 11:59 PM

It's Moot Court Time!
The 2017 HNBA Moot Court Competition registration is now open.

Submit a completed registration form as soon as you can before all 32 team slots are filled.

*NOTE: The Moot Court problem is not yet available, but the Judicial Council is currently finalizing the details of the problem.   We look forward to seeing you and your team in Miami!

Deadline: Monday, January 9, 2017, by 11:59 PM

Early Bird Registration Opens This Week

View Details and Registration Fees HERE

Early Bird Deadline: Friday, December 23, 2016 by 11:59 PM

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Washington, DC

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San Juan, Puerto Rico


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

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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!  

Also, look out for contests once a month hosted by HNBA en Vivo!

This November 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.




The HNBA Career Center is the exclusive resource to provide professional 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 candidates.
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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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