The e-Newsletter from the Hispanic National Bar Association
E-NOTICIAS Special Edition!
2017 CCC Recap
2017 HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference &
Moot Court Competition


To my HNBA familia,

 Organizing an HNBA Conference takes an incredible amount of effort.  Organizing a Corporate Counsel Conference as successful as the one we just witnessed in Miami took far more than that; it took relentless focus by several selfless and dedicated individuals who spent long hours looking at every detail, without refusing to give up on the ultimate goal: a record-breaking Corporate Counsel Conference that far exceeded the expectations of every attendee, to give every one of us an amazing experience.  I want to take this opportunity to recognize and say GRACIAS to every one of you who made sure we all had the best experience possible in Miami, and the opportunity to expand YOUR Global Network and in particular:
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And to EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU who said PRESENTE in Miami when we called upon you, I say, from the bottom of my heart:


Fuerte abrazo,

HNBA National President
Pedro J. Torres-Díaz

Read President Torres-Díaz's article in the Miami Herald!

We Want Your Feedback!

If you have not completed the post Conference survey, please do so by clicking here. Your feedback is crucial to the advancement of our future programming.

Thank You Sponsors!

Thank you to all of our sponsors who made this the amazing Conference that it was!
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View Your Conference Photos!

Take a look at our online photo album. 
(Photos courtesy of Choice Photography)

CLE Accreditation Site

E-mail notifications will be sent later this week to all conference attendees with instructions and direct link to access the CLE Accreditation Management Site. If you have questions regarding this process, please contact Michelle Avelino, HNBA Programs Manager, at

Welcome Reception @ Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig and Hunton & Williams
Our Welcome Reception was one for the ages, featuring the sounds of Cache Live Music, a cigar roller, and delicious vats of paella, all on the breathtaking grounds of Vizcaya!


Our General Counsel Roundtable was moderated by Raul Herrera, Partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer with legal chiefs from Spotify, Walmart Argentina, Ryder System Inc., Caribbean Development Bank and Corporacion Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura.


Our plenary session on the Future of Cuba Relations was moderated by Hugo Chaviano, member of HNBA's Cuba Task Force.

Thank you to our panelists who participated in "The State of Latinas in 2017" panel discussion and to Judge Carmen Consuelo Vargas de Cerezo for her keynote remarks.


Top Lawyers Under 40 Awards Reception @ EPIC Hotel
Sponsored by Troutman Sanders, Beacon Hill Staffing & The Coca-Cola Company
We are extremely proud of our 2017 Top Lawyers Under 40 Awards Recipients and the HNBA General Counsel & In-House Counsel Silent Auction. Our awards reception was epic!

Moot Court Competition
Thank you to all of our Judges and participants of the 22nd Annual Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Competition, and congratulations to the 2017 Moot Court winner, the team from Washington and Lee University School of Law-
Tamra Nicole Harris, Maressa Momoye Cuenca, and Rossana Baeza.

Gala Dinner
Sponsored by Jones Day & Univision Communications, Inc.
The 2017 HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference Gala Dinner was outstanding! We had the HNBA Fine Arts Silent Auction & Sale featuring artist Humberto Benitez and danced the night away thanks to Hora Loca!

We especially want to thank our Keynote Speaker, the Honorable Rosemary Barkett


Now that I am back in my office following the incredible HNBA event in Miami, I wanted to take a minute to thank you for the kindness and tremendous hospitality you showed to me and my military colleagues.  We could not be more honored to be associated with such an outstanding organization.  You and your leadership team have so much to be proud of as your members represent the values that we cherish in our military.  I know we will continue our collaborative relationship for many years to come.
Warmest regards,

Marilyn S. Chiafullo
Brigadier General, USAR
Chief Judge (IMA), Army Court of Criminal Appeals

Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Form
The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosts a community forum introducing an array of recently elected or appointed public officials whose roles stand to impact Arizona Latinos in substantive ways. 

Monday, April 17. 5:30-7:30pm at:
A.E. England Bldg
424 N Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

*Event is open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged. Seating is limited.

AZ Rep. Isela Blanc
Maricopa Co. Recorder Adrian Fontes
Maricopa Co. Sheriff Paul Penzone
AMC Exec. Dir. Marcos Garay
Mayor Anna Tovar
AZ. Rep Tony Navarette

Register For HNBA/MassMutual "Su Negocio"

Georgia Hispanic Bar Association (GHBA) Happy Hour


HNBA Former Student of the IPLI 2016 Class to Present at International Trademark Conference
Notre Dame Law School student Veronica Canton, 2L, has been selected to present a paper at the International Trademark Association’s annual meeting May 20 to 24 in Barcelona, Spain.
The paper, titled “DMCA Challenges Regarding Secondary Liability and Wrongful Classification of Trademark Infringement,” explores the need for a legislative structure to protect trademarks in the way that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act protects copyrights.
Canton had extensive experience working in the field of intellectual property law before she arrived at Notre Dame Law School. For nine years, she was an intellectual property practice assistant on the intellectual property team at Reed Smith LLP in the firm’s San Francisco office, where she helped attorneys prepare for all stages of litigation, including depositions, pretrial hearings, and trials at federal courts and The International Trade Commission.

Canton was born in El Salvador and moved to San Francisco when she was 9 years old. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international relations at San Francisco State University.

Because she speaks Spanish fluently, she supported several of Reed Smith’s pro bono cases...

Arnulfo D. Hernández
Co-Chair of HNBA Immigrant Legal Defense Task Force, Arnulfo D. Hernández of Hernández & Associates, P.C. was appointed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to the Governor’s Board of Ethics
(term 2017-2018). 


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Read our latest issue of Noticias!



May 19, 2017
Washington, DC

July 14-15, 2016
San Juan, Puerto Rico


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.



It's that time of year - Elections. Are you considering running for a position?
Watch for the "Call For Nominations" e-blast coming soon! 
*No campaigning until you have been officially slated. Guidelines regarding campaigning for those slated will be posted soon.



Hundreds of attorneys, judges, and legal professionals from across the country came together in one central location – InterContinental Miami Hotel during the 2017 HNBA CCC.

View the full list of exhibitors here.



CONGRATULATIONS! The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is proud of the exceptional attorneys who received the prestigious “HNBA Top Lawyers Under 40” Award.

View our award recipients!


May 17-18, 2017
Washington, DC

Sign Up TODAY!

*Registration is free, but you must be an active, dues paid HNBA member.


June 25-27, 2017
Minneapolis, MN

Learn more about this valuable leadership training program and apply here.


September 6-9, 2017
Kansas City, MO

Registration will open later this month, but you can book your hotel today @ the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel!

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

Not a Member? Don't miss out on great member only benefits.  Click here to learn more and  join!
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, training courses, and more!


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!



This service aims to assist our members with their business development needs. HNBA MEMBERS please update your extended member profile today and see your business grow.

The NLRS also aims to help our sponsors and the general public with their hiring/recruiting needs. Take advantage of this great platform and search for an attorney by areas of practice, location, states of admission, name, and more.

Start today!


HNBA en VIVO 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!  

Starting soon, HNBA en VIVO will be hosting contests and more! 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.
Take a look today!



UPS With the high cost of education, we understand that many of our members are burdened with large amounts of student debt. HNBA is proud to announce a new partnership with SoFi, the market leader in student loan refinancing, to help our members tackle these issues. Through this partnership our members, their friends and families are eligible for a $300 welcome bonus upon refinancing their student loans. Get started HERE.


HNBA Members can save up to 30% on shipping

UPS is pleased to help HNBA members save time and money through special services and shipping discounts. We put the power of logistics to work for you every day by providing speed, outstanding reliability and technology tools so you can focus on your business – not your shipping. To get started, click here.


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