Newly Sworn-In HNBA President Robert T. Maldonado Lays Out Organizational Vision: “Surging to New Heights, Expanding Our Reach”
Washington, DC -- On September 4th, New York City intellectual property litigator Robert T. Maldonado was sworn in as National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) during the 40th HNBA Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. In his initial address to HNBA members and supporters, Maldonado laid out his priorities for the HNBA in the coming year.
“It is my honor and privilege to serve as the next President of the HNBA and to join the illustrious group of Past Presidents who have led this great organization,” said HNBA President Maldonado. “The HNBA stands in a strong position today to lead the Hispanic legal community and to represent the interests of the 54 million Hispanics who live in this country. We have advocated for comprehensive immigration reform, the restoration of the Voting Rights Act, and the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act to protect against wage discrimination.”
“But there is more we can do. We must extend our reach into the field of technology. In the upcoming year, the HNBA will incorporate the growing importance of technology into our pipeline initiatives and into our programming. We need to recognize the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education so that our children are not left behind."
“Finally, we must realize that we are not alone. The HNBA will expand our collaborations and partnerships with other organizations in law and business. There is much work that can be done with other similarly situated and concerned colleagues. Together, we will take the HNBA to new heights.”
Robert T. Maldonado is a partner of Cooper & Dunham LLP, an intellectual property boutique firm in New York City that was founded in 1887. Robert specializes in intellectual property litigation. Robert received the 2013 HNBA Regional President of the Year Award, the 2013 “El Award” from El Diario La Prensa, and has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in the field of intellectual property litigation for the past four years. Robert received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT. In addition to serving as the President of HNBA Region II from 2012-2014, Robert served as national chair of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Section of the HNBA from 2010-2013, under the terms of three HNBA National Presidents.
About the Hispanic National Bar Association
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed. The HNBA has also effectively advocated on issues of importance to the national Hispanic community. While we are proud of our accomplishments, we are mindful that our mission is as vital today as it was four decades ago, especially as the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow.