The e-Newsletter from the Hispanic National Bar Association
December 15, 2017 Edition

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HNBA Familia, 
Vision In Action.  It is our theme for this year, and during the first 3 months of my HNBA Presidency, I have been inspired every day by those in our community who are living embodiments of this ideal: Region III President Carlos Bollar, who, along with affiliate HBA-NJ and the NJ Hispanic Bar Foundation, raised over $20,000.00 for Puerto Rico in one event; Jose Calderon (CEO, Hispanic Federation) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (visionary composer/playwright/activist), whose Unidos for Puerto Rico has raised over $10 Million for Puerto Rico Disaster Relief; Carimar Andujar, the incredible engineering student, HNBA mentee, and DREAMer whose immigration story brought tears to the eyes of a room full of hardened attorneys at Cleary Gottlieb’s Hispanic Heritage Month event; Maria De La Cruz Perales Sanchez, the courageous Princeton University student who, along with Microsoft (shoutout to Jack Chen!) and Princeton’s Board of Trustees, filed a declaratory judgement action against the U.S. government to prevent it from rescinding DACA.
I have also had the benefit of direct mentoring from legal visionaries like HP, Inc.’s General Counsel Kim Rivera, who sat with me to share her vision of how to move the needle on diversity in the legal profession and graciously agreed to serve as the Honorary Chair of our 2018 Corporate Counsel Conference; Princeton University General Counsel Ramona Romero, who has offered me wise counsel and has demonstrated amazing leadership with her involvement in various DACA challenges that have been filed around the country; and Prudential CLO John Rosero, who is helping the HNBA develop a program that is designed to ensure that our members achieve full financial literacy and can build generational wealth to pass onto our kids.  Each of these Latino leaders has backed up their talk with action, and I cannot express how grateful I am to Ms. Rivera, Ms. Romero, and Mr. Rosero for taking the time to share their ideas and offer support to the HNBA and my Presidency.

Last but not least, I am constantly inspired by my amazing National Office Team, Executive Committee, and Board of Governors. I am so proud of each one of them, whose work ensures that we can achieve our goals of advancing Latino attorneys in meaningful, measurable ways; standing up for our communities as vocal advocates, thought leaders, and legal services providers; and taking the HNBA’s infrastructure and processes to the next level with technology and process innovation. 

At the beginning of my term, we laid out a plan for achieving these goals, and much of the work we have done in the first quarter was foundational, by design. In addition to the specific tasks and goals that each of the Executive Committee members were given (outlined in my Welcome Message), fundraising, and conference/convention and event planning-- all of which are well under way-- our Executive Director, along with our entire Executive Committee have conducted top-to-bottom programs and processes analysis of “how we do things,” why we do them that way, and whether there is a better way of doing them, particularly by using technology; revamped the operational structure of the National Office; conducted a thorough review of our Bylaws and governance mechanisms to ensure that they comport with non-profit “best practices” and the reality of the way that the HNBA operates; and started the process of creating an HNBA Endowment!

We have also traveled the country, spreading the word about the HNBA and our important programs, meeting with our sponsors and local members to hear their ideas and feedback, and benchmarking and collaborating with our amazing sister-affinity bars and the ABA on matters of common interest. Please look out for our special Board report of those activities in next month’s E-Noticias.

(Read President's Mason's full letter.)

Con respeto,

Erica V. Mason
HNBA National President


HNBA Board Meeting- New Orleans, LA
On December 8-9, the HNBA held a productive Board of Governors meeting in New Orleans, at the law offices of Jones Walker, complete with an ugly sweater party in keeping with the holiday spirit! Thank you to our generous sponsors: Jones Walker LLP, Prudential, and Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard!

Region I Cocktail Reception
On November 8, 2017, Region I hosted a cocktail reception for young lawyers and law students, which provided them with an opportunity to network and learn more about the benefits of our organizations. This was the first of three such receptions that Region I will be co-hosting with each of its affiliates, MAHA, CHBA, and RIHBA, in Boston, Hartford, and Providence, respectively.

 (From L. to R.) NLLSA National Chair Alex Pena, Deputy Regional President of Outreach Marx Calderon, HNBA Region I President Javier Flores, MAHA President-Elect Alexander Rodriguez, & Deputy Regional President of Programming, Nestor Ramirez

Region I In-House Counsel Roundtable & Reception
On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Region I held an In-House Counsel Roundtable and Reception, sponsored by Mintz Levin in Boston. The distinguished panel included Sen. William “Mo” Cowan (Ret), Vice-President of Legal Policy and Litigation for General Electric, Lizette Perez-Deisboeck, General Counsel for Battery Ventures, Cristina Gonzalez, General Counsel for Staples, and Damian Wilmont, Vice-President, Litigation and Compliance, Vertex Pharmaceuticals. The panel provided tremendous insight into their respective paths, as well as the keys to being a successful in-house attorney or providing value as outside counsel.


HNBA/MassMutual Su Negocio Program
January 23, 2018 ~ Atlanta, GA


2018 HNBA Advocacy Day
February 27-28, 2018 ~ Washington, DC

*Typically held in May, this year the HNBA is holding it's annual Advocacy Day in February before the currently set, early-March 2018, DACA deadline, so that as many members as possible can descend on the Capitol to express why DACA legislation is vital to the future of this Country!  


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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.

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