The e-Newsletter from the Hispanic National Bar Association
February 16, 2018 Edition


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Lessons From a Bad-*** Latina Lawyer

After at least two decades of focus on the need to diversify the legal profession, women and people of color are still underrepresented in the field, and diversity at the senior-most levels is virtually unchanged. What can women and professionals of color do to more effectively climb the legal ladder of success? And what can they do to help other aspiring lawyers do the same? Find out from HNBA President, Erica Mason, who stopped by the Raben Group in Washington, DC, yesterday morning for breakfast and a chat!

(Click HERE or the image below to view the video.)

HNBA Region V & HBA DC
HNBA President's Welcome Reception Highlights
Thursday, February 15, 2018


Thank you to Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner for hosting the HNBA Region V President’s Welcome Reception!

2018 LULAC National Legislative Conference & Awards Gala
Washington, DC

(L. to R.: HNBA Director of Operations, Erika Lopeztello-Jones, DREAMer, Benito Costilla, HNBA President, Erica Mason)

ABA 2018-2019 Presidential Committee Appointments

All ABA members are eligible to self-nominate to be considered for vacancies on ABA Standing and Special Committees, Commissions, Working Groups, Task Forces, and other ABA entities. The ABA Diversity and Inclusion Center provides the ABA’s Appointments Committee with a list of diverse ABA members who have applied for an appointment that it recommends be given serious consideration, as well as a list of individuals who have not applied but would be interested in an appointment should one become available. The ABA is eager to add the names of HNBA members to these lists!

If you would like to be considered, please fill out this online form

NO LATER THAN 5:00 pm EST on February 21, 2018.

You may find additional information about the ABA Appointments process HERE.


Congratulations to the 2018 HNBA Top Lawyers
Under 40 Award Recipients!
After a rigorous review process, the Awards Committee selected 33 highly qualified winners from across the country. The “Top Lawyers Under 40” Award honors accomplished lawyers who have demonstrated professional excellence, integrity, leadership, commitment to the Hispanic community, and dedication to improving the legal profession.
“We are incredibly proud to honor 33 of our best Latino and Latina lawyers and community leaders from across the nation,” said Erica V. Mason, HNBA National President and Partner at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP.  “Once again this year, the HNBA received the largest number of nominations in history, surpassing even last year’s record. The number of both nominees and honorees exemplifies the depth and strength of our community in the areas of law and leadership."

The awards will be presented during the 2018 HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference in San Francisco, CA, on Friday, March 16, 2018.

View Award Recipients Here.

Congratulations! Cecilia Sanabria Makes Partner at Finnegan!

HNBA "Top Lawyers Under 40" award recipient, Cecilia Sanabria, was recently made partner at Finnegan in Washington, D.C. Cecilia focuses her practice on patent litigation and client counseling in the mechanical, industrial, and electrical fields. She represents clients before U.S. district courts and the ITC. Cecilia’s litigation experience spans the pre-trial, discovery, trial, and post-trial phases of litigation, and includes arguing motions in open court and examining witnesses in jury trials and ITC investigations. She manages fact discovery, drafts motions and legal briefs, and works with fact and expert witnesses. Cecilia also has experience in various aspects of patent prosecution and USPTO proceedings, including IPRs. Cecilia received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2005), cum laude, from the University of Florida; and a J.D. (2009), cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.

Congratulations Anna Gomez!

Anna Gomez, a partner in Wiley Rein LLP’s Telecommunications, Media and Technology Practice Group, has been appointed to the Broadband Empowerment and Inclusion Working Group (Working Group) of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment to represent HNBA’s interests before the Working Group. The Committee will provide advice and recommendations to the FCC regarding how to empower disadvantaged communities and accelerate the entry of small businesses, including those owned by women and minorities into the media, digital news and information, and audio and video programming industries. The Working Group, in particular, will provide recommendations for ways to ensure disadvantaged communities are not denied a wide range of access to opportunities awarded by next-generation networks. Ms. Gomez has broad experience in telecommunications. She spent more than 16 years at both the FCC and the National Telecommunications and information Administration, and served in-house at Sprint.  Ms. Gomez also has demonstrated leadership on diversity and inclusion issues, having served as Wiley Rein’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair, created the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at NTIA, and on the Hispanic Employment Task Force. 

Register Today!
February 27-28, 2018 ~ Washington, DC

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Join the webinar on the 21st HERE or click the button below.

*Note: If you are unable to attend the webinar on February 21st, the webinar will be available the next day on HNBA’s YouTube page. Please ensure you watch the recorded training before attending the “Meet & Greet” on February 27th.

View tentative agenda & register today for Advocacy Day (registration is complimentary).


Meet Our 2018 HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference & Moot Court Competition Sponsors!

The HNBA would like to thank all of our sponsors big and small for their contribution to our cause, as none of the things we strive to accomplish would be possible without your continued support. Our upcoming Conference in San Francisco is shaping up to be the most exciting Conference to date, and it's thanks to our sponsors for making this happen!

There are still a number of opportunities available if you are interested in partnering with the HNBA during the 2018 Corporate Counsel Conference. Please download our Partnership Brochure for more information!


San Francisco, CA
March 15-18, 2018

This year's Conference theme, INNOVATE! is all about “what’s next” in the law and how to get our members ahead of the curve with respect to the trends, threats, and opportunities that are changing the face of the legal industry as we know it. This includes a new CLE track entitled, “The Art of Successful Lawyering,” a series dedicated to providing our members with the knowledge and resources necessary to become happier, better, and ultimately more successful lawyers. AND the HNBA is unveiling two brand new programs! See you in San Francisco!

View the agenda, and see the highlights below.

Thursday, March 15th, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The HNBA's Poder25 initiative, which aims to increase the number of Hispanic General Counsels at Fortune 500 companies to 20 by the year 2025 is launching in San Francisco. Today, only 1.8% of Fortune 500 General Counsel are Hispanic.

How are we going to accomplish this goal? Through partnerships with current Hispanic and other ally Fortune 500 General Counsels, Executive Placement Firms responsible for the majority of all domestic Fortune 500 GC searches, and other key diversity organizations, the HNBA will provide the next generation of Hispanic Fortune 500 GCs with the leadership training, mentoring, resources, and access needed to become a Fortune 500 General Counsel!

Learn more and apply HERE!

Welcome Reception @ The Green Room at the
San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center

Sponsored by: Foley & Lardner LLP

 Thursday, March 15th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

NEW HNBA Business Development Institute (BDI)
Saturday, March 17, 2:15 pm – 5:15 pm

The HNBA is excited to launch the new Business Development Institute (BDI) designed to teach new and aspiring law firm partners the business development strategies they will need to employ to become successful rainmakers at their firms. A panel composed of high-ranking in-house counsel with hiring authority and senior law firm rainmakers with successful practices, will act out various scenarios including a cocktail reception elevator pitch and a more formal pitch meeting scenario. Role play of each scenario will be followed by a Q&A session.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 1, 2018, by 11:59 pm EST

Learn More & Apply Today!

HNBA Speed Networking & Corporate Connections Program
Friday, March 16, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, February 23rd, by 11:59 pm EST
  • Want to expand your book of business? Don't miss the opportunity to interview one-on-one with top corporate legal departments.
  • Want to go in-house? This is your chance to explore new career opportunities.
  • Want to showcase yourself or your firm? Make an impression during the Speed Networking Reception, open exclusively to program participants.

    View eligibility requirements and apply today!

    *Note: Corporate legal departments select participants for the one-on-one meetings. The HNBA simply facilitates the process.

    Don't Forget to Book Your Hotel!

    Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel

    Reservation Cut-off Deadline: February 21, 2018
    NOTE: This is the last day to make hotel reservations and receive the group rate. The HNBA room block can sell out prior to this date. Once the block is sold out, room rates cannot be guaranteed.

    HNBA Group Rate: $249 (in-room wireless internet is included)


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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.



San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

Location: ReedSmith LLP
101 Second Street, Suite 1800
San Francisco, CA, 94105


The HNBA thanks Reed Smith LLP for hosting the 2018 HNBA March Board Meeting!



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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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Thank you for being a valuable member of the HNBA Familia!

Download our new Member Packet to view all of your benefits, learn more about the HNBA, and discover how you can get involved TODAY!


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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!




Meet and interact with hundreds of attorneys, judges, and legal professionals from across the country in one central location – Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel.

Exhibitor Showcase Hours
Friday, March 16th
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, March 17th
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please fill out the application to exhibit and submit payment by February 28, 2018.



Going to be in San Francisco for the HNBA's 2018 Corporate Counsel Conference & Moot Court Competition?

Head to our page Explore San Francisco for suggestions on where to eat, what to do, and must-see attractions in the "Golden Gate City."



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September 5-8, 2018

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