The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, and law students in the United States and its territories. From the days of its founding three decades ago, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession. It does so by encouraging Latino students to choose a career in the law and by promoting their advancement within the profession once they graduate and start practicing. Through a combination of issue advocacy, programmatic activities, networking events, and educational conferences, the HNBA has helped generations of lawyers succeed. Our organization is stronger today than at any point in its history and is as committed as ever to its mission.
The HNBA is divided into nineteen regions and each region has a president that is elected by local members. Nationally, the organization is directed by a board of governors, which consists of executive officers – elected by the entire membership – and the regional presidents. In addition, numerous local Hispanic bar associations are affiliated with the HNBA, and those affiliates have voting representation on the board. For students, there is a law student division. That division offers a support environment that better enables students to meet the challenges of law school and beyond.
Members of the HNBA are engaged. There are ten substantive law committees that serve as “thought” incubators, where members examine current legal topics, publish white papers, and serve as a resource to the HNBA in its advocacy work. On the policy front, the HNBA sponsors “Legislative Day” in Washington, D.C. Legislative Day involves briefings by members of Congress and White House officials about pending bills and policy initiatives that are contemplated in the coming year. In the spring, the HNBA holds its Midyear Conference and Annual Moot Court Competition. For practicing lawyers, the Conference is a time to catch up with old friends, establish business contacts, and participate in the always rich continuing legal education program. For students, the Annual Moot Court Competition is a chance to hone their oral advocacy skills, compete against students from around the country, and win scholarships.
Highlighting the year is the HNBA Annual Convention. Every fall, the Annual Convention brings together Hispanic lawyers, business leaders, educators, and policy makers to share ideas and build relationships. As with the Midyear Conference and Annual Moot Court Competition, the Annual Convention offers a continuing legal education program and numerous opportunities for social networking. In parallel, the HNBA holds the nation’s largest job fair for experienced Hispanic lawyers and law students, with scores of employers being matched with hundreds of talented job seekers. It all culminates with an awards ceremony during the gala dinner on the last night of the event.
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