Senate Defeats Cloture Motion to Begin FY 2011 Defense Authorization Debate, Measure Needed for Subsequent DREAM Act Amendment

September 22, 2010

Washington, D.C.- The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) commends the 56 members of the Senate who voted  for cloture on the Department of Defense Reauthorization legislation (S.3454 – see voter roster, below).  The sixty votes needed for cloture would have enabled the Senate to proceed to vote to pass S.3454, which in turn would have paved the way for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act to be presented as an amendment offered by U.S. Senator Harry Reid to S.3454.

“Although we are deeply disappointed by today’s cloture vote, we are energized by the galvanization of our HNBA members and the broader community supportive of the DREAM Act and know that our unwavering support for it will not go unnoticed. I want to thank HNBA members for their overwhelming support and for mobilizing so quickly in such a short amount of time in response to the HNBA action campaign in support of proceeding with S.3454,” said Diana S. Sen, HNBA National President.  Sen noted, “This is by no means a final verdict – our members will remain vigilant and ready to express their support of the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform by continuing our action campaign, working with legislators and the Administration, writing opinion pieces, and organizing events around these issues.”

Below the vote summary, grouped by position:

Grouped By Vote Position

YEAs —56
Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Burris (D-IL)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Conrad (D-ND)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Goodwin (D-WV)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaufman (D-DE)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Reed (D-RI)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Specter (D-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

NAYs —43

Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brown (R-MA)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
LeMieux (R-FL)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reid (D-NV)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Wicker (R-MS)

Not Voting – 1

Murkowski (R-AK)

The HNBA Highlights that Legal Challenges Against Arizona’s Immigration Law Have Largely Been Successful

July 29, 2010

Washington, DC–Yesterday, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) joined millions of Americans and other national organizations in celebrating the successful legal challenges to the most repugnant portions of Arizona’s SB 1070. In a ruling issued July 28, 2010, The United States District Court for the District of Arizona granted a preliminary injunction as to several key sections of SB 1070, with a trial on the merits still part of the pending litigation to overturn what is likely an unconstitutional piece of anti-immigrant legislation.

As the HNBA has previously pointed out, when it spoke out publicly before SB 1070 was signed into law, some of the provisions included in SB 1070 raise grave constitutional concerns and negatively impact constitutional protections afforded to all Americans, regardless of their immigration status.

As to the court’s ruling, Román D. Hernández, HNBA National President stated, “Our courts have always been where all Americans can seek redress. Our system of justice is one where all are equal under the law, and where all disputes are to be fairly resolved. We never doubted that our system of justice would work in this instance, and we consider the Court’s ruling a success at this stage in the litigation.”

While not a litigant in this matter, the HNBA joined the National Council of La Raza, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association of Arizona in filing an amicus curiae brief in support of the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction. The brief was authored by LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. The HNBA fully expects that further legal challenges to SB 1070 will prove as equally successful as yesterday’s ruling.

HNBA and The Fund Launch Reception

The Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) and The HNBA Legal Education Fund (“The Fund”) are pleased to announce that the first reception commemorating the launch of The Fund was a success, with The Fund receiving its first donations that total over $10,000.00.  The HNBA recently created The Fund to assist it with its educational and charitable mission, and by all indications, The Fund is off to a great start.

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HNBA National President, Miguel Alexander Pozo


September 9, 2013 –Miguel Alexander Pozo, Esq., a brand lawyer and litigation partner at Lowenstein Sandler PC, was sworn in as President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) during the HNBA’s 38th Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado, on Saturday, September 7, 2013.

“We have accomplished much in the 41 years since the HNBA was founded. However, more remains to be done. Next year we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 yet we are reminded of how critical the work of this Association continues to be: the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this summer in Shelby v. Holder, the continued fight to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and our ongoing efforts to diversify the profession and the judiciary, to mention a few,” said Mr. Pozo. “But while darkness may be found in some areas, we are comforted knowing that we can all be a light in the darkness. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.’ Through the HNBA, and working with our strategic partners nationally and locally, we can make a difference.”


About Miguel Alexander Pozo

Miguel is described as a national leader, trusted advisor, strategist, and a connector. Indeed, he was featured on Hispanic Business’ 2013 List of “Top 50 Hispanic Influentials” in the United States and the 2014 “Lawyers of Color Power List,” a comprehensive catalog of the nation’s most influential minority attorneys.

A proven leader with a wealth of experience, Miguel is the current National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and has been on its Board of Governors since 2004. He is also past President of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ) and currently serves as the Northern Vice Chair for the Judicial and Prosecutorial Committee (JPAC) of the New Jersey State Bar Association, which vets judicial and prosecutorial candidates on a statewide basis.

Professionally, Miguel is a homegrown partner with more than 15 years of experience. He works to enhance and protect some of the world’s most iconic brands. His strategic approach helps his clients expand within a market or extend their luxury brands to new markets. Miguel also has experience helping clients to protect their critical intellectual property rights from attack and infringement from competitors and counterfeiters in the context of social media platforms. Whether he is counseling a client, litigating a dispute in court or arbitrating his client’s claim in an ADR forum, Miguel is constantly focused on how to maximize the value of his client’s brands.

In business and employment law disputes, Miguel recognizes that the resolution of a specific matter can often create a ripple effect across the enterprise. Accordingly, a successful representation turns on his unique ability to fully understand the client’s short- and long-term business goals in the context of the client’s specific industry. His clients also value his ability to listen to their needs, as well as his passion for advancing their objectives.

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