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
Not Voting – 1
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.
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.”
Miguel Alexander Pozo has been an active leader in the HNBA since being elected to its Board of Governors in 2004. He served as HNBA National Finance Director (2011-12) was co-chair of the HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference and 17th Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition, held in Jersey City, New Jersey, in March 2012. The record-breaking conference, which marked the HNBA’s 40th Anniversary, drew 800 attendees. Mr. Pozo also served for four years as the HNBA Regional President for New Jersey – Region III (2008-2011).
He began his career at Lowenstein Sandler as a summer associate in 1996 and worked his way through the ranks becoming a partner in January 2007. He is a brand lawyer and business litigator with more than 14 years of experience representing Fortune 500 corporations, businesses, and non-profit organizations in federal and state court litigation. A leader within the firm, Mr. Pozo serves as Editor-in-Chief of DiversityisNatural.com, a web site and initiative of Lowenstein Sandler dedicated to fostering the advancement of women and minorities in the legal profession. He is also a member of the firm’s Recruiting Committee and helps to coordinate its Summer Associate Program.
Mr. Pozo’s work in the legal profession and in his community has earned him numerous honors and distinctions, including “2011 Professional Lawyer of the Year,” awarded by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law and two “Forty Under 40″ honors in 2009 awarded by the New Jersey Law Journal and NJBiz magazine. Miguel was also included on Latin Trends magazine’s 2009 “Latino Trendsetters” list. His other honors include the Boy Scouts of America’s “Scouting…Vale La Pena!” award and Essence magazine’s 2008 “Do Right Man” award, which recognized 50 men from across the country for their achievements and commitment to community service.
Mr. Pozo earned his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law – Newark, where he was Managing Editor of Rutgers Race and the Law Review, and his B.A. from Hofstra University. Mr. Pozo has also received honorary degrees from Bloomfield College (Doctor of Laws) and Phoenix School of Law (Juris Doctor). He delivered keynote addresses during commencement ceremonies at each institution.