GOLF FOURSOME SPECIAL – LIMITED TIME ONLY: 2014 HNBA Annual Charity Tennis & Golf Classic

HNBA ANNUAL CHARITY TENNIS & GOLF CLASSIC
WHEN: April 12-13, 2014
WHERE: Pacific Palms Resort

special-offer

Now for a limited time only we are offering a special golf foursome rate of $600! Please be sure to take advantage of this offer before tickets sell out. Click HERE to register.

WHY ATTEND?
Network among judges, in-house counsel, lawyers in private practice, and our law students. Tennis players follow a round robin format; while golfers have a shotgun start and play a scramble format. Don’t play tennis or golf? Join us anyway for a game of dominoes, Microsoft 360 Tennis Competition, enjoy the spa at the resort, and take part in other activities offered throughout the day.

“Our Annual Tennis and Golf Classic supports the efforts of the HNBA’s Legal Education Fund (LEF) and brings together judges, lawyers, and law students all competing in a collegial environment. Whether you are a novice or professional golf or tennis player, we invite you to join us for networking for a cause.” - Miguel Alexander Pozo, HNBA National President

WHAT TO EXPECT:

HOTEL

Take advantage of the HNBA Hotel Group Rate ($129) today!
 

Pacific Palms Resort

One Industry Hills Parkway
City of Industry, CA 91744 

T: (626) 810-4455 / (800) 524-4557
W: www.pacificpalmsresort.com

 

Click here to reserve your room today!

 

Getting to Know Your HNBA Section & Committee Leaders

 

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is pleased to recognize the efforts of its various Sections & Committees.  

 

Juan F. Vasquez, Jr., a Shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka chairs the HNBA’s Tax Section.  Mr. Vasquez concentrates his practice on federal, state and local tax controversy matters, including in connection with examinations, administrative appeals and trial. Mr. Vasquez also represents clients in administrative and policy matters before the IRS. He additionally represents clients in tax planning matters. Mr. Vasquez represents a broad range of clients including individuals, privately held businesses, and large Fortune 500 companies.  Mr. Vasquez serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, where he teaches Tax Controversy & Litigation and Taxation of Sales and Exchanges. Mr. Vasquez also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Texas Southern University-Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where he teaches Tax Controversies.  He serves as the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Court Procedure and Practice and was recently awarded the Janet R. Spragens Pro Bono Award, was named a Noland Fellow.  He has been named a leading individual in the Tax Litigation Nationwide category in the Chambers USA’s “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” 2006-2013.  He has also been named a “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly.

 
Katherine Culliton-Gonzalez, Senior Attorney and Director of Voter Protection for Advancement Project, chairs the Voting Rights Section.  Ms. Culliton-González leads a highly-qualified team in litigation, policy, coalition-building, voter education and community empowerment strategies to protect fundamental voting rights. A former Fulbright Scholar, she taught human rights law in Chile (1993-1994), and among other awards, she graduated as Valedictorian of the Washington College of Law of American University in 1993. She is the author of a series of law review articles and other publications, written in English and Spanish, which have been used to protect civil and human rights in the Americas. Her .latest law review article, published in Harvard Human Rights Law Journal in June 2012, analyzes birthright citizenship as well as the intersection between disparate access to citizenship and Latino voting rights. She is also a former MALDEF lawyer, and frequently appeared in Spanish-language media as a nationally-recognized immigrants’ rights expert. Before joining the Advancement Project, Kathy most recently served as Senior Attorney in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, where she brought a series of cases to enforce the anti-discrimination provisions of the Voting Rights Act on behalf of Latinos, African Americans, and other voters of color across the nation. Her cases and enforcement actions have helped tens of thousands of Puerto Rican voters in New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Florida. She is an expert in language access rights, and the mother of a beautiful bilingual son.

 
Professor Dan Sokol, Associate Professor of Law at University of Florida Levin College of Law is the chair of the Law Professor Committee. Mr. Sokol is the co-editor of the Global Competition Law and Economics book series (Stanford University Press), the Oxford Handbook of International Antitrust Economics (Oxford University Press, 2014) and the Global Antitrust Compliance Handbook (Oxford University Press, 2014).  He also is editor of the Antitrust and Competition Policy Blog. His work has been published in law reviews and peer-reviewed publications and spans topics including: mergers, cartels, monopolization, institutional design, capacity building, government restraints and comparative and international antitrust issues. Professor Sokol has provided technical assistance and capacity building to antitrust agencies and utilities regulators from around the world.  Additionally, Professor Sokol serves as Senior Of Counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

 
The HNBA’s Labor & Employment Section is co-chaired by Gina Casias and Jack Patten. 
 
Gina Casias, serves as Senior Corporate Counsel in the Law Department’s Labor and Employment Law Group for CenturyLink, a Fortune 200 international telecommunications, managed solutions and cloud company with over 50,000 employees. Ms. Casias guides the company on wage and hour compliance and risk mitigation and is a regular speaker at wage and hour seminars.  She also provides general employment law advice and counsel to the following CenturyLink organizations: National Network, CTL Technical Solutions (an international managed solutions and cloud business), Payroll, and Compensation. Her responsibilities include: due diligence on employment matters related to acquisitions and mergers, compliance with various employment laws, negotiating and drafting various employment agreements (severance, retention, executive, relocation, settlement), managing reduction in force activities, advising on international Human Resource issues, and serving as a compliance subject matter expert on wage and hour issues.   Additionally, Ms. Casias assists and counsels the Human Resource and Compliance organizations on corporate reorganizations, performance management processes, compliance investigations, and corporate policies.  Ms. Casias has over 17 years of in-house employment law experience.  She received her law degree from the University of Colorado, School of Law and her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in International Business and Marketing. She also serves on the Association of Corporate Counsel, Colorado chapter, Board of Directors and is an active member of the American, Colorado and Denver Bar Associations as well as the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.  In her spare time, she serves on the Thornton High School Parent Teacher Student Organization Board of Directors and volunteers with various youth programs in the Denver Metro area.

 
Jack Patten, an associate at Littler, represents companies in a variety of employment matters with an emphasis on employment discrimination. He has experience with all phases of employment litigation, from arbitration and mediation to discovery and trial. Currently, Jack serves in the United States Army Reserve as a judge advocate, holding the rank of captain, and is assigned to the 87th Legal Operational Detachment.  A veteran of Operation Iraqi FreedomOperation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and a year mobilization to Camp Casey in South Korea, Jack’s military experience gives him a first-hand understanding of the balance between employees’ rights and an employer’s business needs. This uniquely qualifies him to represent employers in defending claims brought under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and to advise employers on its applications and procedures.  Following law school and prior to joining the firm, Jack clerked for the Hon. Robert G. James, U. S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana.

 

The HNBA’s Corporate Counsel Section is co-chaired by Suzette Recinos and Karen Davila. 
 
Suzette Recinos is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel of Pitney Bowes Inc.  Ms. Recinos is responsible for the company’s SEC disclosures and for providing guidance on all legal matters at Pitney Bowes Software Inc., the Latin America & Caribbean Division and Document Messaging Technologies Division of Pitney Bowes Inc. She joined Pitney Bowes in 2005 and has held roles of increasing responsibility in the legal function at several business units and the corporate office. Before joining Pitney Bowes, she was a practicing attorney at Edwards & Angell, LLP and Kutak Rock LLP. She serves as a Director of Fairfield County Community Foundation.  Ms. Recinos received Bachelor of Music and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Iowa.

 
Karen Davila is Senior Associate General Counsel for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., providing regulatory compliance counsel to the company on its health and wellness related products and services, including its pharmacies and vision centers.  Previously, Ms. Davila worked as General Counsel for several large health systems, overseeing regulatory compliance, transactions, litigation/risk management, and various labor and employment issues.  Ms. Davila obtained her undergraduate degree in Economics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.  She later obtained her juris doctorate at IIT Chicago Kent College of Law and her Masters in Business Administration from Case Western University in Cleveland. Ms. Davila entered private law practice as a litigator.  She left the litigation arena to join Murer Consultants in Joliet, Illinois, as a Vice President for the health care law consulting firm, where she provided regulatory analysis and advice on various issues including health care compliance, reimbursement, and operations for a myriad of health care systems throughout the U.S. Ms. Davila joined the management team at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois, and later the executive teams at Wuesthoff Health System in Rockledge, Florida, and Mercy Health Partners in Cleveland, Ohio.  Her efforts focused on the development and implementation of compliance programs and the operational controls necessary to demonstrate effectiveness.

 
“The HNBA is fortunate to have such experienced and enthusiastic leaders chairing our Sections & Committees.  We are excited about the work they have all done and are eager to continue to roll-out new programming for our members,” said Meshach Rhoades, HNBA Sections & Committees Vice-President.
 

“The HNBA is a collaborative organization and its success is dependent, in part, on the strategic leadership from its staff, executive team, Board of Directors and actively engaged members, including its Sections & Committee Chairs.  We are thrilled with the work these Chairs have done for the HNBA and look forward to the work they do in 2014,” said Miguel Alexander Pozo, HNBA National President.  

 

Former HNBA National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr. Appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals: The First Latino to Serve on That Court

For Media Inquiries or Info Contact:
 Alba Cruz-Hacker, HNBA Executive Director
acruzhacker@hnba.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2014

 

Former HNBA National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr. Appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals: 

The First Latino to Serve on That Court 

  

Washington, D.C. – The Hispanic National bar Association (HNBA) announces with great pride the appointment of its former National President, Peter M. Reyes, Jr., to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.  News of the appointment was formally released yesterday by the Office of Governor Mark Dayton who noted Mr. Reyes’ “very impressive legal career” and expressed confidence that Mr. Reyes “will serve our state well.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Who you are speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you are saying.”  This saying has special application to Mr. Reyes, because “he demonstrates great character in both words and action,” said HNBA National President Miguel Alexander Pozo.  For over a decade, Peter has been a leader in the HNBA and present: for meetings, events, mentoring, and the hard work of the Association.   His contributions as both a President of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association (MHBA) and the HNBA are a model of hands-on management, stewardship, clear vision, and strong, swift action. 

Over the years, Peter has gained the respect of his peers for his distinguished legal career, including as an associate at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi;  Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Cargill; and, most recently, as partner at Barnes and Thornburg, L.L.P.  “Governor Dayton’s appointment was spot-on, because in addition to being an excellent practitioner, Peter exemplifies the very ideals we want in our judges and the American system of justice: compassion, fairness, honesty, and objectivity,” said Circuit Judge Jimmie V. Reyna, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and former HNBA National President.

Peter’s appointment will take effect on April 1, at which point he will become Judge Reyes, the first Latino to serve on any appellate court in the State of Minnesota.  The HNBA works hard to develop great lawyers and it is fitting to see someone like Peter, who has been at the lead of that charge, advance to the top of the legal ladder.   “Bien hecho, Peter,” said Robert Raben, Chair, HNBA Judiciary Committee.  

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About the Hispanic National Bar Association

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed.  The HNBA has also effectively advocated on issues of importance to the national Hispanic community.  While we are proud of our accomplishments, we are mindful that our mission is as vital today as it was four decades ago, especially as the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow.

For more information, please visit http://www.hnba.com.

HNBA Pulls its 2015 Annual Convention From Phoenix in Response to Arizona’s SB 1062

Contact: Alba Cruz-Hacker
(202) 223-4777
acruzhacker@hnba.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2014

 

The Hispanic National Bar Association Pulls its 2015 Annual Convention From Phoenix in Response to Arizona’s SB 1062

 

Washington, D.C. – The HNBA announced today that it has pulled its 40th Annual Convention previously scheduled for Phoenix, Arizona in September 2015.

On Monday, February 24th, the HNBA denounced the Arizona legislature’s passage of SB 1062.  The HNBA also called for Governor Jan Brewer to veto the legislation and still hopes that she will do so.  As set forth in its February 24th press release, SB 1062 discriminates against members of Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.  

The proposed legislation also impacts other citizens that are either traveling through Arizona or that are doing business or have business interests in the state.  Accordingly, the HNBA’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to immediately pull the Annual Convention. 

“The HNBA views this as a civil rights issue.  As a national association of lawyers committed to promoting the ideals of equal protection, equal opportunity, tolerance, and inclusiveness, it is imperative that we speak up and take immediate action in the presence of injustice,” stated HNBA National President Miguel Alexander Pozo.  As the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said more than 50 years ago, writing from a Birmingham, AL jail cell, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

As lawyers, we have sworn to uphold the United States Constitution as well as the laws of our respective states.  “In our view, SB 1062 violates the Equal Protection and the Commerce Clauses of the U.S. Constitution, and offends the anti-discrimination protections found in Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” said Mr. Pozo.  

While the HNBA will remain steadfast, and stand in solidarity with our Affiliate Los Abogados and our HNBA members in Arizona, by taking this action we are sending a clear message to Arizona lawmakers.  “Laws that return us to a darker time in the nation’s history simply cannot be tolerated.  SB 1062 and SB 1070 are two such laws,” said Mr. Pozo.

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About the Hispanic National Bar Association

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed.  The HNBA has also effectively advocated on issues of importance to the national Hispanic community.  While we are proud of our accomplishments, we are mindful that our mission is as vital today as it was four decades ago, especially as the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow.

For more information, please visit http://www.hnba.com.

HNBA Denounces Arizona’s Discriminatory Legislation That Would Violate the Rights of Arizona’s LGBT Community

Contact: Alba Cruz-Hacker
(202) 223-4777
acruzhacker@hnba.com 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2014

 

The Hispanic National Bar Association Denounces Arizona’s Discriminatory Legislation That Would Violate
the Rights of Arizona’s LGBT Community 

Washington, D.C. – The HNBA urges Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto the proposed legislation that blatantly discriminates against members of Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. 

Late on Thursday, February 20, 2014, the Arizona State legislature sent a bill to Governor Brewer that would allow business owners to refuse to serve gay and lesbian customers as long as those business owners assert their religious beliefs as the basis for the refusal.

“Arizona, a state that has a history of violating the rights of its citizens with legislation like S.B. 1070, is once again making clear that it determined to roll back the constitutional freedoms and civil rights that so many people have fought for in this country,” said HNBA National President Miguel Alexander Pozo. 

“Instead of protecting the rights of its diverse citizens, respecting their gender preferences, and embracing different religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds, this legislation, like SB 1070, threatens to perpetuate a toxic atmosphere where discrimination is not only tolerated but is promoted.” said Mr. Pozo. 

This legislation is especially egregious as the nation celebrates, in 2014, the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (the “Act”). Not only does the bill run afoul of the Act but it also violates the U.S. Constitution and notions of equal protection under the law.

“We urge Governor Brewer to demonstrate leadership on this issue, and make it clear that she will not tolerate discrimination in Arizona, by promptly vetoing this proposed legislation.” said Mr. Pozo.

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About the Hispanic National Bar Association

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed.  The HNBA has also effectively advocated on issues of importance to the national Hispanic community.  While we are proud of our accomplishments, we are mindful that our mission is as vital today as it was four decades ago, especially as the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow.

For more information, please visit http://www.hnba.com.

HNBA Announces Recipients of 2014 “Top Lawyers Under 40″ Awards

HNBA ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF THE 2014 ”TOP LAWYERS UNDER 40″ AWARDS

                                                                                                                                 

Washington, D.C. – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) congratulates five accomplished HNBA members under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their respective areas of practice. These Latino lawyers have not only exemplified the highest ethical standards and legal skills, but they have also demonstrated a true commitment to their communities and the legal profession.

“We are proud to honor the 2014 “Top Lawyers Under 40″ as some of our Nation’s brightest and most promising Latino leaders and professionals,” said Miguel Alexander Pozo, HNBA National President. “The five recipients of this prestigious award represent embody the American dream and represent the pride of the Latino legal community. The HNBA is delighted to not only recognize their accomplishments with this well-deserved award, but their contributions to our society.”

The HNBA is proud to announce that it has selected the following attorneys to receive its prestigious HNBA “Top Lawyers Under 40″ Award (listed in alphabetical order):

Jeremy Atencio, Partner, BakerHostetler (Denver, CO)
Jeremy Atencio is a partner in BakerHostetler’s Denver office and focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, advising private funds, and corporate transactional work. He represents clients throughout unique and sophisticated corporate consolidations, restructurings, and transfers, as well as sale transactions. Jeremy facilitates such transactions for clients and also has substantial experience in the hedge fund industry. He was recognized as a top 40 business professional under 40 by the Denver Business Journal in 2013, and was named a “Compleat Lawyer” in 2013 by Law Week Colorado. Also in 2013, Jeremy was recognized as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals in Colorado” by ColoradoBiz magazine. Jeremy is a current board member of One Colorado and the Community College of Aurora Foundation. He earned his J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law in 2004 and his B.A. from Williams College in 1996.

Andre Hewitt, Assistant General Counsel, Nationwide Insurance  (Columbus, OH)
Andre Hewitt is an Assistant General Counsel for Nationwide Insurance Company at its World Headquarters located in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that, Andre was a trial attorney in New Jersey for Nationwide Insurance Company. Based upon his experience and success, Andre was certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. Less than 2% of attorneys in New Jersey have attained this status. In between his studies from undergrad to professional school, Andre availed himself of professional opportunities in teaching. He was a social studies teacher with the NY Board of Education. He then went on to become a Certified Trainer with Dale Carnegie in NY to which he has facilitated numerous Dale Carnegie courses and seminars to many Fortune 100 & 500 executives and staff over a 14-year span (over 2000 individuals trained). He has also been ranked in the Top 100 Dale Carnegie Trainers in the World. In addition, Andre served as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Staten Island teaching public speaking and has conducted a few courses as a Guest Instructor, both domestically and internationally at various colleges and programs. Andre received his J.D. from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Monica Neuman, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery (Boston, MA)
Monica Neuman is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and a member of the Health Industry Practice Group. She focuses her practice on complex transactions and regulatory compliance matters affecting companies and institutions in the health care industry. Monica represents a wide range of clients, including tax-exempt hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers, physician group practices, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, as well as a variety of other health care organizations. In 2013, Monica was ranked by Chambers USA as an Up and Coming Lawyer in the health care field, and was similarly recognized by the Boston Business Journal as an Emerging Leader in the community. Monica enjoys serving as a member of McDermott’s Diversity and Inclusion and Pro Bono and Community Service Committees, as well her appointment to the Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, Latino Advisory Counsel.  For her pro bono and community service efforts she is among four nominees for the 2014 Pro Bono Private Practice Attorney of the Year award offered by Chambers USA Women in Law.  Ms. Neuman received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, and her B.A. from Brandeis University.

Margarita Sánchez, Senior Associate, Arnold & Porter (Washington, DC)
Margarita R. Sánchez is an international law practitioner ranked by Chambers Global as one of the world’s leading lawyers in the United States and Colombia. Currently, she is a Senior Associate in the international arbitration and Latin America practice groups of Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington D.C., where she concentrates her practice on the representation of sovereign states and corporate clients in complex international arbitration disputes and litigation proceedings. Ms. Sánchez also focuses her practice on global anti-corruption matters in a wide variety of industry sectors and countries. Previously, she served as Consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in Washington D.C., where she participated in investigations of allegations of fraud and corruption occurring in activities financed by the IDB Group. Prior to joining the IDB, she served as in-house counsel for the Multinational Andean Company Monómeros Colombo Venezolanos, S.A., in Barranquilla, Colombia.  Ms. Sánchez is a civil and common law-trained lawyer with significant experience in international law and Latin American legal matters, and is a regular speaker at international dispute resolution conferences and forums. She is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, and in the Republic of Colombia.

Kenia Seoane López, Magistrate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia (Washington, DC)
Before being appointed as a Magistrate Judge in 2012, Kenia Seoane López served as a Bilingual Attorney Negotiator in the Domestic Violence Unit of the District of Columbia Superior Court. Prior to joining the Court she was an Assistant Attorney General in the Legal Services Section of the Child Support Division in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Magistrate Judge Seoane Lopez served as a Law Clerk to the Massachusetts Superior Court and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She is a 2002 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. In 2002 she also received a Masters of Arts from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies. She graduated Cum Laude from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. She served as the President of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia. Magistrate Judge Seoane López is also Board Member of the Spanish Education Development Center in Washington, DC, The Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia Judicial Council and The Hispanic Bar Association of DC Foundation. Magistrate Judge Seoane López is originally from Cuba.

 

The HNBA will present the 2014 “Top Lawyers Under 40” Awards at the 2014 Annual Corporate Counsel Conference and 19th Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition in Orlando, FL on Thursday, March 20, 2014. 

For more information about the 2014 Corporate Counsel Conference, including registration information, please visit: www.hnba.com
 

About the HNBA “Top Lawyers Under 40” Award
The HNBA “Top Lawyers Under 40” Award was first awarded in 2009 to celebrate and highlight HNBA members who have demonstrated professional excellence, integrity, leadership and commitment to the Latino community. HNBA members from all segments of the profession, including private practice, government, public interest, academia, and corporate legal departments, are eligible to receive the award.
 

About the Hispanic National Bar Association
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed. The HNBA has also effectively advocated on issues of importance to the national Hispanic community. While we are proud of our accomplishments, we are mindful that our mission is as vital today as it was four decades ago, especially as the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow. For more information, please visit www.hnba.com.

HNBA Mourns the Loss of Adelfa Botello Callejo

Contact: Alba Cruz-Hacker
(202) 223-4777
acruzhacker@hnba.com 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2014

HNBA MOURNS THE LOSS OF ADELFA BOTELLO CALLEJO

 
Washington, D.C. – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) mourns the loss of Dallas civil rights leader and respected attorney Adelfa Botello Callejo. For more than 30 years, Callejo was a civic leader and one of the most-respected Hispanic activists in the country.
 
“We express our sincerest condolences to the family of Adelfa Callejo, an incredible woman who had an immense impact on the civil rights community in the Dallas area and across the nation.”  said HNBA National President Miguel Alexander Pozo, Esq. ”For more than 30 years, Ms. Callejo inspired generations of Hispanic attorneys with her tireless energy and relentless efforts tackling issues of immigration reform, access to the legal process, and equality for the Latino community.” said Mr. Pozo. 
 
Ms. Callejo earned her law degree after taking night courses, and she became the first Hispanic female to graduate from Southern Methodist University Law School. Finding it difficult to find work after her graduation, she opened her own firm along with her husband, Bill Callejo. She began her career as an advocate for the disadvantaged, as an advocate for education equality, housing fairness, immigration, voting rights, and other social justice issues. In 2010, the State Bar of Texas named her a “Texas Legal Legend” as a testament to her many contributions to the legal community and the State of Texas.
 
Click Here to read more about the incredible life of Adelfa Callejo. 

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About the Hispanic National Bar Association
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed. The HNBA has also effectively advocated on issues of importance to the national Hispanic community. While we are proud of our accomplishments, we are mindful that our mission is as vital today as it was four decades ago, especially as the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow. For more information, please visit www.hnba.com.

 

Announcement of 2014 HNBA – Prudential Fellowship Program

 

2014 HNBA-PRUDENTIAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is pleased to announce a partnership with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) and Lowenstein Sandler, LLP (Lowenstein) to provide a fellowship opportunity to a highly-motivated third year law school student. Through this partnership, HNBA will select a third year law school student to be the 2014 HNBA-Prudential Law Fellow.

The Fellow will be hired to the position of a full time first year associate or entry level associate at Lowenstein Sandler and will be expected to begin work on a date to be determined between the Fellow and Lowenstein Sandler. The date is expected to be set after law school graduation and completion of the July 2014 bar examination.

At the end of the Fellow’s second law firm year, assuming the Fellow has performed satisfactorily at the law firm and demonstrated an interest in working in a core practice area in the Prudential Law Department, the Fellow will be given the opportunity to be located in the Prudential Law Department’s Newark, New Jersey office or other office in the greater New York City metropolitan area for up to one year (the “Fellowship Year”).

During the Fellowship Year, the Fellow will continue to be solely employed, compensated and supervised by Lowenstein Sandler. If the Fellow performs satisfactorily, in the judgment of Lowenstein Sandler, during the Fellowship Year, the Fellow will be expected to return to Lowenstein Sandler at the end of the Fellowship Year.

About HNBA, Prudential and Lowenstein Sandler

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed. The HNBA has also effectively advocated on issues of importance to the national Hispanic community. While we are proud of our accomplishments, we are mindful that our mission is as vital today as it was four decades ago, especially as the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow. For more information, please visit www.hnba.com.

Prudential is a multinational financial services leader with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Leveraging its heritage of life insurance and asset management expertise, Prudential is focused on helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth. The company’s well-known Rock symbol is an icon of strength, stability, expertise and innovation that has stood the test of time. Prudential’s businesses offer a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, asset management, and real estate services. For more information, please visit www.prudential.com.

Lowenstein Sandler LLP is a leading provider of transactional, litigation, and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights legal services to many of the country’s top companies and funds. Close to 300 lawyers in our New York, New Jersey and California offices immerse themselves in our clients’ industries in order to deeply understand their businesses. Lowenstein is characterized by its passion for our clients’ success, our commitment to our people, and our pro bono and public interest work in the communities that we serve.

Primary Responsibilities

After graduation, the Fellow will join the Lowenstein firm in the 2014 Fall Associate Class and will have the responsibilities of a full-time associate.

If the Fellow accepts the opportunity to be located at Prudential after the Fellow’s second law firm year, the Fellow’s responsibilities may include the following: To be customized by Pru and Law Firm. Might include the following: executing legal transactions; securing, preparing, drafting, and processing legal documents; undertaking legal research; litigation support; and other special projects. The Fellow shall assist attorneys in providing legal advice to internal clients on a daily basis.

Qualifications

• Minimum law school GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
• Possess financial or business-related experience or demonstrated interest.
• Excellent oral and written communication abilities.
• Strong conceptual thinking and legal analytical skills.
• Strong interpersonal and social skills.
• Strong organizational, time management and project management skills.
• Ability to work and think independently.
• Forward thinking ability with a risk management perspective.
• Strong ethics and moral code.
• Ability to efficiently multitask, manage priorities and meet deadlines.
• Ability to effectively interact with individuals at all levels.
• Ability to make accurate and time sensitive decisions.
• Assess a range of situations and identify appropriate response and attention
• J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school.
• Prior work experience in a financial services or insurance industry preferred.
• Member of HNBA.

How to Apply

To apply, you must submit a cover letter (which should include a personal statement as set forth below), resume, list of three references, writing sample and transcript to:

Erika Lopez-Tello
National Events Director
Hispanic National Bar Association
1900 L Street, NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 223-4777 Ext. 302
Fax: (202) 503-3403
E-mail: elopeztello@hnba.com with copy to info@hnba.com
Web: www.hnba.com

with copies to:

Miguel Alexander Pozo
National President
Hispanic National Bar Association
1900 L Street, NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Direct Phone: (973) 597-6212
Direct Fax: (973) 597-6213
Direct Email: mpozo@lowenstein.com with copy to egomez@lowenstein.com
Web: www.hnba.com
The cover letter should also include a personal statement that highlights one of the following topics that have not been captured in the candidate’s resume:

1) a discussion of how diversity and inclusion in the workplace or in the academic environment has had a personal impact;

2) an example of a time when the candidate found it challenging to work with others in a team (including the issues, the resolutions and the overall result); or

3) an example of a time the candidate suspended or cancelled leisure time to complete work or to address other personal obligations.

4) a discussion of how participation in the Prudential Fellowship Program will benefit and enhance the candidate’s experience at Lowenstein Sandler.

Please write “Prudential Fellowship” in the subject line of all correspondence. All materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. EDT on January 31, 2014. Finalists must be available to participate in phone interviews between February 10, 2014 and February 21, 2014. Selected candidates will be invited for in-person interviews in Newark, NJ in early March 2014, with offers to be made shortly thereafter.

Lowenstein Sandler LLP and its affiliates are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers and are committed to diversity in our workforce.

 

Celebrating the Life of Nelson Mandela

Contact: Alba Cruz-Hacker
Phone: 202-223-4777

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2013

CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF NELSON MANDELA 

As we celebrate International Human Rights Day today, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) joins the world in celebrating the life of a great leader, Nelson Mandela, who touched the lives of so many by standing up for what he believed in.  Mandela’s message that “education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world,” continues to inspire all of us towards higher achievement, said HNBA National President Miguel Alexander Pozo.  Moreover, “Mandela’s victory in ending apartheid in a nation of 30 million was a revolutionary moment in our collective history,” said Mr. Pozo.   Indeed, Mandela was the first South African president to be elected in a democratic election, a milestone that he accomplished after spending 27 years in prison.   He is also credited with improving the living conditions of millions in South Africa.  His message of peace has resounded throughout the world. “We are all grateful for his many contributions,” said Mr. Pozo.  The HNBA celebrates the life of this Nobel Prize Winner and encourages all of us to make a difference by becoming active leaders in our communities.

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About the Hispanic National Bar Association

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972,  the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed.  The HNBA has also effectively advocated on issues of importance to the national Hispanic community.  While we are proud of our accomplishments, we are mindful that our mission is as vital today as it was four decades ago, especially as the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow.

For more information, please visit www.hnba.com.

Spread Some Holiday Cheer with HNBA and JAMS Miami

 

Spread Some Holiday Cheer with HNBA and JAMS Miami

 

This Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and JAMS Miami Invite you to join us in spreading some holiday cheer with the HNBA Board of Governors and Friends following the HNBA Board of Governor’s meeting on December 6th!

Please RSVP to elopeztello@hnba.com. Spread Some Holiday Cheer with HNBA and JAMS Miami