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

 

The HNBA Salutes Our Men and Women in Uniform

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  
November 11, 2013

THE HNBA SALUTES OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM

“On Veterans Day, we pause to celebrate and honor our brave men and women in uniform who have selflessly fought to defend our country,” said HNBA National President Miguel Alexander Pozo.  ”It is a day to celebrate our freedoms but it is also a day to remember those who have paid the ultimate price to preserve our way of life,” said Mr. Pozo.  ”We are forever indebted to those who have lost their lives, to our veterans, those in active service, and to the families who have shared their loved ones with all of us.  The HNBA and our nation salutes you.”

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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.

 

HNBA Statement on the Passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) by the U.S. Senate

Contact: Brenda Arredondo
Phone: 202-587-4945

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2013

HNBA STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF THE EMPLOYMENT NON-DISCRIMINATION ACT (ENDA) BY THE U.S. SENATE 

 

Washington, D.C. – On November 7, 2013 the United States Senate voted on the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in a 64-32 vote. HNBA National President Miguel Alexander Pozo, Esq. released the following statement:

“The passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is the latest legal victory in a year of historic milestones for the LGBT community. After years of advocacy by the HNBA and other groups, the Senate has finally voted to pass this critical piece of legislation that affords  equal protection for all employees – regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Under ENDA, America’s workforce will no longer have to hide who they are when they go to work. The HNBA now urges Speaker Boehner to act quickly and to continue this positive momentum by bringing this landmark civil rights legislation to a vote in the House of Representatives.

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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.

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Hispanic National Bar Association National President Announces Key Leadership Appointments

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2013                                                   

 

Hispanic National Bar Association National President Announces Key Leadership Appointments

 

Washington, DC – As he takes the helm of the Association, Miguel Alexander Pozo, the National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), announces several appointments for the 2013-2014 term. 

Mr. Pozo has appointed Daniel Mateo, Esq., a Litigation Partner at Reed Smith LLP, based in its Princeton, NJ office as HNBA General Counsel.  Prior to his appointment, Mr. Mateo served on the HNBA Board of Governors as Region III President (NJ) from 2005 to 2008 and again from 2012 through the date of his appointment. Mr. Mateo is also a past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ), an HNBA Affiliate. His legal experience includes the representation of branded, specialty and generic pharmaceutical companies in a variety of commercial litigation matters in federal and state court across the country. 

Mr. Pozo has also appointed Claudine Martinez, Esq., the President and General Counsel of MCT Industries, Inc., as HNBA White House Liaison and Chief Advisor.  New Mexico based MCT Industries is a defense contractor that serves commercial clients, such as Lockheed Martin and Boeing, and various government agencies including the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, among others.  In March of 2013, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce appointed Ms. Martinez to serve as one of 25 Council Members on the Manufacturing Council.  She is the immediate past National Secretary of the HNBA Board of Governors and has also served as HNBA Vice President of External Affairs.  

Erica V. Mason, Esq., an employment lawyer and Litigation Shareholder at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, in the firm’s Atlanta, GA office, will assume the role of HNBA National Finance Director. Ms. Mason will chair the HNBA’s National Finance Committee, which is responsible for directing the HNBA’s fundraising efforts, developing processes to ensure the financial viability of the Association, and for managing all sponsor and supporter relationships.  In addition to having a successful practice as regional and national employment counsel to several large and medium-sized companies, she brings a wealth of experience to her new role having spent nearly a decade in the entertainment industry before attending law school.

Maria Gonzalez Knavel, Esq., a Partner in the Milwaukee, WI office of Foley & Lardner LLP, who will become Co-Chair of the HNBA Latina Commission for a two-year term ending in 2015.  In 2009, the HNBA launched the HNBA Commission on the Status of Latinas in the Legal Profession (now officially the Latina Commission).  In two groundbreaking studies, the Latina Commission identified significant barriers to the success of Latinas in the legal profession. Through leadership training and other initiatives, the Latina Commission and the HNBA are committed to continuing their work to remove barriers that Latina lawyers encounter.  Ms. Gonzalez-Knavel will work closely with Co-Chair Monica MacGregor, who is now in the second year of her term.

Zuraya Tapia-Hadley, Esq., will return for another term in her role as HNBA Liaison to the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA).  The HNBA is one of 35 national member organizations that comprise NHLA’s national network.  NHLA’s mission is to bring together Hispanic leaders to establish policy priorities that address and raise public awareness of the major issues affecting the Latino community.  Ms. Tapia-Hadley is the Director of Communications for the DC-based U.S. Mexico Foundation and is the former HNBA Executive Director.

“I am exceptionally proud of the opportunity to lead such a talented group of attorneys,” said Mr. Pozo. “Each of them is truly committed to advancing the mission of the HNBA.  I look forward to our collective contributions.  Together, we can accomplish anything.” 

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About the Hispanic National Bar Association

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 prompting 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.  For more information about the HNBA, please visit www.hnba.com.

Hispanic National Bar Association on Department of Justice Furloughs

Contact: Brenda Arredondo
Phone: 202-587-4945

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2013

HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION ON DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FURLOUGHS

 

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. federal government announced it would be shutting down “nonessential” services after Congress was unable to reach an agreement on the funding of the federal government. Many agencies, including the Department of Justice, announced the impact the government shutdown would have on them.

“The government shutdown sends 800,000 hardworking Americans home without a paycheck and deprives millions of other Americans crucial services,” said HNBA National President Miguel Alexander Pozo, Esq. “Many Americans will see justice delayed. That is simply irresponsible.”

The Justice Department announced that several key divisions would be hardest hit. Those divisions with the highest percentage of employees furloughed include the Antitrust Division which will have 63 percent of its 619 employees on furlough, the Civil Rights Division which will furlough 71 percent of its 634 employees, and the Executive Office for Immigration Review will temporarily lose 70 percent of its 1,339 employees. Additionally, the Criminal Division would have 27 percent of its 955 employees, and the U.S. Attorneys would lose 37 percent of its 11,382 workforce.

Earlier this week, Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. spoke to the press about the effects the government shutdown would have on the Justice Department, including the possibilities that DOJ would have to put prosecutors and investigators on furlough in the near future. The current contingency plan also directs civil litigators to petition the courts to postpone active cases until funding is available.

“People are trying to make a political point, and I’m trying to run a Justice Department,” Holder said. “This has real-world consequences for the employees of this department, who have to pay mortgages, who have to pay car notes, who have to buy groceries.”

“Housing issues, employment disputes, civil rights cases and other matters of civil litigation will be delayed. The dispute between the executive and the legislative branches is denying access to the countless number of citizens that daily come before the federal courts seeking justice,” said Mr. Pozo. “The government shutdown must end immediately.”

 

About the Hispanic National Bar Association

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, law students and other legal professionals in the United States and its territories. From the days of its founding in 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession. It does so by encouraging Latino students to choose careers in the law and by promoting their advancement within the profession once they graduate and start practicing. Through a combination of advocacy, programmatic activities, networking events and educational conferences, the HNBA has helped generations of lawyers succeed.

 

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

 

 

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A Latina Becomes the HNBA’s President-Elect

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

A Latina Becomes the HNBA’s President-Elect

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 23. 2013

On September 7, 2013, Denver attorney, Cynthia Dianne Mares, was sworn into office as the Hispanic National Bar Association’s President-Elect by Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Teresa Fox.  In September of 2014, when her term as HNBA president begins after the swearing-in ceremony in Washington D.C., she will be the organization’s 37th national president and the 7th Latina lawyer to ever serve in such capacity.

Currently, Ms. Mares serves as the Arapahoe County public trustee, an appointment by Governor Hickenlooper in 2012.  Her office handles an annual budget of $1.3 million and oversees funds in excess of $70,000,000 annually. She is the immediate past president of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts.

“I am humbled to have been selected by my colleagues to serve in this capacity for such a powerful organization.  The Hispanic National Bar Association is uniquely situated to effect positive change on the Hispanic community and the nation as a whole.  As the National Voice of the Hispanic Legal Community, I look forward to not only serving our members, but to continue advocating on issues affecting our community.  I am honored to have the opportunity of joining forces with individuals so dedicated the HNBA’s mission and to the greater good,” said Ms. Mares.

About the Hispanic National Bar Association

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 prompting 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.

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Hispanic National Bar Association Endorsed Nominee Vernon S. Broderick Confirmed by Senate to U.S. District Court

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

 

Hispanic National Bar Association Endorsed Nominee Vernon S. Broderick Confirmed by Senate to U.S. District Court
Broderick is the First Dominican American Federal Judge in the State of New York

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 12, 2013

 

Washington, D.C. – On September 10, 2013 the United States Senate voted by voice vote to confirm the Honorable Vernon S. Broderick, who was endorsed by the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Judge Broderick was officially recommended by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) last November and nominated in April by President Barack Obama.

“The HNBA is proud to support the Honorable Vernon Broderick and witness the history he’s making by becoming the first Dominican-American federal judge in New York State,” said HNBA National President Miguel Alexander Pozo, Esq.  “We commend the bipartisan efforts of the U.S. Senate in confirming Judge Broderick and are confident that Judge Broderick’s extraordinary preparation will enrich the U.S District Court.” 

Mr. Broderick is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School. After serving as an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, he entered public service in 1994, joining the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Broderick also served as Chief of the Violent Gangs Unit for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York from 1999 until 2002. He was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in January 2011 to the New York State Commission on Public Integrity.
 
 “As the first Dominican-American federal judge in New York State, Mr. Broderick’s personal background will help broaden the perspective of the federal bench,” said Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY). “Mr. Broderick’s wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors will make him an excellent judge. He has proven time and again that he is a leader, and I have every confidence Mr. Broderick will serve his jurisdiction well.”
 
 
About the Hispanic National Bar Association
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 four 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 prompting 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.
  

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MIGUEL ALEXANDER POZO SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT OF THE HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Alba Cruz-Hacker

HNBA COO & Executive Director

202-223-4777

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11

 

MIGUEL ALEXANDER POZO SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT OF THE HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION

Washington, D.C. –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, 2012.

“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 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.

About the Hispanic National Bar Association

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, law students and other legal professionals in the United States and its territories. From the days of its founding in 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession. It does so by encouraging Latino students to choose careers in the law and by promoting their advancement within the profession once they graduate and start practicing. Through a combination of advocacy, programmatic activities, networking events and educational conferences, the HNBA has helped generations of lawyers succeed.

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

 

 

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HNBA Founding Member the Honorable Lorenzo Arredondo to Receive the Prestigious Ohtli Award

HNBA Founding Member the Honorable Lorenzo Arredondo to Receive the Prestigious Ohtli Award

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 29, 2013

HNBA founding member and past president the Honorable Lorenzo Arredondo will receive the prestigious Ohtli award from the Mexican Government during the HNBA’s Annual Convention in Denver CO.  The convention will take place September 4-7, 2013, with the Ohtli award presentation taking place at the beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheater on Thursday, September 5th.  The Ohtli award is presented by Mexico’s Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior (“Program for Mexican Communities Abroad”), and is the highest award bestowed by the Mexican government to a non-Mexican citizen.
 
“The HNBA is honored to have Judge Arredondo, a founding member of the HNBA over 40 years ago, a past HNBA president and founding member of The HNBA Legal Education Fund, receive this award,” stated HNBA National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr.  “Judge Arredondo has given back to the Hispanic legal community and greater community, and is the longest serving Latino elected state trial court judge in the United States, having served with honor and distinction for 34 years.  We are proud to have him receive this award.”

 
About the Hispanic National Bar Association
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 four 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 prompting 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.

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