THE HNBA COMMEMORATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

THE HNBA COMMEMORATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

The Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) celebrates and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, which took place on August 28, 1963. The March included the powerful and inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and became one of the catalysts for the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While significant progress has been made in the past 50 years, including seeing the first African-American, Barack Obama, twice-elected President of the United States, much work remains to be done.

“The HNBA celebrates the courageous work undertaken 50 years ago by leaders who advocated for civil rights for all, including Dr. King,” stated HNBA National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr. “Their work led to significant positive changes in our country, including protection of civil rights and voting rights. Despite this progress, much work lies ahead, including enacting comprehensive immigration reform and ensuring voter protection. It is sadly ironic that while we commemorate the March on Washington that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, we recently saw the U.S. Supreme Court invalidate a key provision of that Act. The HNBA will continue to work tirelessly to protect the rights of all Americans.”

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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HNBA Announces Recipients of Awards to be Presented at 2013 Convention

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

HNBA ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED AT 2013 CONVENTION

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 26, 2013
 
 
Announcement of Awards to be Presented at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 38th Annual Convention in Denver: Dream Big in the Mile High City

Washington, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is proud to announce that several prestigious awards will be presented during its 38th Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center Hotel September 4-7, 2013. The Annual Convention is the HNBA’s flagship event with a portfolio of activities and events for legal professionals and students. Co-hosted by the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, this year’s Convention promises to be the largest gathering of Latino lawyers, judges, and law students in the country. All of the awards listed below are awarded by the HNBA.  The Presidential Award, previously announced, is a discretionary award presented by the HNBA National President to a person for exceptional service.  These awards will be presented to the recipients throughout the convention.

The 2013 award winners are:

“We are proud of the recipients of the awards that will be presenting at our Denver Convention for their extraordinary accomplishments, contributions and breadth of engagement.  The individuals, law firms and corporations have distinguished themselves in their endeavors and commitment to the greater community,” said HNBA National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr.  “On behalf of the HNBA Board of Governors, I congratulate them and wish them continued success,” said Mr. Reyes.

 

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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Major General Clyde J. “Butch” Tate II to Receive HNBA Presidential Award

Major General Clyde J. “Butch” Tate II to Receive HNBA Presidential Award

 

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2013

 

Washington, D.C. – Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr. announced that Major General Clyde J. “Butch” Tate II, Deputy Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army, will receive the prestigious 2013 HNBA Presidential Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership, advocacy and service. The award will be presented to Major General Tate at the HNBA Annual Convention Gala Dinner on Saturday, September 7, 2013, in Denver, Colorado.

“Major General Tate has been a stalwart supporter of the HNBA as well as of diversity and inclusion. He has increased awareness of valuable opportunities for HNBA law students and members in serving our country in the U.S. Army JAG Corps,” stated HNBA National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr. “Major General Tate has been a true partner of the HNBA for nine years, and his service to the United States of America for over thirty years is beyond reproach. He is truly deserving of the HNBA Presidential 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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HNBA-Endorsed Nominee Tom Perez Confirmed by the Senate as Secretary of Labor

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2013

 

 

HNBA-Endorsed Nominee Tom Perez Confirmed by the Senate as Secretary of Labor

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), the national voice of the Hispanic legal community, is pleased to see the Senate move forward and confirm President Obama’s nomination of Tom Perez as our next Secretary of Labor, in a 54-46 vote. The only Latino who will be serving in President Obama’s cabinet, Mr. Perez is highly qualified and brings to the office a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will benefit all Americans. Mr. Perez is a long-standing friend of the HNBA, which honored him with its 2011 Latino Attorney of the Year Award and voiced its early support of his nomination for Secretary of Labor.

“We congratulate Mr. Perez in his new role as U.S. Secretary of Labor and look forward to our continued work together,” stated Peter M. Reyes, Jr., HNBA National President. “We encourage the nomination and confirmation of more qualified Latinos – and Latino attorneys – into the administration to address the needs and concerns of Hispanics and all Americans.”

 

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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The HNBA Calls for an Immediate Vote on Tom Perez’s Confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Labor

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2013

 

The HNBA Calls for an Immediate Vote on Tom Perez’s Confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Labor  

 

 

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), “The National Voice of the Hispanic Legal Community®”, calls upon our Senators to fulfill their constitutional duty and immediately confirm President Obama’s nomination of Tom Perez as United States Secretary of Labor.  The Senate previously voted 72-to-22 to confirm Mr. Perez as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. His professional qualifications, experience, and impressive track record in leadership and advocacy, as well as his outstanding career in public service, make him an exceptional candidate to serve the American people.

“He is among the stellar members of the Hispanic and legal communities, and has demonstrated his leadership at the local, state and federal levels of government,” stated Peter M. Reyes, Jr. HNBA National President.  “He possesses the experience, qualifications and personal attributes required to serve with distinction as Secretary of Labor. The HNBA therefore calls upon the Senate to immediately vote upon his nomination and confirm Mr. Perez as the next Secretary of Labor without further delay.”

 

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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The HNBA Celebrates the Life of HNBA Founding Member Donato Tapia

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The HNBA has lost a legend. Donato Tapia, an HNBA Founder, passed away on June 24, 2013 in San Mateo, California at the age of 74. Donato served the HNBA since its founding in 1972 and most recently chaired the HNBA Historical Committee, playing a key role in getting the HNBA records archived at Stanford University. The HNBA is forever in his debt.

In 1972, Donato Tapia, Hon. Cruz Reynoso, Hon. Lorenzo Arredondo, Baltazar Baca, Prof. Miguel A. Méndez, Hon. Louis García, and the Hon. Mario G. Obledo, among others, founded the HNBA. They believed in the need for a national organization of Hispanic lawyers to help define and protect the legal interests of the Hispanic community. All who knew Donato were aware of his deep commitment to civil rights, as was amply evidenced by his work with the United Farm Workers, MALDEF, the EEOC in Washington DC and San Francisco, and the US Department of Education.  Donato also served as a San Francisco police officer and a labor union organizer with the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC-UFW), and the AFL-CIO and, most recently, as a federal investigator with the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.

Donato devoted thousands of hours for over 40 years to promote the work of the HNBA. He was very proud of his participation in the HNBA, telling members at the 2012 HNBA Annual Convention, where the HNBA celebrated its 40th Anniversary and honored its founding members, that the HNBA had brought joy to his corazón for its accomplishments and dedicated leadership and membership. Donato was not concerned about the future of the HNBA because he was confident that its membership and leadership provided a strong, enduring foundation.

In his over 40 years of US government service, Donato helped countless members of the Hispanic community. While at the EEOC, he worked on cases finding that San Francisco canneries discriminated against Hispanics, women and African-Americans. At the US Department of Education he negotiated a large number of major settlements giving Hispanics access to bilingual education and other educational opportunities. Donato also served on a fact-finding team that traveled throughout California gathering information to deliver recommendations to the Obama White House on Hispanic education in the United States.

Donato earned his law degree from University of San Francisco in 1972. While in law school, he and fellow student, Lorenzo Arredondo, co-authored a law review article on Hernandez v. Texas, a 1954 decision in which the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed a Mexican-American’s murder conviction on the ground that the systematic exclusion of Hispanics from his jury violated his right to equal protection of the laws. Hernandez was the first U.S. Supreme Court case recognizing a distinctive Hispanic group as entitled to protection under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Donato also helped organize a sit-in demonstration at the law school to increase the number of minority students. The sit-in was successful, and fifteen minority students were admitted in the fall of 1971. Donato administered MALDEF’s scholarship fund from 1970-1972 while still a law student.

He is survived by his children María, Cándida, and Bernardo, his grandchildren Weston, Dominic, Ché Joaquín and Antonio, and his companion, Melchor.

He will be sorely missed by all whose lives he touched.  And the HNBA is proud to build on his great legacy.

 

Alba Cruz-Hacker Named Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Hispanic National Bar Association

Contact: Erika Lopez-Tello
E-mail: elopeztello@hnba.com
Phone: (202) 223-4777

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2013

 

ALBA CRUZ-HACKER  NAMED CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION

 

Washington, D.C. – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) announces the selection of Alba Cruz-Hacker as its new Executive Director.  She will be based in Washington, D.C. where the organization is headquartered. 

As the HNBA’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Ms. Cruz-Hacker will direct the day-to-day operations, supervise staff, and work closely with the HNBA Board of Governors in the development and execution of the HNBA’s programs and policies.  Ms. Cruz-Hacker is scheduled to begin in her new role on Monday, July 1st, 2013.

Prior to joining the HNBA, Ms. Cruz-Hacker served as the Senior Director of Development, Communications, and Special Projects  for the General Consulate of the Dominican Republic for the U.S. Western Region. She held that position for 8 years and was responsible for supporting 13 states in the United States. She also worked with many foreign countries and their leaders or diplomats. She holds an undergraduate degree from from California State University in San Bernardino, CA and a Master’s degree from the University of California Riverside, where she also worked as an adjunct professor.

“The HNBA is delighted to have Alba Cruz-Hacker as our new Executive Director,“ said Peter M. Reyes, Jr., HNBA National President. “She brings a well of experience, enthusiasm, and fundraising expertise to our Association.  I am sure that Alba will quickly establish herself as an asset to our members, our sponsors, and to the HNBA Board of Governors.  We are truly excited to have her on board especially as we continue to advocate for positive change at such an  important time in our nation’s history.”

“I am honored to join the HNBA family. These are critical times for the country and the Hispanic community.  I am eager to do my part to advance solutions to the important  issues that we face.  I am also thrilled to have the opportunity to work with our members and with the talented men and women on the HNBA Board of Governors.  I look forward to continuing to foster an atmosphere of collegiality and collaboration so that we increase value for our members, expand our reach and influence as we advocate for the interests of Hispanics in the United States,” said Ms. Cruz-Hacker.

 

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

 

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The Hispanic National Bar Association Commends Senate for Passing Bipartisan Immigration Reform Bill

 

Contact: Erika Lopez-Tello
E-mail: elopeztello@hnba.com
Phone: (202) 223-4777

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2013

 

The Hispanic National Bar Association Calls Upon the House to Expediently Pass Similar Legislation

 

The Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) commends the members of the United States Senate on their historic passing of legislation which provides for much needed Immigration Reform for our country.  On June 27, 2013, the Senate passed S.744, the Immigration Reform bill by an overwhelming majority, 68 to 32.   Not since 1986 has the Senate passed such a comprehensive Immigration Bill that will benefit millions of immigrants living in the US, and provide increased opportunities for future legal immigrants to come and work in the US and join their families.  This bill is a great victory since it would not only provide legal status for DREAMers and millions of immigrants living in the US without status, but it also creates a fair, reasonable path to citizenship.  Moreover, according to a new nonpartisan report, the Senate Bill would save nearly $1 Trillion over the next two decades.

“The HNBA has long advocated for legislation to fix our broken immigration system that includes a reasonable path to citizenship,” stated Peter M. Reyes, Jr., HNBA National President.  “It is imperative for our country to pass this legislation, and we now know that it will also provide a significant financial and economic benefit.  The HNBA and its members across the country now call upon the House to expediently pass legislation consistent with the Senate Bill.”

 

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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Hispanic National Bar Association Victorious as Supreme Court Strikes Down Federal Defense of Marriage Act

 

Contact: Erika Lopez-Tello
E-mail: elopeztello@hnba.com
Phone: (202) 223-4777

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2013

 

Hispanic National Bar Association Joined Amicus BRIEF Opposing Federal Defense of Marriage Act

 

Washington, DC (06/26/2013)

Today in a landmark decision, United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which limited federal recognition of marriage to only opposite sex unions.  The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) joined an amicus brief in the case, arguing that laws discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation must be subject to heightened scrutiny.  Previously, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit similarly held Section 3 of DOMA unconstitutional under  the heightened scrutiny test in Windsor v. United States of America, recognizing the long history of discrimination suffered by LGBT people in this country.  In another case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Supreme Court held that the Petitioners lacked standing to challenge a district court’s ruling that the State of California’s same-sex marriage ban under Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

“The HNBA hails this decision by the Supreme Court to strike down Section 3 of DOMA, which relegated same-sex couples’ marriages to second-class status,” stated Peter M. Reyes, Jr., National President of the HNBA.  This historic decision affirming equal rights for same-sex couples is long overdue. While significant progress was made this day, the HNBA will continue to advocate for equal rights for all of its members, including in the LGBT community.

 

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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Hispanic National Bar Association Disappointed with Supreme Court Decision Undermining Voting Rights Act, Harming Hispanic Voters

Contact: Erika Lopez-Tello
E-mail: elopeztello@hnba.com
Phone: (202) 223-4777

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2013

Washington, D.C. – On June 25 the Supreme Court issued a decision in Shelby County v. Holder, a case challenging the constitutionality of provisions of the Voting Rights Act. In a 5-4 decision, the Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, invalidating the coverage formula that determines which jurisdictions are subject to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, and its preclearance provisions.  Although the Court acknowledges discrimination still exists, the Court did not rule on the constitutionality of Section 5. With this decision, Congress must now update the coverage formula to determine what jurisdictions will be subject to Section 5 so that voters in jurisdictions with pervasive histories of discrimination continue to be protected.

“The Voting Rights Act provides critical protection for millions of voters, particularly in states with a history of voter suppression,” stated Peter M. Reyes, Jr. HNBA National President. “The HNBA is incredulous that, despite Chief Justice John Roberts’ explicit recognition that “voting discrimination still exists,” the Court failed to protect the voting rights of millions of historically disenfranchised populations, including Hispanics.  Since 1965, the Voting Rights Act has received strong bipartisan support in Congress and the White House.  We now call upon Congress to convene immediately to pass new protections on a bipartisan basis to protect the voting rights of all Americans, especially those targeted by discriminatory efforts.”

The Supreme Court’s misguided decision today striking the coverage provision of the Voting Rights Act ignores the manifest evidence regarding the pervasive efforts to disenfranchise people of color across the country as borne out as recently as the 2012 Elections. Indeed, it is because of this rampant discrimination in voting that Congress just seven years ago to reinstate the Voting Rights Act.  Justice Ginsburg in her dissenting opinion recognized its importance when stating that “Throwing out [the Voting Rights Act] when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.”  The HNBA had joined in filing an amicus brief in the case in support of the Voting Rights Act.

 

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

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