HNBA Joins in CBAC Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Fisher Affirmative Action Case

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HNBA Pleased by Supreme Court’s Decision in Fisher V. University of Texas at Austin

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2013

 

HNBA JOINED AMICUS HIGHLIGHTING PROGRESS MADE SINCE GRUTTER V. BOLLINGER DECISION

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today in a 7-1 decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed that diversity in higher education is a compelling national interest.  Specifically, the decision in the precedent Grutter v. Bollinger case stands, which allows racial and ethnic diversity to be considered as one of many factors in admission to schools.  Last summer the HNBA joined an amicus brief showing the progress that has been made since the Grutter decision, while noting the need to consider race and ethnicity in order to continue to diversify the profession.  The Court partially vacated the lower court ruling to partially consider race and remanded back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for re-consideration.

The Supreme Court partially vacated a lower court ruling that had upheld the right of the University of Texas at Austin to partially consider race in its admissions’ policy. However, in deciding Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, it left intact the precedent it set in Grutter v. Bollinger, which allows schools to consider racial diversity as an admissions factor.

This past summer, CBAC filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case. The brief highlights the progress made in diversifying the legal profession since the Court’s ruling in Grutter v. Bollinger, while discussing the continued need for race-conscious admissions programs to further the diversification of the legal profession. 

“The HNBA’s position on the importance of considering race and ethnicity as one of many factors in admission was upheld by a strong majority of the Supreme Court today,”  stated Peter M. Reyes, Jr., National President of the HNBA.  “Diversity in our academic institutions remains a compelling interest that will strengthen our communities, including the legal profession.”

 

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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Hispanic National Bar Association Endorsed Nominee Luis Felipe Restrepo Confirmed by Senate to U.S. District Court

 

Hispanic National Bar Association Endorsed Nominee Luis Felipe Restrepo Confirmed by Senate to U.S. District Court

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2013

Hispanic National Bar Association Endorsed Nominee Luis Felipe Restrepo Confirmed by Senate to U.S. District Court

Washington, D.C. – On June 18, 2013 the United States Senate voted by voice vote to confirm the Honorable Luis Felipe Restrepo, who was endorsed by the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Judge Restrepo received bipartisan support from U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), followed by the nomination in January by President Barack Obama.  Judge Restrepo will join another HNBA-endorsed judge on that court, the Honorable Nitza Quiñones Alejandro, who is the first openly gay Latina nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to the federal judiciary.

“The HNBA is proud to support the Honorable Luis Felipe Restrepo and commends the bipartisan  efforts of U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and the U.S. Senate in confirming Judge Restrepo,” said Peter M. Reyes, Jr., HNBA National President. “He is a jurist of the highest integrity with extensive experience as an assistant federal defender, in private practice, and as a Magistrate Judge since 2006.  He undoubtedly will serve with distinction on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.”

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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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona’s Restrictive Voter Registration Law

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona’s Restrictive Voter Registration Law

Hispanic National Bar Association’s Amicus Opposing Arizona’s Restrictive Voter Registration Requirements Supported by U.S. Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. – On June 13th, the Supreme Court voted 7-2 to throw out Arizona’s overly-restrictive voter registration requirements.  Specifically, the Court held that the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) preempts the Arizona law that required documentary proof of citizenship for voter registration beyond what the federal law demands. The court ruled that Congress could pass its own laws on the voter registration process, and states would have to yield to those laws.  The Arizona law sought to require that a potential voter must show hard proof that they are citizens in addition to the federal requirements that a voter must only declare that they are citizens on the federal form. Pursuant to the Supreme Court ruling, Arizona must now yield to the federal form and sign up those who present it.  The HNBA joined an amicus brief, led by the HNBA’s partner the Lowenstein Sandler firm, in opposing Arizona’s proposed law.  Twenty-eight Latino and Asian organizations joined the brief, which highlighted how the Arizona law would disenfranchise naturalized citizens.

“The HNBA has long opposed attempts to restrict the voting rights of our citizens, including by this over-reaching proposed Arizona law,” stated HNBA National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr.  “The ruling by the Supreme Court recognizes the HNBA’s position to protect the voting rights of all Americans.  This is a victory not only for the HNBA but for all voters in the United States.”

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 Endorsed Nominee Nitza Quiñones Alejandro Confirmed by Senate to U.S. District Court

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2013

 

Hispanic National Bar Association Endorsed Nominee Nitza Quiñones Alejandro Confirmed by Senate to U.S. District Court

Washington, D.C. – The United States Senate voted today to confirm the Honorable Nitza Quiñones Alejandro to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Judge Quiñones received the endorsement of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) after a thorough vetting process.  She received the joint recommendation from U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), followed by the nomination by President Barack Obama and the unanimous approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee in March.  Judge  Quiñones will be the first Latina to serve on this court.

“The HNBA commends the U.S. Senate for fulfilling its duty in confirming Judge Nitza Quiñones Alejandro,” said Peter M. Reyes, Jr., HNBA National President. “She is an exceptional jurist who has served with distinction for over twenty years on the bench and will be an outstanding addition to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. We are encouraged that the Senate moved forward in a bipartisan manner, and call upon them to continue to do so to fill all the remaining judicial vacancies across the country, including those where judicial emergencies remain.”

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 Leaders Attend White House Announcement on D.C. Circuit Nominees, Forum on Judicial Vacancies

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 10, 2013

 

WASHINGTON, DC – On June 4, 2013, Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr. attended the press conference in the White House Rose Garden where President Barack Obama announced his nomination of three outstanding candidates to the D.C. Circuit Court.  President Obama’s previous nominee, Sri Srinivasan, who was endorsed by the HNBA, was recently confirmed by the Senate.  The following day, HNBA representatives met with White House officials along with community and organizational leaders from around the country to discuss the judicial vacancy crisis that has left over 80 courts vacant and 32 judicial emergencies across the country.

“The HNBA calls upon the Senate to timely vote upon all pending judicial nominations, including the three recent nominations to the D.C. Circuit Court,” stated HNBA President Peter M. Reyes, Jr.  ”in order for our country to provide timely and equal access to justice, it is imperative that these vacant positions be filled immediately, particularly those that remain judicial emergencies.”

 

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 Saddened by Passing of United States Senator Frank Lautenberg

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2013

 

Washington, DC – Hispanic National Bar Association Saddened by Passing of United States Senator Frank Lautenberg. 

The Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) is saddened by the passing of United States Senator Frank Lautenberg from New jersey.  Senator Lautenberg fought to improve the safety of his State’s citizens through legislation that brought an end to smoking on airline flights, raised the legal drinking age to 21, and the Toxic Right to Know law.  He was also a champion for diversity on the federal bench, particularly in New Jersey where he supported the nomination of Hispanics to the District Court.

“Senator Lautenberg was a dedicated public servant who undisputedly helped improve the quality of life for countless Americans with groundbreaking legislation” stated Peter M. Reyes, Jr. HNBA National President.  “He had the respect of both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, as well as the respect of the HNBA.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lautenberg family during this most difficult time.”

 

About the HNBA

The 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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The HNBA Honors Fallen U.S. Troops and Veterans on Memorial Day

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

The HNBA Honors Fallen U.S. Troops and Veterans on Memorial Day

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  
May 27, 2013

 

On this Memorial Day weekend the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) honors the women and men who have died while in service in the United States Military.  More than one million of our fellow countrymen have sacrificed themselves throughout our Nation’s history.  Memorial Day, a national federal holiday, is a day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of their country.

“The HNBA remembers and pays tribute to all of the brave women and men in the military who died in service to our great country this Memorial Day,” said Peter M. Reyes, Jr., HNBA National President.  “There is no greater sacrifice that can be made, and we honor all of the women and men who gave their lives to protect the freedoms we have here in the United States.”  

 

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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HNBA Urges Full Senate To Vote For Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Advanced Senate Judiciary Committee

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

HNBA URGES FULL SENATE TO VOTE FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL ADVANCED SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

May 23, 2013

On May 21, 2013, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted, with bipartisan support, to pass Senate Bill 744, the Border, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act out of the committee and on to the Senate floor for a full vote in the coming days. The Senate Judiciary Committee mark-up was completed within three weeks and covered many of the 300 amendments offered on every aspect of the bill. The resulting legislation represents a concerted effort to find a workable and fair immigration policy that will make our nation stronger.

“The Hispanic National Bar Association is pleased that the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of this important bipartisan Bill that will strengthen our country,” stated Peter M. Reyes, Jr., President of the HNBA.  “Our current immigration system is broken, and the American people have spoken that now is the time to finally fix it,” continued Reyes. “We call upon the full Senate to expeditiously pass this Bill.”

The Bill now moves forward for consideration by the entire Senate. Amendments added during the mark-up will strengthen the Bill in the areas of employment of immigrants, protections for vulnerable groups and due process. Other amendments attempting to deny certain new immigrants citizenship cause us concern, as do provisions that would deny benefits to certain family members such as siblings, and the criminalization of violations of past civil conduct. Nevertheless, the overall Bill voted upon by the Senate Judiciary Committee provides a reasonable and fair path to citizenship.  Additionally, the Bill gives the Senate the opportunity to make passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill that will benefit our country and economy a reality.

 

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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Coalition of Bar Association Holds Annual Meeting

Coalition of Bar Associations Holds Annual Meeting