The HNBA Congratulates Alejandra Y. Castillo on her appointment as Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

 

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The HNBA Congratulates Alejandra Y. Castillo on her appointment as Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

The Hispanic National Bar Association is proud that once again another member of our Association has been tapped to serve our nation. This time, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has appointed Alejandra Y. Castillo as the Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). The MBDA has a 45-year history of providing support to small business owners, and today, minority-owned businesses are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. business community.

“The HNBA is elated with the appointment of a leader as exceptional as Alejandra Castillo to the position of MBDA Director.  Our own organization has benefitted greatly through the years from Alejandra’s talent and commitment, first as a volunteer and as one of our past Executive Directors,” said Miguel Alexander Pozo, HNBA National President.  “Secretary Pritzker could not have selected a person more passionate about serving minority communities, more knowledgeable about best business practices, and more innovative in getting through to those rapidly growing communities that stand to benefit the most from these very necessary programs, “said Mr. Pozo.  “We also applaud Alejandra—the first Latina and only the second woman appointed MBDA Director in the agency’s history—for making a few new cracks in the proverbial glass ceiling.”

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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

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

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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

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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

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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 Mourns the Loss of Adelfa Botello Callejo

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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.

 

Celebrating the Life of Nelson Mandela

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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.

The HNBA Salutes Our Men and Women in Uniform

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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

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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.

Hispanic National Bar Association National President Announces Key Leadership Appointments

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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

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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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