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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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