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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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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