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

The HNBA Welcomes Senate Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

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

The HNBA Welcomes Senate Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 17, 2013

Washington, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) welcomes today’s introduction of the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act” by the bipartisan Senate Gang of Eight.  This bill is the first step in tackling a broken immigration system through the implementation of common sense solutions.  The HNBA commends the Senators for creating a pathway to citizenship for those here in the U.S., for expediting Citizenship for DREAMers, and for improving opportunities for immigrants interested in working and contributing to all facets of the U.S. economy.

As the bill progresses through the Senate, we are hopeful that stakeholders and observers recognize the complexity of immigration, as well as its challenges.  We are heartened that the House Gang of Eight has applauded the Senate’s work and indicated today that it will also continue to work towards a bipartisan solution that recognizes the benefits immigrants bring to our nation, while also securing our borders.

“The Senate has worked for months to propose a bipartisan bill to address the most pressing issues of immigration reform,” said Peter M. Reyes, Jr., HNBA National President.  “This bill is needed to bring legal and policy reforms to an immigration system that is outdated and ineffective. The HNBA will work with all Congressional members on passing comprehensive immigration legislation.”

The HNBA has long worked with bipartisan partnerships to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation.  Just as in 2006 and 2007, when the HNBA established a task force of legal experts to review the numerous amendments and legal provisions of proposed initiatives, President Reyes has established an HNBA Immigration Reform Task Force this year as well.  “The Task Force intends to serve as a resource to Congress and the Administration as they move forward on this effort,” said President Reyes.

Utilizing the resources of the HNBA Immigration Task Force, HNBA members throughout the country will conduct HNBA’s annual Legislative Day of Advocacy on the Hill on May 15th.  ”As the ‘National Voice for the Hispanic Legal Community®’, our focus for the HNBA’s 2013 Legislative Day will be to ensure HNBA’s advocacy assists in the effort to provide just, economically prudent, and timely Comprehensive Immigration Reform” vowed President 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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HNBA URGES SENATE CONFIRMATION OF SRI SRINIVASAN TO DC CIRCUIT COURT

HNBA URGES SENATE CONFIRMATION OF SRI SRINIVASAN TO DC CIRCUIT COURT

 

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2013

 

Washington, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) today endorsed Srikanth “Sri” Srinivasan for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit judicial vacancy and urged the Senate to promptly confirm him. HNBA’s endorsement is the result of extensive independent research, deliberation, and interviews. In addition to being highly qualified, Srinivasan would fill one of four vacancies on the vital and long overburdened DC Circuit.

“Sri Srinivasan’s appellate experience and dedication to public service—under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama—made him a very strong candidate for our endorsement,” said Peter M. Reyes, Jr., National HNBA President. “His work in the Office of the Solicitor General and in private practice makes Mr. Srinivasan highly qualified for a judgeship on the D.C. Circuit Court and we are also encouraged by his commitment to pro bono work and to the legal community. We offer our proud endorsement of Mr. Srinivasan’s nomination and urge the Senate’s prompt consideration and confirmation.”

(Click here to view letter in support of Srikanth “Sri” Srinivasan from HNBA National President)

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 AND MICROSOFT CORPORATION LAUNCH A NEW BOLD INITIATIVE: THE HNBA/MICROSOFT IP LAW INSTITUTE

HNBA and MICROSOFT CORPORATION LAUNCH A NEW BOLD INITIATIVE: THE HNBA/MICROSOFT IP LAW INSTITUTE

HNBA and MICROSOFT CORPORATION LAUNCH A NEW BOLD INITIATIVE:
THE HNBA/MICROSOFT IP LAW INSTITUTE 

“Increasing Latino Lawyers in IP Law”

Contact: Antonio “Tony” Arocho, Esq.
E-mail: aarocho@hnba.com
Phone: (202) 223-4777

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 25, 2013

Washington, D.C. – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and Microsoft Corporation announced at the HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference in Atlanta, Georgia a new, bold partnership designed to increase the number of Latino lawyers in U.S. intellectual property (IP) law.  The highlight of the announcement was Microsoft’s pledge of $200,000.00 over three years to help fund the new initiative called the “HNBA/Microsoft IP Law Institute.”

The “HNBA/Microsoft IP Law Institute” is part of the HNBA’s Su Futuro Program and will provide opportunities for Latino students interested in intellectual property law, including patents, copyrights, trade secrets and trademarks.  This summer up to twenty five Latino law students from law schools across the country will be chosen to participate in an IP immersion program in Washington, DC with all expenses covered.  Candidates will be selected in a highly competitive process, and the selected students will be provided substantive instruction, the opportunity to observe first-hand U.S. IP institutions at work, and the chance to meet leading members of the IP legal community who will serve as mentors and potentially provide pathways for future job opportunities.

A 2008 study by NALP shows that Hispanic attorneys spend a mere 4% of their practice on intellectual property matters.  And a more recent survey by AIPLA shows that in firms with over 100 attorneys, only 2% of IP lawyers are Hispanic.  The HNBA and Microsoft are committed to changing these statistics. “The “HNBA/Microsoft IP Institute” will focus on IP law to address the under-representation of Hispanic attorneys in the field of IP law,” said HNBA National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr., who also is an experienced IP practitioner and registered patent attorney.  “Microsoft has taken a great step towards improving the quality of legal services necessary to keep America economically strong,” added Reyes.

“We at Microsoft know firsthand the sad reality of the under-representation of Latino attorneys in the critical field of IP law,” stated Horacio Gutierrez, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft.  ”As an industry leader, we are choosing to step up and be a catalyst for change in the legal profession,” said Gutierrez.

The inaugural program is scheduled between July 8th and 12th of 2013 in Washington DC.  Additional information is available at www.hnba.com/hnba-microsoft-ip-law-institute.

 

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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 ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF THE 2013 TOP LAWYERS UNDER FORTY AWARDS

HNBA Announces Recipients of the 2013 Top Lawyers Under Forty Awards

Contact: Antonio “Tony” Arocho, Esq.
E-mail: aarocho@hnba.com
Phone: (202) 223-4777

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 11, 2013

 

Washington, D.C. – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) congratulates seven accomplished HNBA members under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their respective areas of practice.  These Latino lawyers have not only exemplified the highest ethical standards and legal skills, but they have also demonstrated a true commitment to their communities and the legal profession. The HNBA is proud to announce that it has selected the following attorneys to receive its prestigious HNBA “Top Lawyers Under Forty Award” (listed in alphabetical order):

Yesenia Gallegos, Partner, Fox Rothschild (Los Angeles, CA)

Yesenia M. Gallegos, a very active HNBA member and a California-based litigator at Fox Rothschild, has carved a path of excellence as a litigator in the area of employment and labor law.  She was recently elevated to partner, in part, for her work as one of the lead attorneys in a successful class action case where she and her colleagues successfully enforced a class action waiver in an employer’s arbitration agreement. This high profile case is on appeal and is expected to set precedent on the issue of class action waivers in arbitration agreements in the State of California.

Johnny Garza, Partner, Adame * Garza (Houston, TX)

Johnny N. Garza, Jr. earned his stellar reputation in the legal community in a variety of complex cases including his involvement in a Texas Court of Appeals case that upheld the trial court’s ruling excluding evidence regarding a plaintiff’s undocumented immigration status.  In addition to his courtroom experience, Johnny is active in the community and has served as President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston.  His commitment to raising scholarship funds for Latino law students and other aspiring students is unmatched.

Liz Lopez, Of-Counsel, Barnes & Thornburg  (Washington, DC)

Liz Lopez has had a varied career serving as a prosecutor, government affairs advisor, and counsel to Fortune 500 companies.  In her spare time, she has devoted her time to serving in leadership positions in various organizations including the HNBA, where she has held several positions on the HNBA Executive Committee.  She was also a key player in the HNBA’s efforts to support the nomination and confirmation of Justice Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court. Liz also regularly appears as a legal and political commentator on several television and radio programs.

Roseviele Marquez Morales, Partner, Harris Beach (New York, NY)

Rosevelie Marquez Moralez is a partner at Harris Beach PLLC.  At the time she was elevated to the partnership, she was one of the youngest associates to be elected partner.  She also served as President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA-NY), which represents over 1000 attorneys of Puerto Rican decent in the New York metropolitan area and Puerto Rico.  She is an accomplished litigator practicing in the field of products liability, medical malpractice and insurance defense.  She has authored numerous articles and is a presenter at many national conferences.  She is a true and dedicated leader in the Latino community.

Carlos Montoya, Assistant General Counsel, ARAMARK Corporation (Philadelphia, PA)

Carlos S. Montoya, an outstanding lawyer and community leader, is currently Assistant General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs Compliance at Aramark Corporation in Philadelphia.  He has held leadership roles on many boards, including the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania (HBA-PA) as well as the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.  He has tremendous drive that is only outmatched by his dedication to his community and his commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Anna Maria Tejada, Of-Counsel, Kaufman Dolowich Voluck & Gonzo (Hackensack, NJ)

As the President-elect of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NI), Anna Maria Tejada has already distinguished herself in her community.  Respected by her peers for her excellent lawyering skills, she has served as lead counsel on a number of complex cases involving employment law.  She is also actively interested in politics that affect Latina leaders and serves on the Political Action Committee of Latinas United for Political Empowerment (LUPE). Anna Maria served as a law clerk to former New Jersey Supreme Justice the Honorable John E. Wallace, Jr.  She is committed to paying forward by empowering her community and mentoring law students.

Christina Vigil, Trial Attorney, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Albuquerque, NM)

Christina Vigil is a rising star who has dedicated her career to representing those who have been discriminated against.  Equally active in the legal profession and community, she tirelessly dedicates her time to many community projects such as the Innocence and Justice Project.  She has also served as the Executive Director for the New Mexico Women’s Justice Project, in addition to sitting on the New Mexico Governor’s Independent Oversight Committee for Prisons, Gender Responsive Solutions, and Collateral Consequences task force. Christina is the Past National Secretary of the HNBA.

“We are proud to honor the 2013 ‘Top Lawyers Under Forty’ as some of our Nation’s brightest and most promising Latino leaders and professionals,” said Peter M. Reyes, Jr., HNBA National President. “As honorees, you represent the new generation of the Latino legal community and the HNBA is proud to recognize your accomplishments with this well-deserved award.”

The HNBA will present the 2013 “Top Lawyers Under Forty” Awards at the 2013 Annual Corporate Counsel Conference and 18th Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition in Atlanta, Georgia at a reception at the World of Coca-Cola on Thursday, March 14, 2013.   Keynote remarks will be delivered by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

For more information about the 2013 Corporate Counsel Conference, including registration information, please log onto the HNBA website at www.hnba.com.

 

About the HNBA “Top Lawyers Under 40” Award

The HNBA “Top Lawyers Under Forty” Award was first awarded in 2009 to celebrate and highlight HNBA members who have demonstrated professional excellence, integrity, leadership and commitment to the Latino community. HNBA members from all segments of the profession, including private practice, government, public interest, academia, and corporate legal departments, are eligible to receive the 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-SUPPORTED VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT PASSES HOUSE VOTE

HNBA-SUPPORTED VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT PASSES HOUSE VOTE

Contact: Antonio “Tony” Arocho, Esq.
E-mail: aarocho@hnba.com
Phone:  (202) 223-4777

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2013

 

Washington, DC — As an ardent and long-time advocate of the bipartisan Senate version of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is pleased to see the House pass VAWA.  The U.S. House of Representatives passed the broad Senate version of VAWA by a vote of 286-138.

“In a historic vote the House passed S.47, the Senate reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), sending the legislation to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law,” said HNBA President Peter M. Reyes, Jr.  “The HNBA stands in unity with all of our partners and leaders who were unrelenting in their support of VAWA.  This legislation provides needed protection to women, including those for Immigrant, Native American, and LGBT women.”

 

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 CONGRATULATES RAMIREZ ON HER DESGINATION AS CHAIR OF THE FTC

HNBA CONGRATULATES RAMIREZ ON HER DESGINATION AS CHAIR OF THE FTC

Contact: Antonio “Tony” Arocho, Esq.
E-mail: aarocho@hnba.com
Phone:  (202) 223-4777

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2013

Washington, DC — The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), the national association of Latino attorneys, judges, law professors and law students, congratulates Edith Ramirez on her designation by President Obama to be the Chair of the Federal Trade Commission. Ramirez, a lawyer, currently serves as a Commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission. She replaces outgoing chairman Jon Leibowitz. Ramirez is the first person of Latino descent to serve as Chair of the Federal Trade Commission.

“HNBA salutes Edith Ramirez as she reaches a new height in her legal career,” said  HNBA National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr. “Her years of dedicated, productive service have set a high standard in the legal profession. We look forward to Ms. Ramirez’ continued leadership as an outstanding Latina lawyer committed to public service and issues affecting the Latino 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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