Region III Spotlight

HNBA Region III congratulates Daniel Mateo, President of the HBA-NJ, and its newly-installed officers on a successful 32nd Installation Dinner held in Camden, NJ.  The HNBA Region III will continue its collaborative efforts with its Affiliate, the HBA-NJ, in supporting its programming.  For more information, please click on the following link:

The HNBA Region III will host CLEs, a membership drive, and networking programs throughout the year, advancing its commitment to its members and the Latino community.  For any questions regarding Region III, you may contact Danel Mateo, HNBA Regional President for Region III, at (609) 987-0050 or

Volunteers Needed for Latino Legal Assistance Hotline in Response to HB 56

Join now to help thousands of Latinos in a time of crisis

In response to HB 56, Alabama’s anti-immigrant law, a hotline has been set up for people who want to report problems related to the law, get information or legal assistance. The line is mostly being staffed by staff and volunteers from the Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Immigration Law Center and a lawyer affiliated with the ACLU of Alabama will also provide some assistance. Volunteers are still needed, so if you can volunteer, please send your name, organization, phone number, where the call should be forwarded and language capacity. If possible, people should be available for 2-3 hour periods. The overwhelming majority of the callers are Spanish speakers so that is the main need language need. If the volunteer is not an attorney, they ask that the organization the volunteer comes from have an attorney available for that volunteer to talk to if an urgent question arises they cannot answer.


Dara D. Fernandez, Region VII President

Dara D. Fernandez, Esq.
Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose LLP
569 Colonial Brookwood Center, Suite 901
Birmingham, Al. 35209
205.458.9443 (direct)
205.458.9400 (main)
205.458.9500 (facsimile)


Dara is a member of the Firm’s Business & Tax Practice Group. She represents clients in cross-border transactions, international law matters, and general business transactions. In addition to her international and transactional experience, Dara has assisted companies with business-related immigration matters, individual family based petitions, removal defense, complex civil litigation matters and white collar corporate corruption cases. A native of Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain, Dara came as a foreign exchange student to the United States at 16. After graduating from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, where she was part of the Model United Nations team and presented projects with the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, she worked for United Migrant Opportunity Services in St. Cloud, Minnesota. In that position, Ms. Fernández was in charge of programs in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control that focused on helping the Hispanic community overcome health disparities and education gaps.

Region III Past Events

Past Events:

HNBA-NJ Annual Gala

Region XVIII Leadership

Donald Urrabazo, Region XVIII President
Urrabazo Law Group
2029 Century Park East, Suite 1370
Los Angeles, CA 90067
T: (310) 388-9099 |F: (310) 388-9088 | M: (661) 993-3512


Lenin Lopez, Region XVIII Deputy President
CareFusion Corporation
3750 Torrey View Court
San Diego, CA 92130
T: (858) 617-2800 | F: (877) 296-1449

Alejandro T. Vallejo, Region XVIII Deputy President
Pacific Gas and Electric
77 Beale St., B30A, 3009
San Francisco, CA 94105
T: (415) 973-1611 | F: (415) 973-5520


Region XVII Leadership

Helen Santana, Region XVII President
Law Offices of Santana & Hart
71 Stevenson Street, Ste. 700
San Francisco, California 94105
T: (415) 777-1308 | F: (415) 896-9063

Michael A. Aparicio, Region XVII Deputy President
1000 Marsh Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025-1015
T: (650) 614-7473 | F: (650) 614-7401

Patrick Jimenez, Region XVII Deputy President
Adelson, Testan, Brundo & Jimenez
180 Montgomery St 1000
San Francisco, CA 94104
T: (415) 438-1990 | F: (415) 438-1999

Maricela Picazo, Region XVII Deputy President
Law Offices of Santana & Hart
71 Stevenson St. #700
San Francisco, CA 94105
T: (415) 777-1308 | F: (415) 896-0963

Sandra Ambrocio, Region XVII Deputy President
Adelson, Testan, Brundo & Jimenez
180 Grand Avenue, Suite #350
Oakland, CA 94612
T: 510.267.0955 | F: 510.267.0950 

Region XVI Leadership

Jesse Valdez, Region XVI President
Valdez Lehman, PLLC
Pacific Plaza Building
155 108th Ave. NE – Ste 601
Bellevue, WA 98004
T: 425-458-4415 | F: 425-732-0130

Region XV Leadership

Roxie Rawls De-Santiago, Region XV President
Jones Snead Wertheim & Wentworth
1800 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505
T: 505.982.0011 | F: 505.720.7240

Charles V. Garcia, Region XV Deputy President
Cuddy & McCarthy, LLC
7770 Jefferson Street NE #305
Albuquerque, NM 87109
T: 505.888.1335 | F: 505.888.1369

Yolanda Gallegos, Region XV Deputy President
Gallegos Legal Group
315 Eighth Street, SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T: 505.242.8900 | F: 505.247.8300

Janise Macanas, Region XV Deputy President
Utah Minority Bar
Assistant Attorney General
Utah Attorney General’s Office
160 East 300 South 5th Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-0814
Phone (801) 366-0199


Region XIII Leadership

Meshach Y. Rhoades, Region XIII President
Qwest Legal
1801 California, Suite 1000
Denver, CO 80202
T: 303.383.6644 | F: 303.383.8481

Cristal T. DeHerrera, Region XIII Deputy President
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
410 Seventeenth Street, Suite 2200
Denver, CO 80202-4432
T: (303) 223-1253 | F:  (303) 223-8053

Region XII Leadership

Region XII President:

Chris Garza