Cynthia Mares for HNBA Secretary

I am running for the position of Secretary of the Hispanic National Bar Association, which I consider to be a great honor. I am asking for your vote in this year’s election. With the understanding that taking on this responsibility is a big commitment and not to be taken lightly, you can expect nothing but diligent, professional and dedicated service to the HNBA. I will always strive to uphold the outstanding reputation of this organization.

I have found my experience as a member of this organization to be very rewarding for a number of reasons. The opportunities it provides are endless – CLEs, employment opportunities, endorsements, networking, Legislative Day, the Hispanic Law Journal – the list goes on. Never have I witnessed so many incredibly dedicated and intelligent people working together to meet its mission. I have seen HNBA members all across the nation spend countless hours working to make this organization what it is today.

Background

I grew up in Denver, Colorado. I attended Eagleton Elementary School, Lake Junior High School and West High School. Both my parents worked – my dad as a truck driver, my mother for Sears making custom draperies. I am the only sibling that went to college. I attended the University of Colorado graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration. Although I didn’t grow up speaking Spanish, during college and law school and in between, I spent a total of about two years living in different parts of Mexico. I attended the University of Denver, School of Law. Part of my law school education included a semester at La Universidad La Salle in Mexico City. I have been a member in good standing with the Colorado Supreme Court since my admission to the Colorado Bar in 1990 and have never been disciplined.

Since graduating from law school, I’ve been a member of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association. I am currently Vice President of Committees. I worked as a trial lawyer with the Colorado Public Defender system for 16 years and was supervising attorney of the Denver Drug Court for many years. For the past four years, I’ve worked as an Assistant Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court, Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. I’ve been a member of the HNBA since 2005 and a member of the HNBA Board of Governors for the past year as the Affiliate Representative for Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.

Why run for Secretary?

First of all, I am committed to the mission of the HNBA. I believe the HNBA really does live and breathe its mission but it can only do so with the dedication of its members and leaders, including the affiliate members. With your vote, I will uphold the high standards you deserve expect and I will actively promote the mission of the HNBA. Although I believe there are many, many active HNBA members, I know there are more of you out there that would be incredible assets to the HNBA, so it is you I’d like to see more involved and I will do my best to get you involved.

My Vision

I believe that the mission of the HNBA and the affiliate organizations is either the same or very similar and I think there’s a lot of work that can be done to get the affiliate member organizations more involved with the work of the HNBA. I also would like to see the HNBA members get CLE credit for participating in Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. if at all possible. Also, although some cities are extremely aggressive in their work with “La Promesa en el Derecho,” others are not. I see this area as one area that deserves more attention. I also like the idea of giving awards to those members or affiliate organizations that excel in reaching the different goals of the HNBA and who develop interesting and creative ways to do so.

HNBA Leadership and Involvement

I’ve been on the Board of Governors for the past year. I attended the HNBA convention in Hollywood, California and have been personally present at every Board of Governors meeting across the country since then except one meeting which was scheduled to be by telephone. My Board participation has given me the opportunity to be involved with national issues that affect our community. I can now use the experience I’ve gained in my local community. Just being an HNBA member generally has provided me with many opportunities. Legislative Day in Washington D.C. is something in which every HNBA member should participate. I now see it as my responsibility to get more Latino lawyers involved with the HNBA because I believe their involvement will enhance their opportunities as a lawyer in general.

I am also on the Editorial Board for Noticias, HNBA’s membership publication. I enjoy gathering information about the great things in which our HNBA members are involved and I love encouraging our members to write articles themselves. There is so much to write about our members and Noticias is a great way to allow members to publish articles relating to their particular area of expertise.

Other Legal Community Involvement

Colorado Hispanic Bar Association – member since 1990

Member, Colorado Bar Association

Our Courts volunteer – 2009

Volunteer for Election Day/Election Protection 2009 – Took calls from Spanish-speaking voters on Election Day.

Conclusion

With your support and confidence, I know I can be a great asset to the HNBA. I will give my full commitment to this organization. I seek your vote and I look forwarding to working with you in the near future.

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