Diana Sen Sworn-in as National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association

September 21, 2010

Washington, DC–Diana Sen, Associate Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF (formerly known as the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund), was recently sworn-in as the National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA).

Ms. Sen noted, “As National President, I will strive to bring the HNBA to greater heights and vigilantly address the needs of our members and our diverse Latino community, including the following: increase diversity on the bench, redistricting issues, support immigration Reform legislation, improve pipeline programs for our youth, establish street law programs throughout the country to inform the Latino Community about mortgage foreclosure options, develop Hispanic/Latino attorneys and the Hispanic community at large, and promote justice and the rule of law.”

Ms. Sen is LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s lead attorney in its Emerging New Communities Project focusing on the Southeastern United States, including Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland – states with the fastest growing number of Latinos who often lack access to the local government services, and the courts, while also having the least representation.  Prior to joining LatinoJustice, Diana was a senior litigation associate with the international law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in New York, specializing in general commercial and white-collar litigation for six years. During her tenure at Fried Frank, Diana was a staff attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF) for two years in their Atlanta office as a Fried Frank/MALDEF Fellow.

Benny Agosto, President-elect of the HNBA, noted, “She knows how to get our membership mobilized and involved, just as she did as Regional President.  Diana has successfully promoted participation of law students and young lawyers in the HNBA.”

“Diana will undoubtedly bring strong leadership to the HNBA this year. She demonstrated such leadership when she organized our bilingual election protection effort in Florida in 2008. She saw problems and vowed to fix them. Her determination resulted in a Federal court decree that will bring language assistance to thousands of Latino voters in central Florida.” said Cesar Perales, President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

Ms. Sen currently serves on the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates and is on the Board of Directors of Legal Services NYC, the largest legal services program in the country. Diana has served on the HNBA National Board of Governors since 2006 and was previously elected as the HNBA’s New York Regional President and National Vice-President of Membership. She was Chairperson of the HNBA’s 2008 Mid-Year Conference and National Moot Court Competition titled Latinos on Wall Street: Shaping America’s Future through Law and Finance.

The following individuals were sworn in on Saturday, September 11, 2010 as the HNBA’s newly elected Board of Governors:

President: Diana Sen, LatinoJustice PRLDEF

President-Elect: Benny Agosto, Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend

Treasurer: Jorge Barcelo, CCI Control Components, Inc.

Secretary: Cynthia Mares, Assistant Regulation Counsel, Colorado Supreme Court

VP of Membership: Liz Lopez

VP of Programs: Sean Andrade, Partner, Baute & Tidus LLP

VP of Sections and Committees: Peter M. Reyes, Jr., Senior Intellectual Property Lawyer, Cargill, Incorporated
VP of Regions:
Ricardo Aponte-Parsi, Principal, Aponte Parsi Law Offices

VP of External Affairs: Claudine Martinez, MCT Industries, Inc.

Regional Presidents

Region II (NY): Gelvina Stevenson (New York, NY)

Region IV (DE, PA): Edward Lanza (Harrisburg, PA)
Region VIII (FL):
Teresita Chávez Pedrosa (Miami, FL)

Region XII (AR, LA, OK, TX): David Maldonado (Dallas, Texas)

Region XVI (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA): Jesse Valdez (Bellevue, WA)
Region XVIII (Southern CA): Donald Urrabazo (Los Angeles, CA)

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The HNBA is an incorporated, not-for-profit, non-partisan, national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100,000 attorneys, judges, law professors, legal professionals, and law students in the United States, its territories and Puerto Rico.  For more information about the HNBA, please visit www.hnba.com.