Substantive Law Sections

HNBA SUBSTANTIVE LAW SECTIONS AND COMMITTEES: AN OVERVIEW

Article XII, Section 1 of the HNBA By-laws empower the President to “appoint or designate (i) such committees, divisions or sections as he or she may, in his or her sole discretion, deem necessary to carry out the purposes of the Association or to assist the Board in the orderly management of the affairs of the Association, consistent with these By-laws . . . .“ The HNBA has established the substantive law sections and committees described below to carry out its work. The goals of all the sections and committees include:

The chairs and members of all sections and committees are appointed by the HNBA National President with the advice of the Vice President of Committees. Bylaws, Art. XII § 2. To be eligible for appointment, individuals must be HNBA members in good standing. Id. The sections and committees may select their own officers except for the chairs and adopt their own rules provided they are consistent with the HNBA bylaws. Id. Section 4. Sections and committees are required to provide periodic reports to the Vice President-Committees, the President and the Board “on all matters pertaining to . . . [their] activities” and “shall make an annual written report to the Board and file it with the President at least 30 days before the Annual Convention.” Id.

HNBA SUBSTANTIVE LAW SECTIONS AND COMMITTEES

Business Law Section

The Business Law Section serves HNBA members and the profession by furthering the development and improvement of business law, educating HNBA members in business law and related professional responsibilities, providing updates on legislative and case law developments and helping members to serve their clients competently, efficiently and professionally. Specifically, this Section is empowered and expected to:

The Section may carry out its work through it International Business Law Committee and such other committees as the HNBA President may establish in his or her discretion or at the recommendation of Section leadership.

Civil Rights Section

This Section serves our members and the profession by furthering the development, protection and improvement of the civil and human rights of the Hispanic Community. Specifically, this Section is empowered and expected to:

The Section may carry out its work through such other committees as the HNBA President may establish in his or her discretion or at the recommendation of Section leadership.

Constitutional Law Section

This Section serves our members and the profession by furthering the development and improvement of appellate practice and Constitutional law, educating HNBA members on appellate issues and related professional responsibilities, and helping members to serve their clients and community competently, efficiently and professionally. Specifically, this Section is empowered and expected to:

The Section may carry out its work through such committees as the HNBA President may establish in his or her discretion or at the recommendation of Section leadership.

Criminal Law Section

This section serves our members and the profession by furthering the development and improvement of criminal law, educating HNBA members concerning criminal law and related professional responsibilities, providing updates on legislative and case law developments and helping members to serve their clients competently, efficiently and professionally. Specifically, this Section is empowered and expected to:

The Section may carry out its work through such committees as the HNBA President may establish in his or her discretion or at the recommendation of Section leadership.

Family Law Section

This Section serves our members and the profession by furthering the development and improvement of family law, educating HNBA members in family law and related professional responsibilities, and helping members to serve their clients and community competently, efficiently and professionally. Specifically, this Section is empowered and expected to:

The Section may carry out its work through such committees as the HNBA President may establish in his or her discretion or at the recommendation of Section leadership.

Government and Administrative Law Section

This section serves our members and the profession by furthering the development and improvement of Government and Administrative law, educating HNBA members in Government and Administrative law and related professional responsibilities, and helping members to serve their clients competently, efficiently and professionally. Specifically, this Section is empowered and expected to:

The Section may carry out its work through such committees as the HNBA President may establish in his or her discretion or at the recommendation of Section leadership.

Immigration Law Section

This Section serves HNBA members and the profession by furthering the development and improvement of immigration law, educating HNBA members in immigration law and related professional responsibilities, and helping members to serve their clients competently, efficiently and professionally. Specifically, this Section is empowered and expected to:

The Section may carry out its work through such committees as the HNBA President may establish in his or her discretion or at the recommendation of Section leadership.

Intellectual Property Law Section

This Section is intended to serve HNBA members and the profession by furthering the development and improvement of intellectual property law, educating HNBA members in intellectual property legal matters and related professional responsibilities, and helping members to serve their clients competently, efficiently and professionally. Specifically, this Section is empowered and expected to:

The Section may carry out its work through such committees as the HNBA President may establish in his or her discretion or upon the recommendation of Section leadership.

International Law Section

This Section serves HNBA members and the profession by furthering the development and improvement of public and private international law and educating HNBA members with international practice interests on relevant legal developments in order to help them serve their clients competently, efficiently and professionally. Specifically, this Section is empowered and expected to:

The Section may carry out its work through such committees as the HNBA President may establish in his or her discretion or upon the recommendation of Section leadership.

Labor and Employment Law Section

This Section is to serve HNBA members and the profession by furthering the development and improvement of labor and employment law, educating HNBA members concerning labor and employment issues and related professional responsibilities, and helping members to serve their clients competently, efficiently and professionally. Specifically, this Section is empowered and expected to:

The Section may carry out its work through such committees as the HNBA President may establish in his or her discretion or upon the recommendation of Section leadership.

Law Practice Management Section

This Section serves HNBA members and the profession by furthering the development and improvement of Law Practice Management, educating HNBA members on issues and trends relevant to Law Practice Management and related professional responsibilities, and helping members to run and manage their law practices ethically, efficiently and professionally. Specifically, this Section is empowered and expected to address all issues of interest to its members and associated with a modern law practice, including:

The Section may carry out its work through the following committees and such other committees as the HNBA President may establish in his or her discretion or at the recommendation of Section leadership:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Law Section

This Section serves the HNBA members and the profession by monitoring and advocating on the legal issues affecting the Hispanic lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) community and by promoting the expertise, advancement, and empowerment of Hispanic LGBT legal professionals.  Specifically, this Section is empowered and expected to:

The Section may carry out its work either directly or through such committees as the Section Chair, in consultation with the Section leadership and the HNBA President, may from time-to-time establish.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section

This Section serves HNBA members and the profession by furthering the development and improvement of Litigation and Dispute Resolution issues, educating HNBA members on litigation skills and related professional responsibilities, and helping members to serve their clients competently, efficiently and professionally. Specifically, this Section is empowered and expected to:

The Section may carry out its work through such committees as the HNBA President may establish in his or her discretion or at the recommendation of Section leadership.

Military Law Section

This Section serves our members and the profession by furthering the development and improvement of military law, educating HNBA members in military law and related issues and helping members to serve members of the military efficiently and professionally. The Section may carry out its work through such committees as the HNBA President may establish in his or her discretion or at the recommendation of Section leadership.

Voting Rights Section

Given the extraordinary importance of the right to vote to the political, social and economic empowerment of Latinos in the United States, the growing numbers of Hispanic citizens, and the documented history of voter intimidation affecting Latino voters in many U.S. elections, the HNBA has established a stand-alone Voting Rights Section. The Section serves HNBA members, the profession and the Hispanic community by monitoring and documenting developments in voting rights law and recommending action by the HNBA Board of Governors when and as appropriate, and by providing information resources for assessing issues involving Hispanic access to the political process. The Section may carry out its work through such committees as the HNBA President may establish in his or her discretion or at the recommendation of Section leadership.