Hispanic National Bar Association President Announces HNBA Latina Commission Appointments

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

October 18, 2012


Washington D.C. – On October 18, 2012, Peter M. Reyes, Jr., National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), announced his twenty-five appointments to the HNBA Latina Commission, including several current and active high-profile HNBA members.

Appointments include: Commission Co-Chairs Mercy Sellek, Abadin Cook (FL) and Monica MacGregor, Alvarez & Marsal (DC); Commission Members Carrie Ricci, USDA (DC); Eneida Roman, Law Offices of Eneida Roman (MA); Veronica Arechederra Hall, Jackson Lewis (NV); Silvia Argueta, Los Angeles Legal Aid (CA); Lt. Col. Luisa Santiago, US Army JAG Corps (KS); Lizzette Herrera Castellanos, University of San Diego School of Law (CA); Maria Gonzalez-Knavel, Foley and Lardner (MN); Leticia Padilla-Morales, Law Office of Leticia M. Padilla-Morales (NC); Felicity Fowler, Haynes Boone (TX); Jacqueline C. Romero, US DOJ (PA); Patricia Guzman, Tulane University School of Law (LA); Mara Garcia Kaplan, Target (MN); Marianela Peralta, Walmart (AK); Catherine Romero, Microsoft (WA); Margarita Sanchez, Arnold & Porter (DC); Hilda Galvan, Jones Day (TX); Monica de los Rios, JP Morgan Chase (NJ); The Honorable Ramona Romero, U.S.D.A. (DC); Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte, Dept. of State (DC); Dolores Atencio (CO); Mary T. Hernandez, GCR (CA); Diana Sen, LatinoJustice PRLDEF (NY); Lillian Apodaca, Bingham, Hurst & Apodaca (NM); and Alice Velazquez.

HNBA National President, Peter M. Reyes, Jr. is proud to announce this year’s roster of Latina Commissioners. “The HNBA is dedicated to paving a path for success for Latinas in the legal profession. Our Commission is composed of a wealth of diverse and dynamic women with this very goal in mind. Together, their unique personal and professional backgrounds will lead the Commission in establishing solutions for the challenges faced by Latinas today. I know that their hard work will grow opportunities and support for Latina attorneys to achieve the diversity this nation needs”.

The HNBA Latina Commission was created in 2008 with the purpose of supporting the endeavors of Latinas and advancing their role in the legal profession. Since its inception, each HNBA National President has worked hard to preserve and grow this initiative and to show support for Latina attorneys. The Commission has successfully released two comprehensive Commission Reports, outlining issues facing Latinas, and detailing recommendations moving forward.

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.