Hispanic National Bar Association Raises Tens of Thousands of Dollars for Hispanic Law Student Scholarships with 2012 Charity Tennis and Golf Tournaments

                                                                              Contact: Zuraya Tapia-Hadley
E-mail: ztapia@hnba.com
Phone: (202) 223-4777

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2012

Hispanic National Bar Association Raises Tens of Thousands of Dollars for Hispanic Law Student Scholarships with 2012 Charity Tennis and Golf Tournaments

Miami, FL – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) would like to sincerely thank all of our sponsors, players, and guests who attended the 2nd Annual HNBA Tennis and Golf Tournaments in Miami, Florida. Through the participation of all of our attendees at this fun and successful event for a good cause, the HNBA raised tens of thousands of dollars for the HNBA and The HNBA Legal Education Fund (“The Fund”) to provide scholarships for Hispanic law students. The HNBA Legal Education Fund (“The Fund”) is the HNBA’s only IRS Section 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, and the only non-profit foundation that supports the HNBA’s educational and charitable missions, including identifying and providing financial assistance to worthy programs that address education and the law within the U.S. Hispanic community and legal profession.

For the second year, the HNBA Tennis and Golf Tournaments brought together attorneys, judges, and students from all over the country, including such honored guests as Sarah Saldaña, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas; Wifredo Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna, Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; many Judges of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida; and representatives of the country’s top law firms, government agencies, and companies.

“The HNBA was thrilled with the whole event in Miami, which enjoyed an unprecedented turnout this year,” said Benny Agosto, HNBA National President. “We are extremely grateful to Teresita Chavez Pedrosa, Event Chair and Regional President, and Larry Pedrosa, who coordinated the marketing for the event, for organizing such a superb event. We thank all who supported the event through sponsorship and attendance, the outstanding sum of which will go to one of the HNBA’s dearest and most important missions: helping Latino law students through our charitable arm, The HNBA Legal Education Fund.”

The daylong event, held at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, included a tennis tournament with the championship match in the Sony Ericsson Stadium; a golf tournament at the beautiful Crandon Golf Course; activities and exhibits by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Secret Service, ATF, the U.S. Army JAG Corps, and others for guests and visiting students in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, which partnered with the HNBA for the event; and other games including Wii and Dominos. Throughout the day, students and young lawyers had the opportunity to meet and speak with accomplished legal professionals and agencies in law enforcement.

The HNBA was also proud to host the Standing Commission on the Status of Latinas in the Legal Profession’s “Pearls of Wisdom” panel, featuring Sarah Saldaña; Department of Justice attorney Shirley Rivadeneira; UPS General Counsel Teri Plummer McClure; Burger King General Counsel Jill Granat; National Hispanic Corporate Council President Pat Martinez; BrightStar General Counsel Catherine Smith; and Office Depot General Counsel Elisa Garcia, speaking on their experience to a crowd that included female high school students interested in the law and the legal profession.

The HNBA would like to especially thank Event Chair and HNBA Florida Regional President Teresita Chavez Pedrosa and Florida Marketing Director Larry Pedrosa, who organized the event, for their tireless work. This event would not have been as complete, substantive, and successful without their efforts. We also want to thank all of our partners who helped make the event possible: the U.S. Department of Justice; the U.S. Tennis Association; Big Brothers Big Sisters; the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida; Champion Sponsor UPS, Champion Sponsor DLD Lawyers, Champion Sponsor Daily Business Review, Champion Sponsor Abraham Watkins Nichols Sorrels Agosto and Friend, and all of our generous sponsors; Wal-Mart; and the Crandon Park Tennis Center and Crandon Park Golf Course.