Hispanic National Bar Association Saddened by Passing of United States Senator Frank Lautenberg

Contact: Erika Lopez-Tello
E-mail: elopeztello@hnba.com
Phone: (202) 223-4777


June 3, 2013


Washington, DC – Hispanic National Bar Association Saddened by Passing of United States Senator Frank Lautenberg. 

The Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) is saddened by the passing of United States Senator Frank Lautenberg from New jersey.  Senator Lautenberg fought to improve the safety of his State’s citizens through legislation that brought an end to smoking on airline flights, raised the legal drinking age to 21, and the Toxic Right to Know law.  He was also a champion for diversity on the federal bench, particularly in New Jersey where he supported the nomination of Hispanics to the District Court.

“Senator Lautenberg was a dedicated public servant who undisputedly helped improve the quality of life for countless Americans with groundbreaking legislation” stated Peter M. Reyes, Jr. HNBA National President.  “He had the respect of both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, as well as the respect of the HNBA.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lautenberg family during this most difficult time.”


About the HNBA

The 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.