HNBA CONGRATULATES & SUPPORTS THOMAS PEREZ ON HIS NOMINATION AS SECRETARY OF LABOR

HNBA CONGRATULATES & SUPPORTS THOMAS PEREZ ON HIS NOMINATION AS SECRETARY OF LABOR

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2013 

Washington, DC — The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), the national association of Latino attorneys, judges, law professors and law students, congratulates and supports Thomas Perez on his nomination by President Obama to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. Perez currently serves as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In that capacity, he has focused on upholding the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans. He previously served as the Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. From 2002 until 2006, he was a member of the Montgomery County Council in Maryland. He was the first Latino ever elected to the Council, and served as Council President in 2005. Earlier in his career, he spent 12 years in federal public service, most of them as a career attorney with the Civil Rights Division. Perez was a law professor for six years at University of Maryland School of Law and was a part-time professor at the George Washington School of Public Health. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a Master’s of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. 

“The HNBA salutes Thomas Perez as he reaches a new height in his legal career,” said HNBA National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr. “His years of dedicated, productive service have set a high standard in the legal profession. As the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, his parents taught him the importance of education, hard work and public service. Perez became the first lawyer in his family and has continued his family’s tradition of service.” Reyes added “The HNBA strongly supports the timely Senate confirmation of the highly qualified Thomas Perez as our next Secretary of Labor.”  

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.

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