HNBA Hosts Fifth Annual Legislative Day and Capital Awards Dinner
Washington, D.C. – On May 11th, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) held its Legislative Day and Capital Awards Dinner. Legislative Day brought together attorneys with a strong interest in legislative issues important to the HNBA and the Hispanic community to advocate on Capitol Hill. HNBA members were grouped in teams and met with U.S. Senators, Representatives, and their staff to discuss comprehensive immigration reform, the DREAM Act, and the need for increased diversity on the federal bench. The two-day event was kicked off with a welcome reception hosted by Jones Day – a thank you to Hannah Breshin-Otero, Region V President, for hosting us. The Welcome Reception was an opportunity to recognize U.S. Legislators who have been trailblazers on judicial nominations, among those in attendance were: Senator Tom Udall (NM), Senator Mark Udall (CO), Senator Michael Bennet (CO), Senator Ben Cardin (MD), and Representative John Conyers (Ranking Member of the House Committee on Judiciary). During the Capital Awards dinner, HNBA members and public officials joined us at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on in Washington, DC. At the dinner, the HNBA presented its 2011 Capital Award to U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, and to The Honorable Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor, who delivered keynote remarks. The event had a very moving and motivational conclusion, with the introduction by Claudine Martinez, HNBA Vice President of External Affairs, of two exceptional students – one about to graduate from CUNY Law School – who are currently undocumented (DREAM students) and provided remarks to share their inspiring stories.