HNBA National President, Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
Peter M. Reyes, Jr., a partner at Barnes & Thornburg, was sworn in as the 2012-2013 National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) on Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at the HNBA 37th Annual Convention to be held in Seattle, WA. Mr. Reyes was sworn in by longtime friend and HNBA member the Honorable Leonardo (Lenny) Castro. As president-elect, Reyes will help shape the legal landscape on a national level, and will work with the HNBA’s Immediate Past-President, Mr. Benny Agosto, Jr., as the HNBA collaborates with other national bar associations, governmental leaders, and community groups to achieve greater involvement in the legal profession by Hispanics.
The HNBA is a nonprofit national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100,000 attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants and law students of Hispanic descent in the United States, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands. The HNBA promotes opportunities for Latinos in the legal profession through advocacy and substantive programs. The HNBA also advocates for the larger Latino community on important public policy issues such as access to justice, judicial diversity and independence, economic development, voter protection, and immigration.
As the first HNBA National President from Minnesota, Mr. Reyes’ theme will be “Laying the Foundation for the Future”. His focus will be on further developing leadership training for HNBA members, including in collaboration with other bar associations, strengthening the infrastructure of the HNBA, and continuing its strong advocacy for the Hispanic community.
“As lawyers and professionals, I believe we have a responsibility to give back to the community,” said Mr. Reyes in remarks regarding his upcoming position as HNBA National President. “As the National Voice of the Hispanic Legal Community, the HNBA provides a unique opportunity for us to have a positive impact on the Hispanic community and the greater community.”
Mr. Reyes is a senior intellectual property (IP) lawyer and registered patent attorney who practices in the areas of patent preparation and prosecution, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures internationally, IP-related transactions, and IP counseling.
Mr. Reyes has been actively involved in the HNBA since 2003, serving in a wide variety of capacities. He previously served as HNBA Vice-President of Sections & Committees, VP of Regions & Affiliates, and HNBA Regional President for Region XI. Mr. Reyes was Chair of the HNBA 35th Annual Convention Chair in 2010 and Chair of the 2007 HNBA Mid-Year Conference & Moot Court competition.
Mr. Reyes is an active member of a number of other local, state and national bar associations and nonprofit organizations. Mr. Reyes serves on the Board of Trustees of William Mitchell College of Law and on The Board of Directors for the Neighborhood Justice Center in St. Paul, MN. He currently serves on the Nationwide Hispanic Advisory Counsel for Big Brothers Big Sisters. He is active in the American Bar Association and is an ABA Foundation Fellow. Additionally, he served as President of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association from 2000-2003. In 2001, Reyes was named by Minnesota Lawyer as one of the “Top Ten Minnesota Attorneys of the year.” In 2007 he was named “HNBA Regional President of the Year”. And in 2008 Mr. Reyes received the “2008 MHBA Distinguished Service” Award.
Mr. Reyes is a speaker and lecturer on issues relating to intellectual property, international law and diversity. He frequently speaks to students at law schools about the practice of law. Finally, Mr. Reyes mentors student both formally through mentorship programs and informally.
“As the HNBA’s National President, I will focus on three areas – developing leadership programs; providing value to our members, sponsors, and supporters; and advocating for our members, children and the community. We will have regional corporate counsel events to provide networking opportunities for in-house counsel and outside counsel. Monthly town halls will allow an opportunity to share the HNBA’s activities and provide a forum for members to provide feedback. Leadership programs for law students, young lawyers and seasoned lawyers will give them the skills to succeed in the profession. And we will continue to vigorously advocate on issues affecting our community. The HNBA is the national voice that can have a positive local impact,” said Mr. Reyes.
The President’s Corner