New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association
Since its founding in 1978, the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association has flourished into the leading minority bar association in New Mexico. The NMHBA Board of Directors is comprised of twenty-four voting members and a student member from the Mexican American Law Student Association at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Around three hundred attorneys and students are members of the NMHBA, all coming from diverse backgrounds and areas of practice. The NMHBA’s mission is to promote the education and development of Hispanic legal professionals in New Mexico. To do this, we provide our members with periodic networking opportunities across the State and beyond, affectionately termed “Meet & Greets”, as well as continuing legal education opportunities focused on avenues for successful careers. The NMHBA also endorses judicial candidates, joins amicus briefs, and gets involved in community justice initiatives effecting the Hispanic community in New Mexico. To ensure the continued entry of Hispanics into the legal profession, we also have several educational and mentorship initiatives, including our work with Atrisco Heritage Academy students in the South Valley of Albuquerque; holding an annual Law Camp at UNM for kids from across New Mexico; and providing scholarships and mentorship to UNM law students; and are now in the process of creating a Legal Professionals Division, in recognition of the fact that some Hispanic attorneys first entry into the legal field begins as a secretary, assistant or paralegal.
In 2004, the NMHBA was honored by the Hispanic National Bar Association as the Local Bar Association of the Year at the HNBA Convention in New York City. The NMHBA was recognized, in large part, because of its continued focus on educational programs and diversity in the legal profession. In 2009, the NMHBA hosted the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 34th Annual Convention in Albuquerque. The theme of the convention was “Opening Doors…Abriendo Puertas.” And, in 2011, the NMHBA was honored by the State Bar of New Mexico as its Outstanding Legal Organization.
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