The Hispanic National Bar Association Kicks Off Another Legislativey Day

May 9, 2011

Washington, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is honored to host nearly one hundred HNBA lawyers from across the country to convene in Washington, D.C. from May 10-11 to address the dire need for comprehensive immigration reform and greater diversity in the federal judiciary with Members of Congress in both the House and Senate. The timing of this year’s Legislative Day could not be more ideal given the recent announcement of President Obama’s call for comprehensive immigration reform.

“We are honored to have 100 of our bar association leaders from across the nation join us on the Hill to advocate for much needed comprehensive immigration reform and diversity in the judiciary. Legislative Day is a culmination of the work we do year -round locally in our respective communities and provides us with the opportunity to represent thousands before Members of Congress on critical issues to the Latino Community,” said Diana Sen, HNBA National President.

“Now more than ever Congress needs to hear the collective voices of Latino lawyers from across the nation to ensure that our immigration system is repaired using the rule of law, the implementation of a workable system, and that our judiciary reflects our diverse community,” added Juan Carlos Benitez, HNBA Legislative Day Chair.

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is honored to host Sen. Michael Bennet (D – CO), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), among others, during its Welcome Reception for the 2011 HNBA Legislative Day on May 10 from 5:30-8:30pm at JonesDay. This reception is held to recognize these legislators and several others who have had active involvement in advancing qualified, diverse, nominees to the federal bench, including many Latino candidates and nominees.

On May 11, HNBA will be meeting with Congressional members and their senior staff. Among them are Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Kelly Ayote (R-NH), Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). At night, the HNBA will host its Capital Awards Dinner at the Capital Hyatt from 6:30-8:30pm and will honor Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) for their commitment to the Latino Community.