HNBA PROGRAMS

HNBA Solutions: 3-Prong Approach

For 44 years, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change, often in partnership with Corporate America, law firms of all sizes, and other public and nonprofit organizations. The HNBA’s 3-prong approach includes:

  1. Su Futuro: Early-intervention and educational pipeline programs targeting middle school to high school students to provide role models and encourage them to pursue higher education; and mentoring/pipeline programs and initiatives to support Latino students during their educational path (college and law school), as well as young lawyers during the early stages of their career.
  2. Su Carrera: Professional, business, and leadership development programs designed to assist Hispanic legal professionals in career training, placement, and advancement, including a separate suite of programs and initiatives aimed at assisting Latinas.
  3. Su Communidad: Community advocacy and outreach to serve as a national voice on important issues that affect the Latino community and to provide information, practical tools, and assistance to expand the economic opportunities for Latinos/as.

 

SU FUTURO: HNBA EDUCATIONAL, MENTORING, AND PIPELINE INITIATIVES

The HNBA’s “Su Futuro” Programs impact every level of the Pre-K to law school pipeline, as well as members of our Law Students’ and Young Lawyers’ Divisions. Through a unique combination of programs and initiatives, the HNBA is focusing on students of all ages in order to ensure that the pipeline of Latino Lawyers stays strong and vibrant. A core part of the HNBA’s mission the Su Futuro suite of programs and initiatives could not be possible without the active support and involvement of our strategic partners, sponsors and members at-large. We invite you to be part of the solution. For more information and  to become involved, please contact: vpprograms@hnba.com.


THE HNBA/MICROSOFT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW INSTITUTE (IPLI)

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The IPLI is a trail-blazing and bold partnership designed to increase the number of Latino lawyers practicing intellectual property law in the United States (currently at 1.8%).  Launched in 2013, IPLI is an intensive, week-long immersion program for law students interested in practicing  intellectual property (IP) law, including patents, copyrights, trade secrets and trademarks.  Admission to the program is highly competitive, and only 25 Latino law students are selected to participate each year from applicants throughout the United States.  Students are flown to Washington, DC, for a full week of substantive instruction from top IP law practitioners, federal judges and government officials.  The program includes trips to various governmental agencies and courts to observe first-hand U.S. IP institutions at work, and the chance to meet leading members of the IP legal community who will serve as mentors and provide pathways for future job opportunities. To date, 100 IPLI students have completed the program, and over 80% of participants who have graduated from law school are now working in legal positions related to IP law.

The 5th annual IPLI will take place in the summer of 2017.


HNBA/METLIFE NETWORKING & MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

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Part of the “Su Futuro”™ programs and initiatives, the HNBA/MetLife Networking and Mentorship Program pairs HNBA lawyer members and affiliate bar organizations with Latino law students at law schools throughout the country. In some instances, seasoned lawyer members are paired with junior lawyer members. In addition, the Program offers law students and young lawyers the opportunity to work closely with an experienced attorney to obtain career advice. Mentors provide guidance and share practical knowledge about the legal profession with their mentees. Since its inception, we have launched the HNBA/MetLife Mentorship Program in cities across the country and the following states: California, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas, Georgia, Washington, Arizona, and Louisiana. In 2014, we will conduct the Program in Colorado, Oregon, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Utah, and Illinois, with other states to follow.


HNBA LAW SCHOOL SIN LÍMITES (LSSL)

THE MISSION: Law School Sin Límites strives to advance inclusiveness in the legal profession by equipping students for their journey to law school and beyond. Founded in Colorado by the Honorable Christine Arguello, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, LSSL is a long-term program designed to prepare college students from diverse backgrounds to become highly qualified applicants for admission to the nation’s best law schools. Judge Arguello has ceded the concept of LSSL to the HNBA for implementation nationwide.

The college students selected for the LSSL program are its Fellows. Admission to the LSSM program is selective. Each Fellow has to have graduated from a high school in one of the five regions identified by the HNBA for this pilot program and must be a member of a group that is traditionally under-represented in the legal profession. LSSL, however, is inclusive, not exclusive, since it is not limited to students of color. Rather, LSSL encourages low-income students, students of color, and first-generation college students to apply.

LSSL aims to expand the pipeline to law school for diverse applicants by matching Fellows with Mentors who will guide Fellows through college with the goal of helping them receive admission to the law school of their choice. Through exposure programs, LSSL demystifies the law school application process and gives access to the legal profession. LSSL provides valued skill-building workshops and other opportunities to prepare Fellows for success in college, law school, and beyond.

MENTORING: Mentoring plays a crucial role in helping Fellows gain exposure to the legal profession, reach personal and professional goals, develop competencies important for law school and the admissions process, and cultivate a professional network. Each of the Fellows will be assigned to a three-person Mentor team (overseen by a judge presiding over a Court in the region of the Fellow’s residence) consisting of two attorneys and one law student. The entire team makes a four-year commitment to guide, coach, and assist each Fellow throughout his or her entire college career. Likewise, the Fellow commits to actively participate in both the mentoring and the programming.

Our Mentors come from a wide range of practice areas and backgrounds, but all have a demonstrated commitment to mentoring and community. Mentors are the foundation of a network that will support Fellows throughout college.

EXPOSURE: LSSL exposes Fellows to the legal profession and the law school application process through various programs offered free of charge. Mentors are encouraged to create other opportunities in which Fellows will gain the competencies needed for law school. Exposure programs include, presentations regarding the law school admissions process, visits to law school campuses; facilitating admissions to nationally-recognized law school exposure summer camps; and financial aid presentations regarding paying for law school.
SKILL-BUILDING: Fellows receive valuable training on skills that help them become competitive applicants for law school and will assist them in being successful in college. Skill-building workshops include: personal branding, resume writing, interviewing, securing competitive internships, personal statement writing, volunteerism, logical reasoning, mock law course, networking, professionalism, and cultivating relationships with professors and other mentors.
COMMUNITY: Each above facet of LSSL serves to cultivate a sense of community among Fellows and Mentors, and the Fellows themselves, who are going through the experience of college and law school admissions together. LSSL will provide programs for parents on the need for their support and the manner in which they can support their children in obtaining their goals.
SUPPORT AND OVERSIGHT: LSSL provides Mentors with resources on mentoring, benchmarks, and obstacles the Fellows may face. Each of the three Mentors will meet their Fellow in person, preferably as a group on a regular basis. Mentors and Fellows are also encouraged, but not required, to communicate periodically via phone and/or email. Mentors will give Fellows useful insights into what they can do now to become competitive applicants for law school. To encourage the most supportive relationship, Mentors and Fellows are asked to commit to the mentoring relationship until the Fellow graduates from college. Fellows are expected to respond promptly to their Mentors and make themselves available for monthly meetings. Fellows are also asked to attend exposure programs or skill-building workshops. Fellows will also receive LSAT education and training.
If you are interested in working on an LSSL team in your area, please contact Mariana Bravo, HNBA VP of Programs, at vpprograms@hnba.com. We thank you for your commitment to our community.


HNBA LATINA COMMISSION PEARLS OF WISDOM

For the past five years, and in efforts to strengthen the pipeline, the HNBA Latina Commission has hosted an annual “Pearls of Wisdom” panel, where distinguished women attorneys speak to female students in middle school, high school and law school about their path to success and detail strategies to for breaking the glass ceiling.  The program is followed by a Q&A session with the audience, and offers the opportunity of individualized interaction among those present.


HNBA ANNUAL UVALDO HERRERA MOOT COURT COMPETITION

Each year, the HNBA Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Competition brings together over 30 teams of Latino law students from law schools across the nation to brief and argue a case currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court before a mock panel of Supreme Court judges populated by preeminent jurists. Feedback and coaching throughout the competition allows law students to hone their legal knowledge, litigation, and written and oral advocacy skills, and prepares them to better serve the profession. The HNBA is honored to have the HNBA Judicial Council actively involved in this important event. To date, the Competition has awarded over $400,000.00 in scholarships to the competition winners.


HNBA YOUTH SYMPOSIUM

This annual program, which takes place during the HNBA Annual Convention, provides high school students with the opportunity to meet Latino attorneys, judges, law professors, and government officials from across the country for a day of discussions and activities that aim to inspire them to be leaders in their communities and to choose the legal profession as their career path. This important pipeline program has reached hundreds of high school students in different states across the nation.


LEF HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER LEGAL EDUCATION ACTION PROGRAM (LEAP)

In partnership with HNBA Legal Education Fund (LEF) and institutions of higher learning, LEAP provides high school students with the opportunity to attend law school classes and lectures, participate in a mock trial competition, engage in networking opportunities with lawyers, judges, law professors and business leaders, enhance their understanding of the rule of law, and learn about careers that they can pursue with a law degree.


 

SU CARERRA:  CAREER DEVELOPMENT, LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND CAREER PLACEMENT

In the fulfillment of our mission, the HNBA provides our members with robust career advancement training and opportunities, from continuing legal education (CLE) sessions at our Annual Convention and Corporate Counsel Conference to our “boot-camp” style half- and full-day training sessions, on a variety of topics aimed at eliminating barriers to the advancement of Latino/a attorneys and providing them with the skillset they need to advance in their careers. Some of our offerings include:


HNBA/NACD CORPORATE BOARD TRAINING

Hispanic inclusion in Fortune 500 boards remains extremely low, at around 3 percent. According to the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, “there are over 850 Fortune 1000 companies that have no Hispanic inclusion on their boards.” This Series aims to provide substantive training for HNBA members to be qualified to serve on corporate boards nationwide, focusing on the complex oversight challenges that boards face, including corporate governance, regulatory compliance, financial competency, executive compensation, communication strategies and the demand for greater transparency.


HNBA/WALMART LATINA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

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Walmart is the exclusive sponsor of the HNBA Latina Commission

Each year, during the HNBA Annual Convention, the Academy offers relevant professional development and leadership training aimed at Latina lawyers.  The Academy’s curriculum is specifically developed for Latina attorneys and draws from a significant body of research particular to women in the law to address areas   identified as key to shattering glass ceilings and securing the    advancement and long-term success of Latina lawyers—the most underrepresented group in the legal profession, since Latinas comprise 1.47% of all lawyers in the United States.


HNBA SPEED NETWORKING AND CORPORATE CONNECTIONS PROGRAM

This important Program is designed to promote meaningful business relationships between America’s leading corporate law departments, as well as federal agencies, and HNBA attorney members. This focused and intimate networking opportunity allows in-house counsel and government agencies with hiring authority to identify outside counsel in practice areas where the legal department has an identified need. Additionally, law departments use the Program as a cost-effective, recruiting tool for internal placement of highly-qualified Latino attorneys.


COLLABORATIVE BAR LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (CBLA)

Inauguratedcblapicture1 in 2013, CBLA is a joint initiative of the American Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, National Bar Association, and the National Native American Bar Association. The mission of the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy is to strengthen the pipeline of diverse bar association leaders through leadership training and professional development programs. The CBLA benefits current and future bar leaders, the bar association community, and the legal profession overall and lays the foundation for further collaborative efforts by the sponsoring bar associations to foster diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. It provides participants with opportunities to:

1. Network with leaders from your organization and multiple national bar associations.
2. Learn, discuss and develop leadership skills important to your future as a lawyer and as a future bar leader.
3. Have the opportunity to absorb a wide range of leadership advice from leading experts in the field in a small, collegial, close knit setting.
4. Develop the skills necessary to organize, operate and lead local and national bar associations.
5. Build relationships with current and future like-minded bar leaders in an atmosphere aimed at promoting interaction, participation and fun.


CAREER PLACEMENT SERVICES

In this increasingly global economy, the HNBA understands the demand for high functioning, culturally competent, and multi-lingual attorneys. As the only national bar association for Latino/a legal professionals, the HNBA is uniquely   positioned to match our corporate and public sector partners with highly qualified Latino/a attorneys, from across the country, for job placement opportunities. In response to the need and fulfilling our mission of providing career       advancement opportunities to our members, the HNBA offers career placement services and recruiting assistance to our partners and members via the HNBA.com Career Portal, the annual HNBA Career Fair, and the HNBA National Lawyer Referral Service.


HNBA.COM CAREER CENTER

The online HNBA Career Center is a great resource for our national members to find their next career advancement   opportunity. It is also an effective way for our partners and sponsors to achieve their recruiting goals from among the best and brightest diverse candidates. For more  information, contact support@hnba.com.


HNBA ANNUAL CAREER FAIR

During the HNBA Annual Convention, the Career Fair is the nation’s largest legal career fair for Hispanic attorneys and law students. It is a one-stop shop for employers to meet with and interview the best and brightest Latino/a  attorneys and law students, from across the country, in one place.  The     HNBA Career Fair is a unique and cost-effective way for organizations to meet recruiting goals and promote their visibility among this important     segment of the legal profession.


HNBA NATIONAL LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE

This innovative national service assists HNBA members with their business development goals by providing valuable marketing opportunities. The NLRS also helps our partners and the general public with their hiring/recruiting needs of diverse legal professionals. The HNBA is the only national minority bar to offer this service to its members and the public.  The NLRS is a searchable database which allows you to search for an attorney by areas of practice, location, states of admission, name, and more.  Visit hnba.com/members.


 

SU COMUNIDAD:  COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ADVOCACY

As the National Voice of the Hispanic Legal Community and the Latino community in general, the HNBA’s reach    expands well beyond its attorney members, and into the communities where we live and serve through our various community outreach programs and advocacy efforts.  We encourage our members and partners to get involved in these important efforts that impact millions of Latinos around the country.


HNBA/MASSMUTUAL “SU NEGOCIO”™ PROGRAM: ASSISTING LATINO SMALL BUSINESSES

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Between 2012 and 2015, Latino-owned businesses (includes solo, small-and medium-size law firms) grew 7.5% ─ fifteen times as fast as all other U.S. companies. In fact, Latinos are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs and small business owners in the United States. Recognizing that the HNBA and its partners are uniquely positioned to provide both legal and business assistance to Latino small business owners, the HNBA, in partnership with MassMutual, launched the Su Negocio Program in 2016. This important program empowers Latino small business owners at all stages of business formation, funding and expansion, by providing targeted information and resources to help them succeed. The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE also participate in the workshops offered in different states across the nation.

For more information, please click here.


HNBA “SU CASA”™ PROGRAM: ASSISTING LATINO HOMEOWNERS

In partnership with financial institutions, local HNBA affiliates and community organizations, the “Su Casa”™ program educates Latino homeowners on financial and mortgage literacy, with a focus on foreclosure prevention.  In a series of seminars conducted around the country, HNBA volunteers provide information on           homeownership and foreclosure prevention in English and Spanish.  Specialists from sponsor financial institutions are present to answer questions and review participants’ mortgages to determine whether participants qualify for lower interest rates or payments, or offer any other assistance or programs available to Latino/a homeowners.


LA PROMESA EN EL DERECHO

La Promesa en el Derecho (The Promise in the Law) is a community outreach and education initiative designed to instill confidence and trust in the U.S. legal system.  This bilingual booklet provides explanations at the 9th grade reading level of ten basic features of the American system of government: (1) The Constitution of the United States; (2) Separation of Powers; (3) The President of the United States; (4) The Congress of the United States; (5) The Supreme Court of the United States; (6) The Courts; (7) The Jury Process; (8) Basics Rights in a Criminal Proceeding; (9) The Freedom to Engage in Civic Activities; and (10) Voting.

For an interesting look into the workings of the legal system through the eyes of one little girl: Victoria Goes to Court!


HNBA ADVOCACY DAY

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In May of each year, the HNBA conducts its Advocacy Day activities in Washington, D.C. Members of the HNBA Board of Governors, leaders from affiliated Hispanic bar associations, and HNBA members from across the country meet in the nation’s capital to participate in networking activities and advocacy efforts before members of Congress, Cabinet members, Federal agencies, and White House officials.

We encourage your participation as one of our advocates during this important exercise of our fundamental civic rights.

Our legislative and advocacy priorities for 2016-2017 include:

  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform
  • Voting Rights Advancement Act
  • Timely Confirmation of Diverse Judges and Executive Branch Nominees
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • LGBT Non-Discrimination
  • Equal Pay and Minimum Wage
  • STEM Education & Broadband Access
  • Legal Representation of Refugees
  • Puerto Rico Debt Crisis

COALITION OF BAR ASSOCIATIONS OF COLOR (CBAC)

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For over 25 years, CBAC has advocated on issues of mutual interests to the various constituents represented by its four member bar associations: the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), National Bar Association (NBA), National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and National Native American Bar Association (NNABA). In addition to their joint advocacy work and efforts on joint resolutions, CBAC also conducts an annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The annual meeting  includes advocacy  before members of Congress, senior White House officials, and other Cabinet members. View CBAC’s resolutions here.


NATIONAL HISPANIC LEADERSHIP AGENDA (NHLA)

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The Hispanic National Bar Association is a member of the NHLA, which is composed of 40 of the leading national and regional Hispanic civil rights and public policy organizations and other elected officials, and prominent Hispanic Americans. Established in 1991 as a nonpartisan association, NHLA’s mission calls for unity among Latinos around the country to provide the Hispanic community with greater visibility and a clearer, stronger influence in our country’s affairs.