This collaborative program from the HNBA and strategic partner MassMutual is designed to empower Latino small business owners at all stages of business formation, funding and expansion. Latinos are the fastest-growing minority group and Latino enterprises represent the fastest-growing segment among U.S. small businesses. In partnership with financial institutions, local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and community organizations, the objectives of “Su Negocio”™ are: 1) Provide prospective and current Latino small business owners with pro bono access to legal information; 2) Provide written materials, including forms and educational pamphlets in English and Spanish, to be used for educational purposes, including “How To” seminars; 3) For those qualified, provide the opportunity to apply for funds to start or expand their businesses; and 4) Provide metrics, including tracking the number of those assisted, the scope of said assistance, and the overall impact of the 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.



The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and Microsoft Corporation have launched a trail-blazing and bold partnership designed to increase the number of Latino lawyers in U.S. intellectual property law. Together, they developed the HNBA/Microsoft Intellectual Property Law Institute (IPLI), which launched successfully in July of 2013 in Washington, DC. This innovative program provides opportunities for Latino students interested in intellectual property law, including patents, copyrights, trade secrets and trademarks. Up to twenty five Latino law students from law schools across the country are chosen to participate in an IP immersion summer program in Washington, D.C. with all expenses covered. Candidates are selected in a highly competitive process, and the selected students are provided substantive instruction, the opportunity 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 potentially provide pathways for future job opportunities.

The 4th annual IPLI will take place from June 5 – June 10, 2016.



Walmart is the exclusive sponsor of the HNBA Latina Commission

The Latina Commission was created in 2008 to study, and remedy, the status of Latinas in the legal profession who then, as now, suffer the lowest representation of any racial or ethnic group as compared to their overall presence in the nation. Since conducting its ground-breaking national studies,“Few and Far Between: The Reality of Latina Lawyers” (September 2009) and“La Voz de la Abogada Latina: Challenges and Rewards in Serving the Public Interest” (September 2010), the Latina Commission has implemented the recommendations of those studies (which confirmed Latina lawyers encounter, and must overcome, a multi-layered ceiling based on the intersection of gender, ethnicity and race, coupled with family obligations and discrimination) via annual programming that couples education, executive leadership training, mentorship and sponsorship. Thanks to the generosity of Walmart (the HNBA Latina Commission’s Premier Sponsor) these educational and leadership training programs target Latinas from high school students to junior and senior lawyers and judges, expanding their knowledge and training and thus increasing their opportunities and competitiveness in the job market.

  • HNBA Latina Commission Leadership Traning Series
    Presented by the HNBA Latina Commission and the Center for Women in the Law

The main goal of the program is to assist Latina lawyers in developing a strong managerial skill set that includes: developing a personal leadership persona, business development skills, negotiating and managing relationships, navigating organizational power and politics, and effective succession planning. The Leadership Training Programs are presented during the HNBA Annual Convention and the HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference.


Law School Sin Límites (LSSL) is a four-year, college student mentor program. Its purpose is 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 LSSM 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 has four key components:
  • Three-Person Mentor Team: 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 is assigned to each Fellow and 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.
  • Exposure Programming: each Fellow will complete programming that will help him or her cultivate soft skills, such as cultural competence, emotional intelligence, and networking skills.
  •  Skill-building Programming: each Fellow will also complete programming that will help him or her develop valuable hard skills, such as logical reasoning, writing, and critical analysis skills.
  • LSAT Preparation: each Fellow will receive extensive LSAT education and training.

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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 specific focus on foreclosure prevention. In a series of seminars conducted around the country, HNBA volunteers provide information on foreclosure prevention in English and Spanish. Specialists from Sponsor financial institutions are present to answer questions and review participant’s mortgages to determine whether assistance can be offered to help lower interest rates or payments, or offer any other assistance or programs available to make mortgages more affordable. Clients may also start the loan modification process at the seminars.


“La Promesa en el Derecho” (The Promise in the Law) is an HNBA community outreach and education initiative designed to instill confidence and trust in the U.S. legal system. The HNBA has published a booklet that provides one page explanations 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.

The booklet is written in both English and Spanish at the 9th grade reading level. While the program targets the Latino community because so many of its members are recent immigrants, it is a wonderful civics education tool for all Americans regardless of ethnic background or national origin. In addition to being a community education tool, La Promesa is intended to foster interest in the law among Latino students, and thus is another HNBA effort to promote the growth of the Hispanic educational pipeline. La Promesa is distributed through a variety of avenues, including Bar associations, community service organizations, HNBA events and the Mexican consulates in the United States.

Click here to download a PDF version of this publication.

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


Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (CBLA)

Innagurated 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.


Coalition of Bar Associations of Color (CBAC)

The Coalition of Bar Associations of Color (CBAC) was established in 1992 and is comprised of the Hispanic National Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the National Native American Bar Association, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Leaders from these organizations meet annually to discuss issues of mutual concern and to advocate in support of our shared interests with the executive branch and with elected officials.

Click here to learn more about CBAC and to read the full resolutions from previous years.