AC2024 Agenda

WEDNESDAY, September 4, 2023 – FRIDAY, September 6, 2024

All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Sessions with a 🔒 after the title require pre-selection and/or pre-registration.


12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Latina Leadership Academy 🔒
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Law Student Volunteer Orientation 🔒
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PODER25™ Welcome Reception & Power Dinner 🔒


8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
PODER25™ Elevar Showcase 🔒
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
AC2024 Check-In
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
AC2024 Welcome Reception
9:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Young Lawyers and Law Students Reception


8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
AC2024 Check-In
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Friends of Bill W. Meeting
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Opening Plenary
Nuestro Voto: Protecting our Vote and Countering Threats to our Democracy

During this election year, more than ever, we are seeing the salient threats to our democracy: Voter suppression efforts, false claims of election fraud, intentional discrimination, misinformation, and legislation seeking to suppress the vote. The experts will not only discuss these challenges to our democracy but also focus on ways to overcome these threats and how we can collectively use our power to steer Democracy in the right direction.
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
AC2024 Exhibitor Showcase
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Exhibitor Showcase Networking Break
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
CLE Track Panels #1
Track 1 - Panel #1
The Dangers of a Congressional Investigation: How Civil and Criminal Investigations Can Follow

Congressional Investigations are among the most challenging and dangerous inquiries a lawyer can face. The risks to a client's reputation are enormous- one mistake before a national audience can result in a client losing prestige, share price, or expose them to civil lawsuits and criminal prosecution. We will discuss strategies and skills that can be successful in defending clients before Congress, and in other legislative inquiries. We will analyze privilege issues, immunity, how to navigate law makers and their staff, and how to prepare clients for the biggest show of their careers.

Track 2 - Panel #1
PIVOT! - Strategizing Your Next Steps between Law Firm, In-House, and Government

Hear insights from a diverse panel of speakers, that have worked in various sectors in the law, on how to decide when it is time to look for your next career opportunity, how to identify available jobs, and how to successfully make the transition. Panelists have a broad range of experience in law firms, in-house, and government. We will also analyze the changing nature of private practice, including corporate counsel practice, to help lawyers determine whether, and how, to move between legal worlds.

Track 3 - Panel #1
The War on Noncompetes: What the FTC's Noncompete Ban Means for Employers and Workers

In April 2024, the FTC announced a final rule to promote competition by banning noncompetes nationwide. Join a panel of experienced advisors and litigators to examine what the FTC's final rule banning noncompetes means for businesses, an update on the national maze of restrictive covenant enforcement limitations, and an in-depth discussion of what steps employers should take in 2024 and beyond to protect their confidential information and key business relationships.

Track 4 - Panel #1
The Role of Federal Agencies in Serving the Latino Community

This proposal seeks to analyze the impact that three national agency’s regulations have or may have on issues affecting consumer rights of Hispanics in the United States. The FDA, the FTC and the SEC have all dealt with cases having a significant impact on Hispanics.

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM
Ohtli Award Ceremony & Lunch
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM
Afternoon Plenary
Is There A Path Forward for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion?:

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision in SFFA v. Harvard, litigation continues to unfold with challenges to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs. In the current climate, what are best practices to mitigate risk while advancing DEI values? Should institutions (re)assess their DEI policies or hiring practices – and if so, how? What’s the model defense and how can we coordinate strategies? This plenary focuses on understanding the Supreme Court’s ruling, navigating continued diversity challenges, and discussing ongoing barriers to diversity in school admissions, workplaces, and beyond.
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Networking Coffee Break @ Exhibitor Showcase
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM
CLE Track Panels #2
Track 1 - Panel #2
GLP-What? Exploring the Weighty Legal Issues of Pharma's Blockbuster Weight Loss Drugs

Whether in financial projections on Wall Street or at the Oscars in Hollywood, GLP-1 drugs have taken center stage in pop culture and medicine. Join us for a discussion on the must know legal topics relating to the surging demand for GLP-1 agonist drugs like Ozempic, including how these drugs work, the ethical and medical malpractice considerations for cosmetic off label use, patient access and insurance property protection, and how counterfeiters are taking advantage of national drug shortages.

Track 2 - Panel #2
Navigating Company Economics: Making the Business Case for HNBA Sponsorship

Discussion on Navigating Company and Law Firm Budgets to Support Your Organizational Sponsorships, Memberships, and Business Development Goals. Join us for an enlightening discussion on navigating company budgets to support HNBA sponsorships. Delve into the intricacies of law firm and in-house company finances, exploring how to allocate resources for HNBA annual or local events. Our panelists will demystify the budgeting process, offering insights into identifying funding sources and crafting compelling business cases for HNBA seeking sponsorship or a decision-maker evaluating sponsorship opportunities, this session equips you with the knowledge and strategies to secure financial support for HNBA initiatives.

Track 3 - Panel #2
How the Supreme Court's Decisions Will Affect Latinx/Hispanic Communities

Given the evolving landscape of civil rights litigation and Supreme Court rulings, this workshop aims to gather legal professionals to delve into recent and pending cases that have significant implications for civil rights and to consider their impact on the Latine/x/o/a community. The event will serve as a platform for in-depth discussion, analysis, and forecasting of future legal trends in these areas. This session will provide information about key cases, discuss their implications, and discuss litigation strategy involved in these cases. Participants will also engage in discussion on these issues and explore their consequences on a wide range of practices.

Track 4 - Panel #2
Harnessing Disability Inclusion

Harnessing disability inclusion involves learning from successful strategies in law firms and in-house legal departments. By collaborating between affinity groups, compliance decision-makers, and internal DEI teams, change can be managed effectively. Government programs such as DOL ODEP and Ask Jan offer valuable resources for employees with disabilities and employers to create supportive environments. This session highlights the benefits of incorporating attorneys with disabilities into legal teams, emphasizing

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM
SU DINERO™ Presents – Sponsored by Prudential
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Exhibitor Showcase Networking Break
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
AC2024 VIP Reception 🔒
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
AC2024 National Awards Reception


8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
AC2024 Check-In
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Latina Commission Plenary
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Exhibitor Showcase
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Exhibitor Showcase Networking Break
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
CLE Track Panels #3
Track 1 - Panel #3
Impact of Trending Immigration Policies on Global and Domestic Business Operations

Companies and employers must stay abreast of complex immigration issues, including: 1) employee identity theft and undocumented workers; 2) immigration consequences of mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate changes; 3) electronic I-9 compliance with a remote workforce; and 4) unpredictable adjudications in work visas. This panel will also dive into the impact of trending Immigration policies and regulations on multinational corporations, including visa processing timelines, the use of AI, travel restrictions affecting business travel, and geopolitical factors impacting mobility. We will explore the best practices for employers to address this surge of immigration restrictions.

Track 2 - Panel #3
Getting Out of the Friend Zone: How to Win Clients and Make the Ask

In a fiercely competitive legal market, young attorneys often face the challenge of building client relationships while expanding their base. Our panel offers a comprehensive guide to equip lawyers with essential tools for success. Experts will delve into client acquisition and retention strategies, providing actionable tips to cultivate connections beyond traditional networks. Attendees will learn to leverage modern communication channels and master the art of the pitch to secure valuable clients. Emphasizing authenticity and integrity, the discussion underscores professional standards while building rapport. Whether novice or seasoned, this session provides invaluable guidance to thrive in today's legal landscape.

Track 3 - Panel #3
Looking Ahead to the 2024 Elections

The 2024 Elections are poised to bring significant change in the years to come. No matter the outcome of the elections, Hispanic communities and the industries in which we work will likely experience significant disruption. Panelists will provide a general overview of the 2024 Presidential and Congressional elections and their potential implications for Hispanic communities and key policy areas impacting us. Panelists will also discuss potential implications for the legislative, regulatory, and judicial landscape.

Track 4 - Panel #3
New Developments in National Security Law and Foreign Controls

This panel, composed of judge advocates, will discuss l will discuss rapid developments in artificial intelligence, autonomy and unmanned systems, digital infrastructure, networking and social media, and disinformation that are profoundly altering the national security landscape.

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM
Presentation of the 2024 Latina Commission Awards & Lunch
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM
Afternoon Plenary
The State of the Latino Attorney Wellness in the Legal Profession: Where Do You Belong?

The HNBA has been committed to discussing the mental wellness of its members and has commissioned a study on attorney wellness and wellbeing. This Plenary will discuss the findings of our study, explore personal stories, and provide suggestions on how we can all implement self-care into our legal practice and our mental and physical wellness routines. We will also explore the stigma associated with mental health issues in the legal profession; self-care strategies; work-life balance; intersectionality related to ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and immigration status. Experts will have a robust discussion regarding the importance of resources, a peer network in the HNBA, community engagement, and awareness and study campaigns.
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Exhibitor Showcase Networking Break
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM
CLE Track Panels #4
Track 1 - Panel #4
Data Privacy Considerations Amidst the AI Storm

AI technologies are opening a new world of opportunities and challenges across every industry. What exciting career opportunities are now available at the intersection of tech and privacy? How should tech lawyers advise their clients to develop technologies while safeguarding data privacy? The panelists will discuss how tech, privacy and cybersecurity lawyers can enable businesses amidst the AI storm. Topics covered include the latest developments regarding the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), the EU AI Act, and other US regulatory developments focused on privacy compliance in AI applications.

Track 2 - Panel #4
Look Beyond the Numbers – Learn How Taxes Affects Our Lives Beyond April 15 and How You Can Play a Role in This Exciting (Si!), Exciting Tax World!

The popular view that tax law is a hyper-technical area that is all about numbers is simply not correct. Tax lawyers know that tax touches every area of life and is dripping with values and implicit bias in tax provisions that have disproportionately impacted the Latinx community. This panel will feature tax lawyers whose practices illustrate the range of opportunities in tax, from private practice, both big and small law firms, accounting firms, academia, IRS, DOJ, and even in Congress. Panelists will discuss their experiences in planning and executing business transactions and litigating and negotiating civil and criminal tax matters.

Track 3 - Panel #4
The Interplay Between Women's Rights, Domestic Violence, and the Second Amendment

Pending before SCOTUS is a case that would regulate the second amendment. If SCOTUS upholds the provisions of the Violence Against Women's Act, there would be a strict understanding that the second amendment may be regulated. The decision is still pending before the court. But either way the court goes, a panel on this topic should be discussed. Especially because of its effect on survivors of domestic violence. The HNBA Family Law Section is submitting this proposal.

Advocacy & Litigation Track – Panel #4Track 4 - Panel #4
Building Your Book of Business

This panel will serve as an introduction to business development for young lawyers who want to make partner at their firms. The panel will discuss the transition from being a great associate, to being great with clients. It will include a discussion of credit sharing, how to be an advocate for yourself with existing client relationships, and strategies for bringing new clients to the firm.

Specialty Track 1 – Panel #1
Pathways to the Judiciary

This panel focuses on statistical information that supports a critical need for pipeline programs leading students and lawyers to a judicial role, recruitment and retention efforts around the country. Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Judicial Officers.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Health and Life Sciences Section Meeting
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Young Lawyers & Law Students National Speed Mentoring Program
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Gala Reception and 2024-2025 HNBA & VIA Boards’ Swearing-In
7:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Gala Dinner & Celebration