HNBA/VIA PROGRAMS

HNBA & VIA Solutions: 3-Prong Approach

For almost half of a century, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change, advancing the causes of diversity, equity and inclusion. Often in partnership with Corporate America, law firms of all sizes, and other public and nonprofit organizations, the HNBA and its 501(c)(3) arm, the HNBA “Vision in Action” (VIA) Fund, work to advance the interests of and benefit Hispanic legal professionals, students and community members across the United States. To accomplish this, our 3-prong approach offers programs, events and initiatives impacting education and training, career development and inclusion, advocacy, and access:

 

SU FUTURO™: EDUCATIONAL, MENTORING, AND PIPELINE INITIATIVES
The HNBA/VIA’s Su Futuro™ programs and initiatives include educational, mentorship, and pipeline opportunities for K-12 students, law school students, and young lawyers.  HNBA/VIA focuses on students and lawyers of all ages to ensure a robust pipeline of exceptionally prepared and qualified Hispanic professionals.  A core value and strategic vision is to provide year-round mentorship, education and advice involving both one-on-one and group mentoring and engagement with Hispanic lawyers.  HNBA/VIA also offers the Youth Law Symposium where Hispanic lawyers and mentors spend the day with high school and college students discussing law school, job search strategies and skills, career goals, careers in the law, day-to-day realities of a legal practice, various types of law practices, how to successfully join a legal work environment, networking,  work-life balance, and more.  In addition, the Latina Commission’s Pearls of Wisdom Series provides students across the country, ranging from middle school through college, informational panels with practicing lawyers discussing the struggles, tribulations and triumphs of becoming and being Hispanic lawyers.

HNBA/VIA hosts an annual Law Student and Young Lawyer Speed Mentoring Program, sponsored by MetLife, where law students and young lawyers meet with several experienced attorneys to obtain career guidance and advice.  HNBA/VIA also offers unique and invaluable opportunities for law students to serve as volunteers during our conferences and other events, providing students with access to thousands of Hispanic lawyers, law professors, state and federal judges, legislators, and other legal professionals able and willing to help with their pursuit of educational and professional goals and to fulfill the HNBA/VIA mission.  For more information and  to become involved, please contact: vpprogramssf@hnba.com


SU CARRERA™
: CAREER DEVELOPMENT, LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND PLACEMENT
In fulfillment of our mission, the HNBA/VIA offers 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. These sessions focus on topics aimed at eliminating barriers to the advancement of Hispanic attorneys and providing them with the skillset they need to succeed in their careers. If you have questions or wish to get involved, contact VP of Programs at vpprograms@hnba.com.

SU COMMUNIDAD™: COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ADVOCACY
As the National Voice of the Hispanic Legal Community and the Hispanic community in general, the HNBA’s reach expands well beyond its attorney members, and into the communities where we live and serve. Through various community outreach and educational programs, as well as nonpartisan advocacy efforts*, we encourage Hispanic legal professionals, friends, and partners to get involved in these important efforts that impact millions of Hispanic individuals around the country. If you have questions or want to join HNBA’s advocacy efforts, contact the HNBA VP of External Affairs at vpexternalaffairs@hnba.com.

* HNBA’s advocacy efforts are not conducted with the HNBA VIA Fund.

 

 

SU FUTURO™: EDUCATIONAL, MENTORING, AND PIPELINE INITIATIVES 

We invite you to be part of the solution. For more information and to become involved, please contact: vpprograms@hnba.com.


HNBA/VIA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW INSTITUTE™ (IPLI™)

HNBA/VIA Intellectual Property Law Institute™ (IPLI™) is a trailblazing intellectual property and tech law immersion program. The IPLI’s primary goal is to increase the presence and number of Hispanic lawyers practicing intellectual property and tech law in the United States, which is currently less than 2 percent.

Each year the IPLI selects up to 30 students from law schools across the country to participate in this intellectual property immersion and tech law program. Admittance to the program is highly selective and competitive. Once selected, candidates spend a week in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., and participate in substantive educational programming, hands-on practical experiences, writing and interviewing workshops and mentoring and networking opportunities. Participants visit significant U.S. government entities and institutions, including the Patent and Trademark Office, Copyright Office, House and Senate Judiciary Committee, United States International Trade Commission, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Participants also attend briefings from leading intellectual property and tech law practitioners and congressional and executive branch authorities.  This amazing program, travel to and from Washington, D.C., accommodations and meals are funded and provided by the Institute and its sponsors.   Click Here to learn about the 2022 HNBA/VIA Intellectual Property Law Institute™ Program.

 


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MOOT COURT 

The Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition historically brings together up to 32 teams of talented students from law schools across the country to compete in an advanced and complex appellate argument.  Students are presented with a case currently pending before the United States Supreme Court and are required to draft appellate briefs and prepare for oral argument to be presented before a panel of actual sitting or retired Judges.  The Competition allows students the opportunity to brief and argue their positions, and respond to spontaneous questions asked by the Judges, stimulating quick analytical thinking and forcing sharp advocacy skills. The Competition fosters and encourages teamwork and enables participants to strengthen their writing, analytical, research and oral skills. Top advocates are celebrated and awarded scholarship funds by the HNBA VIA Fund.     Click Here to learn about the 27th Annual Uvaldo Herrera National moot Court Competition.


PIPELINE INITIATIVES

The HNBA/VIA’s Su Futuro programs and initiatives include educational, mentorship, and pipeline opportunities for K-12 students, law school students, and young lawyers. HNBA/VIA focuses on students and lawyers of all ages to ensure a robust pipeline of exceptionally prepared and qualified Hispanic professionals. A core value and strategic vision is to provide year-round mentorship, education and advice involving both one-on-one and group mentoring and engagement with Hispanic lawyers.  HNBA/VIA also offers the Youth Law Symposium where Hispanic lawyers and mentors spend the day with high school and college students discussing law school, job search strategies and skills, career goals, careers in the law, day-to-day realities of a legal practice, various types of law practices, how to successfully join a legal work environment, networking,  work-life balance, and more. In addition, the Latina Commission’s Pearls of Wisdom Series provides students across the country, ranging from middle school through college, informational panels with practicing lawyers discussing the struggles, tribulations and triumphs of becoming and being Hispanic lawyers.

HNBA/VIA hosts an annual Law Student and Young Lawyer Speed Mentoring Program, sponsored by MetLife, where law students and young lawyers meet with several experienced attorneys to obtain career guidance and advice. HNBA/VIA also offers unique and invaluable opportunities for law students to serve as volunteers during our conferences and other events, providing students with access to thousands of Hispanic lawyers, law professors, state and federal judges, legislators, and other legal professionals able and willing to help with their pursuit of educational and professional goals and to fulfill the HNBA/VIA mission.

 

SU CARERRA™ CAREER DEVELOPMENT, LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND CAREER PLACEMENT

We invite you to be part of the solution. For more information and to become involved, please contact: vpprograms@hnba.com.


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 the proverbial glass ceiling and securing the advancement and long-term success of Latina lawyers—the most underrepresented group in the legal profession. Latinas comprise <2% of all lawyers in the United States.


HNBA/VIA PODER25™

The Poder25™ initiative aims to increase the number of Hispanic General Counsels at Fortune 500 companies to 20 by the year 2025. Today, only 1.8% of Fortune 500 General Counsel are Hispanic. Not only should the General Counsels of Fortune 500 corporations drive diversity in the legal industry, they should also be diverse themselves so that corporate executive suites reflect the faces of the communities in which the corporations do business. The HNBA is committed to being a catalyst for greater diversity, including increased representation of Hispanics, in the Fortune 500 GC ranks! Poder25 is the first GC pipeline initiative that specifically targets Hispanic attorneys and tackles the unique challenges that research informs us that we face including, but not limited to: anti-Hispanic implicit bias, lack of mentorship/sponsorship, and lack of exposure to the networks required to gain entrance into the highest strata of the legal profession. Learn more HERE!


HNBA/VIA SPEED NETWORKING AND CORPORATE CONNECTIONS PROGRAM

The Speed Networking and Corporate Connections Program is one of the HNBA/VIA’s signature professional and business development initiatives held annualy at the Corporate Counsel Conference.  To further our mission by enriching and diversifying the legal profession, the Program is designed to promote meaningful business relationships between America’s leading corporate law departments, as well as federal agencies, and Hispanic legal professionals. The Program focuses on intimate networking opportunities, allowing in-house counsel and government agencies with hiring authority to identify outside counsel in practice areas where the legal department has an identified need. Law departments also use the program as a cost-effective, recruiting tool for internal placement of highly-qualified Hispanic attorneys.    Click Here to learn about the 2022 Speed Networking & Corporate Connections Program.

Concept: The Speed Networking and Corporate Connections Program is one of the HNBA/VIA’s signature professional and business development initiatives. To advance our mission to enrich and diversify the legal profession, the Program is designed to promote meaningful business relationships between America’s leading corporate law departments, as well as federal agencies, and Hispanic legal professionals.

Description: 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. The Program also serves as a time and cost-effective recruiting tool for internal placement opportunities.

Format: The first hour consists of one-on-one meetings (15 minutes each) between legal departments and their selected participants. The second hour consists of a networking reception that is open to all Program participants.

Disclaimer: Corporate law departments/employers are solely responsible for all selection decisions. HNBA/VIA cannot and does not guarantee that participating attorneys or firms will be selected or otherwise engaged by the participating companies and/or government agencies.

INVITE OTHERS!

Speed Networking Invitation (Attorneys)

Corporate Speed Networking Invitation (Employer)


ATTORNEYS & LAW FIRMS

ELIGIBILITY
ATTORNEYS SEEKING IN-HOUSE OR OUTSIDE COUNSEL WORK

  1. Be active HNBA members with 6 or more years of legal experience practicing law;
  2. Be registered participants of the 2022 HNBA/VIA Corporate Counsel Conference;
  3. Timely complete and submit required forms & questionnaires, and
  4. The applicant’s law firm’s level of support must be at the Amigo level or higher* (unless applicant is seeking employment as in-house counsel or with a government agency).

*Solo practitioners and law firms with 1-5 attorneys please contact speednetworking@hnba.com regarding alternative sponsorship eligibility and requirements.

Outside Counsel/Law Firms: Confirm Eligibility HERE

Attorneys’ In-House Positions: Confirm Eligibility HERE

Please complete the questionnaire no later than Friday, February 25, 2022, by 5:00 p.m. ET.


EMPLOYERS (CORPORATE/GOVERNMENT)

Please complete the applicable questionnaire (for either corporate law department or government agency). HNBA/VIA will grant you access to a user-friendly electronic file containing applicants’ employment information and individual resumes for your review. At that time, HNBA/VIA will also provide you with a form to identify up to four applicants for your one-on-one meetings

Please complete the questionnaire no later than Friday, February 25, 2022, by 5:00 p.m. ET.

 


COLLABORATIVE BAR LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (CBLA)

cblapicture1This innovative program is a collaborative effort among the American Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, National Bar Association, National LGBT Bar Association, National Native American Bar Association, and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Since 2013, the CBLA strengthens 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, while fostering diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

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.


HNBA CAREER CENTER

In this increasingly global economy, the HNBA understands the demand for high functioning, multicultural and multi-lingual attorneys. As the only national bar association for Hispanic legal professionals, the HNBA is uniquely positioned to match our corporate and public sector partners with highly qualified Hispanic attorneys from across the country. In response to the need and fulfilling our mission of providing career advancement opportunities to our members, the HNBA offers career programs and services to assist in the hiring and retention of diverse legal professionals.

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 careercenter@hnba.com.

 


HNBA LAW STUDENT DIVISION CAREER OPPORTUNITIES BOARD

The HNBA Law Student Division Career Opportunities Board is a free resource for employers to post internships, clerkships, and scholarship opportunities exclusively for HNBA law students. Students can join the board and receive new opportunities directly to their inbox. Join the board HERE.


HNBA NATIONAL LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE

This important, free of charge, online platform assists Hispanic legal professionals with their career and business development goals by providing a national marketing platform for themselves and their practice. Each lawyer has an individual webpage to market services and attract new clients. The webpage includes the attorney’s picture, bio, areas of practice, licenses, awards, contact information, and more.

The NLRS is a searchable database which allows prospective clients and employers to search for highly-qualified, diverse attorneys by areas of practice, location, states of admission, name, and more. For more information and to begin searching, visit: www.hnba.com/members


 

SU COMUNIDAD™: COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ADVOCACY

We invite you to be part of the solution. For more information and to become involved, please contact: vpprograms@hnba.com.


HNBA/VIA SU DINERO™ PROGRAM
SPONSORED BY PRUDENTIAL

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Without a doubt, U.S. Hispanic individuals are a significant cultural and economic force. Our contributions are integral to the country’s development and economic health. Yet even as we grow in influence and power, we too often neglect to protect ourselves and our families. Taking care of family is part of who we are as Hispanic individuals, but are we maximizing our resources in a way that allows us to take of our loved ones that are living while also providing a cushion for tomorrow? If something happened to us, would our loved ones find themselves without income? What can we do to safeguard our futures and the futures of those who are most important to us?

In partnership with Prudential, Su Dinero™ program participants now have access to a variety of educational materials and financial tools to achieve overall financial wellness for themselves, their families, and even future generations. This important two-prong program features an online tool that allows program participants to access digital financial wellness content as well as in-person financial education seminars. The seminars are being offered in selected cities across the country and during the HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference and Annual Convention. The curriculum focuses on key financial concepts such as budgeting, debt management, protection of assets, tax implications of investment decisions, preparing for retirement and creating a financial legacy for your loved ones. Part of the Su Comunidad™ pillar of programs and initiatives, this program is another way to provide education and strategies intended to promote the economic empowerment of our members and communities. For more information, please click here.

What’s your financial wellness score? Whether trying to pay off student loans or planning for retirement, we could all use some help in getting our financial houses in order. HNBA Strategic Partner Prudential has also helped us create the online HNBA Su Dinero Financial Wellness Portal, which provides a number of tools to help you do just that, no matter what stage you’re at in your career!

Answer 20 simple questions and start planning for your future! Once your profile is created, you’ll be able to set your goals, customize your content and track your progress!

Click HERE to get started!


HNBA/VIA 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! Download the booklet HERE.

 

 


HNBA ADVOCACY DAY

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 Executive Branch officials.

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

Our ongoing legislative and advocacy priorities include:

  • 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
  • US-Cuba Engagement
  • Hates Crimes Act Enforcement
  • Banning of Racial Profiling
  • Increased Economic Opportunity

A complete description of the HNBA 2020 key legislative and advocacy priorities can be found HERE.


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 2022 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 45 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 Hispanic individuals around the country to provide the Hispanic community with greater visibility and a clearer, stronger influence in our country’s affairs.


HNBA/VIA IMMIGRANT LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)/HNBA VIA (“Vision in Action”) Fund Immigrant Legal Defense Fund provides grants for low-cost legal representation to assist in the defense of select immigration cases. We encourage everyone to consider donating to this important fund. The HNBA is confident that by working together with our members, partners and friends, we can make a substantial difference in the lives of immigrants across the country.

To donate to these key efforts, visit: hnba.com/immigrant-legal-defense

 


HNBA/VIA programs are joint enterprises of the HNBA and its charitable arm, the HNBA VIA Fund.