FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE HNBA?
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, national membership organization that represents the interests of Hispanic legal professionals in the United States and its territories. The HNBA is also committed to advocacy on issues of importance to the Hispanic community living in the United States. While we are proud of our more than four decades of work and accomplishments, we are mindful that our mission is as vital today as it was the day of our founding in 1972. Nationally, the organization is directed by the HNBA Board of Governors, which consists of executive officers (elected by HNBA members), the 19 regional presidents, and the presidents of over 30 affiliate organizations across the country. As the National Voice of the Hispanic Legal Community, the HNBA also has multiple councils, divisions, sections and committees dedicated to advancing the interests of its members, as well as addressing substantive legal issues that impact the Hispanic community and the nation. If you wish to learn more about the work of the different HNBA divisions, sections and committees, please visit our Leadership section here.
WHERE IS THE HNBA LOCATED?
The HNBA is based in Washington, DC. The HNBA National Office is led by the HNBA Executive Director and the national staff, who collectively work to assist the National President and the Board of Governors to plan and carry out all of our national, regional and local programs. With additional representation in 19 regions throughout the United States and its territories, HNBA Regional Presidents and members of the HNBA’s Board of Governors work to ensure the execution of HNBA programs by collaborating with over 30 HNBA Affiliate Organizations.
WHAT DOES THE HNBA DO FOR ME?
Advocacy – The HNBA advocates on Capitol Hill for issues that have an impact on Latino legal professionals and the U.S. Latino community.
Networking – The HNBA network includes 19 regions and over 40 Affiliate bar organizations across the United States and its territories, and abroad, offering a diverse and culturally rich professional network, as well as mentoring and career opportunities.
Professional & Business Development – The HNBA provides professional and leadership training and development, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses, community involvement, national conventions and local events, and participation in substantive legal sections and committees.
Discounts – The HNBA provides partnership discounts with national vendors (ex. hotel and mail and shipping services).
Publications – The HNBA offers members various publication resources to keep members up-to-date on legislation affecting the Latino community, member accomplishments and accolades, regional activities, upcoming events, HNBA programs, and career opportunities. HNBA publications include: Noticias Magazine, E-Noticias Newsletter, HNBA E-Blasts, HNBA Annual Convention Journal and HNBA Corporate Counsel Journal. We also encourage our members to submit legal materials for publication in the HNBA Journal of Law and Policy.
HOW CAN I JOIN THE HNBA?
Whether you are an attorney, a judge, a law professor, a law student, a legal professional or a legal organization, we welcome you as part of our HNBA family. There is much to be done, and together, we can accomplish our goals. Join the HNBA here!