Equal Justice Awards

Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia



The Equal Justice Awards Reception is HBA-DC’s annual gala where we recognize individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to achieving equal justice in the District of Columbia. 


Net proceeds from the event allow the HBA-DC to continue serving its members through professional development events, mentoring programs, judicial and other endorsements, job referrals, policy advocacy, and supporting the community through legal clinics, education and many other activities.

DATE:  Friday, November 3, 2017 
LOCATION:      Park Hyatt Hotel, 1201 24th Street, NW
TIME: Reception 6:30 p.m., Awards Program 8:00 p.m.





Tickets and Sponsorship opportunities can be purchased here


Call for Nominations for 2017 Equal Justice Awards!


The HBA-DC is seeking nominations for the 2017 Equal Justice Awards.  The prestigious awards, listed below, recognize individuals and organizations that have exemplified outstanding contributions to the Latino community in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in the areas of equality, fairness, and social justice and have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to and achievement in public service. The selected award recipients will be honored during the reception on Friday, November 3, 2017. 


The Official Nominations Form is available here. A Nominations Form must be completed for each individual or organization being nominated.

DEADLINE: Nominations are due no later than COB on Friday, August 4, 2017 and should be emailed to nominations@hbadc.org. 


Judge Ricardo M. Urbina Lifetime Achievement Award:

  • This award recognizes a member of the Washington, DC legal profession, with 15+ years of principled service in the legal profession or a related field, and outstanding contributions to the Hispanic community in the areas of equality, fairness, and social justice.

Hugh A. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Awards (2 Awards - organization and individual):

  • This award recognizes a community organization and an individual with visible ties to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, especially its Hispanic community, who demonstrates unwavering commitment and achievement to public service and dedication to the principles of equality, cultural respect, and social justice.


Rising Star Award:


  • This award recognizes an active member of the legal profession with 10 years or less experience, principled service in the legal profession, and outstanding contributions to the legal profession.   


Become a Sponsor of the 2017 Equal Justice Awards!


The Equal Justice Awards reception provides you with an opportunity to honor the exceptional accomplishments of Hispanic lawyers in our community and to encourage others to continue providing much needed legal support.  For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact HBA-DC President-Elect Richard Rodriguez or download the the Sponsorship Benefits and Invoice Form.


To make your sponsorship contribution online, please visit the HBA-DC Online Store at https://hbadc.site-ym.com/store. Sponsors will be announced at the event and will receive special acknowledgement in the printed program for the event.

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