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 4, 2016 
LOCATION:      Mandarin Oriental Hotel located at 1330 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
TIME: Reception 6:30 p.m., Awards Program 8:00 p.m.





2016 Equal Justice Awardees Announced


The HBA-DC is pleased to announce that the following individuals and organizations will be honored at the Equal Justice Awards Reception on November 4, 2016:


Judge Ricardo M. Urbina Lifetime Achievement Award:

  • María E. Holleran Rivera, former Foreign Affairs Specialist, National Nuclear Security Administration, United States Department of Energy.  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):

  • Tahirih Justice Center (organization) and James J. Sandman, President, Legal Services Corporation (individual). These awards recognize a community organization and an individual with visible ties to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, especially its Hispanic community, that demonstrate unwavering commitment and achievement to public service and dedication to the principles of equality, cultural respect, and social justice.

Rising Star Award:

  • Roman Martinez, Assistant to the Solicitor General, Office of the Solicitor General, United States Department of Justice.  This award recognizes an active member of the legal profession with 10 years or less experience for principled service and outstanding contributions to the legal profession.   


Become a Sponsor of the 2016 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, download 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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