HBA-DC Foundation

Welcome to the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C. Foundation, which was established in 1995 as a separate non-profit entity.

The mission of the Foundation includes supporting the law student community by providing fellowships for law students working during the summer for public interest legal organizations serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area (sponsoring organization). Working under the supervision of experienced attorneys, the students gain valuable work experience as they assist with providing legal or advocacy services to the individuals or groups that the sponsoring organizations serve. The fellowships give the students first hand exposure to the specific areas of public interest law in which the sponsoring organization specializes. Sponsoring organizations are non-profit, non-governmental organizations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that provide legal services or advocacy at little or no cost to clients or groups. Past fellowship recipients have worked for AYUDA, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Legal Aid Society of DC, Migrant Legal Action Program, and others.

The Foundation held its Annual Meeting and Elections and the following were elected to the 2016 Board of Directors: 

President: Robert Raben, Esq.
Vice President: Linda M. Estrada, Esq.
Secretary: Kenia Seoane Lopez, Esq.
Treasurer: Jilma Lasso, Esq.

At Large Directors:
Leila Jade Levi, Esq. (HBA-DC Representative)
Maria Holleran Rivera, Esq.
Jocelyn Nieva, Esq.



HBA-DC Foundation Scholarships


To further its commitment to support law students, HBA-DC has created a scholarship for DC law students.  HBA-DC will award two scholarships of $2,500.00 to eligible law students in collaboration with the HBA-DC Foundation. The successful scholarship recipient must demonstrate financial need, be in good standing with the law school, and demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of the Hispanic community, among other criteria.


Additional information concerning the 2016 HBA-DC Scholarship(s) will be posted later this year.  Eligibility and selection criteria for the 2015 HBA-DC Scholarship, along with the 2015 application, can be found here.


HBA-DC Foundation Fellowships


First year and second year students attending accredited law schools in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area are eligible to apply for an HBA-DC Foundation Fellowship, once having obtained a job offer from a sponsoring organization. One or more fellowships in the amount of $5,000 may be awarded by the Foundation. The 2015 fellowship recipients are listed here.

To further the mission of the Foundation, the deadline for receipt of the 2016 Fellowship Application has been extended to midnight on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. The updated application can be found here.  Please also go here for FAQs featuring common questions regarding eligibility and the fellowship application process.



PASOS Celebration

In addition to the Fellowship Program, the Foundation holds an annual graduation celebration called PASOS, which takes place in the spring of each year. PASOS is a celebration attended by graduating law students, their families and friends, members of the Hispanic Bar, and others from the community. We acknowledge the many Hispanic students who are graduating that year from all law schools in the DC area: Washington College of Law at American University; Georgetown University Law Center; George Washington University's National Law Center; Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America; Howard University School of Law; the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia; and the George Mason University School of Law.

PASOS 2016 will take place on Friday, May 20, 2016 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at American University Washington College of Law located at 4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016. This event is free of charge for graduating Latino law students and their families.  For more information or to RSVP, please contact Erin Dominquez at edominquez@rabengroup.com. 

For information concerning the 2015 PASOS celebration, fellowship recipients and sponsors, please go to the drop down menu above labeled “More In This Section” and select “PASOS 2015”, or click here.

Contact Information and Donations

For general information about the HBA-DC Foundation and its programs or to assist with the Foundation's efforts, please contact Foundation Vice President Linda M. Estrada, Esquire at
lindaestrada@comcast.net.  For information on how to make a financial donation to the Foundation, please contact President Robert Raben, Esquire at robertraben@rabengroup.com.  Donations may also be made online here.


Bylaws and Annual Reports

The Foundation bylaws may be viewed

HBA-DC Foundation 2014 Annual Report can be viewed here.

HBA-DC Foundation 2013 Annual Report can be viewed here.

HBA-DC Foundation 2012 Annual Report can be viewed here.

HBA-DC Foundation 2011 Annual Report can be viewed here.


The HBA-DC Foundation, an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization, invites you to consider making a tax deductible contribution during this fundraising cycle. Your contribution will help sustain the work of the Foundation, which raises and distributes funding for law students working in public interest organizations and sponsors the annual PASOS celebration for law school graduates and their families. Your contribution, payable to the HBA-DC Foundation, is tax-deductible to the extent authorized by law.


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