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 2015 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 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 Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2015 Fellowships Program has been launched. The deadline for submitting the completed 2015 fellowship application to the Foundation will be midnight on April 15, 2015. All applications must be submitted by email.

The 2015 application is now available. The complete application must include the following documents:

(1) The application form, including a personal statement of no more than 300 words, which indicates your reasons for seeking a summer position with the sponsoring organization referenced in your application;
(2) A letter from your sponsoring organization indicating its willingness to host you as a law student intern in the summer of 2015;
(3) One letter of reference (if emailed separately from the application package, the letter must be emailed to and received by the HBA-DC Foundation by midnight on April 15, 2015 to be considered);
(4) Your resume;
(5) One financial status document (see Section IV of the application);
(6) Your law school transcript.

For detailed information concerning eligibility, please see the 2015 Fellowship application, which may be viewed and downloaded here.





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.





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.” 

For questions about the HBA-DC Foundation or to assist with the Foundation's efforts, please contact Foundation Vice President Linda M. Estrada, Esquire at lindaestrada@comcast.net.


The Foundation bylaws may be viewed here.

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 HBA-DC Foundation, should be mailed to HBA-DC Foundation, PO Box 1011, Washington, DC 20013-1011.

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