President's Message


February 1, 2017

This year marks HBA-DC's 40th anniversary.  It’s an honor to serve as privilege to serve during this auspicious milestone.   We truly stand on the shoulders of giants.  HBA-DC’s yearly program is a product of your hard work and determination.  We have a slate of programs that is the envy of our peer institutions.  In the coming year, I will continue the proud programing tradition for which the HBA-DC is widely known.  There are two areas where I would like to expand our schedule.

Mentorship & Professionalism

I hope to expand the mentorship program to include events throughout the year.  At each stage of my legal career, I’ve had mentors that have helped me grown in my practice of law. My mentorship network is largely a product of my participation in the HBA-DC.  This year we will have a slate of programs to strengthen our already great mentorship program.  

Strategic Planning

In its 40 years, the HBA-DC has come a long way.  It's time to take stock of what we have accomplished and start a dialog on where we plan to go in the future.  To that end, I will work with the HBA-DC Board to map out a plan to start the process by which we can take start to lay the foundation for the next 40 years of success.  This long and tedious process will require your feedback. Please share your opinion! 

Our organization needs your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions.  Please share your thoughts and comments.  You can reach me at

Ben Hernandez-Stern
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia



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