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HBA-DC Newsletter:  April 17, 2017

HBA-DC Events
 
SOLO PRACTITIONER & SMALL FIRM NETWORKING EVENT 

When:  Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where:  Bar Deco ( 717 6th St NW 
Metro:  Chinatown (Red Line/Yellow Line/Green Line) 
Registration:  Available through April 24, 2017 here

Calling all solo practitioners and small firm attorneys!  HBA-DC will be hosting a networking happy hour for you on April 25th. Attendees will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and get to know other HBA-DC members at small firms or in solo practice in their variety of practice areas. The gathering is open to all members, including those that may be considering opening their own firm. The first 30 attendees to check in will receive a drink ticket for a happy hour special.  Heavy appetizers will be provided. 

STRATEGIES FOR ADDRESSING IMPLICIT BIAS FOR FEMALE ATTORNEYS OF COLOR & NETWORKING MIXER 

When: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Where: Wiley Rein LLP (1776 K Street NW) 
Registration:  Available through May 3, 2017 here

Join HBA-DC for a presentation by diversity expert Monica Parham on Strategies for Addressing Implicit Bias for Female Attorneys of Color and a networking reception.  Ms. Parham provides consulting and programming on an array of diversity, inclusion, and talent-facing matters.  She spent almost a decade as Diversity Counsel at Crowell & Moring LLP which, under her leadership, became the first law firm to implement the corporate-based model of sponsorship in conjunction with the Center for Talent Innovation.  A networking reception will precede the presentation.  The event is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of DC and the South Asian Bar Association of DC, and hosted by Wiley Rein LLP.

2017 HBA-DC WARRIOR DASH 

When:  Saturday, August 5, 2017 11:00 AM
Location:  Mechanicsville, Maryland (Budd’s Creek)
Register:  Email Andrea Coronado (acoronado834@gmail.com) for more information 

It's back!  Jump in the mud with the HBA-DC Warrior Dash team. Build lasting friendships and you navigate the Warrior Dash obstacle course with the HBA team. 

SAVE THE DATE! 2017 EQUAL JUSTICE AWARDS 

Save the Date for the 2017 Equal Justice Awards!  EJA will be held on November 3, 2017 at the Park Hyatt Washington.  This year's award ceremony will include a full open bar during the entirety of the event, catering by the Michelin starred Blue Duck Tavern, and a trio of delectable desserts.  Discounted hotel rates and sponsorship information will be forthcoming. 

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News

ESPERANZA FUND BENEFIT CONCERT HONORING CECILIA MUNOZ

HBA-DC members are invited to a benefit concert for the Esperanza Education Fund, a non-profit college scholarship that's awarded +$700,000 to local immigrant students without regard to immigration status. Esperanza will honor Cecilia Muñoz, former head of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and an architect of the DACA program to protect Dreamers.  The concert is scheduled for May 12th at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Tickets & Sponsorship Information available at www.esperanzafund.org/benefit/. 
 
HNBA IMMIGRANT LEGAL DEFENSE TASK FORCE IS UP AND RUNNING!


The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Immigrant Legal Defense Task Force is honored to announce an initial donation of $5,000 to the HNBA Immigrant Legal Defense Fund.  The HNBA Immigrant Legal Defense Fund has been established to help defray the costs of legal representation provided by attorneys and provides grants for low-cost legal representation to assist in the defense of select immigration cases.  Attorneys willing to provide “low bono” (low cost) legal services may submit a grant application to recoup costs.  More information available here

 

 

DC REDUCED FEE LAWYER & MEDIATOR SERVICE LAUNCHES

 

The DC Reduced Fee Lawyer & Mediator Service Steering Committee is pleased to announce the launch of a new resource to help bridge the justice gap for low and moderate income people in the District of Columbia.  The DC Reduced Fee Lawyer & Mediator Service (DC Refers) online directory connects people who have moderate incomes (200-400% of the poverty level) with qualified attorneys who may be willing to represent them at below-market rates ($75-150/hour).  You can learn more about the directory and see how it works here.

 

 

HBA-DC NEW MEMBERS & RENEWALS!

HBA-DC welcomes new members and thanks the following members for renewing their membership in the past week.  Thanks to their support, HBA-DC can continue to serve its members and the Hispanic community.

David Arrojo
Jeanne Cook
Karen De Los Santos
Michael Ferrari
Hon. Vanessa Ruiz


Don’t forget to renew and pay your HBA-DC membership dues before your membership expires.  Renewing online is easy!  Just log into your profile on the website and follow the profile prompts on the right.  Log in at:  http://www.hbadc.org/general/login.asp.

 


In this issue
HBA-DC EVENTS
News
Movers & Spotlight
Pro Bono Corner
Job Openings
Topics of Interest
Student Affairs
President's Message
  

Dear @@first_name@@,

  

Practicing law may be demanding and, at times, overwhelming. Thankfully, there are no cost counseling services available to members of the D.C. Bar.  The Bar Association's Lawyer Assistance Program provides a free confidential program for attorneys, judges, and law students who are experiencing addiction, mental health, or stress that hinders their practice of law. Group therapy, as well as one-on-one confidential counseling services are available.  Addiction support services and referrals are also provided. Reach out to lap@dcbar.org for additional information. 

Atentamente, 

Ben Hernandez-Stern

President
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia

  

Movers & SPOTLIGHT
 

 

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Pro Bono Corner

SOLICITATION FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE GRIBBON PRO BONO ADVOACY AWARD 

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeks nominations for the Daniel M. Gribbon Pro Bono Advocacy Award. Nominees may be an individual or firm that has demonstrated distinguished advocacy before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in a pro bono matter that concluded between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016. Candidates may self-nominate, and non-winning nominations from previous years may be resubmitted if the matter falls within the eligible dates. Nominations, which will be accepted beginning on April 7, 2017, must be in writing, and are limited to six (6) pages in length. Nominations may consist of a brief (no longer than two pages) description of the pro bono matter, as well as letters of support. No pleadings or court filings may be attached. The deadline calls for submission no later than 12:00 noon on Friday, May 12, 2017. Letters of support will also be accepted through 12:00 noon on Friday, May 26, 2017. All nomination documents may be submitted electronically to the member of the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services responsible for the nominations process, Michael F. Williams, at michael.williams@kirkland.com. Alternatively, an original plus 10 copies of the nomination may be submitted to be received by the deadline to: Michael F. Williams, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 655 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005.

DC VOLUNTEER LAWYERS PROJECT OFFERS CPO LITIGATION TRAINING

The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project provides pro bono legal assistance to hundreds of domestic violence survivors and at-risk children each year.  Learn to litigate Civil Protection Order cases for domestic violence survivors on May 4th.  Help change lives.  Email Emilia Plater-Zyberk at eplaterzyberk@dcvlp.org for additional details.

Job Openings

Topics of Interest

DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP FOR 2017 ABA FORUM ON CONSTRUCTION LAW

The Diversity Committee for the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law is coming to Washington, D.C. on April 20 – 22, 2017 for its Annual Meeting and CLE program entitled “A Capital View:  Best Practices in Inside and Outside Construction Counseling” and is pleased to announce the availability of six (6) Diversity Scholarships for the cost of registration for this program to women and minority construction lawyers, construction lawyers with disabilities, and construction lawyers from the LGBT community.  For more information on how to apply, please contact David J. Theising at dtheising@harrisonmoberly.com

APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR ASSOCIATE JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 

The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (the “Commission”) has announced that a vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia will occur as a result of the retirement of the Honorable Gregory E. Jackson, effective July 21, 2017.  The Commission invites qualified individuals to apply for this vacancy by 12pm on Thursday, April 27, 2017.  See D.C. Code §§ 1-204.31, 1-204.33.  Application materials, including instructions, are available on the Commission’s website: www.jnc.dc.gov.

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Student Affairs

CASA ACCESS TO JUSTICE PROGRAM COORDINATOR (VISTA Fellow)  

 
CASA is looking for an Americorps VISTA fellow to lead our new Access to Justice Project.  This one year fellowship is perfect for a recent law graduate, and will give you the opportunity to deeply engage with Maryland's immigrant community, while developing strong connections to the legal community across the state, and furthering CASA's mission to seek equal justice for all.  If you are interested in applying, please respond to Nick Katz at nkatz@wearecasa.org as soon as possible.  This position must be filled by May 1, 2017.

 

ATTENTION GRADUATING LAW STUDENTS - RSVP FOR PASOS 2017!


The Hispanic Bar Association of DC Foundation extends a warm invitation to graduating 3L students and their families to attend PASOS 2017, a unique and intimate graduation ceremony and dinner exclusively for all our graduating Latino law students.  Through PASOS, we celebrate you and your families.  The event is free of charge for the graduating law students and their families.  Attendees may also include members of the Washington D.C. and national legal communities. 

 

When:  Friday, May 19, 2017, 6:30 pm

Where:  American University Washington College of Law, 4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW

Metro:  Tenleytown/AU (Red Line)

RSVP:  Please RSVP to Erin Darbouze at (202) 587-4932 or edarbouze@rabengroup.com.  RSVPs must be received by May 11, 2017.

 

THE BENACH COLLOPY ASYLUM SUMMER FELLOWSHIP 2017

The Benach Collopy Fellowship offers the opportunity for an outstanding law student to work side by side with transgender asylum seekers to vindicate their rights and access the legal process in a way that is supportive and affirming.  The Fellowship offers a $5,000 stipend for a 10-week full-time summer internship in Washington, DC during the summer of 2017.  Under the supervision of expert asylum attorneys at the respected law firm of Benach Collopy and the Whitman-Walker Health Legal Services Program, the Fellow will represent transgender asylum seekers fleeing persecution based on gender identity.  Submit all applications via email only to Whitman-Walker Health Legal Services Program Attn: Cori Alonso-Yoder, calonso-yoder@whitman-walker.org, with the subject line “Benach Collopy Fellowship Application.”  Applications must include a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references.  Please describe your interest in the issues addressed by the Fellowship and specify your desired start and end dates.

RECRUITING FELLOWS FOR LINDSAY, SHESTACK & SKADDEN/SOROS/EJW

The Lawyers’ Committee is pleased to announce that we are seeking applicants for the 2018-2019 George N. Lindsay Fellowship and the 2017-2019 Jerry Shestack Justice Fellowship.  We are also seeking applicants for sponsorship for the 2018-2020 Skadden, Soros Justice, and EJW Fellowships.  The Lindsay Fellowship is targeted at recent graduates who will have no more than two years of post-graduate experience, not counting judicial clerkships, by the start of the fellowship.  The Shestack Fellowship is targeted at attorneys with two or more years of post-graduate experience, inclusive of judicial clerkships.  Eligibility for project-based fellowships is based on the criteria of the Skadden Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, and Equal Justice Works respectively.  The due date for applications to the Lawyers’ Committee for the Shestack Fellowship is Monday, April 17.  Applications for the Lindsay Fellowship and for sponsorship for project-based fellowships are due Tuesday, May 30, the day after Memorial Day. Please contact Natasha Quiroga (nquiroga@lawyerscommittee.org) for additional information.  

  

 

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