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HBA-DC Newsletter:  May 22, 2017

HBA-DC Events
 
HBA-DC MEMBERS NEEDED FOR IMMIGRATION LEGAL ADVICE & REFERRAL CLINIC

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, 1100 Harvard St., NW
Registration deadline: May 30, 2017 (see instructions below)

HBA-DC’s Public Service Committee is recruiting members who are licensed attorneys in the District of Columbia or another U.S. jurisdiction to participate in the D.C. Bar Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic on Saturday, June 3, 2017.  Volunteer attorneys will receive a basic orientation for one hour before the start of each clinic.  During the clinic, volunteer attorneys will conduct intake interviews and then discuss intake evaluations with experienced immigration attorneys who determine potential eligibility for relief.  Attorneys interested in volunteering are not expected to be familiar with every area of law or to have experience in the matters on which they will advise clients.  The Pro Bono Center staff and expert mentors are available on-site. As long as attorneys are licensed to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction, they will be covered for malpractice suits under Rule 49.

The DC Bar Pro Bono center will send a final e-mail the week before the clinic to confirm your participation.  For any questions, please contact Adrian Gottshall at agottshall@dcbar.org.

HBA-DC TEAM FOR LAWYERS HAVE HEART

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017, 7:00 am
Where: The Washington Harbour at Georgetown
Cost:  Registration fee of $45

HBA-DC is forming a team to participate in the 27th Annual Lawyers Have Heart 10K, 5K, and Fun Walk on the morning of Saturday, June 10, 2017.  The start/finish line is at the Washington Harbour in Georgetown.  Immediately following the race will be the Post-Race Party (food and music).  In years past, this event has always been a blast and we expect no less for 2017.  Whether you are a runner, walker, or somewhere in-between, everyone is invited to join (and help represent!) Team HBA-DC.  Remember, you don’t have to be a lawyer to participate; all you need is a big heart!

To register as a member of Team HBA-DC, follow this link and click on “Join Team”, or contact Ruben Reyna at ruben.reyna@sedgwicklaw.com. HBA-DC members who register by May 23, 2016, will get a “Team HBA-DC” t-shirt to wear during race day!

AN EVENING WITH KIM RIVERA 
 
When: June 21, 2017, from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Covington & Burling LLP, 850 Tenth St. NW
Metro: Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange, Silver Lines) 
Registration: Open through June 20, 2017, available here. Seating is limited.  

Kim Rivera is the General Counsel at HP, Inc., where she has implemented important diversity initiatives, including withholding fees from law firms that don’t meet HP’s diversity requirements. During her tenure, HP has had the most diverse board of directors of any tech Fortune 50 company in the United States, has received perfect scores on the Disability Equality Index and Corporate Equality Index, and has been recognized as a top employer for African Americans, Hispanics, and women.  The “Evening With” events profile Latino/a attorneys with a high level of professional achievement and commitment to our community.  Speakers typically speak about their career paths, the obstacles they faced, and offer words of advice to our members.  The events also offer a unique opportunity for our members to socialize with the speakers and with each other.

LA FAMILIA BBQ

Get your grillin' skills ready because the La Familia BBQ is back! Bring your family and friends for burgers and hot dogs.  Veggie options will also be available! 

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Where: Rock Creek Park Area 6 (right off Military Road) 
Metro: Transportation from a local Metro will be coordinated! 
Registration:  Available soon. 

2017 HBA-DC WARRIOR DASH 

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

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

HBA-DC DAY AT THE BALLPARK

When: September 17, 2017 at 1:05 pm, pregame at 11:30 am 
Where: Nationals Park 
Metro: Navy Yard (Green) 
Registration: Coming Soon. 

The annual HBA-DC Day at the Ballpark is back!  Come join us to watch the Nationals battle the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Tickets are $35.00 each and are located in Section 110.  HBA-DC will host a pregame event at Bullpen/Half Street Fairgrounds.  

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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DON'T FORGET TO TAKE THE HBA-DC's MEMBERSHIP SURVEY

 

Give us your opinion! For a chance to win a free iPad mini, please complete HBA-DC’s confidential membership survey. Complete the survey by clicking here.

 

CALL FOR 2017 EQUAL JUSTICE AWARDS NOMINATIONS

The HBA-DC is seeking nominations for the 2017 Equal Justice Awards.  The prestigious awards recognize individuals and organizations that have exemplified outstanding contributions to the Latino community in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in the areas of equality, fairness, and social justice and have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to and achievement in public service. The selected award recipients will be honored during the reception on Friday, November 3, 2017. The Official Nominations Form is available here.


DEADLINE: Nominations are due no later than COB on Friday, July 14, 2017 and should be emailed to nominations@hbadc.org

 

HBA-DC PUBLISHES OPINION PIECE SUPPORTING THE BRIDGE ACT

 

On May 11, 2017, the Huffington Post published the HBA-DC's opinion editorial calling on Congress to act swiftly to approve the BRIDGE Act. If the bill becomes law, it cements DREAMers' ability to obtain employment authorization and protection from deportation, eliminating the current sense of fear and uncertainty. 

 

FALL EDITION OF HBA-DC QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER IS NOW AVAILABLE

The Fall 2016 edition of HBA-DC's Quarterly Newsletter is now available here.  This edition includes an article titled, "Leading Legal Terms: Lessons on Effective Practices," authored by Yolanda Ruisanchez Gruendel, the founder of Pause for Insight, LLC.

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 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

 

 

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.

Victoria Ortega
Shirley Diaz


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@@,

Memorial Day provides us all a respite from the daily grind, an opportunity to spend time with our families, and a chance to recognize the sacrifices of those who have given their lives on behalf of our country.   This Memorial Day, I ask you to remember the sacrifice of Lance Corporal Jose Gutierrez, who died in combat in 2003 as one of the first U.S. causalities of the Iraq War.

LCpl Gutierrez was a Guatemalan immigrant who came to the U.S. without documentation. Orphaned at the age of eight, LCpl Gutierrez spent a stint as a street child in the slums of Guatemala City before being taken to an orphanage for boys.  There he toiled the next few years of his life. Determined to make a better life for himself, LCpl Gutierrez eventually left Guatemala, destined for the United States.   On his journey north, U.S. immigration officials detained Gutierrez at the border. He was somehow able to convince officials that he was a minor and escaped deportation. LCpl Gutierrez bounced through a series of foster homes in the U.S. before landing in a Latino household that became his family.  He eventually obtained legal residency. 

Like thousands of immigrants before him, LCpl Gutierrez enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  According to his adoptive family, LCpl Guiterrez put his education on hold to enlist to give back to the country that had provided him with an education and stability.  On March 21, 2003, LCpl Guiterrez was killed in a firefight near Umm Qasr. Iraq. He was posthumously granted American citizenship.

This Memorial Day marks the 16th year of war since the 9/11 attacks.  Take a moment this weekend to remember the sacrifice of LCpl Gutierrez and other service members who gave everything on behalf of the United States. 

Atentamente, 

Ben Hernandez-Stern

President
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia

  

Movers & SPOTLIGHT
 

Congrats to the D.C. Office of the Attorney General and President-Elect Richard V. Rodriguez.  The D.C. Attorney General, Karl Racine, recently settled a case with a notario fraudster in the District.  The settlement, entered in April, provides consumers with $100,000 in restitution and penalizes the fraudster $150,000 in civil penalties.  Richard was the line-attorney who prosecuted and settled this action.  Read more here

 

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 Pro Bono Corner

CATHOLIC CHARITIES SIJUS IMMIGRATION TRAINING 

Join Catholic Charities and Crowell & Moring LLP for an SIJS Immigration Only Training on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, from 12:00pm - 1:30pm.  The training will cover representing children in the immigration portion of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cases.  Lunch and materials will be provided at 1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004. RSVP at probono@cc-dc.org.  Seating is limited.  

THE DC BAR PRESENTS: A TRAINING ON CUSTODY EVALUATIONS 

On May 23, 2017, from 6 pm - 8 pm, the DC Bar will present a two-hour moderated expert panel on the use of custody evaluations (and related options) in custody cases. Attendees will hear from a former Domestic Relations judge, an experienced custody attorney, a public interest custody evaluator, and a private practice custody evaluator. This program will provide family law practitioners (parent attorneys and GALs) with insight into the major issues related to using custody evaluations in child custody cases. Panelists will discuss when practitioners should obtain a custody evaluation, how custody evaluators make their recommendations, practice tips for using custody evaluations in negotiations and presenting them in court, and what types of evaluations (or parts of evaluations) a judge is likely to find helpful. The program will also touch on resources that practitioners can use when their client cannot afford a private custody evaluation.  Additional Information is available here

Job Openings

Topics of Interest

GWAC ANNUAL JUDICIAL RECEPTION

 

The Annual GWAC Judicial Reception recognizes the accomplishments of the women who serve as judges in the local and federal courts of the District of Columbia.  This year, our Judicial Reception will take place on May 25, 2017, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Vinson & Elkins LLP (2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037).  Additional information and instructions on how to RSVP can be found here.

 

JUDICIAL VACANCIES ON DC SUPERIOR

 

On May 3, 2017, the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (JNC) announced that two vacancies on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia will occur as a result of the retirements of the Honorable Zoe Bush and the Honorable Thomas J. Motley, effective October 27, 2017.  The Commission invites qualified individuals to apply for these vacancies by 12:00 pm on Thursday, July 20, 2017. All application materials and correspondence shall be addressed to Katherine L. Garrett, Executive Director, Judicial Nomination Commission, 515 Fifth Street, NW, Suite 235, Washington, DC 20001.  Application materials, including instructions, are available on the Commission’s website: www.jnc.dc.gov.

  

DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE COLLABORATIVE BAR LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

 

The Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (CBLA) will be held June 25 - 27, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN.  The deadline to apply is Friday, May 12, 2017, at 8:00 pm EST.  CBLA is a collaborative effort among the American Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, National Bar Association, National Native American Bar Association, and NAPABA. Through this collaboration, the CBLA will strengthen the pipeline of diverse bar association leaders through bar leadership training and professional development programs. The CBLA will benefit current and future bar leaders, the bar association community, and the legal profession overall, and lays the foundation for further collaborative efforts by  sponsoring bar associations to foster diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.  CBLA is intended for up-and-coming bar leaders who have been in practice for 5-15 years and have served as HNBA Regional President, Deputy Regional President, officers of an HNBA affiliate, and/or co-chair of an HNBA committee, section, division, or task force.  For more information, click here.

 

ART SHOW FUNDRAISER FOR HBA-DC FOUNDATION 

On June 2, 2017, various artists, including HBA-DC member Maricela Lechuga or “LettuceBFriendz”, will be auctioning off their artwork. A portion of the sales from art sold will be donated to various social justice causes, including the Tahirih Justice Center and HBA-DC Foundation. 100% of proceeds from the “LettuceBFriendz” drink special will be donated to the HBA-DC Foundation. The silent auction will commence at 5:30 pm and bids will close at 10:00 pm. The event will take place at The Coupe located at 3415 11th St. NW, Washington, DC 20010.

 
APABA-DC PRESENTS BUILDING OUR LEGACY: REMEMBERING VINCENT CHEN 35 YEARS LATER 

In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, DC Area (APABA-DC) is proud to present, “Building Our Legacy: The Murder of Vincent Chin,” a re-enactment of the state and federal criminal trials arising from the brutal death of Vincent Chin in the suburbs of Detroit in 1982. This year marks the 35th anniversary of Chin’s murder, and the lessons of this case remain relevant in 2017 as we contend with hate crimes and heightened fear and anxiety for immigrants and communities of color.  APABA's re-enactment will be presented by a distinguished cast of federal, state, and local judges, and civil rights community leaders.  We are also honored to be joined by Helen Zia, civil rights leader, author, journalist, and co-founder of American Citizens for Justice.  Join APABA for this event at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 ,at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Reception to follow at the Dolley Madison House. Register here.

HIDDEN FIGURES: EXPLORING GENDER BIAS IN STEM & IP 

Thomson Reuters and the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute invite HBA-DC members to attend a special one-hour panel on exploring gender bias in STEM & IP at the offices of Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox on May 31, 2017, in Washington, DC. Taking its cue from the hit film Hidden Figures, our program offers an earnest, solutions-oriented discussion on helping advance women’s leadership opportunities in these notoriously male-dominated fields.  More information is available here

 U.S. COURT OF APPEALS ADVISORY CJA PANEL COMMITTEE SEEKS APPLICANTS 

The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will be filling vacancies on its Advisory Committee on Procedures and Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel Committee.  In addition, the Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia Circuit will be filling at least one vacancy on its Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.  Notices will be attached for your use to notify the members of your bar who might be interested in applying to serve on these committees for three-year terms starting on July 1, 2017.  For your convenience, please find links to the vacancy announcements on our web site.  

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Student Affairs

LAW STUDENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

 

Volunteers are needed for the "LettuceBFriendz" Art Show, Silent Auction, and Artist Reception taking place on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 5:30 - 10:00 pm.  Volunteers will be selling tickets for a drink special.  A portion of the sales will be donated to the HBA-DC Foundation.  Please e-mail the artist directly for details: LettuceBFriendz@gmail.com.

 

  

 

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