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HBA-DC Newsletter:  August 7, 2017

HBA-DC Events
 
NETWORKING HAPPY HOUR BENEFITING MALDEF

When:  August 24, 2017, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm 
Where:  Across the Pond (1732 Connecticut Ave NW)
Metro:  Dupont Circle (Red Line)
Registration:  Available here

Come join HBA-DC members as we bid summer adieu!  During our end of the summer happy hour, HBA-DC will collect donations on behalf of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.  $3.00 rail drinks will be available.  Happy hour prices will be extended until 8:30 pm.  Heavy appetizers will be provided.  A suggested donation of $10.00 is requested.  Thank you to HNBA Region V for co-sponsoring this happy hour.

HBA-DC NETWORKING HAPPY HOUR AT THE HNBA CONVENTION 

When:  September 7, 2017, 5:30 pm
Where:  TBD, Kansas City, MO 
Contact:  Ben Hernandez-Stern (benjahs@gmail.com) for details.

Traveling to the HNBA National Convention in Kansas City? Come network with your HBA-DC familia.  HNBA Region-V is pleased to co-sponsor this event.

HBA-DC 2017 LATINA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY: BUILDING EXECUTIVE PRESENCE AND CULTIVATING LEADERSHIP SKILLS

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Location:  King & Spalding LLP, 1700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Metro: Farragut West (Blue Line)
Registration: Available here
Cost: $20 for Members, $30 for Non-members

HBA-DC’s 2017 Latina Leadership Academy will feature Anne Collier, a professional certified coach and founder of Arudia, and Monica Parham, a Diversity, Inclusion & Talent Professional and former Diversity Counsel at Crowell & Moring LLP.  The program will provide talented Latina lawyers with the tools to hone the practical skills, presence, and business acumen necessary to advance to the highest levels of leadership within and beyond the legal profession.  This year’s Latina Leadership Academy will focus on (i) building your executive presence and (ii) cultivating leadership skills, including how to transform potentially difficult conversations into opportunities for collaboration with The Arudia Win-Win Conversation Model and The Arudia Coaching Model. The third installment of the Academy will focus on helping you step into your power: you will leave able to handle difficult situations with aplomb, transform challenging conversations into opportunities, and navigate stereotypes that often present roadblocks to Latina lawyers’ success. 

For questions, contact Holli Feichko at hollif@hotmail.com.

HBA-DC DAY AT THE BALLPARK

When:  September 17, 2017, 1:05 pm, pre-game at 11:30 am 
Where:  Nationals Park
Metro:  Navy Yard (Green Line) 
Registration:  Email Carlos Gutierrez (gutierrez.c.a.32@gmail.com) to reserve tickets. 

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 for seats located in Section 110.  HBA-DC will host a pre-game event at Bullpen/Half Street Fairgrounds.  The South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of DC will be co-sponsoring again. Thank you, SABA!

DC Bar Pro Bono Advice and Legal Referral Clinic

 

When: October 14, 2017

Location: Either Bread for the City—Northwest Center (525 7th Street NW) or Bread for the City—Southeast Center (1640 Good Hope Road SE)

Metro: Shaw–Howard University(Green/Yellow)/Anacostia Metro Station (Green Line)

Registration:  Forthcoming.

Calling all government attorneys!  Most government attorneys are able to participate in the DC Bar Pro Bono Advice and Legal Referral Clinic.  This is a great way to give back and ensure you aren't running afoul of your ethical responsibilities.  Lunch will be provided! 

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.  Tickets may be purchased here.  Details and additional sponsorship information is available at the 2017 EJA website.

 

HBA-DC HOLIDAY PARTY & TOY DRIVE


When:  Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where:  Bar Deco, 717 6th St NW
Metro:  Chinatown (Red, Yellow & Green Lines) 
Registration:  RSVP here.


Save the Date!  HBA-DC will be holding the Holiday Party & Toy Drive on December 7, 2017.  There will be complimentary appetizers and a free drink ticket for the first 35 members who register!

 

 

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BECOME A SPONSOR OF THE 2017 EQUAL JUSTICE AWARDS!

The Equal Justice Awards reception provides you with an opportunity to honor the exceptional accomplishments of Hispanic lawyers in our community and to encourage others to continue providing much needed legal support.  For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact HBA-DC President-Elect Richard Rodriguez or download the Sponsorship Benefits and Invoice Form.

To make your sponsorship contribution online, please visit the HBA-DC Online Store here at https://hbadc.site-ym.com/store. Sponsors will be announced at the event and will receive special acknowledgement in the printed program for the event.

 

2018 HISPANIC ASSOCIATION ON CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR 2018 CORPORATE ACHIEVERS PROGRAM  

The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is accepting nominations for its 2018 HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers program.  This program was developed as a way to recognize the outstanding achievements of young Hispanic professionals in corporate America, build the pipeline of Hispanic corporate leaders, and increase the number of Hispanics on corporate boards.  To date, this program has received more than 750 nominations and awarded over 280 finalists.


Nominees selected as this year's finalists will participate in a four-day leadership development and education training program in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 5-8, 2018Nominations are due on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 5 pm Eastern.  Finalists will be announced no later than December 1, 2017.  Please visit this site for more information, including eligibility requirements.  To access the secure online nomination form and submit your nominations, please email yhca@hacr.org.

 

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.

Adrian Alvarez
Alejandro R. Gonzalez
Bridget Bailey Lipscomb (Bailey)
Carmen G. McLean (Guerricagoitia)
Monica Medina
Gilberto Torres-Suarez

 

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@@,

As a government attorney, I appreciate how difficult it can be to find pro bono opportunities that are consistent with the ethical responsibilities that government attorneys are required to follow.   This year, the HBA-DC is pleased to offer an opportunity for government attorneys (and all other practicing attorneys who qualify) to participate in pro bono work consistent with such responsibilities.  Subject matter expertise is not needed as the DC Bar and Bread for the City will have onsite experts to answer questions that may come up during your meeting with a client.  Interested in participating?  Check with your Department's pro bono advisor now so you have time to line up the appropriate approvals to participate in the HBA-DC day at the clinic.  Hope to see you there!


Atentamente, 

Ben Hernandez-Stern

President
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia

  

Movers & SPOTLIGHT
 

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) will recognize CHCI Alumna Susan I. Santana with the 2017 Medallion of Excellence for Distinguished Alumnus during the 2017 CHCI Hispanic Heritage Month events in Washington, DC.  Susan is a 1995-1996 CHCI Public Policy Fellow who was selected by the CHCI Alumni Association for her advocacy of CHCI, her dedicated service on the CHCI Board of Directors, and for her willingness to mentor CHCI program participants and alumni.  Congrats! 

HBA-DC member Natasha Quiroga graduates as 2017 scholar of Presidential Leadership Scholars. Well Done!  

 

For information on nominating a member for the HBA-DC Member Spotlight, click here.  Do you have a new job?  Recently received an award or honor?  Let us know by sending an e-mail to newsletter@hbadc.org.

 

 

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 Pro Bono Corner

AYUDA OFFERS 3 FREE IMMIGRATION CONSULTATION CLINICS

On August 26th, September 23rd, and October 14th, Ayuda will be offering immigration consultation clinics.  Each clinic is from 10 am to 12 pm. Email jenne@ayuda.com or call (202) 552-3619 with any questions.  Below are the respective locations for each clinic: 

August 26: Next Step Public Charter School, 3047 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 
September 23: Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School, 30 P St NW, Washington, DC 20001
October 14: McCarrick Center, Mision San Andres. 12247 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902

DC VOLUNTEER LAWYERS PROJECT PRESENTS:  USING DIGITAL EVIDENCE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

On September 6 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, Alex Palacois and Ian Harris of the National Network to End Domestic Violence will lead this in-depth training on best practices for handling digital evidence of domestic violence in your case.  To RSVP or for inquires, please email rsvp@dcvlp.org.

ASISTA PRESENTS: PURSUING U VISAS UNDER TRUMP: ADVANCED TOPICS & EMERGING ISSUES

On Thursday, September 14, 2017 9:00 am ­- 5:00 pm, ASISTA will be offering an interactive training designed for those doing significant U visa work. National and local experts will identify and discuss with participants hot topics in U visas, ICE safety planning, expanding your work with community organizers and others who can help challenge attempts to remove survivors, learning to do administrative stays, challenging removability arguments designed for survivors, and identifying the steps for filing habeas/TROs to stop survivor removal when these efforts have failed.  For any questions and prices, please contact ahlam@asistahelp.org.  

COMMUNIY LEGAL SERVICES OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY SEEKS PRO BONO SUPPORT

Looking for a pro bono opportunity in Prince George’s County?  Look no further! Contact Jessica A. Quincosa, Esq., Executive Director of Community Legal Services of Prince George's County at quincosa@clspgc.org or 240-391-6532 for more information. 

DC VIRTUAL PRO BONO FAIR

Want to give back but don't know which organization is the right fit for you?  Check out the DC Virtual Pro Bono Fair!  The Virtual Pro Bono Fair is an online video directory of legal service providers in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.  The website features videos that provide information on each participating organization's mission, the pro bono opportunities that the organization provides, and how you can get involved.  For a complete listing of legal service providers in the area, please browse the directory of pro bono opportunities.

Job Openings

Attorney-Advisor, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington DC

 

Visit www.HBADC.org for additional job openings.

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Topics of Interest

WASHINGTON LAWYERS COMMITTEE PRESENTS DINE AROUND FOR JUSTICE

Bid on a seat at the lunch table with Legal Services Corporation President Jim Sandman (and HBA-DC Lifetime Member) at RPM Italian (650 K Street NW). Five lucky winners will enjoy an antipasto, entree, and dessert, as well as fantastic company and conversation. Jim Sandman is one of the foremost thought leaders on access to justice issues in the country. Don’t miss this chance for a wonderful meal with an outstanding lawyer! The online auction ends on August 24! 

SPEAKERS NEEDED TO INSPIRE LOCAL YOUTH

Liberty's Promise, a local non-profit organization that supports low-income, immigrant youth through various after-school civic engagement programs in the D.C. metropolitan area, is looking for speakers to talk with students about their careers and stories.  Spanish speakers are especially needed!  Liberty's Promise currently runs programs in Montgomery County, MD, Washington, DC, and Alexandria, VA.  Email Melissa Gelinas (mgelinas@libertyspromise.org) for more information. 

JUDICIAL TENURE COMMENT REQUEST 

The DC Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure is reviewing the qualifications and fitness of three DC Superior Court Judges and would like to hear your input.  The judges are:  Judge Zoe Bush, Judge Thomas J. Motley, and Judge Susan R. Winfield.  Judge Bush and Judge Motley are retiring and seeking a recommendation for an initial appointment as a senior judge.  Judge Winfield is seeking a recommendation for reappointment as a senior judge. Comments from the bench, bar, and the general public regarding the judges' qualifications to continue their judicial services are welcome.  Comments in writing may be submitted to the Commission’s office located at 515 Fifth Street, NW, Room 246, Washington, DC 20001.  In addition, comments may be submitted by an online survey available on the Commission’s website or by using the direct link.  Comments can also be emailed to dc.cjdt@dc.gov.  All comments must be received by Friday, September 29.  Unless the commenter authorizes the disclosure of his or her name, the identity of any person submitting comments will be kept confidential. 

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Student Affairs

FCC HONORS PROGRAM - FALL 2018

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is now accepting applications from graduating law students and current judicial clerks for its Fall 2018 Attorney Honors Program.  The application window closes on midnight September 11, 2017.  The Attorney Honors Program is the FCC’s primary vehicle for hiring entry-level attorneys.  Selection for the Honors Program is highly competitive. Before making a selection, the FCC reviews many facets of a candidate's background, including academic achievement, writing skills, law review and/or moot court experience, clinic or extracurricular activities, and demonstrated interest in government service and/or the communications industry.  Graduating students and judicial clerks with strong qualifications are encouraged to apply.  Attorney Honors Program participants serve in a two-year employment and training program designed to introduce them to the field of communications law and policy and to provide a wide variety of learning experiences.  Interested persons should submit a cover letter, resume, official or unofficial law school transcript, writing sample (of not more than 15 pages), and a list of three professional references via email to Honors.Program@fcc.gov with “2018 AHP Application” in the subject line.  For further information, please visit the Honors Program webpage at www.fcc.gov/attorneyhonorsprogram.  You may also contact Shannon Hyatt, Office of General Counsel, at (202) 418-1887.

2018 SUMMER ASSOCIATE POSITIONS 

Morgan Lewis, a longtime friend of HBA-DC, has started their 2018 summer associate recruiting!  See the advertisements below: 

FDA Law Clerk, Morgan Lewis, Washington DC

Diversity Career Fellowship Program, Morgan Lewis, Washington DC

Summer Associate, Morgan Lewis, Washington DC

Summer Associate, Baker & McKenzie Washington, DC

2018-2019 Law Fellow Position, American Constitution Society, Washington, DC

Summer 2018 Law Clerk Position, American Constitution Society, Washington, DC

Summer Associate, Arent Fox LLP, Washington, DC  

Summer Associate, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington DC 

Summer Associate, Venable LLP, Washington DC

Law Clerk, The Mendoza Law Firm, Washington DC

Internship (Fall 2017), Whitman-Walker Health, Washington, DC 

DC BAR LAWYER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE TO LAW STUDENTS

The Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) is a free, confidential service for DC Bar members, judges, and law students who are experiencing problems that interfere with their personal or professional lives.  LAP offers both individual (free, confidential) services (assessment, referral, counseling, and consultation) as well as (free) individualized presentations and materials for groups.  More information is available here.

 

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