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HBA-DC Newsletter:  September 11, 2017

HBA-DC Events
 

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

Scholarships are available!  Email President@hbadc.org for more information.

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 MEMBERS NEEDED FOR IMMIGRATION LEGAL ADVICE & REFERRAL CLINIC

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, 1100 Harvard St., NW
Registration deadline: Available here through September 6, 2017

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 email the week before the clinic to confirm your participation.  For any questions, please contact Adrian Gottshall at agottshall@dcbar.org.

HBA-DC DAY AT THE BALLPARK

When:  September 17, 2017, 8:05 pm, pre-game at 7:00 pm 
Where:  Nationals Park
Metro:  Navy Yard (Green Line) 
Registration:  Only a few tickets are available here.    

New Time!  

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!

HOW TO BECOME A MAGISTRATE JUDGE IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

When:  September 28, 2017, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (Reception); 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Panel)
Where:  Venable LLP, 600 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Metro:  Chinatown (Green, Yellow, and Red Lines) 
Registration:  Available here.

HBA-DC welcomes its members to come learn about how to become a Magistrate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.  Venable LLP will host a reception for HBA-DC members followed by a panel featuring judicial officers who will describe their experiences applying to be magistrate judges.  

This event is co-sponsored by the South Asian Bar Association, the Capital Area Muslim Bar Association, and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association. 

SAVE THE DATE: 2017 MENTORSHIP PROGRAM KICK-OFF RECEPTION

When Tuesday, October 10, 2017, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer (601Massachusetts Ave., NW) 
Metro: Chinatown (Green, Yellow, Red Lines) 
Registration: Coming Soon! 


Background: Join HBA-DC to kick-off the 2017 Mentoring Program.  This mixer will give mentees and experienced attorneys serving as mentors an opportunity to meet, and for mentees to learn about the benefits of developing and nurturing these relationships.  More details forthcoming. 
 
The Mentorship Program is open to law students and new attorneys.  To participate as a mentor or mentee, complete a Mentorship Program Registration form.  If you have questions, please email mentoring@hbadc.org. 

HBA-DC TO CO-SPONSOR THE ANNUAL WONE JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP & INTERNSHIP CONFERENCE

When:  Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:00 am - 2:40 pm
Location: Georgetown University Law Center, Hotung International Law Building, 600 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
Metro:  Union Station (Red Line) 
RegistrationRegister by October 10th here.

Questions:  Please contact Sandra Bellew.

The Robert E. Wone Annual Judicial Clerkship & Internship Conference is a unique event co-sponsored by several minority bar associations.  The Conference will provide law students with the opportunity to: (a) learn about judicial clerkships and internships from judges and law clerks; (b) meet judges from federal and state trial, administrative, and appellate courts; (c) hear judges and law clerks describe the work of their courts and their own experiences; and (d) understand the application process and the selection criteria for clerkships and internships.  Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

DC BAR PRO BONO ADVICE & LEGAL REFERRAL CLINIC  

 

When:  October 14, 2017

Location:  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 and Yellow Lines)/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 - 9:00 pm
Where:  Bar Deco, 717 6th St NW
Metro:  Chinatown (Red, Yellow, and 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!

 

 

News

HBA-DC ISSUES DACA STATEMENT CONDEMNING THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION TO END DACA 

On September 6, 2017, HBA-DC issued a statement condemning the President's announcement of the phasing out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.  HBA-DC strongly urges Congress to act to protect the more than 40,000 DACA recipients reside in the greater Washington area.  Read entire the statement here.

HBA-DC DENOUCES THE PRESIDENT'S PARDON OF JOE ARPAIO

The HBA-DC added its voice to the scores of legal, community, and civil rights organizations condemning the President’s decision to pardon former Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio for his conviction for criminal contempt. This decision disregards the rule of law and erodes the public’s faith in our legal system. It sends the wrong message that public officials and law enforcement officers may willfully violate the law and court orders with impunity. Read of the entire statement here

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.

Laura Santos-Bishop
Sophia Castillero
Paloma Cipolla Moguilevsky
Lisa A. Sendrow
Pamela S. Duran (Vinueza)
Kristen Canales
Robin Gonzales
Ian Jones-Muniz
Christian Rojas
Alex Somodevilla
Natalia Meade
Samantha S. Primeaux
Elysia Morelli
Genesis Mercado
Elena M. Barberena

 

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@@,

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.  The commemorations and  acknowledgments honor the nearly 3,000 victims of the attacks and all those who perished later on account of their participation in the clean up efforts.  As this solemn day slips further into the history books, I ask you pause and take stock of all that has happened in your life the last 16 years and to be grateful for the blessing that we have.  Let us not forget the sacrifices of the past and the challenges that lie ahead.  Together we can accomplish so much.   

Atentamente, 

Ben Hernandez-Stern

President
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia

  

Movers & SPOTLIGHT
 
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

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

On Thursday, September 14, 2017, from 9:00 am ­to 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.  

AYUDA OFFERS THREE FREE IMMIGRATION CONSULTATION CLINICS

On September 23 and October 14, Ayuda will be offering immigration consultation clinics.  Each clinic  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: 

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:  FIGHTING FOR VICTIMS, KEYS FOR LITIGATING PROTECTION ORDER CASES 

DCVLP will be hosting "Fighting for Victims: Litigating Protection Order Cases" on September 28th, 2017, from 10 am to 3 pm, at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Help domestic violence victims obtain “stay-away” orders against their abusers and gain supervised, in-court litigation experience in a short time. Cases last just 10-12 days on average.  To RSVP to this event, or to learn more, please email Emilia Plater-Zyberk, DCVLP’s Volunteer Coordinator, at eplaterzyberk@dcvlp.org.

COMMUNITY 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, DC, 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

Trial Attorney, DC Office of Attorney General, Domestic Violence Section, Washington DC

Circuit Mediator; Office of The Circuit Executive, United States Courts of The District of Columbia Circuit; Washington DC

Visit www.HBADC.org for additional job openings.

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Topics of Interest

CHCI PRESENTS: HOW TO RUN FOR OFFICE AND WIN

On September 12, 2017, the CHCI Alumni Association in partnership with Solidarity Strategies, LLC will present a two-part training for civically-minded Latino professionals interested in running for political office. This session will present key strategies and examine the finer nuances of effective campaign management from experts in advocacy, fundraising, and communications. Participants will then hear directly from current and former elected officials, who will share best practices, lessons learned, and what it takes to win. We will be streaming LIVE on Facebook. If you are not in DC, you can still join the session on Tuesday, September 12th at 11:00 am EST.  Facebook event is here

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OFFERS U VISA & VAWA PETITION TRAINING

This Wednesday, September 13, from 9:00 am – 11:00 am we are holding a training on U Visa and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) Petitions for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence and Crime at Simpson Thacher (900 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001). Come learn how to help immigrant victims of crimes. All are invited and a pro bono commitment is required. Please RSVP as soon as possible as seating is limited. Training materials and a light breakfast will be provided. Email Rachel Bennion (Rachel.Bennion@CC-DC.org) for more information. 

ACS & NBA PRESENT: THE POWER TO PROMOTE PROGRESS: OPPORTUNITIES AND LIMITS TO PROSECUTORS SEEKING REFORM 

 

On September 20, 2017, the American Constitution Society and the National Bar Association will present a panel of current and former state and federal prosecutors who will discuss the opportunities and challenges of serving as a progressive prosecutor. The program will be held 9:00 am to 11:30 am in Washington, DC, at Jenner & Block. RSVP and more info here.
 
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OPEN HOUSE

On Tuesday September 26, 2017, the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General is proud to hold an open house.  Come learn how the OAG, with a complement of 225 attorneys, represents the public interest of the District of Columbia and its citizens.  Learn about the OAGs sections and how the OAG protects children, seniors, developmentally disabled adults, and other vulnerable populations.  Contact President-Elect Richard Rodriguez at President-Elect@hbadc.org for more information. 

FARMWORKER JUSTICE:  2017 WINE & JAZZ RECEPTION

Farmworker Justice will host its annual Wine & Jazz Reception on Thursday, October 5, in Washington, DC in the main hall of the AFL-CIO.  More Information is available here.  Farmworker Justice is a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice.  Support their efforts.

NOTICE OF A VACANCY ON THE SUPERIOR COURT

The Judicial Nominations Committee 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 Frederick H. Weisberg, effective March 22, 2018. The Commission invites qualified individuals to apply for this vacancy by 12:00 pm on Wednesday, October 11, 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. 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. All application materials must be received no later than 12:00 pm on October 11, 2017.

LULAC WASHINGTON YOUTH LEADERSHIP SEMINAR

The LNESC National Office would like your help identifying outstanding Latino high school juniors and seniors for the 2017 Washington Youth Leadership Seminar (WLYS). This year’s seminar will be held from September 27, 2017 to October 1, 2017 in Washington, DC.  The Washington Youth Leadership Seminar offers a truly unique opportunity for students to voice their opinions directly to national leaders and policymakers. After meeting with key policymakers in the field and discussing with representatives, participants collaborate on a position piece, which is then sent to their congressional representatives. In past years, students have focused on issues as varied as the environment, education, immigration, health care reform, and the economy.  For more information, please visit www.LNESC.org.

JNC INVITES CANDIDATES TO APPLY TO BECOME AN ASSOCIATE JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT

The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission invites qualified individuals to apply for a vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia by Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 12 PM. This vacancy will occur as the result of the retirement of the Honorable Frederick H. Weisberg, effective March 22, 2018. All persons interested in applying must comply with the instructions on the Commission's website, found here. All application materials and correspondence must be addressed to Katherine L. Garrett, Executive Director, Judicial Nomination Commission, 515 Fifth Street, NW, Suite 235, Washington, DC 20001. Application materials must be received no later than 12 PM on October 11, 2017. While the Commission does not require letters of recommendation, support, or endorsements, it will accept them. Letters of support must be received by the Commission no later than 5 PM on November 14, 2017. For more information, visit the Commission's website. Questions about this process shall be directed to the Commission's Executive Director at 202.879.0478 or dc.jnc.@dc.gov.

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 will close at midnight on 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.

FALL 2017 & SUMMER 2018 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS 

The 2018 summer associate recruiting season has started!  See opportunities below: 

 Summer Associate 2018, Squire Patton Boggs, Washington, DC

 Diversity Fellowship Program, Baker & McKenzie, Washington, DC

 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

 2L Diversity Scholar, Arent Fox, Washington, DC

 Legal Intern, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Baltimore, MD

 Mine Safety and Health Volunteer Internship, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, DC

 Legal Intern, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Washington, DC

 Summer Program 2018, Hunton & Williams LLP, Washington, DC

 Law Clerk, Outten & Golden, Washington, DC

 Law Clerk/Patent Agent, Banner & Witcoff, Washington, DC

 Summer Associate (2L), Banner & Witcoff, Washington, DC

 Law Clerk I, Leidos, 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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