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HBA-DC Newsletter:  October 16, 2017


 
HBA-DC Events
 
TOMORROW!!!
NETWORKING EVENT TO BENEFIT THE HISPANIC FEDERATION'S UNIDOS DISASTER RELIEF FUND

When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Miller & Chevalier, 900 16th St NW
Metro: McPherson Square (Blue, Yellow & Silver Lines) 
Registration: Available here until 12:00 pm on October 17th 

The Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia invites you to attend a networking event to benefit the Hispanic Federation's UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund.  In response to Hurricane Maria and the Mexico City earthquake, the Hispanic Federation launched the UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund to help meet hurricane and earthquake-related needs and recovery in Puerto Rico and Mexico.  100% of contributions will go directly to relief efforts.  HBA-DC suggests that attendees make a voluntary contribution of $20.00 to the UNIDOS fund.  Miller & Chevalier is graciously hosting the event. Drinks and appetizers will be provided.

AN EVENING WITH THOMAS A. SAENZ OF MALDEF

When: October 24, 2017, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (Reception); 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Discussion)
Where:  Sidley Austin LLP, 1501 K Street, N.W. #600
Metro:  McPherson Square (Blue, Yellow & Silver Lines)
Registration:  Available here.

Thomas A. Saenz is the President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Previously, as Counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Mr. Saenz served on the four-person executive team to the mayor, where he provided legal and policy advice on major initiatives.The Evening With series profiles members of the Latino community with a high level of professional achievement and commitment to our organization. Speakers typically talk about their career paths, the obstacles they faced, and offer words of advice to our members.  The events offer a unique opportunity for our members to socialize with the speakers and with each other.  

This Evening With is made possible through the generous support of Sidley Austin LLP.  

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, & Green Lines) 
Registration:  RSVP here


Save the Date! This year's event features a private room and bar.  A DJ will be on hand to provide music. Dancing is encouraged!  There will be complimentary appetizers and a free drink ticket for the first 35 members who register!

 

This year's event will also serve as a fundraiser for Mary's Center's annual toy drive.  Mary's Center is a Community Health Center that provides health care, family literacy, and social services to individuals whose needs too often go unmet by the public and private systems.  HBA-DC suggests a $10 dollar donation.  The South Asian Bar Association (SABA) and Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) are co-sponsoring this year's event.  

 

NEW DATE!!! 

DC BAR PRO BONO ADVICE & LEGAL REFERRAL CLINIC  

 

When:  December 9, 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:  Email Ben (ben.hernandez.stern@gmail.com) to register 

Government attorneys are eligible to participate with ethics approvals!! The clinic provides individuals who do not have their own lawyer an opportunity to discuss with volunteer attorneys civil legal problems governed by D.C. law including: bankruptcy and debt collection; consumer law; employment law; family law; health law, such as medical debt and denial of coverage; housing law, such as landlord-tenant issues; personal injury; probate matters, such as medical directives; public benefits, such as TANF/SNAP and SSI/SSDI; and tax law.  The clinic does not assist with any criminal issues, including criminal record expungement or traffic issues. Clinic services are only available to individuals, not businesses, nonprofit organizations, tenants associations, or similar groups.  No attorney-client relationship is entered into during this clinic.

 

 

News

HBA-DC URGES DELEGATE HOLMES TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO AID PUERTO RICO

HBA-DC sent a letter to Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton asking her to help Puerto Rico secure adequate federal-government aid, including from the military and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); assist Puerto Rico in obtaining a longterm commitment from the federal government to dedicate the federal resources necessary to rebuild Puerto Rico; and introduce legislation to form a bipartisan commission to review the federal response to Hurricanes Maria and Irma.  Read the letter here

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 DENOUNCES 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.

 

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.

Carolina Urso Furquim Leite Casella
Alexander Kristallis
Christina Brito
Selene Medina
Mary Mikhaeel
Eric Ubias
Alejandra M. Almonte (Montenegro)
Darrell Valdez
Daniel F. Garcia Clavijo
Jason A. Reding
Julia Mello
Alejandra Rojas
Frida Stukanow
Arturo Meza Chavez
Julia Navarro
Cristina Villarroe

 

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@@,

Come tomorrow to Miller & Chevalier to support the Hispanic Federation's UNIDOS fund. Many in the HBA-DC familia have been personally impacted by Hurricane Maria. This is a great opportunity to support your colleagues, friends, and the people of Puerto Rico. Details may be found here.

Atentamente, 

Ben Hernandez-Stern

President
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia

  

Movers & SPOTLIGHT
 
HBA-DC Member Ray Ramirez was featured in this month's Washington Lawyer magazine.  Ray provided his thoughts on his favorite food app "Caviar."   Well done, Ray!
 
 

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
REPRESENTING CENTRAL AMERICAN BASED ASYLUM CLAIMS: VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND GANG VIOLENCE 

Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services and Sidley Austin LLP are offering an attorney training on Friday October 20, 2017, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Sidley Austin (1501 K Street NW).  For additional information and to register, email probono@cc-dc.org
 
CATHOLIC CHARITIES PRESENTS SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE STATUS IN MD 

On October 26th, Catholic Charities will present from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on the law and procedure to effectively prepare an application for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.  The training will include information on the process in state court and through immigration adjudication and will be held at HIAS Silver Spring, 1300 Spring Street, Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910.  RVSP by October 24th to Jonathon.Orta@hias.org

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

Manager, State & Local Policy, The American Institute of Architects, Washington, DC

Visit www.HBADC.org for additional job openings.

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Topics of Interest

DONATE TO HELP PUERTO RICO AND MEXICO VIA THE HISPANIC FEDERATION

 

The Hispanic Federation has launched the UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund to help meet hurricane and earthquake-related needs and recovery in Puerto Rico and Mexico. 100% of your gift to UNIDOS goes to help children, friends, and families recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria and the Mexico City earthquake. Donate here.

 

DONATE TO UNICEF USA TO HELP CHILDREN IN PUERTO RICO

 

Puerto Rico is in a state of crisis. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, mass flooding and destruction have put children throughout the island at risk. The governor has warned that this is “the worst hurricane in a century,” and that rebuilding will be a tremendously difficult undertaking. UNICEF USA is mobilizing to get immediate, critical support — Emergency Relief Kits — to the children of Puerto Rico. Donate here

   

AN EVENING OF NETWORKING & DISCUSSIONS WITH CYBERSECURITY, PRIVACY & INFORMATION LAW EXPERTS

The ABA Science & Technology Law (SciTech) Section’s Homeland Security Committee is hosting a discussion focusing on legal careers in cybersecurity, privacy, and information law at Crowell & Moring on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Register at CLuna@crowell.com.  

 

CAPITAL AREA MUSLIM BAR ASSOCIATION PRESENTS: "GIVE US YOUR IPHONE" THE FOURTH AMENDMENT AT THE BORDER

On October 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm, CAMBA is hosting Sirine Shebaya, Senior Staff Attorney at Muslim Advocates, to cover the basic case law and principles governing federal officials' authority to search and question at the border.  The training will cover the basic constitutional principles, case law, and recent developments, as well as a list of best practices and key principles you can use in answering questions or giving Know Your Rights sessions within your community. The event will take Arent Fox (1717 K St, NW).  Details are available here.  

 

LATIN AMERICAN YOUTH CENTER BREAKFAST FOR HEROES 

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, join the Latin American Youth Center for a breakfast honoring special hero Congressman Joaquín Castro for his dedication and commitment to DACA and DREAMER youth and local heroes Richard and Laura Renner, LAYC/MMYC Host Homes Foster Parents.  The event will take place at the Latin American Youth Center (1419 Columbia Rd. NW) from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.  For more information, please contact Pedro Rivera at pedro@layc-dc.org

 

INVESTMENT STRUCTURING & TREATY PROTECTION DISCUSSION 

On Monday, October 30, 2017, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, join the Inter-American Bar Association, the Institute of International Economic Law, and the Georgetown International Arbitration Society for a discussion of the hottest topics in Investment and International Arbitration.  The keynote, “International Arbitration:  Evolution & Adaption” will be given by Pierre Tercier.  Registration required by October 27, 2017.  For more information and to register, click here

 
MARSHALL BRENNAN CONSTITUTIONAL LITERACY PROJECT AT AU SEEKS MOOT COURT JUDGES

Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. Marshall Brennan, based at American University's Washington College of Law, places talented second and third year law students in high schools across DC to teach year-long courses in constitutional law and civic engagement. The fall semester culminates in a citywide moot court competition that brings together high school competitors from 6 local high schools. This year's William H. Karchmer High School Moot Court Competition will take place on Saturday, November 18th at Washington College of Law. We are looking for great lawyers to serve as judges for this year's regional competition. This year's case is based on the First and Fourteenth Amendment issues. To sign up to serve as a volunteer judge, please complete the form here: https://goo.gl/forms/xmOwKaH4EjpO48Xu2

Questions? Email marshallbrennan@gmail.com.

CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION:  SYMPOSIUM ON SALIENT ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION

On November 14, 2017 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, the the Center on International Commercial Arbitration invites you to participate in  a symposium on presenting a global perspective of current developments in international arbitration throughout the world. The Symposium hosts prominent speakers and generates a dialogue for salient issues in BIT and ICSID arbitration, as well as current developments in international commercial arbitration in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia.  The event will take place at Grossman Hall, American University Washington College of Law (WCL), 4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW).  Additional information and registration are available here.

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Student Affairs

 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

Spring 2018 Law Student Internship, Department of Treasury, Washington, DC

Counsel or Legislative Assistant (Environmental), U.S. Senate, Washington, DC

2018 Student Intern, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission – Division of Enforcement, Washington, DC

Law Clerk (Disability Rights Project), Quality Trust, Washington, DC

Clinical Teaching Fellowship, Center for Applied Legal Studies at Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Legal Fellow, National Parks Conservation Association, Washington, DC

AARP Foundation Law Fellow, AARP, 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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