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HBA-DC Newsletter:  November 6, 2017


 
HBA-DC Events
 

 HBA-DC HOLIDAY PARTY & TOY DRIVE


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


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 donation and/or bringing a toy to donate.  The South Asian Bar Association (SABA), Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA), the Federal Bar Association-DC Chapter, and the Washington Council of Lawyers are co-sponsoring this year's event.

 

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 Hernandez-Stern at 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 long-term 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 residing in the greater Washington area.  Read the entire 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

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.

Henry Escoto
Samanta Martinez-Villarreal
David Lugo
Lisa Pino
Sherley E. Cruz
Angela Mojica - Madrid
Andre Castillo
Maria Fernanda Miranda Munoz
Canek Acosta
LizMary Mejia-Julio
Liliana Ramirez Saravia
Frances D. Jimenez
Maria D. 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@@,

Thank you for everyone who came to EJA.  We had record turn out!  The HBA-DC was proud to award the Judge Ricardo M. Urbina Lifetime Achievement Award Julio A. Castillo, Clerk of the DC Court of Appeals. Julio provided inspiring remarks and charged each of us to help others. This is a great message to take into the Holiday season. Kudos to all the awardees for their heartwarming speeches. 

Quick reminder. The annual Holiday Party benefiting Mary's Center is fast approaching.  Over half of the 120 spots have already been spoken for.  Register soon!  The HBADC so pleased to again feature Mary's Center, which tirelessly works to build better futures  for District residents through the delivery of health care, education, and social services.

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Atentamente, 

Ben Hernandez-Stern

President
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia

  

Movers & SPOTLIGHT
 
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 Pro Bono Corner
IMMIGRATION CLINIC: ALL ABOUT CONVICTIONS AND ADMISSIONS 

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 2:00 pm, learn about crime-based inadmissibility. Do you know a conviction or admission to a crime when you see it? What if your client paid a fine in connection with possession of marijuana? Or admitted to a USCIS examiner that he stole a wallet from Target? Do those scenarios trigger crime-based immigration consequences? 

Crime-based inadmissibility can arise from both convictions and admissions, but these terms have legal definitions that we need to utilize when we assess the significance of our client’s criminal record or conduct.  In this webinar, CLINIC attorneys Brad Jenkins and Susan Schreiber will examine when a case disposition constitutes a conviction for immigration law purposes and under what circumstances a client’s statements may constitute an admission triggering inadmissibility. Register here

TRAINING TO REPRESENT CHILDREN IN IMMIGRATION MATTERS

Learn about the immigration system, getting courtroom experience, and providing valuable pro bono legal representation to vulnerable children facing deportation at KIND’s DC Office Live Training on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Topics covered include:  an overview of unaccompanied immigrant children and the laws that affect immigration children; working with child clients and interpreters; family court and immigration proceedings for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases in Virginia and DC; asylum law; and the U and T visa processes. The training will take place at Cooley LLP, 11951 Freedom Dr. #1500, Reston, VA 20190. Lunch and materials will be provided. Please RSVP to pkonings@supportkind.org by November 10, 2017. 

VOLUNTEER AT THE IMMIGRATION LEGAL ADVICE & REFERRAL CLINIC

The next D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Immigration Legal Advice & Referral Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, December 2, 2017.  Please consider volunteering – it makes a difference! Volunteer attorneys are asked to arrive by 9:30 am for a brief orientation, and breakfast will be served.  We start serving clients at 10:00 am.  Please plan to stay until the last client has been served, which may be around 2:30 pm. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please apply by Friday, November 3, 2017.  If you have volunteered in the past, simply email agottshall@dcbar.org with (1) your name; (2) jurisdiction in which you are barred; and (3) employer.  If this will be your first time volunteering, please complete the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ImmigrationClinic.  Preference will be given to past volunteers, attorneys with immigration experience, and/or attorneys with bilingual language skills (the ability to communicate with a non-English speaking client without an interpreter).  

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

Legal Aid Attorney – Hotline, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Washington, DC

Trial Attorney (Appellate), District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General (OAG), Washington, DC

Trial Attorney (Tax and Finance), Office of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Spring 2018 Law Clerk, Democratic Staff of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Washington, DC

Part-Time Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging, Washington, DC

Deputy Director, Pretrial Services Agency, Washington, DC

Executive Director, District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission, Washington, DC

Supervisory Attorney Advisor, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC

Supervising Attorney, Hogar Immigrant Services, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, Alexandria, VA

Program Manager, Public Programs, Equal Justice Works, Washington, DC

 
SUPERIOR COURT'S MULTI-DOOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION DIVISION SEEKS FAMILY MEDIATORS  

The Family Mediation Program of the D.C. Superior Court’s Multi-Door Division is accepting applications for family mediation training.  The training is provided free of charge.  In exchange, applicants must make a commitment to attend all training sessions, co-mediate one case with a mentor and mediate for a minimum of one year following completion of training and mentorship.  The training will take place on January 25-26, February 1-2 and March 2, 2018, from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day.  Interested individuals who can make all of the above commitments are encouraged to apply.  The deadline for applications is October 31, 2017.  Interviews will be scheduled during November, 2017 and candidates selected for training will be expected to observe one family mediation session before the start of training.  Mediators are paid a stipend of $60 per mediation session and $50 for sessions for which one or more parties do not appear.  Mediators receive an additional stipend for writing a family mediation agreement.

Questions about the program or application process should be directed to Karen Leichtnam, ADR Training Manager, at karen.leichtnam@dcsc.gov or 202-879-0675, or to Matthew Centeio-Bargasse, Family Program Manager, at matthew-centeio-bargasse@dcsc.gov or 202-508-1888.

Visit www.HBADC.org for additional job openings.

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Topics of Interest

ABA LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT HAPPY HOUR

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Diversity and Inclusion Section will host a Happy Hour cocktail reception for diverse Conference attendees and employment and labor attorneys from diverse local and national bar associations.  This year's happy hour is co-sponsored by the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section; National Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section; and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; National Employment Law Council.  RSVP to laborempllaw@americanbar.org.  

LUMINARIAS DE LA LEY EXHIBIT 


From November 10th through November 19th, the Luminarias de la Ley Exhibit  will be presented at the George Washington University School of Law.  The Luminarias Exhibit will consist of 55 mounted panels that relay the highlights of the history of women’s progression in the U.S. legal profession. The historical outline is intended to teach younger women, and remind others, about the struggle that birthed today’s opportunities. Furthermore, the Luminarias Exhibit is designed to encourage a career in the law, thereby, increasing the number of Latinas lawyers in the United States.  On Thursday, Nov. 9 , 2017, GW will host an opening reception to give more meaning and background to the exhibit. RSVP will be required for this event.  For details email Mireya Martinez (mmartinez1@law.gwu.edu). 

 

PANEL ON THE ENERGY FUTURE OF PUERTO RICO 

On November 17, 2017, at 6:00 pm, the George Washington University will host a panel titled "Energy Future of Puerto Rico: Rebuilding the Electric Grid of the Island to highlight initiatives and solutions to rebuild a resilient electric grid for the Island. This event is co-sponsored by the Environmental and Energy Management Institute of George Washington University and other organizations of the Puerto Rican Diaspora in the Washington, DC area.

The event will start with a fundraiser and networking event (with refreshments) from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The forum will feature a video recording from Arturo Massol, Assistant Executive Director from the Organization Casa Pueblo. From there we will have 15-min presentations from the speakers, and we will finish with a 30-minutes Q&A Panel with the invited speakers. More information is available in the Facebook Event's page: https://www.facebook.com/events/898327733653414/.


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

 
MARSHALL BRENNAN CONSTITUTIONAL LITERACY PROJECT AT AU SEEKS MOOT COURT JUDGES

The Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, 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 18 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 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, Washington, DC 20016.  Additional information and registration are available here.

JNC FORWARDS SUPERIOR COURT CANDIDATES TO THE PRESIDENT 

On September 13, 2017, the District of Columbia Judicial Nominations Commission (“The Commission”) forwarded the names of three lawyers to the President for consideration to fill the judicial vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia created by the retirement of the Honorable Gregory E. Jackson.  The lawyers who were recommended are:  Michael T. Ambrosino, Esq., who has served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia since 1989; Hon. Shana Frost Matini, who was appointed Magistrate Judge by Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on January 4, 2016; and the Hon. Adrienne Jennings Noti, who was sworn in as a Magistrate Judge in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 2014.  The President has 60 days from the date of recommendation to select the nominee for this vacancy.  Please direct any questions to the Commission’s Executive Director at (202) 879-0478 or dc.jnc@dc.gov.

NOTICE TO APPLY TO BE AN ASSOCIATE JUDGE ON THE SUPERIOR COURT 

The Commission invites qualified individuals to apply for a vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. This vacancy will occur as the result of the retirement of the Honorable Russell F. Canan, effective February 3, 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:  Judicial Nomination Commission, 515 Fifth Street, NW, Suite 235, Washington, DC 20001.  Application materials must be received no later than 12pm on November 30, 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 5pm on January 16, 2018.  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.

NOTICE TO PROVIDE COMMENT ON ASSOCIATE JUDGE APPLICANTS 

On October 12, 2017, the Commission notified the bench, bar, and public that there are 30 applicants for the pending vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, created by the retirement of Judge Frederick Weisberg. The name of each applicant will be submitted to the President for his consideration to appoint a judge. These are the applicants:

Magdalena A. Acevedo
Hon. Errol R. Arthur
Mark D. Back
Sheila B. Berman
Hon. Rahkel Bouchet
Hon. Julie R. Breslow
Cory M. Chandler
Ann Marie Duffy
Nebiyu Feleke
Eric S. Glover
Hon. Sharon E. Goodie
Hon. Heide L. Herrmann
Kelly A. Higashi
Karlyn J. Hunter
Hon. Jacqueline M. Ivey
Lee W. Jackson
Catrina M. Jones
Hon. Tanya M. Jones Bosier
Jason H. Lederstein
Hon. Diane Lepley
Elbert L. Maxwell, II
Hon. Shelly A. Mulkey
Hon. Lloyd U. Nolan
Edward A. O’Connell
Peter C. Pfaffenroth
Judith E. Pipe
Caroline S. Platt
Hon. Kenia Seoane López
Eli D. Wood
Melissa F. Zappala

The commission invites comments no later than November 14, 2017.  The Commission has created a web-based survey to facilitate the comment process, available here.  Comments may also be provided by letter.  Please see this site for more detail on what to include in the letter.  Letters are to be sent to the Commission via mail, 515 5th Street, NW, Suite 235, Washington, DC 20001, email at dc.jnc@dc.gov, or fax at (202) 879-0755.

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Student Affairs

FALL 2017 & SUMMER 2018 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS 

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

Law Clerk, D.C. Board of Elections, Office of the General Counsel, Washington, DC

 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

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: ATTEND THE ACS STUDENT CONVENTION


The 2018 ACS Student Convention will be hosted by the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago March 9-10, 2018. Plan to join us for two days of networking and dynamic discussions with leading scholars, advocates, and policymakers, including remarks by Jason Kander, president of Let America Vote and Missouri’s 39th Secretary of State. Stay tuned for more announcements here. Our scholarship application to help defray costs of attendance is now available here.

SENATE INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE: APPLY NOW! 

 

The Democratic staff of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the chief investigative subcommittee of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, is offering an unpaid legal clerkship to a current law student or recent law graduate for the Spring of 2018. The law clerk will participate in a variety of projects, including conducting legal research, drafting letters and document requests, as well as preparing memoranda and materials for subcommittee hearings. The clerkship provides a unique opportunity to participate in congressional investigations. Applicants must be motivated, hard-working, well-organized and have strong written and oral communication skills.  Interested applicants should apply to this position by emailing a brief cover letter indicating availability, a resume, and brief writing sample.

 

The Democratic staff of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is offering an unpaid legal clerkship to a current law student or recent law graduate for the Spring of 2018.  The law clerk will be responsible for performing legal research, preparing memoranda for professional staff, participating in preparation for hearings, and composing a variety of written materials.  Law Clerks must be able to write quickly and clearly, be flexible in adjusting to changing circumstances and legislative priorities, and be self-starters capable of taking responsibility for ongoing projects.  Applicants should have an interest in Federal Indian Law.  The clerkship provides an opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge on how a Senate Committee works to pass legislation and conducts oversight on federal agencies, programs and policy implementation. Full-time applicants preferred; part-time applicants welcome.  Interested applicants should apply by emailing a cover letter indicating availability (start date and hours per week), a resume, and brief writing sample to resumes@indian.senate.gov. Indicate “Spring 2018 Internship” in the subject line.  All application materials must be submitted by 5:00 pm EST on November 9, 2017. No phone calls or drop-ins please.

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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