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HBA-DC Newsletter:  November 20, 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.

Ruben Arrieta
Hana V. Vizcarra
Jessica Lara
 

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@@,

I hope everybody has an opportunity this week to take a break and spend time with family and friends.  There is much to be thankful for this year.  

Our holiday party is fast approaching.  We are nearing capacity with only 40 spaces still remaining.  Please sign up soon! It’s a HBA-DC tradition that our end-of-the year gathering benefit Mary’s Center.  This year, Mary’s Center opened Behavioral Health Services Center that hopes to serve the local Latino community and veterans.

Come learn more about Mary’s Center and enjoy good company at our holiday party!

 

Atentamente, 

Ben Hernandez-Stern

President
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia

  

Movers & SPOTLIGHT
 

Congratulations to Giselle Fuentes of Arnold & Porter LLP and her team, along with Catholic Charities, who were able to help a man from El Salvador win lawful permanent resident status.

 
 

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

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).  

VOLUNTEER AT THE DC VOLUNTEER LAWYERS PROJECT (DCVLP)

If you are interested in representing a domestic violence victim or an at-risk child, please consider volunteering with DCVLP. Contact Emilia Plater-Zyberk at eplaterzyberk@dcvlp.org for more information about volunteer trainings, both in-person and online. Please note your availability to take a case here and contact Emily to request a case assignment. 

 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

Financial Services Staff Attorney, Venable LLP, Washington, DC

Managing Director, Government Affairs & Policy, The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington, DC

Bilingual Administrative Assistant, MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund), Washington, DC

International Trade Associate or Attorney, Arent Fox LLP, Washington, DC

Associate Attorney (Trademarks), Banner & Witcoff LTD, Washington, DC

Staff Attorney, DC Appleseed, Washington, DC

Staff Attorney, Bread for the City, Washington, DC

Staff Attorney, MCASA’s Sexual Assault Legal Institute, Silver Spring, MD

Staff Attorney, Opportunity to Learn, Advancement Project, Washington, DC

Staff Attorney, Detained Adults Program, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, Washington, DC

Staff Attorney/Housing Law Attorney, DC Law Students in Court, Washington, DC

Staff Attorney (Appellate), Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (MJC), Washington, DC

Litigation and Advocacy Director, Neighborhood Legal Services Program, Washington, DC

Visit www.HBADC.org for additional job openings.

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Topics of Interest

BECOME A COURT APPOINTED ATTORNEY AT THE DC SUPERIOR COURT

On Tuesday, November 29, 2017, there will be a Q&A presentation at the DC Superior Court about joining the Criminal Justice Act Panel to represent indigent clients. Attorneys, who are members of the District of Columbia Bar and are committed to providing quality representation to indigent persons with matters in the Criminal and Domestic Violence Divisions of the DC Superior Court, may apply to be appointed to the CJA Panel to represent clients.  Applications are currently being accepted. The deadline for applications is January 19, 2018, at 2:00 pm. You can find additional information about joining the CJA Panel at https://www.dccourts.gov/services/cja-practitioner.

Any inquiries about the application process should be made to: Judge Juliet McKenna, Co-Chair of the CJA Panels Committee, who can be reached at 202-879-0422. HBA-DC Member Judge Marisa Demeo, who is also a member of the CJA Panels Committee, has volunteered to also assist with questions. She can be contacted at marisa.demeo@dcsc.gov. 

 

THE SECRETS OF GRITTY WOMEN IN THE LAW

On Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, join the ABA for a session with grit experts and authors who will provide insight on how grit can lead to professional success for women.  You can find more information about this session hereMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1111 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004, will host the event.  Registration may be found here

SYMPOSIUM ON PATHYWAYS TO THE FEDERAL BENCH FOR DIVERSE CANDIDATES

On December 6, 2017, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System is sponsoring a Diversity Symposium: Pathways to the Federal Bench: Who Me? A Bankruptcy Judge? to teach attorneys, students, and professors about various opportunities within the federal judiciary, particularly highlighting bankruptcy judgeships. Everyone interested in any federal judgeship is highly encouraged to attend. Program panelists will include: Honorable Bernice Donald, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Honorable Frank Bailey, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts; and U.S. Trustee Program Attorney, Derrick Rippy, Region 9 - Northern District of Ohio. For more information visit this page.   The event will be held at Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in the Federal Judicial Center Auditorium of the Thurgood Marshall Judiciary Building at One Columbus Circle, NE, Washington, DC.  Registration available here

 

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

 
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.

COMMITTEE ON UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF LAW VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is seeking applications to fill vacancies on its Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law (CUPL). The CUPL is charged with enforcing the Court’s Rule 49 concerning unauthorized practice, and with issuing opinions interpreting Rule 49. CUPL Members conduct investigations and participate in compliance decisions. Members are appointed to three-year terms, which can be renewed, and must belong to the D.C. Bar. The CUPL ordinarily meets on the second Thursday of each month from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Individuals who wish to be considered should send a résumé and cover letter by Friday, January 6, 2018 to:

David Guo, Esq.
Chambers of Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
430 E Street N.W., 3rd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20001
with a copy by e-mail to SShanks@dcappeals.gov.

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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.

 

HBA-DC Judicial Council Summer Judicial Internship Program – Apply Now!


Are you a law student who is interested in a summer internship with a judge in the DC courts? If so, apply now to the HBA-DC Judicial Council Summer Judicial Internship Program, which will take place from May 29, 2018 to August 3, 2018. You must submit the following: (1) application form; (2) cover letter; (3) resume; (4) transcript; (5) writing sample; and (6) list of two references. You can find the application form here. Submit your application as a single PDF file to judicialcouncilinternships@hbadc.orgThe application deadline is January 15, 2018. 

 

FOUNDATION OF THE FBA ANNOUNCES THE ROBERT A. McNEW LAW STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

The Foundation of the Federal Bar Association is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Robert A. McNew Law Student Scholarship. This new scholarship promotes the practice of federal law by awarding a scholarship of $5,000 to a law student attending an ABA accredited law school. The scholarship is named in honor of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association past president and founder of the Fellows program, Robert A. McNew. The scholarship is awarded to a current law student who is a Federal Bar Association law student associate member in good standing. Applicants must submit an application, a personal essay, transcript, and two letters of recommendation. The deadline to submit the scholarship application and the required documentation to the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association is Thursday, Nov. 30.  Contact the foundation if you need additional information, foundation@fedbar.org.

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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