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HBA-DC Newsletter:  December 4, 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.

 

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 St NW

Metro: Shaw–Howard University (Green & Yellow Lines)

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.

 

HBA-DC ANNUAL MEETING & ELECTIONS    

 

When:  January 18, 2018

Location:  Acadiana, 901 New York Ave NW

Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Red Line) Convention Center (Green & Yellow Lines)

Registration: Register here

 

Please join the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia for its Annual Meeting & Elections. Enjoy a brief presentation on our successful year. The election of HBA-DC Board officers and directors will immediately follow. In order to vote in the upcoming Elections, you must be an HBA-DC member in good standing. If your HBA-DC membership has expired, log into your profile here and follow the profile prompts in the center of the screen to renew your membership. To become a new member, please click here. Members must be present in order to cast a vote and no proxy voting is allowed.

 

Heavy appetizers and beverages will be served. 

 

 

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.

Nadia Baksh
Kaitlyn Bello
Tracey G. Jackson
Hon. Shelley Mulkey
Natalia Norona

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@@,

The Capital Area Muslim Bar Association (CAMBA), one of our frequent collaborators and sister DC affinity bar association, has taken their advocacy efforts to the highest court in the land.  CAMBA signed on to the Muslim Advocates' amicus brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case before the Supreme Court.  In the brief, counsel for the amici curiae argue that anti-discrimination laws have " long played a crucial role in protecting the rights of religious minorities. Petitioners' requested exemption will dramatically limit—if not completely eliminate—that protection.”  Read the whole brief here.  Kudos to CAMBA.  

I look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday at the annual holiday party.  We have fewer than 15 places left! Register now.  We also have one slot left for the Advice and Referral Clinic on Saturday.  Please email me if you are interested in participating.  

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

U VISA AND VAWA TRAINING

On December 13, 2017, at 12:00 – 2:00 PM, Immigration Legal Services of Catholic Charities and Cooley LLP invite you to a training on U Visas and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act), Petition for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence and Crime. The training will take place at Cooley LLP, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20004. Lunch and materials will be provided. Please RSVP to probono@cc-dc.org.

KIND DC LIVE TRAINING "REPRESENTING CHILDREN IN IMMIGRATION MATTERS"

On Friday, December 15th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, KIND will be holding a training for attendees to learn more about the immigration system, getting courtroom experience, and providing valuable pro bono legal representation for a vulnerable child facing deportation.  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 KIND’s Offices at 1300 L Street NW, Ste. 1150, Washington, DC 20005. Pizza lunch and materials will be provided. Please RSVP to amangones@supportkind.org by December 12th.  Matters”

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

Part-Time Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging, 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, Opportunity to Learn, Advancement Project, 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

eDiscovery Contract Attorney, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, DC

Antitrust Associate, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington, DC

Deputy Director, Office of Consumer Protection, District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General,

Associate for Congressional Relations, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), Washington, DC

Visit www.HBADC.org for additional job openings.

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Topics of Interest

SYMPOSIUM ON PATHYWAYS TO THE FEDERAL BENCH FOR DIVERSE CANDIDATES

On December 6, 2017, 3:00 – 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 extended!  Click here

THE DUE PROCESS CRISIS IN OUR U.S. IMMIGRATION COURTS

Please join the Women’s Bar Association of DC on December 14, 2017 at 5:30 to 8:00 pm at Crowell & Moring for an evening with The Honorable Paul Wickham Schmidt, United States Immigration Judge (Retired) and former Chairman of the Board of Immigration Appeals, to discuss due process issues in the U.S. Immigration Court system. The presentation will illustrate current problems with the system, using real-life case examples, and will offer solutions for change, from Judge Schmidt’s distinguished perspective. This event, which includes a catered networking reception, is perfect for experienced immigration lawyers, non-immigration lawyers, and others who are interested in learning more about this hot topic. Registration is $25 for WBA members and $35 for nonmembers. RSVP at the WBA’s website: https://www.wbadc.org/calendar_day.asp?date=12/14/2017&event=1413. For questions about the event, contact Pauline Schwartz or Leticia Corona, Co-Chairs of the WBA's Immigration Law Forum, at immigrationlaw@wbadc.org.

FREE IMMIGRATION CONSULTATION CLINIC

On January 20, 2018, at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, AYUDA, in partnership with the DMV Immigration Alliance, a coalition of local non-profit organizations, law schools, and law firms, will be holding an immigration consultation clinic, providing a one-on-one meeting with an attorney for immigration and TPS related questions at the Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S Dinwiddie Street, Arlington, VA 22204.

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

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 5:00 pm 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

SPRING 2017 & SUMMER 2018 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS 

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

2018-2019 Finnegan Diversity Scholarship, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Washington, DC

2018 Summer Associate, Baker Botts LLP, Washington, DC

1L LCLD Program Scholar, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Washington, DC

2018 DC 1L Summer Associate Program, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington, DC

1L LCLD Scholar, Venable LLP, Washington, DC

1L Summer Associate, Wiley Rein LLP, Washington, DC

 

SPRING SEMESTER JUDICIAL INTERNSHIP -- DC Superior Court

The Senior Judges of the District of Columbia Superior Court are currently accepting applications for Spring 2018 legal interns. This position is part-time and involves providing case support to the Senior Judges while also engaging in a range of legal research and writing projects. The Senior Judges primarily preside over a criminal misdemeanor calendar, but successful applicants may also have the opportunity to work on domestic violence and civil matters throughout the semester.  This internship is unpaid, but academic credit may be offered through the externship office.

Please send your cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to blake.paradis@dcsc.gov.

 

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. Deadline to apply it December 31, 2017.

 

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. 

 

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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