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HBA-DC Newsletter:  January 8, 2018


 
HBA-DC Events
 

Washington Council of Lawyers' Racial Justice Series: Community Organizing

 

When:  January 10, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 

Location:  Hogan Lovells, 555 13th Street NW

Metro: Metro Center (Red/Blue/Orange Line)


The upcoming panel seeks to bring light to the impact of transportation in poor communities.  The program will start with a reception with light fare and will include watching “Free To Ride,” which follows how residents of Dayton, Ohio organized to expand public transit in their communities.  Following the documentary, a panel discussion. Our panel includes Radhika Singh-Miller (National Legal Aid and Defender Association), Hannah Liebermann (Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs), and Aja Taylor (Bread for the City).  HBA-DC is co-sponsoring.

 

More information can be found here.

 

HBA-DC ANNUAL MEETING & ELECTIONS    

 

When:  January 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm

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

JNC FORWARDS HBA-DC PAST PRESIDENT HON. SEOANE LOPEZ'S APPLICATION TO THE WHITE HOUSE

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission forwarded Hon. Kenia Seoane López's name to the President for consideration in selecting a nominee to fill the judicial vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Thomas J. Motley. Hon. Seoane Lopez serves as a Magistrate Judge in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Prior to her appointment, she served as a Bilingual Attorney Negotiator in the Domestic Violence Unit of the Superior Court.  Before joining the Court, she served an Assistant Attorney General in the Legal Services Section of the Child Support Division in the D.C. Office of Attorney General. 

Judge Seoane López was awarded the HBA-DC's highest endorsement.  Congratulations and best wishes going forward.  

HBA-DC & AYUDA RELEASE NOTARIO FRAUD PREVENTION VIDEOS 

On International Migrants Day, the HBA-DC and Ayuda announce the release of three innovative videos in Spanish to provide legal rights’ information to the District community. The three short videos aim to prevent legal services scams in an era of increased immigration enforcement and the cancelation of multiple long-standing immigration programs that had provided lawful status and work authorization to tens of thousands of immigrants living in the DMV area. The videos, shot from the perspective of an immigrant consumer, contrast the experiences of working with a non-attorney “notario” to that of working with a qualified attorney.  “These videos are the latest iteration of public outreach HBA-DC has undertaken over the last 40 years to help ensure the most vulnerable in the Latino community are not victims of charlatans posing as attorneys,” said HBA-DC President Ben Hernandez-Stern.  These videos were also made possible by Ayuda and Mayor Muriel Bowser of the District of Columbia as a production of the Immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant program.

The videos and eleven short clips are available 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 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.

Thomas Reynolds
Joel Crespo
John Evanoff
Hon. Ricardo M. Urbina
Mohammadreza Tashakor
Hendricks Valenzuela
Alejandro R. Gonzalez
Josefina Guzman
Chris Kyle
Natasha Quiroga
 

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@@,

Happy New Year!  I'm pleased to share that the HBA-DC's Know Your Rights videos continue to get widespread distribution.  More than five embassies plan on showing the video in their waiting rooms. In the coming months, Ayuda and the HBA-DC plan on sharing the videos with public access stations nationwide.  In the same vein, the HBA-DC has started production with Tzedek DC to distribute a Spanish language video on abusive debt collection pratices.  Tzedek is a local nonprofit whose mission is to safeguard the legal rights of low-income DC residents dealing with often unjust, abusive, and illegal debt collection practices, as well as other consumer protection problems like credit reporting issues, identity theft, and predatory lending. Stay tuned for more information!

Atentamente, 

Ben Hernandez-Stern

President
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia

  

Movers & SPOTLIGHT
 
Learn more about the outreach members of the HBA-DC Judicial Council have undertaken in the December Washington Lawyer Magazine.  Click here to see if third graders from Bancroft Elementary convict the Big Bad Wolf of unlawful entry. 

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

LUNCH AND LEARN: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A LAWYER REPRESENTING NONPROFIT ENTITIES 

On January 25, 2018, from 12:00 pm to 2:00pm, the DC BAR (1101 K ST NW) the DC Bar will host a lunch and learn on a Day in the Life of a Lawyer Representing Nonprofit Entities, presented by Benjamin Takis of Tax-Exempt Solutions, PLLC. It is common for lawyers practicing in the District of Columbia to encounter the law of nonprofit organizations at some point in their careers, whether through pro bono projects, service on a Board of Directors, or other professional engagements. During this presentation, Benjamin Takis of Tax-Exempt Solutions, PLLC will guide attendees through the tools and resources; areas of law; and practice issues you need to know so you can provide effective representation to nonprofits and tax-exempt entities.  More info here

FRIENDS OF PUERTO RICO SEEKS A PRO BONO LAWYER

Friends of Puerto Rico (FRP) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization 501(c)(3) based in Washington, DC that invests in communities in Puerto Rico. FRP was incorporated in 2015 in Washington, DC and has eight board members. It is seeking assistance with completing a trademark application; processing the sales tax exemption application in DC; and complying with the laws of the state and federal government, among other tasks. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email info@friendsofpuertorico.org

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, Washington, DC

Legal Counsel, Litigation, Campaign Legal Center, Washington, DC

Legal Counsel, State and Local Reform Program, Washington, DC

Post Judicial Clerk, Arent Fox LLP, Washington, DC

Knowledge Lawyer – Antitrust, Competition, & Economic Regulation, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC

Finance/Banking Associate, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC

FDA Associate, Morgan Lewis  & Bockius LLP, Washington, DC

Insurance Staff Attorney, Wiley Rein LLP, Washington, DC

Senior Counsel (Intellectual Property), Public Knowledge, Washington, DC

 
Visit www.HBADC.org for additional job openings.

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Topics of Interest

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE DC BAR AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE AND PUBLIC INTEREST  

The D.C. Bar is calling for nominations for its 2018 Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service and its 2018 Thurgood Marshall Award for excellence, commitment, and dedication in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, and the public interest. Both awards will be presented at the Celebration of Leadership: The D.C. Bar Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting on June 12, 2018. Submissions must be received by February 2, 2018. Please see the D.C. Bar website for additional information

OPM FREE VIRTUAL TRAINING SESSIONS FOR STUDENTS AND RECENT GRADUATES INTERESTED IN FEDERAL CAREERS

The staff of the Recruitment Policy and Outreach (RPO) division of the Office of Personal Management (OPM) will host a series of free webinars, beginning January and ending in March of 2018, for people interested in federal careers. The topics covered will range from interviewing and resume writing techniques to pathway programs. If you or your school is interested in offering these presentations to your students/alumni, please contact Todd Floersheim at Todd.Floersheim@opm.gov

TAKE A UDC LAW COURSE ON NON-PROFIT LAW

Beginning on January 18, 2018, the University of the District of Columbia-David A. Clarke School of Law will offer a 15-week course on non-profit law. Individuals not enrolled in the School of Law must pay a $50.00 fee to audit the course. Please see this form and contact Dean LaShanda T. Adams at lashanda.adams@udc.edu for more information. 

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.

VOLUNTEER TO JUDGE THE JESSUP INTERNATIONAL LAW MOOT COURT COMPETITION

The 2017-2018 season marks the 59th year of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 645 law schools in 95 countries. This year's Mid-Atlantic Regional will take place in Washington, DC from February 8-11, 2017 at George Washington University Law School. This year’s topic involves equitable utilization of aquifers, protection of world heritage sites, return of cultural property and whether there is a right to compensation for expenses incurred to provide for mass refugee flows. It is an exciting problem with something for the environmentalist, the human rights advocate, international law nerds, and international relations enthusiasts. If you are able to judge (be it memorials or the rounds themselves), please fill out this Google form.  You can learn more about this competition here. If you have any questions, contact Bryan Cox, Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator, at midatlantic@isla.org  

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.

 

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.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE 23rd ANNUAL THURGOOD MARSHALL MEMORIAL MOOT COURT COMPETITION

The Young Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association is looking for volunteer judges for its 23rd Annual Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition, which will take place on March 22-23 in Washington, DC. For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Anthony Jones at ajones@fedbar.org.

TOOLKIT TO HELP ENCOURAGE CONGRESS TO PASS THE DREAM ACT

The Hispanic Federation has published an online toolkit for organizations and individuals to use to encourage Congress to pass the Dream Act. You can find it here

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Student Affairs

SPRING 2017 & SUMMER 2018 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS 

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

Judicial Internship, DC Superior Court, Washington, DC

IL Summer Associate, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC

1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholar, Beveridge & Diamond PC, Washington, DC

Law Clerk, Library of Congress Office of the General Counsel, Washington, DC

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

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

Summer Associate (1L), Baker & McKenzie, Washington, DC

Legal Internship (Summer 2018), U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC 

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. 

 

CONSTANCE BAKER MOTELY NATIONAL STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION

The American Constitution Society (ACS) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Chapter invite you to enter the Constance Baker Motely National Student Writing Competition. Motley was a civil rights attorney and the first African-American woman appointed to the federal bench who tirelessly worked to improve the lives of all people. ACS welcomes student papers furthering a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and policy. The winner will receive a cash price of $3,000. The deadline for submission is February 11, 2018. Please visit this site for more information. 

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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