HBA-DC Newsletter: April 16, 2018
WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW HISPANIC LAW CONFERENCE
When: Thursday, April 19, 2018, 2:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: American University Washington College of Law, 4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Metro: Tenleytown-AU (Red Line)
Registration: Available here.
Questions: Richard V. Rodriguez, President, HBA-DC, President@hbadc.org.
HBA-DC has Co-Sponsored American University Washington College of Law’s Annual Hispanic Law Conference, an event that is as part of WCL’s Founders’ Celebration. More details here.
EVENING WITH GEORGE HERRERA - RESCHEDULED!
When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 6:30 pm
Location: King & Spalding, 1730 Pennsylvania Ave. NW,
10th floor, Conference Room 10F
Metro: Farragut North or West (Red or Blue/Orange/Silver Line)
After the snow delay, join us for the rescheduled “Evening With” series. This month, the series features George Herrera. George Herrera is the founder and President & CEO of the Herrera-Cristina Group, Ltd, a Hispanic-owned, multidisciplinary management firm, specializing in marketing, communications, corporate diversity, public affairs, event planning, and research. Founded in 2003, with offices in New York City and Washington, DC, the Herrera-Cristina Group has an impressive roster consisting of Fortune 500 companies and national organizations as clients.
HBA-DC AND HNBA REGION 5 WILL HOST CINCO DE MAYO HAPPY HOUR
When: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6:30 pm
Location: Hawthorne DC, 1336 U Street NW
Metro: U Street (Green Line)
Join HBA-DC, Hispanic National Bar Association - Region 5, and the South Asian Bar Association to network and socialize after the long winter, and help raise funds for HNBA’s Legal Education Fund. We thank Gregory Edwards LLC for its sponsorship!
HBA-DC Presents "An Evening with Pilar Ramos
When: Wendsday, May 16, 2018, 6:30 pm
Location: Sidley Austin, 1501 K Street, NW
Metro: Farragut North (Red Line)
Join HBA-DC for the latest iteration of the HBA-DC's “Evening With” featuring Pilar Ramos, General Counsel, North America, at MasterCard. The event will be hosted at Sidley Austin's Offices. For more information on Pilar Ramos please go here.
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HBA-DC HOLD SUCCESSFUL HAPPY HOUR BENEFITING THE HBA-DC FOUNDATION
On Thursday April 12, 2018, HBA-DC hosted a Happy Hour at Crimson DC in Chinatown. Over 60 HBA-DC Members enjoyed networking with colleagues over Happy Hour drinks and appetizers. President Richard Rodriguez, President-Elect Leila Levi, and several HBA-DC board members greeted guests. The Foundation’s board members attended, and Vice President of the Foundation Linda Estrada gave remarks. Distinguished guests in attendance included DC Bar President Pat McGlone, longtime supporter Raul Herrera, and Kendra Brown from the Dean’s Office at American University Washington College of Law. Most importantly, the Happy Hour raised over $1200 for the Foundation, which was a record for the annual happy hour supporting the Foundation. HBA-DC thanks all who attended and for the generous support!
HBA-DC FOUNDATION 2018 PASOS PROGRAM
The HBA-DC Foundation cordially invites all graduating Latino/a graduating law students to PASOS 2018, which will take place on Friday, May 18, 2018, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at The Cloyd Heck Marvin Center at George Washington University, 800 21st Street, N.W., First Floor, Washington, D.C. 20052.The evening begins with a reception from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in Columbian Square with the PASOS ceremony taking place in The Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre beginning promptly at 8:30 p.m. We welcome and encourage you to attend a unique and intimate graduation ceremony exclusively for all our graduating Latino law students and their families.For additional information, please contact John Skic at (202) 587-4941.Graduates should submit their RSVP to John Skic at email@example.com with a copy to Linda Estrada, Esq., at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 1, 2018. You will need to complete a bio form and submit a photograph all for the program book. The bio form will be provided upon receipt of your RSVP. We look forward to celebrating with you at PASOS 2018!
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.
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
Last week, our Happy Hour supporting for the Foundation garnered over $1200 and was a resounding success. I appreciate all who attended. If you were not able to to attend, but would like to support the Foundation's work, such as awarding fellowships to law students at Public Interest organizations, please donate here.
I encourage you to join us next week for the rescheduled Evening With George Herrera on Wednesday April 25. After we were postponed because of the snow day, we appreciate King & Spalding and Mr. Herrera rescheduling.
Richard V. Rodriguez
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia
|MOVERS & SPOTLIGHT
Former HBA-DC Board member José Arvelo has been promoted to Special Counsel at Covington & Burling. Felicidades!
HBA-DC Board Member Maritza Perez has left her position at MALDEF to join the Center for American Progress (CAP) as a Senior Policy Analyst with the Center. Best wishes to Maritza in her new role!
HBA-DC Member M. Lucero Ortiz has been announced as the new Director of Legal Services of the Central American Resource Center (CARACEN)! Congratulations to Lucero and CARACEN for selecting an exceptional attorney!
At the HNBA Corporate Conference in San Francisco, HNBA named HBA-DC member Cecilia Sanabria of Finnegan, a “Top Lawyer under 40.” At the same conference, HBA-DC members Richard V. Rodriguez, Fernando Rivero, Eric N. Ubias, Silvia Tergas, Jaime Areizaga-Soto, Cecilia Sanabria, Christina Sarchio, Sergio Oehninger presented on various CLEs.
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 email@example.com.
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|Pro Bono Corner
CATHOLIC CHARITIES IMMIGRATION CASE MENTORING OFFICE HOURS
Caracen's Immigration experts Anna Gallagher, Adriana Robinson, and Debi Sanders will be available to answer questions and resolve vexing issues in any immigration subject on Friday, April 20, 2018, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM at Catholic Charities, Immigration Legal Services, 924 G Street, NW 20001
CARACEN NEEDS ENGLISH-SPANISH SPEAKERS THIS WEDNESDAY
Caracen is looking for volunteer English-Spanish interpreter for their upcoming citizenship workshop. Your participation will make a profound impact for many community members who have been waiting for years to become U.S. Citizens. The Citizen workshop, assisting attorneys to communicate effectively with our clients, will be on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 9:30am-1:00pm (breakfast and lunch will be provided) at Goodwin Procter Law Firm at 901 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 (nearest Metro stations are Chinatown and Metro Center). RSVP to Natalie Leach by 5:00pm on Monday, April 16, 2018 confirming your availability.
KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE (KIND) DC LIVE TRAINING
KIND DC Live Training: Monday, April 23, 2018 from noon to 2:00 p.m., “Representing Children in Immigration Matters.”Come 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 immigrant 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 DC Office at 1300 L Street, NW, Suite 1150, Washington, DC, 20005. Pizza Lunch and materials will be provided. Please RSVP to email@example.com by April 18, 2018.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES U VISA & VAWA TRAINING
On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP (2900 K Street, N.W., North Tower – Suite 200) Immigration Legal Services of Catholic Charities and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP will hold a U Visa & VAWA Training, Petitions for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence & Crime. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch and materials provided. Pro bono commitment required.
IMMIGRATION CONSULTATION CLINIC
The clinic will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 3211 Sacred Heart Way, Washington, D.C 20010. This clinic is part of our ongoing effort to provide free, low-barrier consultations for clients who want immigration screening, brief advice, and referrals. Potential clients can be seen regardless of where they live.
LAYC SEEKS SUPPORT FROM PRO BONO ATTORNEYS TO ESTABLISH A LEGAL RESOURCE LIBRARY FOR OUR IMMIGRANT JUSTICE PROGRAM
Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) seeks to obtain Department of Justice (DOJ) recognition and accreditation in order to expand our services for immigrant youth and begin offering direct legal services. Recognition and accreditation is DOJ’s certification of non-profit religious, charitable, social service or similar organizations, and allows non-attorney staff to practice immigration law before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The rules governing recognition and accreditation can be found at 8 CFR Section 1292. DOJ recognition and partial accreditation of staff will authorize LAYC to establish an immigration legal services program and provide immigration legal representation in affirmative cases with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS.) This includes supporting youth in family-based petitions, citizenship applications, work authorization renewals, and depending on action from Congress, any potential Dreamer immigration relief for DACA recipients.
One requirement for recognition and accreditation application is to establish a law library featuring key required immigration law texts (print editions). LAYC seeks support from attorneys to build up its law library either by donating in-kind new, latest editions of the following texts, manuals and resource guides, or by making donation specifically to cover the costs of purchasing the following texts and resources:
Immigration & Nationality Act: An AILA Primary Source Reference.Washington, DC: American Immigration Lawyer's Association, 2017 (or latest version available). Print.
Immigration Regulations 8 CFR: An AILA Primary Source Reference.Washington, DC: American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2017. Print.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center.A Guide for Immigration Advocates.19th ed. San Francisco, CA: Immigrant Legal Resource Center, 2014. Print.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center.The VAWA Manual: Immigration Relief for Abused Immigrants.7th ed. San Francisco, CA: Immigrant Legal Resource Center, 2017. Print.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center.Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Other Immigration Options for Children and Youth.4th ed. San Francisco: Immigrant Legal Resource Center, 2015. Print.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center.Naturalization and U.S. Citizenship. The Essential Legal Guide.14th ed. San Francisco, CA: Immigrant Legal Resource Center, 2016. Print.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. and National Council of La Raza.Practical Strategies for Immigration Relief: Family-Based Immigration and Executive Actions.1st. ed. San Francisco, CA: Immigrant Legal Resource Center, 2017. PDF.
LAYC's mission is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood, through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths' social, academic, and career needs. To achieve that mission, LAYC provides services and opportunities to approximately 4,000 individuals annually to support academic achievement, promote healthy behaviors, and guide youth toward successful adulthood. LAYC also conducts advocacy and public policy work to broaden opportunities for youth.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES – ASYLUM REPRESENTATION
Indigent immigrants need pro bono representation.If you are interested in representing a client pro bono, please contact Jim Feroli at email@example.com 202-772-4356, or Rachel Bennion at firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 772-4353.
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 email@example.com 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.
Volunteer Law Clerk, Four Month Position, District Court
General Attorney, The Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Civil Rights and Labor Management Division
Trial Attorney, Tax & Finance Section, OAG
Supervisory Trial Attorney, Chief of Juvenile Section OAG
DUI Prosecutor, OAG
Senior Staff Attorney/Senior Attorney, GAO
Associate Attorney, Law Firm of Stefan Shaibani
Chief of Consumer Protection, OAG
Supervisory Trial Attorney, Public Interest Division OAG
Legal Assistant: Immigration & Project END (AYUDA)
Trial Attorney, Public Integrity Section OAG
Program Director and Senior Attorney, Advancement Project
Trial Attorney, Juvenile Section OAG
Trial Attorney, Personnel and Labor Relations Section OAG
Prisoners' Rights Attorney
Counselor to the Director, CRS
Associate – Corporate (FDA Regulatory), Latham & Watkins, Washington, DC
General Attorney, HHS
Litigation Attorney, Stafford Rosenbaum
Energy Transactions & Projects Associate, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Washington, DC
Project Finance Associate, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Washington, DC
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|Topics of Interest
DC ATTORNEY GENERAL LAUNCHES ONLINE RESOURCES TO HELP TENANTS
As part of an effort to use legal tools to address the District’s affordable housing crisis, Attorney General Karl A. Racine released an online toolkit containing detailed information for tenants about their rights to safe and habitable housing and how to get help if those rights are violated. The materials include tenant resources, information about how to address nuisance properties, and information about how the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) can use its legal authority to take action against persistent housing code violators. The new online resources arm tenants with the information they need to ensure problems in their home and building get fixed, including how to document and report problems, and how to get help from District government agencies and local non-profit organizations. It also includes information about how to deal with different types of neighborhood nuisances, including criminal activity and blight. The materials are available here in English and here in Spanish.
DC BAR ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ENTIRELY ONLINE BY DEFAULT
The D.C. Bar’s General Elections and Communities Elections will be held online by default this spring, as approved by the Board of Governors at its September 19, 2017 meeting. Bar members will receive an email onApril 23, 2018with instructions on how to vote online. Those wishing to vote via a paper ballot must request a written ballot by Friday, May 4, 2018. Information on the voting process also will be posted on the D.C. Bar’s website. The D.C. Bar Communities Elections will be held in tandem with the Bar’s General Elections. Please be sure to vote in the applicable Communities’ steering committee elections when logging in to vote in the Bar’s General Election. Those who do not receive an email or who wish to request a paper ballot, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The elections will close on May 28, 2018.
FHA@50: RENEWING OUR COMMITMENT TO HOUSING EQUITY
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC Law) Faculty and the UDC Law Review will host a symposium titledFHA@50: Renewing our Commitment to Housing Equityon Friday, April 20, 2018 at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. The symposium will be held on April 20, 2018, and will be co-convened with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee and the Equal Rights Center. Registerhere.
CONFERENCE ON CHALLENGES FACING INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, TRADE & INVESTMENTS
The Inter-American Bar Association, D.C. Chapter (IABA-DC), the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA), and the GULC Center on Transnational Business and the Law cordially invite you to attend the Conference entitled “Challenges Facing International Business, Trade and Investments", which will take place at Georgetown University Law Center on April 27-28.The Conference will open in the evening of April 27 with a Keynote Speech on the topic “Doing Business in Latin America and the Caribbean: Challenges and Opportunities.” The lecture will be followed by a Cocktail Reception. The Conference will continue on Saturday morning, April 28, with two Panels: “Human Rights and Public Health: A Turning Point in International Investment Agreements and Investor-State Dispute Settlement?” and “Corporate Social Responsibility: Reshaping the way of Doing Business, Invest and Trade in the Global Market.” They will be followed by a networking luncheon on the topic “International Business Transactions and Human Rights: Past, Present and Future.” The event is free of charge, but RSVP is required. Please RSVP Here by April 23, 2018.
MARYLAND STATE BAR ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP ACADEMY 2018-2019
Are you interested in a legal leadership program focused on training young lawyers for opportunities and leadership in the Bar? Are you available for an intensive 12-month program that includes training, social events, conventions, and public service? Do you have a diverse background or experience that would enrich the program for all participants? Deadline to apply is April 30, 2018. The Leadership Academywas conceived because of a need for diversity among bar leadership. It was envisioned that the program would reach out to lawyers in areas and groups that were not traditionally well represented in Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) leadership roles by offering leadership training and an in-depth introduction to the MSBA.Applicants must be licensed to practice in Maryland AND be a member of the Maryland State Bar Association. If you are not currently an MSBA member and wish to apply, you may join online athttp://www.msba.org/membership/. Application is available here. Please contactJessica Quincosaemail@example.com for more information.
THE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION OF ENERGY BAR ASSOCIATION GALA
Join CFEBA for the 2018 Fundraising Gala, Light & Hope for Puerto Rico or Luz & Esperanza, in Spanish, to be held on May 7, 2018 at the Renaissance Washington DC, immediately following the first day of the EBA Annual Meeting and Conference. RSVP here.
LAYC 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) invites you to celebrate 50 years of service to the area's youth at our Gala 2018, Thursday, May 10 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Over 500 individuals -- business and nonprofit leaders, public officials, educators, youth, and LAYC supporters and friends – will come together to celebrate the dreams our youth have and the promise they hold as future leaders. Honoring GEICO for supporting LAYC through its commitment to volunteerism and financial support and Andrew Van Etten, Director, Technology at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield for his commitment and longstanding service to LAYC. For more information, please click here.
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO ATTEND ACS NATIONAL CONVENTION, JUNE 7-9, 2018
The 2018 ACS NationalConvention will be June 7-9, 2018, here in Washington, DC. Plan to join us for three days of networking and dynamic discussions. Get the latest information here. Our scholarship application to help defray costs of attendance is now available here for public interest and government attorneys and here for law students graduating 2018-2021.
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.
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.
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FALL 2017 & SUMMER 2018 ASSOCIATE POSITIONS
The 2018 summer associate recruiting season has started! See opportunities below:
Congressional Intern, Congresswoman Norton
Spring Semester Judicial Internship, D.C. Superior Court
Summer 2018 Law Student Position, SIGTARP
Re-enfranchisement Outreach Fellow, SPLC
1L Litigation Fellow, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Unpaid Student Internships, U.S. Dept. of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance
PASOS 2018 will take place on Friday, May 18, 2018, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at George Washington University. Please SAVE THE DATE and check the HBA-DC Foundation homepage for updated concerning PASOS 2018. For additional information, please contact John Skic at (202) 587-4941. Graduates should submit their RSVP to John Skic at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to Linda Estrada, Esq., at email@example.com no later than May 1, 2018.You will need to complete a bio form and submit a photograph all for the program book. The bio form will be provided upon receipt of your RSVP. We look forward to celebrating with you at PASOS 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.