News & Press: HBA-DC Announcements

HBA-DC Announces 2012 Equal Justice Award Recipients

Friday, October 12, 2012   (0 Comments)
Share |


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         Media Contact: Argus Events


Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia Announces
2012 Equal Justice Awards Recipients

Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte to Keynote Thirty-Fifth Annual Gala


(Washington, DC – October 12, 2012) – The Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (HBA-DC) will hold its annual Equal Justice Awards Reception on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Over three hundred of the most influential Hispanic attorneys and policy makers from the Washington Metropolitan area are expected to attend the event. The Honorable Mari Carmen Aponte, U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, will deliver keynote remarks.


The Judge Ricardo M. Urbina Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to John Trasviña, Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Hugh A. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Awards will be presented to James Ferg-Cadima, Regional Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and to New Futures, a non-profit organization that offers financial and mentoring support to low income D.C.-area young people seeking economic self-sufficiency through post-secondary education. The Rising Star Award will be presented to Benjamin Hernandez-Stern, Program Specialist at the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These prestigious awards recognize individuals and an organization that have made outstanding contributions to the Hispanic community in the areas of equality, fairness, and social justice and who have an unwavering commitment and achievement in public service.


"We look forward to celebrating these honorees and are humbled and inspired by their impressive achievements, passion, and tireless dedication to justice, opportunity and equality,” said HBA-DC President, Lyzka P. DeLaCruz. "This year’s event will be particularly special, as it will provide us with the opportunity to reflect on our 35 years of being at the forefront of providing professional development, public service, and networking opportunities for Latino lawyers and of advocating for the rights of the Latino community in our nation's capital.”


A cocktail buffet reception starts at 6:30 p.m., with the awards ceremony at 8:00 p.m. and dessert reception and dancing featuring the band Sol y Rumba, starting at 9:00 p.m. Tickets to the event are available at For more information about the event, please contact Elaine Coronado of Argus Events at


About the HBA-DC

The Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, voluntary legal association representing the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, law students, and legal professionals within the greater Washington, D.C. area.  Its mission is promoting the professional development of Hispanic lawyers and law students; promoting equal justice and opportunities for all Hispanics; and promoting the appointment of Hispanics to leadership positions in federal, state, and local governments, in the judiciary, and in other leadership positions.  For more information, please visit

#     #     #

© 2020 Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia Privacy Guidelines Logo by Carlos Lopez, Jr.
Association Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal