Members can serve the HBA through any of the following committees.  If you are interested in serving on a committee, please email us at  As of 1/28/2019 our Committees are: 


Standing Committees

Annual Awards Event: Plan the HBA-DC’s Equal Justice Awards reception, and solicit nominations for (and select) the recipient of the awards.

Ruben Reyna, Co-Chair

Leila Jade Levi, Co-Chair

Communications: Coordinate the publication of the HBA-DC newsletter. Develop and maintain HBA-DC brochures and templates for flyers. Develop and maintain the HBA-DC website, Facebook, and LinkedIn web pages.


Shirley DiazBoard Liaison

Leila Jade Levi

Steve Katz


Endorsements: Evaluate the qualifications of candidates for appointments who request the HBADC’s endorsement. Maintain appropriate questionnaires for candidates, conduct due diligence on candidates, hold personal interview, and vote on recommendation to the Board. Whenever possible, identify potential Hispanic candidates for vacant positions and encourage them to apply.


Catherine Meza, Co-Chair

Jorge Castillo, Co-Chair

Carmen Banerjee, Board Liaison

Richard Rodriguez
Leila Jade Levi
Victoria Ortega
Ruben Reyna

Peter Koski
Juan Sempertegui

Bill Davenport

Michelle Assad

Raquel Trabal

Versely Rosales


Elections: Publish Elections Meeting date, call for nominations, and distribute candidate statements to membership. Prepare, distribute, and count ballots at the Annual Election Meeting; inform the membership of the election results.

Ruben Reyna, Co-Chair

Leila Jade Levi, Co-Chair


Legislative and Policy Issues: Develop and implement initiatives relating to local and national legislative and judicial processes. Inform the HBA-DC Board and membership regarding developments in policy, law and practices, and recommend HBA-DC responses to such developments, including public education and press campaigns.

Ana Jara, Co-Chair

Pilar Velasquez McLaughlin, Co-Chair 

Maritza Perez (Board Liaison)

Eri Diaz Aguilar

Jason Ortega

Justin Mirabel

Daniel Archuleta

Victoria Maqueda


Membership: Develop and implement membership services and initiatives, including membership surveys and drives.


Wandaly Fernandez, VP for Membership

Danny Trujillo

Professional Development: Identify and publicize employment and career opportunities available to the HBA-DC membership. Organize, sponsor, or participate various professional development events, including legal education seminars, job fairs, panel events on legal or policy issues.

Alejandra Apecechea, Co-Chair

Lillian Forero, Co-Chair

Nelly Montenegro, Board Liaison
Catherine Cone, Board Liaison

Raquel Trabal
Pablo Gardea

Carmen Banerjee
Salma Shitia

Bibeane Metsch


Public Service: Develop, coordinate, and implement HBA-DC’s outreach effort to the D.C. Hispanic community; educate the community about its legal rights and responsibilities. Work with and through existing community organizations and governmental agencies serving Hispanics in the D.C. area to the extent possible.

Sherley E. Cruz, Co-Chair
Eissa Villaseñor, Co-Chair

Julian Gonzalez, Board Liaison

Juan Garay

Melissa Rolffot

Brian Castro

Versely Rosales


Social and Special Events: Develop and coordinate social and other special events to provide members with the opportunity to socialize and/or network with each other and with members of other professional organizations.

Diana Baquero, Co-Chair

Valeria Duenas, Co-Chair

Jazzirelle Sepulveda, Board Liaison

Victoria Ortego, Board Liaison

Maria D. Suarez

Sara Douki


Student Affairs: Develop and coordinate HBA-DC services for its law student members. Coordinate the mentor/mentee program co-sponsored by the HBA-DC and Arnold & Porter.

Paulina Vera, Co-Chair 

Sandra Bellew, Co-Chair 

Jackie Martinez ReslyBoard Liaison

Nicolas Valderama

Andrew Schneider

Sara Douki

Daniel Trujillo

Katie Kleinot

Maria Suarez

Daniel Archuleta



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