Strategic Diversity Partnership Program


Strategic Diversity Partnership Program



In an effort to assist Washington, DC law firms and organizations in their missions to increase diversity, HBA-DC has created the Strategic Diversity Partnership Program ("SDP").

Started in 2018, by President Richard V. Rodriguez as a novel way to increase diversity at private organizations, the HBA-DC SDP program seeks to establish partnerships with private firms who seek to foster Hispanic diversity in the legal profession. HBA-DC and partner organizations recognize that even with the current strides made by the profession to diversify the field, pipeline programs like the SDP are the type of next-step innovations this mission requires.


As part of the program, organizations can partner with the HBA-DC to:


  1. support HBA-DC professional development programming for its diverse members by sponsoring the HBA-DC Equal Justice Awards;
  2. implement a law clerk position at their organizations targeting law students in their second or third years; and
  3. collaborate with HBA-DC in the application process to select a law student member for their newly created Fellowship.

Importantly, the law clerk fellowship can serve as an alternative or compliment to traditional summer associate tracks that firms employ. The selection of an HBA-DC law student member is intended to expose the participating organization to qualified HBA-DC law student members and to develop Hispanic professionals who may be employed by the participating organization after graduation.


To learn more about the program, organization eligibility, and becoming a partner, please email



Fellowship Partners


The Raben Group: Please submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Please indicate ‘Spring 2019 Fellowship’ and "HBADC" in the subject line. Details about The Raben Group and about the program here


Sidley Austin LLP: The 1L summer internship will run for 10 weeks from May 2019 to August 2019. The Fellow will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000.00. Application instructions and program details of the HBA-DC & Sidley Austin LLP fellowship program available here


Thompson Hine LLP: A link to information about the Diversity Externship is available here. The application is available here


Past 2018 Fellowship Partners

The Raben Group
Sidley Austin LLP




2018 HBA-DC Diversity Report:

 The State of Hispanic Attorneys in the DC Legal Market


In 2018, the HBA-DC published the 2018 HBA-DC Diversity Report: The State of Hispanic Attorneys in the DC Legal Market. This report looked at several data sources to analyze the growth of Hispanic hiring in the DC legal field since 2002. The report used various databases (including data from the Census, OPM, NALP, ABA, and various business intelligence data) to compare the growth of Hispanic professions in the legal field in DC and nationally.


The report serves not only as a report of the 2018 state of the DC Hispanic legal market but as a reminder that we must continue to focus on diversity and that we must find novel ways to cure the unrepresentative nature of Hispanic attorney hiring in the District of Columbia. Our hope is that this report will help and inspire employers, law schools, and the greater District of Columbia community to partner with us to advance a diverse legal workforce and create more opportunities for Hispanic lawyers. The Report is available in PDF form here.


Please contact if you have any questions or wish to learn more about our Diversity Partnership program. 




For information on the Fellowships funded and administered by the HBA-DC Foundation, our partner 501(c)(3), please click here

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