Member Spotlight


HBA-DC Member Spotlight: Valeria Dueñas

Valeria Dueñas serves as an Attorney-Advisor in the Ethics Division at the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of the General Counsel.  Her work with the Ethics Division includes advising Department of Commerce employees on conflict of interest statutes, ethics regulations, policies on the acceptance of gifts by the Department, and political activity rules, as well as reviewing financial disclosure reports and conducting ethics training sessions. Ms. Dueñas also manages both the Division’s Ethics Training program and the Federal Advisory Committee program, and ensures that they are both in compliance with applicable statutes and regulations.

Prior to joining the Department of Commerce’s Office of the General Counsel, Ms. Dueñas was a Litigation Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  At the ACLU, Ms. Dueñas advocated on behalf of prisoners by increasing public accountability and transparency of jails, prisons, and other places of detention.  She worked to ensure that conditions of confinement were consistent with health, safety, and human dignity. 

Ms. Dueñas has a J.D./M.A. from American University and a B.A., cum laude, from the University of Arizona.  While in law school, Ms. Dueñas interned at the White House, Department of State, and Department of Justice.  She was also a Senior Articles Editor on the International Law Review, and a Student Attorney in the Landlord-Tenant clinic.  Ms. Dueñas has been an active leader in the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia; her service includes Chair of the Communications Committee.  


The HBA-DC salutes Ms. Dueñas' accomplishments in this Member Spotlight.  For information on nominating a member for the HBA-DC Member Spotlight, click here.


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