HBA-DC Foundation

Welcome to the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C. Foundation ("the Foundation"), which was established in 1995 as a separate non-profit entity.  It is the charitable arm of the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C. ("HBA-DC").

The mission of the Foundation includes, but is not limited to, supporting the law student community by providing monetary support in the form of fellowships for law students, who will be working unpaid during the summer for public interest legal organizations serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. These sponsoring organizations allow law students to work under the supervision of experienced attorneys and to gain valuable work experience as they assist with providing legal or advocacy services to the individuals or groups served by the sponsoring organizations. 
Law students are given first hand exposure to the specific areas of public interest law in which the sponsoring organization specializes. Sponsoring organizations are non-profit, non-governmental organizations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that provide legal services or advocacy at little or no cost to clients or groups. Past fellowship recipients have worked for AYUDA, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Legal Aid Society of D.C., Migrant Legal Action Program, and others.


In addition to providing fellowships, the Foundation hosts an annual graduation ceremony called “PASOS,” which takes place in the Spring.  For over fifteen years, the Foundation has organized this event to recognize graduating Latino/a law students from Washington, D.C. metropolitan law schools.  It is a celebration attended by graduating law students, their families, friends and members of the legal community.



Leadership of the Foundation:


The following individuals were elected to the 2019 Board of Directors: 


President: Robert Raben, Esq.

Vice President: Linda M. Estrada, Esq.

Secretary: M. Lucero Ortiz, Esq.

Treasurer: Jilma Lasso, Esq.


At Large Directors:

Christopher P. Kyle, Esq.

Paulina Vera, Esq. (Representative appointed by HBA-DC)





The Foundation has kicked off the 2020 Public Interest Fellowship Program!  First- and second-year students, who are attending accredited law schools in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, are eligible to apply.  To be considered, the student must have arrangement to work full-time for a minimum of eight weeks in the summer with a sponsoring organization. The Foundation will award one or more fellowships in an amount between $5,000 and $10,000.  The deadline for receipt of applications is extended to midnight on Friday, May 1, 2020.  The application is available here.


For additional information about the Fellowship Program, including answers to frequently asked questions regarding eligibility and the fellowship application process, please see the FAQs available here



PASOS 2020


With great sadness and disappointment, the HBA-DC Foundation regrets to inform all Latinx law school graduates that PASOS 2020, which was scheduled to take place on Friday, May 17, 2020, is canceled as a result of the coronavirus global pandemic. For over twenty years, the HBA-DC Foundation has proudly organized this graduation ceremony to celebrate the achievements of Latinx law students from Washington, D.C. metropolitan area law schools and their families. For PASOS 2020, we had planned to join forces, once again, with the American University Washington College of Law to host another memorable evening. 

Although PASOS 2020 will not be taking place in May as originally planned, the Foundation wishes to commemorate this milestone by producing an electronic version of the PASOS program book that will include biographic information for each graduate. The program will be distributed electronically to all students who choose to participate.  
If you wish to be included in the commemorative PASOS 2020 program book, please email Foundation Vice President Linda Estrada at lindaestrada@comcast.net with a copy to Josilyn Sacks at jsacks@rabengroup.com
 by April 23, 2020.  

The coronavirus pandemic has affected all of us in many ways. It is our sincere hope that this message finds you healthy and hopeful for a bright future. We also hope to serve as a resource for you in the future. 


Photographs of PASOS 2019 may be viewed on HBA-DC’s social media page here.





To further its commitment to support law students, HBA-DC maintains a scholarship for 3L/4L law JD students attending law schools in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  This scholarship has been awarded since 2015.  The Foundation has kicked off the 2019 HBA-DC Scholarship process and will award $5,000 to each selected law student.   The deadline for receipt of complete applications is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 7, 2019.  For more information about the scholarship and instructions on how to apply, please review the 2019 Scholarship Application, which may be downloaded here.





Contact Information and Donations

For general information about the HBA-DC Foundation and its programs or to assist with the Foundation's efforts, please contact Foundation Vice President Linda M. Estrada, Esquire at
lindaestrada@comcast.net.  For information on how to make a financial donation to the Foundation, please contact President Robert Raben, Esquire at robertraben@rabengroup.com.  Donations may also be made online here.



Bylaws and Annual Reports

The Foundation bylaws may be viewed here.


HBA-DC Foundation 2018 Annual Report can be viewed here.

HBA-DC Foundation 2017 Annual Report can be viewed here.

HBA-DC Foundation 2016 Annual Report can be viewed here.

HBA-DC Foundation 2015 Annual Report can be viewed here.

HBA-DC Foundation 2014 Annual Report can be viewed here.

HBA-DC Foundation 2013 Annual Report can be viewed here.

HBA-DC Foundation 2012 Annual Report can be viewed here.

HBA-DC Foundation 2011 Annual Report can be viewed here.


The HBA-DC Foundation, an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization, invites you to consider making a tax deductible contribution during this fundraising cycle. Your contribution will help sustain the work of the Foundation, which raises and distributes funding for law students working in public interest organizations and sponsors the annual PASOS celebration for law school graduates and their families. Your contribution, payable to the HBA-DC Foundation, is tax-deductible to the extent authorized by law.


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