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 DC, 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, DC 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 2018 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:

Maritza Perez, Esq. (Representative appointed by HBA-DC)

Jocelyn Nieva, Esq.

Christopher P. Kyle, Esq.




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 metropolitan area.  This scholarship has been awarded since 2015. The application is now live. The scholarship deadline this year is Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 11:59PM EST. Scholarship criteria and eligibility information can be found on the application. You may download the application here and email it to foundation@hbadc.org.



The Hispanic Bar Association of DC Foundation (“Foundation”) announces the HBA-DC Post-Graduate Fellowship Program (“PGFP”). The Program is a fellowship opportunity to assist students in obtaining a short-term, unpaid position with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (“OAG). The fellowship stipend is provided by the Foundation, and was fully funded by the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C. (HBA-DC). The PFGP provides a stipend of $,7000 that will allow recent graduates to work full-time in a 12-week unpaid position with the OAG, following the bar exam. 

This PGFP is designed to help graduates gain relevant work experience and obtain litigation experience in the OAG. The graduate must begin work for the OAG office by September 4, 2018. Work must be unpaid and the fellow must commit to working 40 hours per week. If accepted as a PGFP Program Fellow, a stipend of $7,000 will be paid to selected participant.


The deadline to submit the 2018 applications is midnight July 15, 2018. The application is now available here.




The Foundation has kicked off the 2018 Fellowship Program.  First- and second-year students attending accredited law schools in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area are eligible to apply for an HBA-DC Foundation Fellowship after they have secured a job offer from a sponsoring organization. One or more fellowships in the amount of $5,000 may be awarded by the Foundation.


The deadline to submit the 2018 applications is midnight April 13, 2018.  The application is now available here


FAQs featuring common questions regarding eligibility and the fellowship application process, can be viewed here.



For information on HBA-DC's Strategic Diversity Partnership Program Fellowships, please go here




PASOS 2018

The HBA-DC Foundation cordially invites all graduating Latino/a law students to PASOS 2018, which will take place on Friday, May 18, 2018, beginning at 7:30p.m. at The Cloyd Heck Marvin Center at George Washington University,  800 21st Street, First Floor,  N.W., Washington, D.C. 20052.  The evening begins with a reception from 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., in Columbian Square with the PASOS ceremony taking place in The Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre beginning promptly at 8:30 p.m.


We welcome and encourage you to attend a unique and intimate graduation ceremony exclusively for all our graduating Latino law students and their families.  For additional information, please contact John Skic at (202) 587-4941.  Please submit your rsvp to John Skic at jskic@rabengroup.com with a copy to Linda Estrada, Esq., at lindaestrada@comcast.net by no later than May 1, 2018.  Graduates will need to complete a bio form and submit a photograph all for the program book. The bio form will be provided upon receipt of your rsvp. We look forward to celebrating with you at PASOS 2018!







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 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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