President's Message

 January 19, 2018



I’m honored and privileged to serve as President during The Hispanic Bar Association of DC’s (HBA-DC) 41st year. During the last 40 years, HBA-DC has come a long way and has achieved great things. I hope to continue this tradition in its 41st year.   


As lawyers, we are privileged to be able to make a difference in our communities. Like past presidents, I intend to continue the legacy of core programs and to put HBA-DC’s resources to good use by seeking creative ways to expand opportunities for our members.


First, I intend to continue to lend our voice to the efforts to protect DREAMers and other marginalized immigrants endangered by the chaos in today’s immigration legal environment.  To our public statements we will add opportunities for our members to advocate for immigration reform by, for instance, joining with the Hispanic National Bar Association in their Legislative Day efforts to protect DACA.  As HNBA’s affiliate in the nation’s capital, we have an important role to play.


Second, I intend to afford opportunities for our members to research by compiling a report on the state of diversity of Latino attorney hiring – in the legal profession in the District – government, private practice, and hopefully non-profit.  This report will serve as a tool to increase the hiring of Hispanic attorneys as we will look to highlight the firms that will strategically partner with us to make meaningful change, not just superficial appearances.


Third, I intend to expand opportunities for our members to begin their careers by working with our Foundation to create innovative fellowships.  These fellowships will be created through partnerships with law firms and financial corporations that will give our members the opportunity to get their foot in the door.


None of this work gets accomplished by one person.  So, I invite you to join HBA-DC’s committees and to support these initiatives and our other programs. In this way, we continue to maintain HBA-DC’s role in bringing together the Hispanic legal community in the nation’s capital to expand their careers and be a voice for those who need us.


I look forward to our work together to make this another HBA-DC memorable year! Contact me with any suggestions, ideas or questions.  I may be reached at


Richard V. Rodriguez, President 



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