President's Message

 January 25, 2019



I’m honored and privileged to serve as President of the Hispanic Bar Association of DC (HBA-DC). HBA-DC is an organization with a rich legacy of excellence and service, and I look forward to continuing that legacy in 2019. 


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.  In addition to our public statements, we will add opportunities for our members to advocate for immigration reform by, for example, 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 will push forth an awareness campaign to highlight the 2018 Diversity Report. This important report serves as a tool to increase the hiring, retention, and promotion of Hispanic attorneys.


Third, I will continue 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! HBA-DC is here to serve our members.  I welcome your suggestions, ideas or questions. I may be reached at




Leila Jade Levi 



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