Hispanic National Bar Association
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The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an organization representing Hispanics in the legal profession, including attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistant and paralegals, and law students in the United States and its territories.
The organization was founded in California in 1972 as La Raza National Lawyers Association; its first president was Mario G. Obledo. The organization's name was changed to Hispanic National Bar Association in 1984.
The National President and Chief Executive Officer is Cynthia D. Mares. The immediate past-president is Miguel Alexander Pozo, a partner at Lowenstein Sandler. Previous Past National Presidents have included Peter M. Reyes Jr., Benny Agosto Jr., Diane Sen of New York, New York, Jimmie V. Reyna of Washington, D.C., Roman Hernandez, Mari Carmen Aponte of Washington, D.C., Gilbert F. Casellas of Washington, DC, and Ramona Emilia Romero of Delaware and Pennsylvania. Alba Cruz-Hacker is serving as Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer. Previous Executive Directors/Chief Operating Officers have included Antonio Arocho, Esq. (2012-2013,2006-2008), Zuraya Tapia-Alfaro, Esq. and Carmen Feliciano, Esq.
The association represents the interests of the more than 100,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, law students and paralegals in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. National officers are elected by the membership at large, and Regional Presidents are elected by their regional members. Individual attorneys may join, and local Hispanic bar associations may become affiliated with the HNBA. The HNBA collaborates with the local Hispanic bars in over 100 cities in the United States, with other specialty bars, and with the American Bar Association.
The HNBA holds an annual convention, an Annual Mid-Year Conference and Moot Court Competition, an Annual Legislative Day and an Annual International Conference open to all attorneys and affiliates from around the country. Each year, the HNBA also organizes a variety of events for lawyers and law students throughout its 19 regions, and several community outreach and education initiatives.
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