Hispanic National Bar Association
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The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is a non-profit, non-partisan 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 the 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 current National President and Chief Executive Officer is Peter M. Reyes, Jr., a partner at Barnes & Thomburg. The Immediate Past National President Benny Agosto Jr., a partner at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend of Houston, Texas, who was born in New York City and raised in Puerto Rico. Previous Past National Presidents have included Diane Sen of New York, New York, Jimmie V. Reyna of Washington, D.C., Roman Hernandez, Mari Carmen Aponte of Washington, D.C., and Ramona Emilia Romero of Delaware and Pennsylvania. Antonio Arocho is presently serving as Interim Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer. Previous Executive Directors/Chief Operating Officers have included Antonio Arocho (2012-2013,2006-2008), Esq., 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, as well as with other specialty bars and 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.
- "Click here for 40 Things You Might Not Know About The HNBA!". Hispanic National Bar Association. Retrieved 2012-08-17.