Letter From The President Of The Hispanic National Bar Association

2004-03-01 01:00

To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:

We have wonderful talent in the Hispanic legal community. Throughout its 34-year history, the HNBA has helped us to work closely together to enhance diversity in the legal profession.

Our efforts focus on developing opportunities at all stages of legal careers and practice areas, including careers as corporate counsel. To open doors early in their careers, Hispanic law students explore opportunities at our annual job fair and improve their legal skills at our annual moot court competition. With a wealth of experience and reputation of excellence later in their careers, others have been helped by our support in promoting Hispanic attorneys to serve as judges at all levels in municipal, state and federal courts.

As we build on HNBA's rich heritage, my president-elect, Alan Varela, and I are delighted to be able to draw upon the talents of our executive leadership team: Lillian Ortiz of Jones Day; Brigida Benitez of Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLP; Uvaldo Herrera of State Farm Insurance Company; Maria "Tish" Antill of The Atencio Law Firm; Montserrat Malmierca-Smith of the Embassy of Spain; Yuri A. Calderon of Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP; Ruben C. DeLeón of Kennedy, DeLeón & Foret, P.C.; Luis Aguilar of Alston & Bird, LLP; Steve Teixeira of Merrill Lynch, and Carmen Feliciano, our Executive Director.

With over 25,000 Hispanic American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students, we offer our members not only networking opportunities for career enhancement, but also forums to address issues of concern to our broad Hispanic community.

We look forward to meeting you at our mid-year conference and moot court competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 26-27, 2004 and our annual convention in New York City on October 9-12, 2004. To learn more about our mission and other activities, please visit our web site at www.hnba.com.


Carlos Singh