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Support the HBAPA, Pay Your Membership Dues Today! 

We are excited to announce that HBAPA now provides free membership to law students and recent law school graduates.  

Please click here to register or renew your membership. We have a great deal of events and networking opportunities exclusively for HBAPA members. 

Please support the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania by paying your dues today. 
Please complete the HBAPA Attorney Directory 
This directory will be used to inform the Board about the legal specializations of our membership.  We will use the information provided to understand the variety of legal practices within the membership of the organization.  Your information will not be publicized - all information collected will be reviewed internally within the HBAPA.  We will use this information to better inform our programs and the interests of our members. Thank you!  

If you have any questions about the form, please contact Juan M. Baez, Esq. President of the HBAPA - 
HBAPA EVENT - April 4, 2017 - RSVP!
Please join the Philadelphia Bar Association's Committee for Government and Public Service Lawyer for a Panel and Networking Event
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
4:00PM @ 1101 Market Street

Entering public service has become an increasingly popular career choice for new and seasoned attorneys, alike. Perhaps you are motivated by the current political climate to get more involved in government, or you are attracted to the possibility of a more favorable work-life balance. Panelists will discuss why they decided on a career in public service and the parameters of outside activity to include political, nonprofit and other opportunities, and the other benefits to working in public service.


Nicholas S. Kamau
Deputy City Solicitor, Claims Unit
City of Philadelphia Law Department


Jordan E. Segall
Staff Attorney
City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics

ADA Salena Jones
Chief, Community Engagement
Philadelphia District Attorney's Office

Nena M. Carter
Assistant Chief, East Division
Defender Association of Philadelphia

Lewis Rosman
Senior Attorney
City of Philadelphia Law Department

Following the Program:

The Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee will be hosting a networking happy hour at Tavern on Broad (Broad and Walnut) beginning at 5:30pm. There will be half price drinks and appetizers and a live band later in the evening for folks who are interested.

Please note - even if you cannot make the program, please come to the Happy Hour. It is an independent networking event open to all.

 Get Involved and Volunteer to these worthy causes!
(1) Helping Immigrant Families with Custody Issues

On March 21, 2017 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Philadelphia Bar Association, Executive Director of HIAS Cathryn Miller-Wilson and HBA Member Stephanie Gonzalez Ferrandez will be providing a training to family law lawyers regarding the range of options available for parents seeking to make plans in case they get deported.  Once trained, lawyers will be asked to assist Know Your Right Sessions, conduct individual consultations for clients at one of the four local non-profit immigration legal services agencies or take a case pro bono.

For those HBA members that are not trained in family law, they desperately need volunteer interpreters. So if you or someone you know is available to act as interpreter, please consider attending this event.
The links to sign up to volunteer and attend the training are here (to volunteer): and here (for the training):
(2) Help with Intake at a local soup kitchen

St. Francis Inn Clinic is looking for Spanish speaking attorneys to assist with intake at their site.  Volunteering will entail attending the legal clinic, completing an intake form and getting general information about the client and their matter.  They are happy to provide training on this process.  The level of participation and representation is up to the individual attorney but they would welcome attorneys who can take a case pro bono. The remaining clinic dates for this year are:

Tuesday June 6 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday July 11 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday November 14 10:00-11:00 a.m.
The population at St. Francis is the poorest in the Philadelphia community. They attend the soup kitchen for meals and so their clinic is scheduled around that meal time.  If you are interested and able to volunteer with this effort please contact Juan M. Baez, Esq. President of the HBAPA -

HBA-NJ Scholarship Program

Attention Law Students:  HBANJ has opened its scholarship application for 2017.  If you are a NJ resident or attend a NJ school you may be eligible to apply.  Please review application material and direct any questions to the Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs, Ricardo Solano Jr. and Robert Lamilla at and, respectively. 
Hispanic National Bar Association
Immigrant Legal Defense Fund

 The Hispanic National Bar Association has announced the establishment of an Immigrant Legal Defense Task Force and an Immigrant Legal Defense Fund.  The Fund will provide grants for low-cost legal representation to assist in the defense of select immigration cases.  We expect a significant number of grant applications and encourage all HNBA members and affiliates to donate to this important fund.  Every single donation will make a difference!  In addition, the Task Force website now provides the following FREE resources:
  • Immigration training materials (free webinars);
  • Analysis of the recent Executive Orders related to immigration by the HNBA Amicus Brief Committee; and
  • Access to our pro-bono services directory.
More information about the Task Force can be found on this website:

For questions, please contact Juan M. Sempertegui, HNBA VP for External Affairs at  
ABA Diversity Scholarship Opportunity
The ABA is offering a Diversity Scholarship to attend the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law. 

The American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, the largest organization of construction lawyers in the world is coming to Washington, D.C. on April 20 – 22, 2017 for its Annual Meeting and CLE program entitled “A Capital View: Best Practices in Inside and Outside Construction Counseling” and is pleased to announce the availability of six (6) Diversity Scholarships for the cost of registration for this program to women and minority construction lawyers, construction lawyers with disabilities, and construction lawyers from the LGBT community.

The Diversity Scholarship Includes:
• Admission to the Program with waiver of the registration fee
• A set of Program course materials
• Continental breakfast and lunch as noted in the attached brochure

Click here to Apply TODAY

The HBAPA is supporting NSC
Global Tastes as Host Committee Member!

The HBAPA has been asked to serve on the Global Tastes 2017 Host Committee for the annual fundraising event of Nationalities Service Center, a local non-profit immigration legal services agency.  This year's event will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ WHYY (150 6th St., Philadelphia) from 6-9pm, with a VIP reception proceeding the general event at 5pm at NSC's headquarters.

The HBA PA is happy to serve on this Host Committee with other prominent community members supporting our immigrant population, such as Councilwoman Helen Gym, and Alicia Kerber, Consul of Mexico in Philadelphia.  As a Host Committee Member, all HBAPA Board members are encouraged to not only attend this event, but to support the event by helping to secure sponsorships or ad purchases, and reaching out to your networks to promote Global Tastes.

This year's honorees are Cristina Martinez, chef and co-owner of South Philly Barbacoa with the Nationalities Service Award to recognize her immigrant journey from Mexico to establish one of the country's top ten new restaurants according to Bon Appetit; and Dr. Marc Altshuler and the Jefferson Department of Family and Community Medicine with the Margaret Harris Award for their extensive work promoting health access for the regions immigrants and refugees.

We will be discussing this event and our role as Host Committee Member at our upcoming Board Meeting on Thursday March 16, 2017.
Alianza To Honor Alex Gonzalez at the 14th Annual Defensores De La Justicia Banquet
Wednesday March 29, 2017

The HBAPA Congratulates Board Member Alex Gonzalez, who currently serves as Associate General Counsel at New Jersey Resources and is a former HBAPA President, for his upcoming award and recognition at Rutgers Law School's annual Alianza banquet. 

The event will be held at the Rutgers Camden Campus Center on March 29, 2017 from 6pm-9pm and all HBAPA Board members are encouraged to attend to cheer on Alex!

Tables and advertisements in the program are available.  

For more information about advertisement ads please contact

Al Dia 2017 Women @ The Top Awards
Please join Al Dia on Wednesday, April 12th as they honor six inspirational Latinas that have created social change and continue to succeed in their careers. Coming from backgrounds as varied and rich as the Latino culture they share a fighting spirit that seems to cry pa’lante with every move they make.

Here, the 2017 honorees:
Alicia Kerber-Palma
Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia

Raquel Arredondo
Drexel University

Tiffany Tavarez

Yasseline Diaz
Independence Blue Cross

Miriam Enriquez, Esq.
City of Philadelphia, Office of Immigrant Affairs

Maria Vizcarrondo
Cabrini University
Al Dia recognizes that there are thousands of Latinas out there who are working to ensure women everywhere can enjoy a better environment in politics, the arts, businesses, literature, fashion, entertainment, and even in space. May their examples inspire thousands more to educate themselves and grow personally and professionally. 

To learn more about this event and sponsorship opportunities, please email or call 215-510-4257. 
Call for Submissions to the HBA Newsletter

Tell us what is happening in your profession, have you written an article, received an award, job promotion, won a major case? We would love to hear from you!

For more information on submissions, email with subject line "HBA Newsletter." 

Writing Opportunities at The Legal Intelligencer

If anyone is interested in being a regular contributor (or just wants to write one or two) of either Young Lawyer or In-House Counsel columns, please contact Kristie (contact info below.)
In-House Counsel
The Legal publishes a weekly column focused on in-house counsel matters each Wednesday in The Legal. They are open to pitches on any topic that is relevant to GCs.
Young Lawyer
The Legal publishes a weekly column focused on young lawyers each Thursday in The Legal. They are open to pitches on any topic that is relevant to young lawyers.
Kristie Rearick
Magazines and Supplements editor
The Legal Intelligencer
1617 JFK Blvd., Suite 1750
Philadelphia, PA  19103
T: 215-557-2449
Ballard Spahr LLP is hiring for an Associate for their Commercial Litigation practice

Allegheny County Department of Human Services is hiring for three (3) positions for Field Auditor 2 and 3

Loyola University Law School in Chicago, IL is hiring for a Teaching Fellow/Supervising Attorney for their Health Justice Project

William E. Morris Institute for Justice is hiring for a Director of Advocacy

For additional information about these and other opportunities, please visit
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