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The HBA-NJ Installs Louis Acevedo As Its 33rd President And Swears-In Its 2012-2013 Officers And Trustees


Celebrating 32 Years:


The Hispanic Bar Association Of New Jersey Installs

Louis Acevedo As Its 33rd President And Swears-In Its

2012-2013 Officers And Trustees


On Monday November 26, 2012, the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey held its 33rd Installation and Swearing-In Ceremony. The gala event was hosted at Seasons, in Washington Township, and was attended by a sold-out crowd of attorneys, judges, elected officials and community and business leaders.  The Officers and Trustees of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey were sworn into office by The Honorable Joseph A. Rodriguez, U.S.D.J.  During the well-attended event, Juan Cartagena, Esq., President and General Counsel of Latino Justice/PRLDEF, and Joseph E. Krakora, Esq., New Jersey State Public Defender, made remarks.

The 2012-2013 Officers and Trustees include: President Louis Acevedo, Deputy Public Defender in charge of Bergen County Criminal Trial Region; President-Elect Anna Maria Tejada, of counsel at Kaufman Dolowich Voluck & Gonzo LLP; Regional Vice President for the Northern Region Monica E. de los Rios, In-house Counsel J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.; Regional Vice President for the Southern Region Carmen Garcia, Associate Board Member of the New Jersey Parole Board; Treasurer Michael J. Plata, Esq., Partner at Plata, Ferrer & Gutiérrez LLC; Recording Secretary J. Andres Mayor, Senior Associate at Day Pitney; Membership Secretary Julia A. López, Judicial Law Clerk for the Hon. Esther Salas, U.S.D.J.; Trustee Anneris Hernandez, Esq., Assistant Prosecutor at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office; Trustee Reynold Lambert, Associate at Lowenstein Sandler PC; Trustee Jaclyn V. Medina, Assistant Deputy Public Defender in the Bergen Criminal Trial Section of The Office of the Public Defender for the State of New Jersey; Trustee Zoila Cassanova, Associate Court Attorney for the New York State Unified Court System; Trustee Adalgiza A. Nuñez, Associate at Arseneault, Whipple, Fassett & Azzarello, LLP; Trustee Cindy J. Alvarado, Associate at Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C.; Trustee Daniel A. Matos, Assistant Prosecutor with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office; Trustee Arlene Quiñones Perez, Associate at Kroll Heineman Carton, LLC; Trustee Emilia Perez, Assistant Corporation Counsel with the City of Newark Law Department; Trustee Albertina (Abby) Webb, Associate at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer PA; Trustee Carlos M. Bollar, Partner at Archer & Greiner, P.C.; Trustee at Large Matthew Fernandez Konigsberg, Associate at Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC; Trustee at Large William Ferreira, Partner at Ferreira & Herbert Law Group; Trustee at Large Geida D. Sanlate, Associate at Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Trustee at Large Felipe Chavana, Executive Director of the Essex-Newark Legal Services; Trustee at Large Melinda Colón Cox, Associate at Parker, Ibrahim & Berg LLC; General Counsel Marco A. Gonzalez, Jr., Partner at Duane Morris LLP; Press Secretary Hector D. Ruiz, Associate at Connell Foley LLP.


About The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey

Founded in 1980, the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit statewide Association that represents attorneys, judges, law professors and law students who share a common interest in addressing the issues affecting Hispanics within the legal community.

The purpose of the Association is to serve the public interest: (i) by cultivating the art and science of jurisprudence, (ii) by advancing the standing of the legal profession, and (iii) by preserving high standards of integrity, honor, and professional courtesy among Hispanic lawyers.

The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey cooperates with other bar organizations, legal organizations, and Hispanic community, business, civic, charitable and cultural organizations in furtherance of the aforementioned purposes.

For press inquiries, please contact: Hector Daniel Ruiz, Esq., HBA-NJ Press Secretary, at ruizhd@gmail.com or (973) 597-3163.

For more information about the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, please visit our website at: www.njhba.org or contact Louis Acevedo, Esq., HBA-NJ President, at lacevedo_hbanj@verizon.net or (201) 996-8030.



The HBA-NJ Applauds The Appointment Of Judge Julio L. Mendez

The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ) applauds the milestone appointment of Superior Court Judge Julio L. Mendez to serve as Assignment Judge of Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage.  This appointment is especially noteworthy since Judge Mendez will be New Jersey’s first Hispanic assignment judge.

In 2002, Judge Mendez began serving as Superior Court Judge in the Criminal Division in Cumberland County and then in the Family Division.  Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Mendez received his juris doctorate degree from Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, and worked in private practice for 20 years.  Judge Mendez also served as Staff Attorney for the Cumberland County Board of Social Services, as Vineland City Solicitor, and as a Trustee for Cumberland County College.  While on the bench, Judge Mendez has served with distinction in various leadership roles, including as a Chairman of the Children in Court Committee of the Conference of Presiding Family Judges, Vice-Chair of the Supreme Court Committee on Family Practice, and as a policy maker and problem solver on various statewide conferences and committees.  His commitment to serve the Hispanic community has been evident throughout his career and through his affiliation with the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey.

In commending this appointment, HBA-NJ President Suzette Rodriguez remarked:  “Judge Mendez is a trailblazer who has led a distinguished career first in private practice and then as a jurist.  Judge Mendez is highly deserving of this appointment and we are confident that he will continue to serve New Jersey in a spirit of fairness, honor, and excellence.  We are also very pleased because Judge Mendez’s ascension as an assignment judge is groundbreaking for the continuing advancement of the Hispanic community.”



The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey Commends The Appointment of The Honorable Esther Salas to Serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey

The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ) commends the U.S. Senate for unanimously confirming the Honorable Esther Salas to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey. This confirmation is especially noteworthy since Judge Salas was the first Latina to ever serve as a Magistrate Judge for the District Court in New Jersey and will be the first Latina to serve as a Federal District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey.

In 2006, Judge Salas began serving as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the District of New Jersey. Judge Salas received her juris doctorate degree from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, where she served in leadership roles within various student associations. After clerking for the Honorable Eugene J. Codey, Jr., Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Judge Salas began her career as a litigator at the law firm of Garces & Grabler, P.C., where she handled criminal defense amongst other matters. Before her appointment as a magistrate judge, Judge Salas served for nine years as Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of New Jersey, where she represented indigent clients in federal criminal matters, and argued before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in notable cases. Her commitment to public service has been evident also through her service in several leadership roles in various civic organizations, including the Governor’s Hispanic Advisory Council for Policy Development, the Supreme Court Committees on Minority Concerns and Women in the Court, the Committee on Pro Se Litigation for the District of New Jersey, and as former president of the HBA-NJ and Hispanic Bar Foundation of New Jersey.

Suzette Rodriguez, HBA-NJ President, noted that “We are very pleased with the U.S. Senate for confirming Judge Salas for this seat in the federal court and for what such an important appointment represents for the advancement of the Hispanic community. Judge Salas is a well-respected jurist and eminently qualified to serve as a federal judge in the District of New Jersey. She has led a distinguished career of public service first as a public defender and, most recently, as a federal magistrate judge for the District of New Jersey. We are confident that Judge Salas will continue to serve the federal judiciary of New Jersey extremely well.”


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