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Middlesex Vicinage Holds Small Claims Court and Landlord/Tenant Workshop


Acting Administrative Director of the Courts

For immediate release: June 3, 2014

For more information contact:

Luis Hernandez, Ombudsman


Middlesex Vicinage Holds Small Claims Court and Landlord/Tenant Workshop

As a part of its community outreach initiative, the Middlesex Vicinage will hold a small claims court and landlord/tenant workshop on Wednesday, June 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the New Brunswick Public Library,

60 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick.

The landlord/tenant program will include details on the landlord/tenant court process, including filing a complaint, what happens during the court appearance, the eviction process, illegal lockouts and security deposits.

The small claims portion will address the filing of claims and how to prepare for court.

The program is sponsored by the Middlesex Vicinage, the Middlesex Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns and the Metuchen-Edison Area Branch of the NAACP.

This is an informational workshop only. Individual cases cannot be discussed or resolved.

The meeting is open to all Middlesex County residents. Participants are asked to call Luis M. Hernandez at 732-519-3344 to register.

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The due date for the application is April 15, 2013.  The application can be downloaded in Word format or printed in PDF format by accessing the “File” dropdown menu on the top left corner.

Please freely distribute to your contacts and any eligible students. Please keep in mind that in order to be eligible, the student must currently be attending law school, be of Hispanic descent, have NJ ties (meaning he/she lives or has lived in NJ), and have a financial need. Please refer to the Application for complete eligiblity requirements and related information.


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On June 10, 2013, a group of attorneys from the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ) will be sworn in as members of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C. We invite you to join us for this unique opportunity to be admitted before the Supreme Court.

Only the first 50 completed applications received prior to March 29, 2013 will be selected to participate in the admission ceremony on June 10th.

The registration fee for this event is $250 and includes all court costs, a certificate of admission, and breakfast at the Supreme Court Building. The registration fee does not include transportation, parking, meals or lodging. Please note that there is a one guest policy for the ceremony.

The HBA-NJ has secured a group rate of $199 at the prestigious JW Marriot on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC for Saturday June 8, 2013 and Sunday June 9, 2013.  (Rooms are currently retailing at approximately $300 per night for non-HBA members.) There is limited availability for Saturday night under our group rate.  Rooms must be reserved prior to May 10th in order to receive the reduced nightly rate. You may make your reservation by calling JW Marriot Reservations Toll Free at 877-212-5752 or by visiting our dedicated reservations page here.

Instructions for Application:

1.  Obtain a copy of a certificate of good standing from at least one of the highest state courts to which you are admitted. (If you are admitted in multiple jurisdictions, you need only one Certificate of Good Standing.) The turnaround time for certificates of good standing from the NJ Board of Bar Examiners is currently one week. Your application will not be accepted unless it is accompanied by the certificate.  Print this form and mail to the below address with a $10 check and self-addressed stamped envelope.

2.  Follow the Instructions for Admission and complete the Application for Admission to Practice Form and ensure that two sponsors sign your application. The sponsors must be members of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court who know you personally and are not related to you by blood or marriage. If you are having difficulties identifying members of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the HBA-NJ may be able to assist you. Email Jaclyn Medina at for assistance.

3.  Return the following documents to:

Office of the Public Defender
c/o Jaclyn Medina, Esq.
60 State Street, 3rd floor
Hackensack, NJ 07601

1. Completed Application for Admission to Practice Form
2. Certificate of Good Standing (from at least one of the State Courts to which you are admitted)
3. Check payable to “Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey” in the amount of $250.00

Applications must be received on or before March 29th, 2013.  Due to the popularity of this event, only the first 50 applicants will be selected to attend.  If your application is received after the first 50, the entirety of your application and check will be returned to you.  For inquires on current availability, email

Instructions and agendas will be forwarded to you upon your selection to participate in this momentous ceremony.


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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 or (973) 597-3163.

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


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HBANJ President Dan Mateo In The Spotlight!

Watch the Philadelphia Inquirer’s exclusive video and read the insightful article, below:

Lawyer honors his Camden roots

November 10, 2011|By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist


Moorestown lawyer Daniel Mateo grew up a “nerdy, skinny kid” in South Camden, which he describes as excellent training for his profession.20111110_inq_jriordan10-a2

“Nothing that happens in a courtroom [is] quite like being chased down a street,” the father of two says. “Talk about a life lesson. It makes you tough in a different sort of way.”

Two weeks ago, Mateo was sworn in as president of the 300-member Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey. He had the ceremony in Camden, because he wants to emphasize that anything is possible – even for kids who are growing up in one of America’s poorest cities, as he did.

“We invited 10 high school students,” he says. “It was important for them to see 200 to 300 Latino lawyers, dressed up in our finest and giving back to the community.”

Also present were students from New Jersey’s law schools; the association encourages them to mentor high schoolers. It also provides close to $30,000 annually in scholarships, “and this year we hope to provide even more,” he says.

I meet Mateo outside Our Lady of Mount Carmel-Fatima Church, an anchor for generations of Italians and, later, Puerto Ricans in South Camden.

The Cherry Street rowhouse where he spent part of his childhood is around the corner; vacant lots line the north side of his old block, but houses on the south side are neatly painted.

“Being here is super-emotional,” says Mateo. “It brings back a lot of memories, good memories. Even though it was a very poor neighborhood, there was a sense of safety and community.

“People looked out for each other,” he recalls, a bit wistfully, as we drive past clusters of rowhouses separated by vacant lots. “If you got into something you shouldn’t be doing, the next thing you know someone would be calling your grandparents.”

Mateo attended Sacred Heart School, graduated from Camden Catholic, and earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

He’s now a litigation partner in the Princeton office of the global law firm Reed Smith, where he mainly handles pharmaceutical clients. He has worked there since 1998.

“Dan is one of our finest attorneys,” says Nanette Mantell, team leader for the firm’s life sciences practice group in Princeton.

Despite his position and his election to head the bar group for a year, Mateo insists, “I don’t view myself as any different from any of the people who are living in Camden today.”

What’s missing for many young people in the city is “a real sense of what is possible,” he continues. “When poverty is concentrated, the worldview of the people living in poverty is very small.”

His friend and former Sacred Heart classmate Camden Mayor Dana Redd also believes it’s essential for city youngsters to “see the talent that has emerged” from their hometown. “I’m very proud of Dan, and proud that he held his installation dinner in Camden,” says Redd, who was a guest at the event, along with U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and other dignitaries. “I think it spoke volumes about him.”

The soft-spoken Mateo says he could never have imagined “working for one of the largest law firms” in the world when he was running (or perhaps, running away) on the streets of South Camden.

“The biggest lesson for me of having done well is that my world view has changed,” he says. “I think that’s what most parents want for their children – to give them lots of experiences as they grow up.”

That’s why he often brings his daughters, ages 9 and 12, along when he returns to South Camden for what he calls a “reality check.”

What the neighborhood taught him “is fundamentally about taking those street smarts and applying them to your life,” Mateo says. “It’s about perseverance, no matter what challenges you might face.”

Contact staff writer Kevin Riordan at 856-779-3845, kriordan@, or @inqkriordan on Twitter.


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HBA-NJ Mentorship Program – Sign Up Today

CLICK HERE to Sign Up To Be A Mentor! 

Dear Colleagues,
I am pleased to announce that it is that time of year again to recruit mentors for New Jersey law students, who have expressed an interest in being mentored by our esteemed members.  This year we have received over 50 applications from students anxious to be matched with mentors, due in large measure to the positive feedback received by them from past mentees about the productive experiences they received from the program and their respective mentors.  To that end, please take a moment to fill out and return the attached Mentor Application so that you can be paired up with a deserving law student.
As you know, the HBA-NJ’s Mentorship Program matches Latino law students with Latino legal professionals from some of the top New Jersey law firms, legal departments, government agencies and public interest organizations to foster relationships between them to offer guidance and advice as they adjust to the demands of law school, navigate the recruitment process and evaluate potential career options and strategies.  At a time in our history when it is reported that the Latino community is steadily increasing, while the number of Latinos applying and admitted into law schools is dropping, it is particularly important for those of us who have been blessed with successful careers to step up to the plate and nurture and encourage this valuable commodity (Latino law students) to continue their academic and professional pursuits.
I am mindful that we all have very demanding schedules.  Nevertheless, it is extremely important – in keeping with our mission statement – that we cultivate these students to ensure not only that they succeed, but that they are instilled with high standards of integrity, honor and professionalism.  I, therefore, urge you to join me in this endeavor by volunteering to serve as a mentor.  Kindly complete the attached application and return it to me by Thursday, September 29, 2011, at the e-mail or postal address provided on the application.  If you are unable to meet this deadline, please submit your application as close as possible to this date.  The more volunteers we receive, the more likely it is that we can achieve a mentor/mentee ratio of 1:1, thereby increasing the quality of the mentor/mentee relationship and the success of the program.
Thank you in advance for your willingness to support the HBA-NJ and this very important program.
Kind regards,
Louis Acevedo, Vice President
Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey



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Vote for Ivette Alvarez for Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar

To See Ivette’s Biography, Click Here

The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (“HBA-NJ”) is honored to enthusiastically endorse Ivette Alvarez for the position of Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association (“NJSBA”).  Ivette is an exceptional member of the New Jersey State Bar.  She exemplifies the best among us and is a lawyer of the highest caliber in the finest traditions of our noble profession.  She is also a model citizen and pillar of the greater community.  An example of her successful leadership is serving as a Past President of the HBA-NJ. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                For more information about Ivette and her impeccable credentials please review her biography here

Visit her website at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The HBA-NJ urges you to cast your ballot for Ivette as soon as you receive your ballot from the NJSBA.  The ballots are due to arrive on Monday, April 18, 2011.  Please note that lost or destroyed ballots will not be replaced.  Finally, please encourage all of your friends, colleagues and acquaintances to cast their vote for Ivette.
Finally, I would be remiss if I failed to highlight that, if selected, Ivette will be the first Latina to hold this position.  Personally, as a Latina, I could not think of a better candidate.  I know that her stellar qualities and prior experience will serve the NJSBA well.  I urge you to vote for Ivette Alvarez as the NJSBA Secretary. 
Thank you for your time and consideration of this endorsement.
Suzette T. Rodriguez,
Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey


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