Upcoming events

    • 17 May 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Virtual
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    The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ) is hosting its Second Annual Mental Education & Nurturing Through Engagement (M.E.N.T.E.) Conference on May 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  This year’s event will be held virtually and will tackle mental health struggles silently affecting the legal profession and our community.  Our panelists will share personal stories and expert advice as part of the HBA-NJ’s efforts to eradicate stigmas in our profession surrounding mental health, answer your questions, and equip you with tools to help you and your loved ones navigate the challenges to mental health posed by the legal profession.  

    THE HBA-NJ WILL BE OFFERING CLE CREDITS FOR THIS EVENT, INCLUDING ETHICS CREDITS FOR NEW JERSEY AND PENNSYLVANIA!

    Zoom link and CLE details/forms will be provided prior to the conference date.

    Program Summary:

    The Second Annual M.E.N.T.E. Conference (Mental Education & Nourishment Through Engagement) will focus on the following goals.

    1. BREAK THE STIGMA:  Help attorneys realize that they are not alone when dealing with issues related to their psychological well-being. 

    2. EMPOWER SELF-CARE:  Give practical techniques to help cope with anxiety, burn out, and imposter syndrome. 

    3. GUIDE TOWARDS HELP: Provide resources available to attorneys, such as Lawyers Assistance Programs (LAPs), support groups and hotlines and explain how they can help. 

    The M.E.N.T.E. Conference will help attorneys realize that they are not alone when dealing with issues related to their mental health and well-being.  This 90-minute panel discussion will make attorneys aware that others have faced and overcome similar issues, helping destigmatize the act of seeking help.  The M.E.N.T.E. Conference panelist will not only share personal stories—but will also provide practical techniques that attorneys can begin implementing to help reduce anxiety and the potential for burnout.  Additionally, Deputy Ethics Counsel from the Office of Attorney Ethics of the Supreme Court of New Jersey will explain the obligations related to seeking help when not doing so can interfere with your ability to effectively represent your clients.  The panel will also explain the confidentiality and efficacy of New Jersey’s Lawyers Assistance Program. 

    To this end, we have assembled an esteemed panel of professionals with experience in the field of mental health in the legal profession.  Our panel consists of:

    Raul Ayala, Esq.

    Deputy Federal Public Defender, Collaborative Courts Supervising Attorney, Office of the Federal Public Defender

    Raul Ayala is the Collaborative Courts Supervising Attorney for the Federal Public Defender’s Office in the Central District of California.  In addition, he is a team member of the Substance Abuse Treatment and Reentry (STAR) Program, the district’s post-conviction reentry drug court.  Raul has been part of the CASA and STAR programs since 2011, and also serves as the office supervisor for its developing Social Services Unit. As a recovering alcoholic since 2004, Raul has served on the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, on the board of The Other Bar, Inc. (a California non-profit organization for legal professionals in recovery), and is currently co-chair of the HNBA Attorney Wellness Committee.

    Grissel Seijo, Esq.

    Senior Director, Counsel, Employment Law

    Discovery, Inc.

    Grissel Seijo has over 20 years of psychological counseling and legal advocacy experience, spending the last decade as an employment and labor attorney in Florida and New York.  As Senior Director, Employment Legal, Ms. Seijo dedicates her time to counseling the business on a wide variety of topics from hiring, recruiting, retention, training, coaching, progressive discipline and making effective choices for company operations.  Currently, she serves as the Chair of a Latina Commission of the Hispanic National Bar Association, she actively looks to diversify the practice of law in corporations, law firms and at law schools.

    Lauren Martinez, Esq.

    Deputy Ethics Counsel, New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics

    Lauren Martinez is Deputy Ethics Counsel with the Office of Attorney Ethics of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. In that capacity, Lauren investigates and prosecutes attorney misconduct, including financial crimes.  Lauren graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University. Specializing in behavioral neuroscience, she was published for her scientific work in the international peer-reviewed Journal, Behavioral Brain Research. She graduated from Rutgers Law and was a 2014 Eagleton Institute of Politics Graduate Fellow.

    Ruben Lambert, Psy. D.

    Clinical and Consulting Psychologist, Wisdom Spring Wellness Services

    Dr. Ruben Lambert is a licensed Psychologist and founder of Wisdom Spring Wellness Services (WisdomSpring.com). He specializes in Mind/Body Wellness Interventions. He is also a Zen Master in the Korean Zen Tradition.  Dr. Lambert integrates the wisdom of Zen with modern day scientific psychological research to provide training and interventions that target the mind and body. His approach is simplistic and the goal is to provide practical techniques for achieving optimal wellness moment to moment in daily life.

    Ramon Ortiz, Esq.

    Senior Attorney Counselor, New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program

    Ramon Ortiz is a Senior Attorney Counselor at the New Jersey Lawyer’s Assistance Program (NJLAP) in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  He has been employed by NJLAP for the past 27 years.   Prior to joining the New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program, he was an Associate Professor of Law, Clinical Professor of Law, and Director of Clinical Programs at Seton Hall Law School.  He also practiced law with the firm of Ortiz & Velez for 20 years.

    CLE Credit Provided by Stark & Stark, P.C.

    NJ: This program is pending approval by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for CLE credit.

    PA: This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania CLE Board, Pennsylvania Judicial Center for 1.5 Ethics Credits.   

    We would like to extend out sincerest appreciation to our generous sponsors:

    Diamond Sponsors: Lowenstein Sandler LLP, Holland & Knight

    Platinum Sponsors: Bederson LLP

    Gold Sponsors: Archer & Greiner PC, The Castro Firm Inc.

    Silver Sponsors: Stark & Stark, Consilio, Day Pitney LLP, Hudson Court Reporting, Hill Wallack LLP, Kiomeiry Csépes Law Offices, McDermott Will & Emery, Reed Smith, Webster Bank, Marcum Accountants

    For sponsorship opportunities, please click here or reach out to the President of the HBA-NJ, Tabatha Castro, at tabatha@thecastrofirm.com.   If you have any questions about the event, please contact our WELL Conference co-chairs Alex Fajardo at afajardo@stark-stark.com and Maria Z. Cortes at Maria.Cortes@hklaw.com.


    Visit our Program Materials page to see last year's M.E.N.T.E. conference program.


    • 18 May 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 2500 JFK Blvd, Union City, NJ (UC High School Media Center)

    HBA-NJ High School Pipeline Program

    Mentoring program that connects high school students with pre-law undergraduates, law students and local lawyers. Email HBA Membership Secretary Jonathan Barrera, Esq.at JBarrera@passaiccountynj.org  for more information.

    • 05 Jun 2022
    • 12 Jun 2022
    • Barcelona, Spain
    • 83
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    • 14 Jun 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 170 Paulison Ave, Passaic NJ (Passaic High School Cafeteria)

    HBA-NJ High School Pipeline Program

    Mentoring program that connects high school students with pre-law undergraduates, law students and local lawyers. Email HBA Vice President of the Northern Region Jacqueline S. Peña, Esq. at Jacqueline.Pena@bowmanandbrooke.com for more information. 

    • 15 Jun 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 2500 JFK Blvd, Union City, NJ (UC High School Media Center)

    HBA-NJ High School Pipeline Program

    Mentoring program that connects high school students with pre-law undergraduates, law students and local lawyers. Email HBA Membership Secretary Jonathan Barrera, Esq.at JBarrera@passaiccountynj.org  for more information.

    • 15 Jun 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • In-person - Location TBD


    • 03 Aug 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Virtual


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10 May 2022 High School Pipeline - Passaic - Meeting
05 May 2022 Law Firm Owners' Bootcamp
04 May 2022 HBA NJ Board Meeting
04 May 2022 Sun, Surf and Seminars: Sangria Social
20 Apr 2022 High School Pipeline - Union City - Meeting
14 Apr 2022 Legal Burnout and the Great Resignation: Tips and Tricks On How to Cope
12 Apr 2022 High School Pipeline - Passaic - Meeting
09 Apr 2022 W.E.L.L. Conference - "Aspire to Inspire - Leaning into the Latina Legal Legacy"
06 Apr 2022 HBA-NJ General Membership Meeting
29 Mar 2022 HBA-NJ YLC and Consilio Present "Are You Digitally Clean? The Nitty Gritty of E-Discovery"
16 Mar 2022 High School Pipeline - Union City - Meeting
10 Mar 2022 Rutgers Law School Association of Latin American Law Students' 25th Annual Fiesta Con Sabor
10 Mar 2022 Representing Domestic Violence Victims & Obtaining Final Restraining Orders
08 Mar 2022 High School Pipeline - Passaic - Meeting
02 Mar 2022 HBA NJ Board Meeting
16 Feb 2022 High School Pipeline - Union City - Meeting
15 Feb 2022 High School Pipeline - Passaic - Meeting
10 Feb 2022 12th Annual Corporate Counsel Conference
03 Feb 2022 Burlington Cnty Bar Assoc - A Candid Discussion on D&I Issues Unique to the Afro-Latinx Lawyer
02 Feb 2022 HBA NJ Board Meeting
19 Jan 2022 High School Pipeline - Union City - Meeting
11 Jan 2022 High School Pipeline - Passaic - Meeting
15 Dec 2021 High School Pipeline - Union City - Meeting
14 Dec 2021 High School Pipeline - Passaic - Meeting
08 Dec 2021 YLC Holiday Mixer & Toy Drive
06 Dec 2021 HBA-NJ and Rowan University's Pre-Law Society Attorney Panel
02 Dec 2021 LatinoJustice PRLDEF and HNBA Regions III and IV Virtual Screening of "Bad Hombres" and Panel Discussion (December 2, 2021)
20 Nov 2021 Hispanic Bar of New Jersey Thanksgiving Sandwich Drive
17 Nov 2021 Law School Mentorship Kick-Off 2021
11 Nov 2021 42nd Annual Installation and Swearing-In Ceremony
01 Nov 2021 YLC Thanksgiving Food Drive 2021
28 Oct 2021 Invest in You: How to Succeed as an Associate
21 Oct 2021 Invest in You: How to Succeed as In-House Counsel
14 Oct 2021 YLC General Membership and Nominations Meeting
14 Oct 2021 Invest in You: How to Succeed as Law Firm Owner
07 Oct 2021 Invest in You: How to Succeed as a Partner
28 Sep 2021 2nd Annual Financial Awareness & Community Training Seminar (F.A.C.T.S).
22 Sep 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
11 Sep 2021 Summer of Service: Volunteer Day
09 Sep 2021 General Membership and Nominations Meeting
22 Jul 2021 40th Annual Scholarship Gala & Awards Dinner
26 May 2021 Day 2: Mental Education & Nurturing Through Engagement (M.E.N.T.E.) Conference
18 May 2021 Day 1: Mental Education & Nurturing Through Engagement (M.E.N.T.E.) Conference
06 May 2021 Trivia Night
07 Apr 2021 General Membership Meeting via Webex
30 Mar 2021 Part 2 - 2021 Annual Women's Empowerment Leadership & Law (W.E.L.L.) Conference
25 Mar 2021 Part 1 - 2021 Annual Women's Empowerment Leadership & Law (W.E.L.L.) Conference
18 Mar 2021 HBA-NJ Statewide Mentorship Program
11 Feb 2021 11th Annual Corporate Counsel Conference
16 Dec 2020 HBA-NJ YLC Holiday Fundraiser - Virtual Magic Show
03 Dec 2020 41st Annual Installation & Swearing-In Ceremony
24 Nov 2020 HBA-NJ Statewide Mentorship Kickoff Program
06 Nov 2020 HBA-NJ YLC's Thanksgiving Food Drive
29 Oct 2020 HBA-YLC’S VIRTUAL PAINT AND SIP
15 Oct 2020 The Importance of the Latinx Vote & the 2020 Elections
15 Oct 2020 YLC General Membership and Nominations Meeting
30 Sep 2020 39th Annual Scholarship Gala & Awards Dinner
16 Sep 2020 General Membership and Nominations Meeting
03 Sep 2020 Everything You Should Know About the 2020 Census Discussion
26 Aug 2020 Part 3 - 2020 Financial Awareness & Community Training Seminar (F.A.C.T.S.) Series
19 Aug 2020 Part 2 - 2020 Financial Awareness & Community Training Seminar (F.A.C.T.S.) Series
12 Aug 2020 Part 1 - 2020 Financial Awareness & Community Training Seminar (F.A.C.T.S.) Series
02 Jul 2020 Part 2 - 2020 Annual Women's Empowerment Leadership & Law (W.E.L.L.) Conference
25 Jun 2020 Part 1 - 2020 Annual Women's Empowerment Leadership & Law (W.E.L.L.) Conference
18 Jun 2020 HBA-NJ YLC Law School Graduation Celebration & Happy Hour
27 May 2020 General Membership Meeting via ZOOM
19 Apr 2020 19th Annual Sun, Surf & Seminars (Barcelona, Spain) - POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (DETAILS TO FOLLOW)
14 Mar 2020 Postponed - 2020 Annual Women's Empowerment Leadership & Law (W.E.L.L.) Conference
05 Feb 2020 HBA-NJ 10th Annual Corporate Counsel Conference Hosted by Prudential
14 Dec 2019 YLC's 11th Annual Volunteer Day
05 Dec 2019 11th Annual Holiday Mixer & Toy Drive
21 Nov 2019 HBA-NJ Southern Mentorship Kickoff Program - Mentorship, Marketing & Time Management Workshop
16 Nov 2019 11th Annual Charitable Sandwich Drive
14 Nov 2019 HBA-NJ Northern Mentorship Kickoff Program & Reception - Navigating the Legal Profession and Networking Best Practices
22 Oct 2019 40th Annual Installation and Swearing-In Ceremony
09 Oct 2019 YLC General Membership and Nominations Meeting
11 Sep 2019 General Membership and Nominations Meeting
24 Aug 2019 Summer of Service: Cathedral Kitchen Volunteer Day
14 Aug 2019 YLD's 11th Annual Summer Mixer
13 Jul 2019 Summer of Service: Community Food Bank of NJ
22 Jun 2019 38th Annual Scholarship Gala & Awards Dinner
01 Jun 2019 Summer of Service: The Hoboken Shelter Volunteer Day
28 May 2019 HBA-NJ/KIND Training: Introduction to Representing Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Matters
22 May 2019 Southern Mixer and Membership Drive
08 May 2019 General Membership Meeting
16 Mar 2019 2019 Annual Women's Empowerment Leadership & Law (W.E.L.L.) Conference
27 Feb 2019 18th Annual Sun, Surf & Seminars
08 Dec 2018 YLC's 10th Annual Volunteer Day
05 Dec 2018 10th Annual Holiday Mixer & Toy Drive
29 Nov 2018 HBA-NJ Mentorship Program & Resume Workshop
28 Nov 2018 HBA-NJ 9th Annual Corporate Counsel Roundtable Hosted by Prudential
24 Nov 2018 10th Annual Charitable Sandwich Drive
12 Nov 2018 HBA-NJ Kickoff Mentorship Program & Kickoff Reception - Navigating the Legal Profession & Networking Best Practices
24 Oct 2018 39th Annual Installation and Swearing-In Ceremony
11 Sep 2018 General Membership and Nominations Meeting
25 Aug 2018 Summer of Service: Cathedral Kitchen Volunteer Day
15 Aug 2018 YLD's 10th Annual Summer Mixer
18 Jul 2018 SOUTHERN MIXER & MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
14 Jul 2018 Summer of Service: Community Food Bank of NJ
30 Jun 2018 Summer of Service: The Hoboken Shelter Volunteer Day
16 Jun 2018 37th Annual Scholarship Gala & Awards Dinner
09 May 2018 Northern General Membership Meeting
02 May 2018 17th Annual Sun, Surf & Seminars
14 Apr 2018 Day of Service - Pro Bono Legal Clinic to Assist Recent Evacuees from Disaster Stricken Areas
24 Mar 2018 2018 Women's Empowerment Leadership & Law (W.E.L.L.) Conference
13 Feb 2018 YLC South Jersey Networking Mixer
01 Feb 2018 Mentorship Program and Resume Workshop
23 Jan 2018 HBA-NJ 8th Annual Corporate Counsel Round Table
16 Dec 2017 YLC's 9th Annual Volunteer Day
05 Dec 2017 9th Annual Holiday Mixer & Toy Drive
15 Nov 2017 Disaster Relief CLE
14 Nov 2017 HBA-NJ Mentorship Program Kickoff Event
11 Nov 2017 Annual Charitable Sandwich Drive
09 Nov 2017 38th Annual Installation and Swearing-In Ceremony
25 Oct 2017 Special General Membership Meeting
05 Oct 2017 Navigating The Seven C's of Professional Responsibility
14 Sep 2017 General Membership and Nominations Meeting
02 Aug 2017 YLD's 9th Annual Summer Mixer: Havana Nights
29 Jul 2017 Summer of Service: Children's Specialized Hospital Volunteer Day
24 Jun 2017 Summer of Service: Cathedral Kitchen Volunteer Day
24 Jun 2017 Summer of Service: The Hoboken Shelter Volunteer Day
21 Jun 2017 SOUTHERN MIXER & MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
07 Jun 2017 Southern General Membership Meeting
18 Mar 2017 2017 Women's Empowerment Leadership & Law Conference
08 Feb 2017 The HBA-NJ Mentorship Program: The Flexibility of Your J.D.
02 Feb 2017 HBA-NJ YLD Mixer with WLIB YLD and BCBA YLD
31 Jan 2017 Key Ingredients for a Successful Legal Career: Excellent Interviewing Skills and Great Mentors
10 Dec 2016 8th Annual Volunteer Day
08 Dec 2016 8th Annual Holiday Mixer & Toy Drive
23 Nov 2016 6th Annual Thanksgiving Feed the Seniors with AngelaCARES, Inc.
21 Nov 2016 American Dream Pipeline Program Mentor Registration- Passaic High School
15 Nov 2016 HBA-NJ 7th Annual Corporate Counsel Round Table
12 Nov 2016 Annual Charitable Sandwich Drive
09 Nov 2016 HBA-NJ and HNBA Mentorship Program Kick Off: The Flexibility of Your JD
02 Nov 2016 37th Annual Installation and Swearing-In Ceremony
19 Oct 2016 American Dream Pipeline Program Mentor Registration - Union City High School
13 Oct 2016 TRIVIA NIGHT for a CAUSE: HCBA YLD and HBA-NJ YLC
12 Oct 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
15 Sep 2016 Nominations Meeting
10 Aug 2016 YLC Summer Mixer
27 Jul 2016 Northern General Membership Meeting
24 May 2016 SOUTHERN MIXER & MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
20 May 2016 35th Annual Scholarship Gala and Awards Dinner
16 May 2016 Supreme Court of the United States Swearing-In Ceremony
20 Apr 2016 15th Annual Sun, Surf & Seminars
14 Apr 2016 The Do's and Don'ts of Social Media: An Ethical Guide for Attorneys
12 Mar 2016 2016 Women's Empowerment Leadership & Law Conference
09 Mar 2016 General Membership Meeting
27 Jan 2016 Speed Resume Writing Workshop
10 Dec 2015 7th Annual Holiday Mixer & Toy Drive
10 Nov 2015 6th Annual Corporate Counsel Round Table
27 Oct 2015 36th Annual Installation and Swearing-In Ceremony
07 Oct 2015 Navigating Your Legal Career: Strategies for Success
24 Sep 2015 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
09 Sep 2015 General Membership and Nominations Meeting
18 Aug 2015 Test event
06 Aug 2015 SUMMER MIXER
18 Jul 2015 34th Annual Scholarship Gala and Awards Dinner
07 Jun 2015 Know Your Rights - June 2015
13 May 2015 General Membership Meeting
12 May 2015 Southern Mixer and Membership Drive
06 May 2015 14th Annual Sun, Surf, and Seminars
20 Apr 2015 RAISING YOUR PROFILE IN THE MEDIA
16 Apr 2015 The Do's and Don'ts of Municipal Practice - CLE and Networking Reception
15 Apr 2015 The Nuts & Bolts of the Appointments/Nomination Process for Boards, Commissions & the Judiciary
30 Mar 2015 Ethical Issues in Business Mediation and Navigating your Client's Concerns
07 Mar 2015 Women's Empowerment Leadership and Law Conference
31 Jan 2015 Citizenship and Deferred Action Clinic
11 Dec 2014 HBA-NJ Annual Holiday Mixer and Toy Drive
25 Nov 2014 HBA-NJ, HNBA Mentorship Kick Off Program
20 Nov 2014 5th Annual Corporate Counsel Roundtable
30 Oct 2014 35th Annual Installation and Swearing-In Ceremony
25 Sep 2014 2014 Hispanic Heritage Celebration
09 Sep 2014 Defining Nationality in the Dominican Republic
03 Sep 2014 General Membership and Nominations Meeting
07 Aug 2014 Summer Mixer Sponsored by the HBA Young Lawyers Committee
16 Jun 2014 General Membership Meeting
11 Jun 2014 Southern Mixer & Membership Drive
10 May 2014 33rd Annual Scholarship Gala and Awards Dinner
30 Apr 2014 13th Annual Sun, Surf & Seminars
29 Mar 2014 Women's Empowerment, Leadership & Law Conference
26 Mar 2014 2014 Wine Tasting Event
26 Feb 2014 African Diaspora in the Latino Community
22 Feb 2014 Trial Skills Seminar
14 Dec 2013 HBA-NJ's 5th Annual Volunteer Day
10 Dec 2013 HBA-NJ Holiday Mixer & Toy Drive
14 Nov 2013 YLC Networking Mixer
06 Nov 2013 4th Annual Corporate Counsel Roundtable Series
30 Oct 2013 34th Annual Installation and Swearing-In Ceremony
12 Sep 2013 General Membership & Nominations Meeting
26 Jun 2013 12th Annual Sun, Surf & Seminars
08 May 2013 General Membership Meeting
10 Apr 2013 Spring Networking Event
25 Mar 2013 HBA-NJ's Resume and Interview Workshop
26 Nov 2012 33rd Annual Installation and Swearing-In Ceremony
17 Oct 2012 HBA-NJ Mentorship Program Kickoff Event
11 Oct 2012 Northern Jersey Mixer: Free Ethics CLE Panel & After-Hour at Azucar
20 Sep 2012 2012 Hispanic Heritage Celebration
16 Jun 2012 31st Annual Scholarship Gala and Awards Dinner
31 May 2012 The Nuts & Bolts of the Appointments Process
23 May 2012 2012 Southern Jersey Mixer & Membership Drive
22 May 2012 Crime, Punishment & Deportation CLE Panel
09 May 2012 11th Annual Sun, Surf & Seminars
28 Oct 2011 HBA-NJ's 32nd Annual Installation and Swearing-In Ceremony
22 Sep 2011 Diverse Associate Mixer
24 Aug 2011 Congratulatory Mixer for the Class of 2011
16 Jul 2011 30th Annual Scholarship Gala and Awards Dinner
12 Jun 2011 HBA-NJ's 10th Annual Sun, Surf, & Seminars
13 Apr 2011 NETWORKING 101: Practical Advice, Strategy & Tips for Law School Students
20 Jan 2011 HBA-NJ 2011 Wine Tasting and Dinner
28 Oct 2010 31st Annual Installation & Swearing-In Ceremony
15 Jul 2010 7th Annual Summer Mixer


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