Founded in 1980, the HBA-NJ is a 501(c)(6) statewide organization that represents the interests of attorneys, judges, law professors and law students who share a common interest in resolving 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 HBA-NJ is a very active bar association. In addition to its many initiatives, programs, and public advocacy activities, the HBA-NJ cooperates with other Hispanic bar organizations, with other Hispanic community, business, civic, charitable and cultural organizations, as well as with other legal organizations and in furtherance of the aforementioned purposes.
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With a membership that consists of hundreds of Hispanic attorneys (in private, corporate, government, and public interest positions), judges, law professors, and law students, we are truly the voice of New Jersey’s Hispanic legal community.
The HBA-NJ is a very active bar association. In addition to its many initiatives, programs, and public advocacy activities, the HBA-NJ cooperates with other Hispanic bar organizations, with other Hispanic community, business, civic, charitable and cultural organizations, as well as with other legal organizations, in furtherance of the Association's goal of representing New Jersey's Hispanic legal community.
The Association consists of six officers, a general counsel, a press secretary, eleven regional trustees, five at-large trustees, and three law student representatives from the three New Jersey area law schools.
The Board of Trustees meets the first Wednesday of every month. The General Membership meets twice a year in May and in September (the elections nominations meeting).
Our goal is to foster a more diverse legal landscape and to address the many issues that affect the Hispanic community in New Jersey. Each year, our team of dedicated volunteer attorneys and the HBA-NJ Board of Trustees work hard to develop programming of interest to our membership.
HBA-NJ Community Involvement and Signature Events
Our annual signature events include the:
(1) Scholarship Awards Gala and Dinner;
(2) Installation of the Officers and Trustees Ceremony;
(3) Women’s Leadership Conference;
(4) Sun, Surf, and Seminars (CLE) Conference in the Caribbean;
(5) Law Student Mentorship and Training Program;
(6) Diverse Summer Associate Mixer;
(7) Young Lawyers Committee (YLC) Holiday Party, Charitable Volunteer Event, and Fundraiser/Toy Drive to benefit needy children;
(8) Corporate Counsel Roundtable Lecture Series;
(9) Wine Tasting Networking Event; and
(10) Civics Education Initiatives.
We also have a number of other events including networking mixers at locations throughout the State of New Jersey.
The HBA-NJ is committed to making a difference. For instance, we enjoy a very active Public Policy Committee charged with addressing issues that are important to the Hispanic Community, such as immigration reform and related issues. We also have a Judicial and Prosecutorial Committee - charged with vetting and promoting selection of diverse judges and prosecutors throughout the State.
Most recently, we have created a Executive Appointments Committee, which will vet and promote the selection and appointment of Hispanics to positions in the executive branch and to the nearly 600 boards and commissions in the State of New Jersey.
Finally, the HBA-NJ is extremely proud of its Young Lawyers Committee (YLC) launched in the Fall 2009. The YLC hosts a number of panels throughout the year geared towards law students and young attorneys. It also spearheads several charitable events including a volunteer day and a holiday fundraiser. The HBA-NJ is committed to advancing the goals and interests of all of its members and believes that the YLC is yet another initiative designed to meet that goal.