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  • June 10, 2019 10:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) and Make the Road NY (MRNY) release a critical resource for defense attorneys that outlines best practices and crucial information for ensuring the rights of clients while they are detained by ICE:

    Guide for Criminal Defense Counsel:

    Representing Clients Detained by ICE

    Please share this information widely with the criminal defense attorneys in your area. Together, we must ensure the rights of immigrants in the face of federal attacks.

  • June 10, 2019 9:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Hispanic Federation has partnered with the New York City Department of Education to host a second Spanish Language Specialized High School Information Session.  As part of the event, there will be a Specialized High School and Resource Fair. We expect over 1,000 people, from across all five boroughs, to be in attendance. Hence, we need your help!
    DATE:           June 22, 2019
    TIME:            9:00AM – 3:00PM
    LOCATION:  Stuyvesant High School
                          345 Chambers St, New York, NY 10282<!4m5!3m4!1s0x0%3A0xb5084500683f46f9!8m2!3d40.7177577!4d-74.0138644&>

    As a volunteer you will help us with greeting, set up , ushering and break down throughout the event.  Food will be provided for you. If you are not available for a full shift, we also have half shifts from 9AM-12PM and 12PM-3PM. If interested and available, please email Chabelly Acosta,

  • May 02, 2019 9:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Volunteer to provide limited legal advice and assistance to unrepresented consumers at court-based legal clinics.

    We currently have two Basic CLARO Trainings scheduled for this Spring/Early Summer.  Please see the details below for each:

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 6:00pm-9:00pm

    Where: New York County Lawyers Association

    14 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10007

    To register for the May 15th Training, please click HERE.

    Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 6:00pm-9:00pm

    Where: Wagner College

    One Campus Road

    Wagner Union Hall, 2nd Fl., Room 201

    Staten Island, NY 10301

    To register for the June 4th Training, please click HERE.

    Or Visit:

    3 CLE CREDITS: 1.5 Professional Practice, 1.5 Skills

    Appropriate for both newly admitted & experienced attorneys

    Topics include: Introduction to CLARO; Ethical Considerations; Client Interaction; Pre-Litigation & The Life of a Debt; The Court Process & Key Motions; Substantive Defenses; Negotiating a Settlement; Stipulations 

    Your Commitment

    To receive 3 CLE credits you must volunteer for 6 hours total with CLARO by December 31, 2019.  Please allow between 4 and 6 weeks to receive the CLE certificate.

    Volunteers may serve with one of the following consumer debt pro se assistance programs, all of which provide limited legal advice to unrepresented consumers: 

    • Bronx CLARO
    • Brooklyn CLARO
    • Manhattan CLARO (must be a NYCLA member or Fordham Law School alumnus/a)
    • Queens CLARO
    • Staten Island CLARO 
    • Westchester CLARO

    For more information about the CLARO Programs, view a video or visit the program website here.

    Please feel free to forward this notice to anyone who may be interested in becoming a volunteer with the CLARO Program.

    Volunteers who have participated through a CLARO Program for at least six months will also be eligible to volunteer for limited-scope consumer clinics to serve low-income veterans and their family members through the Feerick Center's Volunteer Lawyers for Veterans Program.

    For more information, please contact Julia Cummings at jcummings20@fordham.eduor (212) 636-6222.

  • April 25, 2019 6:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • April 11, 2019 6:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Deadline to Apply: April 12, 2019, by 8:00 PM EST

    The Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (CBLA) is an annual leadership academy for diverse bar leaders from each of the CBLA member organizations: the American Bar Association (“ABA”), Hispanic National Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”), National Bar Association (“NBA”), National LGBT Bar (“LGBT Bar”), and the National Native American Bar Association (“NNABA”).

    Through this collaboration, the CBLA aims to strengthen the pipeline of diverse bar association leaders through leadership training and professional development programs. The CBLA benefits current and future bar leaders, the bar association community, and the legal profession overall, and lays the foundation for further collaborative efforts by the sponsoring bar associations to foster diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. This year's program will be in June 23-25, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.

    CBLA is intended for: 
    •    Up-and-coming bar leaders who have been in practice for 5-15 years.
    •    Have served in leadership role with an HNBA Affiliate or local minority bar association, or who have served as an HNBA Regional President, Deputy Regional President, or chair or co-chair of an HNBA committee, section, division, or task force.

    How to Apply

    The application deadline for the 2019 CBLA is April 12, 2019.

    Submit an application HERE.

    All accepted applicants will be notified to register by May 3, 2019.

  • April 11, 2019 6:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In 2013, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) launched an exciting and bold new program to increase Latino representation in the field of intellectual property law. In initial partnership with Microsoft, and now expanded to include other Corporate Fellows, the HNBA Intellectual Property Law Institute  (IPLI)* is making a difference for Latino law students. Innovation is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy and IP law is an increasingly important factor in America’s future economic strength. Yet, statistics show that Latino lawyers are underrepresented in the field of IP law. The low numbers suggest a lack of understanding about IP law, a lack of role models, and a misconception about the skills and background needed to practice in the IP field. Six years ago, Latino IP attorneys were 1.8% of the profession, and with a 75% success rate, IPLI has helped increase those numbers.

    2019 IPLI Law Firm Fellows:

    • Davis Wright Tremaine
    • Ferraiuoli
    • Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
    • Fish & Richardson PC.
    • Merchant & Gould
    • Polsinelli
    • Sheppard Mullin
    • Shook Hardy & Bacon
    • Sidley Austin
    • Troutman Sanders
    • Wilmer Hale
    • Workman Nydegger

    Up to thirty Latino law students from law schools across the country are chosen to participate in the HNBA Intellectual Property Law Institute, with airfare, lodging and meals covered. Candidates are selected to participate in this immersive summer program through a highly competitive process.

    To apply to participate in IPLI 2019, please fill out the online application and upload the following documents:
    • Personal statement (maximum 1000 words)
    • Your most recent law school transcript
    • Your current resume



    Candidates must meet the following criteria:

    • A rising 2L or rising 3L and have already completed 1st year of classes by May 31, 2019
    • Have a demonstrated interest in intellectual property law as a potential practice area
    • Must be in good standing at an ABA accredited law school pursuing a Juris Doctor

    NOTE: Anyone who has graduated from law school or will graduate before September 2019 is NOT eligible.

    The selection committee will select up to 30 participants on the basis of a number of criteria, including: an evaluation of expressed personal interest; academic record; dedication and commitment toward accomplishing goals; professional and faculty recommendations; and technical/scientific-related educational and employment background (if applicable). No one factor is dispositive. Students with no technical or scientific background are encouraged to apply.

    Even if you are working this summer, please consider discussing this opportunity with your employer. Click here for a letter from the IP Law Institute to submit to your employer explaining the benefits of your participation in the program.


    * The IPLI is a joint enterprise with the HNBA VIA (“Vision in Action”) Fund, the HNBA’s 501(c)(3) arm.

  • April 09, 2019 7:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Public Rights Project Fellows, David Ureña and Callie Wilson, will be hosting office hours for attorneys interested in learning more about the benefits and responsibilities of the Public Rights Project Fellowship!

    In 2018, David Ureña was accepted into the fellowship and placed in the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, while Callie Wilson was placed in the Community Lawyering & Civil Rights Unit of the Oakland City Attorney’s Office. During office hours, David and Callie will host a video conference to share their experiences with prospective candidates. It is important to note that this conference will not have any observation from the Public Rights Project Fellowship staff nor will it affect the selection process. Therefore, potential applicants are encouraged to utilize this opportunity to ask current fellows directly about how the Public Rights Project Fellowship has helped them to improve their legal skills, build upon their professional network and gain valuable experience working in public service.

    To read more about David and Callie and sign up for office hours, please click here. We recommend that you join from a computer so that you can both view the slides and hear and participate in the audio. Office Hours will be held according to the following schedule:

    • Callie:

      • Friday, April 12, 2019 9:30am – 10:30am (Pacific Time)

      • Saturday, April 13, 2019 1pm – 2pm (Pacific Time)

      • Friday, April 26, 2019 10:30am – 11:30am (Pacific Time)

    • David:

      • Tuesday, April 23, 2019 11am – 12pm (Pacific Time)

      • Tuesday, April 30, 2019 7am – 8am (Pacific Time)

      • Wednesday, May 8, 2019 11am – 12pm (Pacific Time)

    Interested attorneys can apply to the Public Rights Project Fellowship until May 15th, 2019. 

  • March 29, 2019 8:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Each year, the DBA awards scholarships to eligible law students who demonstrate community service involvement, academic commitment and financial need.

    The 2019 Scholarship Application is now available here.  The deadline is Saturday, June 22, 2019.  All applications must be emailed by that date to be considered.

    Rising first-year, second-year, third-year, and fourth-year part-time students who are matriculated at an ABA accredited law school may apply to receive a $3,000 scholarship. The number of scholarships awarded each year depends on the funds raised by the DBA. 

    Winners will be announced August 9, 2019 and is scholarship winner will receive a special invitation to attend our 16th Annual Scholarship Gala to be held in Battery Gardens on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

  • March 28, 2019 7:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organizations and elected officials will work together to educate the Latino community 
    about the importance of participating in Census 2020

    Washington, D.C. –  As part of the April 1st National Census Day of Action, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund today announced that it will join¡Hágase Contar! Campaign partners and elected officials for a series of events held across the country.  A full list of events is available
    The goal of this year’s day of action is to educate the Latino community about the importance of participating in Census 2020. With Latinos now the nation’s second largest population group and one out of every six Americans, full and accurate data about the Latino community are critical for our country’s economic, social and civic well-being.
    “Given the importance of Census 2020 in distributing billions of dollars in federal funding and the allocation of political power to communities across the country for the next 10 years, we cannot afford to have millions of Latinos and other Americans missed in the nation’s decennial count,” stated Arturo Vargas, NALEO Educational Fund Chief Executive Officer. “A failed count of the nation’s second largest population group would mean a failed decennial count for the country. That’s why we are proud to join forces with our ¡Hágase Contar! Campaign partners to educate Latinos across the nation about the importance of making themselves count in Census 2020.”
    Census data are crucial for our representative democracy – these data determine apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and how district lines are drawn at all levels of government.  These data also guide the allocation of more than $800 billion in federal funding to programs that are crucial to the well-being of families, including those affecting health, transportation, education and housing.

    Several challenges post a threat to a full and accurate count of Latinos in Census 2020, including the addition of the citizenship question, a climate of fear and distrust in the government, a lack of adequate funding for the Census Bureau, and a shift to the internet as the primary response option for the first time in history.
    In the lead up to Census 2020, NALEO Educational Fund is calling on the Latino community to pledge to get themselves counted.  Supporters can sign the online pledge to participate in Census 2020 at and follow the April 1st National Census Day of Action activities on social media by searching #HagaseContar.
    Led by NALEO Educational Fund, the ¡Hágase Contar! Campaign is a nationwide effort to achieve a full and accurate count of Latinos in Census 2020. Additional information is available (site launches April 1, 2019).

  • March 28, 2019 6:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New scholarships posted on AfroLawtina website 

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