Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia

Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia Dedicated to the professional development of its membership and serving the public interest.

Welcome to the Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia. Since its founding, HBA-VA has been dedicated to the professional development of its membership and serving the public interest. As a leading voice in the Virginia legal community, HBA-VA represents and promotes the growing impact of Hispanics in the practice of law and the community at large.

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia (APABA), with the assistance of the Hispanic Bar Association of V...
02/14/2018

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia (APABA), with the assistance of the Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia and other specialty bars, is hosting this year's Color of Justice Program (COJ). The event is aimed at encouraging diversity within the legal profession. The event will take place at the Fairfax County Circuit Court, which is at 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia.

The event will take place on April 21, 2018. It will run from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Seventh through twelfth grade students are invited to attend. The COJ will include a Mock Trial, where students will act as jurors, and an Essay Contest. Attached is a flyer with information for interested students and parents. Please feel free to share this information with anyone who may be interested.

APABA and the other specialty bars are looking for additional sponsors to help fund the event and ensure a good time for all. Included with this post is a Sponsorship Letter for anyone who may be interested in contributing to this year's COJ. Please feel free to pass the sponsorship letter along to anyone who may be interested in supporting this cause.

If you need additional information about the essay contest, mock trial, or COJ generally, or if you wish to help sponsor the event, please contact Jennifer Lee, the APABA President, at [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you there!

02/14/2018

The Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia will be holding elections for all four of its vacant Board positions on March 16, 2018. The four positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. You must be a member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia (free to become a member). If you are interested in applying for a position on the Board, please call or email Mikhail N. Lopez for additional details. The deadline for materials/applications is March 9, 2018.

email: [email protected]
phone: 703-352-0100

To all attorneys:The Fairfax County Public Defender's Office (FCPDO) is seeking qualified individuals to fill an Assista...
04/28/2017
Assistant Public Defender I

To all attorneys:

The Fairfax County Public Defender's Office (FCPDO) is seeking qualified individuals to fill an Assistant Public Defender I position. The FCPDO provides services to indigent individuals accused of crimes and fills an important role for those who cannot afford to hire their own attorneys. If you, or someone you know, is interested in serving the community by defending indigent individuals, please inquire with the FCPDO.

Additional information, including salary and skill requirements, can be found here: https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/74110. Contact [email protected] or follow the foregoing link to apply for the position.

The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) Fairfax Public Defender Office has an opening for an attorney who is committed to advocating on behalf of indigent clients. The attorney will handle trial and appellate cases. The VIDC is committed to providing quality legal services for indigent defen...

Following closely on the heels of the Color of Justice Program, the Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia (HBA-VA) is hos...
04/13/2017

Following closely on the heels of the Color of Justice Program, the Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia (HBA-VA) is hosting a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Fundraiser. The event will be held at Fast Eddie’s in Centreville (a Latina-owned business) on Thursday, May 4, 2017, and will begin at 5:30 p.m. HBA-VA is sponsoring a number of great specials. Please review the flyer posted here to learn more about the details.

While Cinco de Mayo is a great opportunity to get together over a drink and food with colleagues, there is a secondary purpose to this event. HBA-VA’s mission is to serve the Latino community, not only by facilitating the entry of Latino lawyers into the legal profession, but also by reaching out to nonlawyers within the Latino community. Creating a bond with local businesses and individuals who are unfamiliar with the local legal practices helps foster an understanding of the system and access to justice.

Anyone with an interest in getting to know the HBA-VA and support its mission is invited to join this event. There are no cover charges or membership requirements to attend this event. And while we are asking for donations, those are not mandatory to enjoy the event and specials we have planned. This event is truly open to all, because the road to improving our community is a task we all must undertake together. Please invite or bring with you anyone who may be interested in supporting the HBA-VA’s mission.

While no RSVP is required, you are free to contact me at [email protected] to RSVP or inquire about the event.

We hope to see you there!

04/04/2017

On April 1, 2017, the Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia and other specialty bars in the Northern Virginia area came together to host the annual Color of Justice Event. It was a great event with a wonderful turn out of both students and legal professionals. Special thanks to the keynote speaker, Judge-Elect David Bernhard, all the judges who took part in the panel discussion, and the financial sponsors who helped make it possible. Also, thank you to all the Fairfax County Circuit Court staff that helped coordinate logistics and spent their Saturday morning and afternoon working to allow the event to happen at the Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Enjoy the slideshow below, and we look forward to helping make next year's Color of Justice even better.

To All HBA-VA Members & Interested Parties:On April 1, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. in the Fairfax County Courthouse, a consortium...
03/07/2017

To All HBA-VA Members & Interested Parties:

On April 1, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. in the Fairfax County Courthouse, a consortium of local bar organization, with the Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia being the lead sponsor this year, will host the Color of Justice Program. The program requires the help of Northern Virginia's judges and attorneys. Judges and attorneys are integral to the event for two reasons: 1) they represent the aspirations of the children who will attend the event and serve as roles models; and 2) they help guide the discussion of the issues during the event.

Please review the flyer that is attached here for additional information. If you have questions or wish to register to volunteer, please contact Mikhail N. Lopez or Katherine Martell (see flyer for contact info).

Additionally, the Color of Justice Program relies on the financial contributions of local attorneys and organizations to make this event possible. These contributions help to provide breakfast and lunch for the children, gifts for the judge volunteers, and related expenses. If you are interested in making a contribution to the event, please review the sponsorship form that has been posted here and get in touch with Mr. Lopez or Ms. Martell.

For all who will be donating their time, their money, or both, thank you in advance. The HBA-VA and all of the co-sponsors look forward to making this year's Color of Justice Program another successful event.

Yesterday, EDVA Judge Leonie Brinkema issued a preliminary injunctive order preventing enforcement of President Trump's ...
02/14/2017
Judge grants injunction against Trump travel ban in Virginia

Yesterday, EDVA Judge Leonie Brinkema issued a preliminary injunctive order preventing enforcement of President Trump's "Muslim ban." Judge Brinkema's decision is rooted in the First Amendment, but only extends to Virginia. According to the article below, Judge Brinkema was reluctant to apply the injunction nationally due to the 9th Circuit's existing national injunction. It's good to see the federal courts retaining independent judgment and closely scrutinizing President Trump's exercise of his executive order powers.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/judge-grants-injunction-against-trump-travel-ban-virginia-022854591.html

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A federal judge Monday granted a preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from implementing its travel ban in Virginia, adding another judicial ruling to those already in place challenging the ban's constitutionality.

On April 1, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. the Color of Justice Program will take place at Fairfax County Circuit Court.  All 7th-12...
02/09/2017

On April 1, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. the Color of Justice Program will take place at Fairfax County Circuit Court. All 7th-12th grade students from all schools are invited to attend. Lawyers and judges are also invited to be participants and oversee the discussion groups.

If you are interested in attending this event or volunteering your time, please review the flyer for more information and contact Katherine Martell (see flyer for contact info) to RSVP. Also, please share this post on your social media to help us reach a broad group of students and volunteers.

Virginia legislators are in the process of debating a new law, SB1592.  This law seeks to eliminate the discretion of Ju...
02/01/2017
LIS > Bill Tracking > SB1592 > 2017 session

Virginia legislators are in the process of debating a new law, SB1592. This law seeks to eliminate the discretion of Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (JDR) judges when deciding immigration matters for juveniles who are not legally present in the U.S. If passed, JDR judges would be prohibited from finding that it is not in the best interest of the child to be returned to their home country when the purpose of that determination is to afford special immigrant juvenile classification.

Please contact your Senator today to take a stand against this Bill. The elimination of discretion from judges is an undesirable result, especially when kids are involved. Judges need to have the power to consider each case individually, rather than categorically denying all juvenile's the possibility of earning special immigrant status.

If you would like more information, please message HBA VA.

More information about the current status of the Bill can be found here: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+sum+SB1592

To learn more about special immigrant status, please view this link: http://www.safepassageproject.org/what-is-sij-status/

Juvenile and domestic relations district court; jurisdiction over juveniles who are not lawfully present in the United States.

The Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia and the The Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association co-hosted this years ...
12/16/2016

The Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia and the The Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association co-hosted this years Holiday Party. We had an excellent turn out consisting of Attorneys, Judge and Delegates from across the Commonwealth.

The The Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Women's Attorneys Association (NVWAA), the Northern Virginia Black Att...
05/17/2016
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The The Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Women's Attorneys Association (NVWAA), the Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association (NOVABAA) and the HBAVA will be co-sponsoring a Happy Hour at Don Tito's on May 18, 2016 at 6:00p.m.

3165 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201


Specials Include: 5$ regular margaritas; 6$ specialty cocktails; 5$ house red and white wine; $7 appetizers

We will also be collecting donations for Bethany House of Northern Virginia. We will accept cash/gift card donations or any of the following: new and unopened paper products, personal care items, baby products, or cleaning supplies. For more information on Bethany House, please visit their website: http://www.bhnv.org/

05/03/2016

Join the HBA-VA for our Cinco de Mayo CLE and Happy Hour on May 5, 2016. Come and network with fellow lawyers and colleagues. Appetizers will be provided.

Misha Lopez will be presenting a one hour CLE on Protecting Confidentiality in E-mails, Document Sharing and in the Cloud.

Location: The Revolution Darts & Billiards (AKA Fast Eddies) - 9687 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22030

CLE 4:30-5:30 pm

Happy Hour: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The event is free for active members and $15 for nonmembers. Please email [email protected] if you are planning to come.

On March 12, 2016, the Northern Virginia Women Attorneys Association sponsored the annual Color of Justice program. The ...
03/13/2016

On March 12, 2016, the Northern Virginia Women Attorneys Association sponsored the annual Color of Justice program. The Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia, Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association, Asian Pacific American
Bar Association, and the Fairfax Bar Association Young Lawyers Section co-sponsored the event. The student program was held at the Fairfax County Court House. Attorneys put on a fun mock trial, presided by the Honorable Judge Brodie, and lead discussion groups with high school students from around Northern Virginia. Students were able to discuss the mock trial and had a question and anwser session with the Judges and Attorneys.

The Loudoun Times published an article on the issue of racial diversity on the Loudoun Bench. HBA-VA member, Zaida Thomp...
03/13/2016
As Loudoun County grows increasingly diverse, the judiciary remains white | LoudounTimes.com

The Loudoun Times published an article on the issue of racial diversity on the Loudoun Bench. HBA-VA member, Zaida Thompson, was quoted in the article.

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On February 26, 2016 the Virginia Coalition for Racial Diversity in the Justice System spoke on the issue of the lack of...
02/29/2016

On February 26, 2016 the Virginia Coalition for Racial Diversity in the Justice System spoke on the issue of the lack of racial diversity in the Virginia Judiciary. The Coalition then met individually with various Senators and Delegates to raise our concerns.

A great turn out for Lobby Day. We are heading out how to address the delegates. Virginia Coalition for Racial Diversity...
02/26/2016

A great turn out for Lobby Day. We are heading out how to address the delegates. Virginia Coalition for Racial Diversity in the Justice System

Lobby Day with The Virginia Coalition for Racial Diversity in the Justice System. Working on making changes in the Judic...
02/26/2016

Lobby Day with The Virginia Coalition for Racial Diversity in the Justice System. Working on making changes in the Judiciary!

02/05/2016

Substitute Judge Positions - Fairfax County
The Circuit Court is updating the list of attorneys who are interested in being appointed to serve as a Substitute Judge for the District Courts. The appointment is for a six year term. Applicants must live in the 19th Judicial Circuit and be willing to sit at least three times per month. The applications shall be utilized for any anticipated and unanticipated openings for a Substitute Judge from now through the end of 2016.
Anyone interested in being considered for this position, must send a letter of interest, along with a current resume, to Bruce D. White, Chief Judge, Fairfax Circuit Court, 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 501, Fairfax, Virginia 22030. Applications must be received no later than March 1, 2016. Applicants who have previously applied should still send a letter of interest along with an updated resume.

01/15/2016

This evening the HBAVA co-sponsored a teleconference with dozens of participants where Vernida R. Chaney, Manuel Leiva, and Chidi James outlined the persistent failure of the Virginia Legislature in appointing minority judges across the Commonwealth. The HBAVA will join a coalition that includes the Novabaa and other civic organizations in order to promote minority representation in the Judiciary. We will be organizing a lobbying day in February when we will travel to Richmond to put pressure on our legislators. Additional details will be released in the coming weeks.

01/13/2016

Welcome to the Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia's new page. While you can always find more information on our website we will be working hard to keep you up to date on the page. Please assist us in inviting individuals who would be interested in receiving updates from the HBA-VA.

On January 6, 2016, HBA-VA co-sponsored a welcome reception for HNBA National President Robert Maldonado in the Washingt...
01/13/2016

On January 6, 2016, HBA-VA co-sponsored a welcome reception for HNBA National President Robert Maldonado in the Washington, DC office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. The event was co-sponsored by the HNBA Region V, Maryland Hispanic Bar Association and the Hispanic Bar Association of DC. More than 80 attendees, including the Honorable Jeffrey Prieto and the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We heard about President Maldonado’s plans for the year, including the upcoming Corporate Counsel Conference in Las Vegas.

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