The Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (HBA-DC) held its annual meeting and elections in Washington, D.C.
The HBA-DC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1977 as the Hispanic Lawyers Association. Its membership includes hundreds of lawyers practicing in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia; Hispanic students attending local law schools; and other nonlawyers who join as associate members.
Jaime Areizaga-Soto, HBA-DC president, told HispanciBusiness: "2013 is the year to consolidate the great achievements of the HBA-DC over the past three years, which have included active advocacy for the Latino community, excellent professional development for Hispanic lawyers and law students, support for the appointment of Latino and Latina attorneys to judicial and administration senior-level positions, and mentoring Hispanic students about the law and Hispanic law students about career development."
The Hon. Ramona E. Romero, general counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was in attendance at the annual meeting, as were U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras, D.C. Superior Court Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo, and Peter Reyes, president of the Hispanic National Bar Association.
The official results of the January 2013 elections for the HBA-DC officers and board of directors are as follows:
President-Elect: Fernando Rivero
Vice President for External Affairs: Juan M. Sempertegui
Vice President for Internal Affairs: Maria G. Mendoza
Vice President for Membership: Marina A. Torres
Treasurer: Erik J. Burgos
Secretary: Carlos Siso
Board Members (in alphabetical order): Edgar Class, Iris Gonzalez, Holli J. Feichko, Leila Levi, Geovanny Martinez, Richard Rodriguez and Laura Zapiain Chester.
"Our over 400 members participate in all areas of the law in our nation's capital, from the judiciary to the executive, from the boardroom to the military, from Congress to public interest," Mr. Areizaga-Soto said. "A key aspect for the HBA-DC in 2013 will be actively advocating for the approval of a fair and comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). CIR will open the doors of opportunity to a significant part of the Hispanic Community nationwide."
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