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  1. Congratulations Hon. Franklin U. Valderrama

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    The Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois wishes to congratulate the Hon. Franklin U. Valderrama on his historic confirmation to serve as a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. Judge Valderrama’s nomination was sent to the Senate on February 12, 2020, and he was confirmed on September 17, 2020. Judge Valderrama will fill the seat vacated by former Judge Rubén Castillo and will become only the fourth Latino to serve as Article III judge in the Northern District of Illinois and the first Panamanian-American to serve as an Article III judge in the country.

    Prior to his confirmation, Judge Valderrama served as a judge in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County for 13 years. Before joining the bench in 2007, Judge Valderrama was a partner at Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman, LLP, the largest minority-owned law firm in Chicago, where he excelled as a trial attorney.

    Judge Valderrama is an active and valued member of HLAI. We are proud of his historic achievement and congratulate Judge Valderrama, his wife Pamela, and their three children. We look forward to his many years of service on the bench.

  2. JD Mentors Back-to-School Speed Networking Happy Hour Success!

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    On September 10, 2010, the HLAI JD Mentors Committee presented a great Virtual Back-to-School/Speed Networking Event. Current law students met with HLAI attorneys in the large group as well as in break-out sessions to ask some questions, get to know one another, and learn more about the JD Mentors program and all of its benefits!

    While the pandemic has caused so much tumult, this informative and convivial event allowed students and lawyers to say hello, share a few experiences, and connect for the days ahead. If you missed the event, information shared by attendees, or if you just want more information on how to get involved, please go to the JD Mentors page or contact JDMentors@hlai.org.

    #JuntosDescatando #HLAIStrong

       

  3. Welcome 2020/2021 Officers and Board of Directors

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    Congratulations to the 2020/2021 Officers and Board of Directors!  Join us in wishing our new President, Janneth Lanini, and the newly elected board well as they usher HLAI into its 25th year under unprecedented circumstances.

    HLAI Officers & Board of Directors

    Janneth Lanini, President
    Barbara N. Flores, President-Elect
    Leynee C. Flores, Immediate Past President
    Dora Cornelio, Communications Secretary
    Jennifer Crespo, Membership Secretary
    Cindy Medina-Cervantes, Recording Secretary
    Andrea Belard, Treasurer

    Jimmy Arce, Board Director
    Yeny Ciborowski, Board Director
    Martha Victoria Jimenez, Board Director
    Jessica Gonzalez, Board Director
    Juan Morado, Jr., Board Director
    Hon. David Navarro, Board Director
    Jessica Ocampo, Board Director
    Martin Quintana, Board Director

    HLAI Charities

    Andrea Belard, President
    Armando M. Gamboa, Vice-President
    Perla Gonzalez, Secretary/Treasurer

  4. HLAI 2020 President’s Award and Community Service Award presented

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    The Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois (HLSF) and Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI) have collaborated over decades, sharing resources and fostering a sense of community. Both organizations work tirelessly to advance their missions, which benefit not only the legal and Latino communities but also the community-at-large. It is with this backdrop in mind that, each year, HLAI presents two awards at the HLSF Scholarship Reception honoring the exceptional efforts of its members. While the pandemic prevented an in-person reception this year, HLAI extends its appreciation to HLSF for this ongoing collaboration to recognize those deserving members of the bar.

    HLAI is pleased to announce the selection of Barbara N. Flores for the President’s Award and Korina Sanchez for the Community Service Award, and congratulates both recipients on their selection for these prestigious awards.

     

  5. CLE Survey

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    In furtherance of HLAI’s efforts to promote better continuing legal education programming, please take a few moments to complete a short survey.  Your input will help HLAI in the development of helpful programming for its membership.

    The survey can be found here: https://hlai.org/hlai-cle-survey/

  6. June 17, 2020 – JD Mentors Committee & Testmasters Host LSAT Prep

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    In furtherance of HLAI’s mission to promote legal education in the Hispanic community, the HLAI JD Mentors Committee in collaboration with Testmasters is hosting a presentation for the benefit of undergraduate students who are interested in taking the LSAT exam. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 pm CT. Rachel Sheffield, Director of Academic Support at TestMasters, will discuss the importance of effective LSAT preparation and provide an introduction to the benefits of LSAT course study.

    JD Mentor Committee members will also discuss the HLAI Charities LSAT Review Studies Scholarship (applications are due June 30, 2020 and can be found here: https://hlai.org/hlai-charities-lsat-review-studies-scholarship/).

    Undergraduate students who are interested in participating in this program should register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hlai-lsat-preparation-event-featuring-testmasters-tickets-108797971662?aff=ebdssbeac.

  7. HLAI 2020 Annual Meeting & Election

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    ANNUAL MEETING & ELECTION
    Thursday, July 9, 2020
    5:30 p.m.

    Vacancies
    President-Elect
    Recording Secretary
    Communications Secretary
    Membership Secretary
    Treasurer
    Board of Directors (3)

    An email is forthcoming to paid members with candidate information, an easy-to-use ballot, and meeting participation link via Zoom.

    Please contact president@hlai.org with any questions.

  8. HLAI 2020 Nomination Meeting

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    Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
    Annual Nomination Meeting
    Thursday, May 28, 2020
    5:30 p.m.

    Vacancies
    President-Elect
    Recording Secretary
    Communications Secretary
    Membership Secretary
    Treasurer
    Board of Directors (3)

    An email is forthcoming to members
    with instructions on participation via Zoom.

    Please contact president@hlai.org with any questions.