Join HLAI for some fun and help support local charitable organizations including Casa Central, La Casa Norte and more! These organizations keep our communities going, especially now. Let’s show our support!
CINCO DE MAYO HAPPY HOUR
May 5, 2020 | 5 – 6 PM
SUGGESTED DONATION $25
And, enjoy a mixologist-hosted demo for easy at-home beverages followed by raise-your-glass music with a spectacular DJ! Generously sponsored by Moe’s Cantina!
HLAI is proud of the following members who were recognized by Super Lawyers as either Super Lawyers or Rising Stars this year. Please join us in congratulating:
Marisel Hernandez, Labor & Employment
Michael J. Hernandez, Education Attorney
Jose Lopez, White Collar
Joe Torres, Labor & Employment
Steve Flores, ERISA and Benefits
Miguel Ruiz, Litigation
Jesse Ruiz, Corporate and Securities
Sulema Medrano, Litigation
HLAI President Leynee Cruz, Estate & Probate
Marlen Cortez Morris, Franchise & Dealership
Norma Manjarrez, Employment & Labor
Karla Sanchez, Employment & Labor
Esther Contreras, Immigration
Scott Cruz, Clark Hill
Daniel Hernandez, Family Law
Diana Lopez, Family Law
Moses Suarez, Litigation
C. Matt Alva, Litigation
The Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) and the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI) invite you to join us for a lively and informative panel discussion on team building, including assessing experience and filling gaps, managing up and down, and building your own skills to achieve personal and team success.
February 19, 2020
5:30 PM: Registration and Networking
6:00 PM: Panel Discussion
7:00 PM: Wine, Appetizers and Networking
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, 155 N. Upper Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606
This event is complimentary for Members & Non-Members, but registration is required at wbaillinois.org/in-house. 1 Hour of Illinois CLE credit pending.
Liz Winiarski, Deputy General Counsel – LAZ Parking
Araceli De La Cruz, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer – Acero Schools Chicago
Yolanda Gamboa, Associate General Counsel – Bank of America
Deborah Solmor, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary – TCS Education System
Susan Sneider, Founder and Principal – New Vistas Consulting
HLAI is deeply saddened by the passing of one our beloved members, the Hon. Judge Manuel Barbosa (Ret). Judge Barbosa was a long time public servant and the first Latino to serve as a bankruptcy judge in the Northern District of Illinois. He was a member of the inaugural class of HLAI’s Lincoln Juarez Honor Society and a mentor to many of our members. HLAI extends its deepest condolences to Judge Barbosa’s family during this difficult time.
Yesterday, I was privileged to participate on behalf of HLAI with other bar leaders in the Bar Admission Ceremony for the new admittees to the Illinois bar. Today, after years of hard work and sacrifice, is your first full day as a lawyer. Enjoy every moment.
We are so very proud of all the newly-minted Latinx attorneys, and extend our warmest congratulations to every attorney sworn in yesterday. HLAI welcomes you to the venerable practice of law.
Leynee A. Cruz
President, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
The Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois has announced that the 2020 scholarship application period is now open!
HLSF gives law firms, corporations, and individuals a vehicle for supporting Latino law students, providing both financial support and networking opportunities. Each year, HLSF awards scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 to Latino law students. HLSF is especially proud of its past scholarship recipients who have gone on to become leaders of the organized Latino bar and in other organizations that help the Latino community.
Students interested in applying must do so by January 31, 2020 via the online application at http://hlsf.org/apply
What service to the Latino community impassions you?
I was very privileged to serve the Latino community for more than 25 years as a federal judge, including six years as Chief Judge. It is my fond hope that my service inspired members of our Latino community to enter the legal profession and adopt Cesar Chavez’s “Si Se Puede” mentality. During my judicial tenure, I tried to interact with as many Latino students as possible so that they could see that judges are just plain human beings. I have been blessed to have mentored many young Latino professionals throughout my forty-year legal career. This is a small repayment for the many Latino attorneys and judges—like Justice David Cerda—who mentored me as a young attorney.
I also would like to pay homage to all our dedicated Latino law enforcement officers. Because of my good friend Felipe Sanchez, I was able to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney for four years prior to becoming a judge. During those four years, and my entire judicial career, time and time again I saw dedicated Latinx law enforcement officers and prosecutors readily give their time and risk their lives for our community. These law enforcement professionals make us proud and thankful.
During my next professional chapter, as a Big Law partner, I will continue to try to serve the Latino community by striving to consistently champion the twin goals of diversity in our legal profession and social justice.