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  1. National Hispanic Heritage Month Profile – Leilani Pino

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    What service to the Latino community impassions you?

    My driving force as a first generation Cuban-American attorney is to encourage Latinx students to join me in the courtroom. Since I began practicing, I continue to find myself being the only Hispanic attorney in the courtroom. I have made it my mission to inspire Latinx students to realize their potential for a practice in litigation. I work with several organizations to assist Latinx law students in their clerkships and internships so they can be better prepared for their future practice. I also regularly reach out to my network of attorneys to help guide Latinx law students. I am committed to changing the future legal landscape by including as many Latinx lawyers as I can and I hope others to do the same.

    Leilani Pino

  2. National Hispanic Heritage Month Profile – Leynee A. Cruz

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    What service to the Latino community impassions you?

    In my probate and estates practice, I work extensively with individuals and families navigating loss. For Latino families, these legal processes can be even more intimidating and difficult to traverse. It has been my privilege to assist families from all backgrounds in every aspect of probate and guardianship administration and litigation. I am also proud to be able to help on a volunteer basis with the Center for Disability & Elder Law in Chicago and other organizations where I have advised, drafted and executed estate planning documents for low-income elderly and disabled clients, many of whom have been Latinos. It has also been my honor to assist Cuban national beneficiaries working alongside attorneys in Havana, Cuba.

    It is through service to others that I find fulfillment, whether as a volunteer, guardian ad lidem, or in my daily work. Any contribution that I can make to the Latino community, particularly the elderly and disabled, through my work has rewarded me beyond words. I will continue to give back to Latinos with my legal expertise and through my presidency of HLAI and beyond. I encourage you to do the same and connect with our organization in the furtherance of service to others.

    Leynee A. Cruz,
    President 2019/20

  3. A Chicago Latina’s Journey to Our Southern Border

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    SEP 23, 2016
    By Virginia Martinez, Attorney, Volunteer and Longtime Supporter of the Latino Policy Forum

    I recently volunteered with the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project at the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC) in Dilley, Texas. CARA provides much needed services and representation to women, and their children, who are seeking asylum in the United States. CARA volunteers serve weeklong commitments to provide services to those being detained and awaiting their first interview with an asylum officer. Continue Reading