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  1. Outreach to Latinx Law Students

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    Dear Latinx Law Students:

    These last several months have been very difficult, and while we are heartened by the collective effort of Illinoisans to help stop the spread of the virus, we know that has meant a tremendous amount of sacrifice on the part of everyone, including the law school community. We know that campuses have closed. We know that summer programs and even graduations have been moved online or canceled altogether. And we know that jobs for new attorneys may be scarce.

    That is why HLAI is working on ways to help, and we need to hear from you. How can we be a helpful resource as you navigate these uncertain times? HLAI has a broad network of attorneys, judges, and advocates that want to help. So, please, reach out to us with any suggestions you may have at

    In the meantime, please stay safe, stay healthy, and know that we look forward to you joining us in this great profession. We will all get there, together.


  2. HLAI Charities Accepting Scholarship Applications through May 30, 2020

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    The 2020 HLAI Charities Scholarship Application period is open. Scholarships are available to students enrolled to take the LSAT and enrolled law school students. The application deadline is May 30, 2020.

    Visit for LSAT Review Studies Scholarship information and for Bar Review Studies Scholarship information.

    What are you waiting for?


  3. More Bang for the Charitable Buck! Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour Update

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    Do you need more reasons to join HLAI for the Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour today?  To further help Casa Central, La Casa Norte, Latinos Progresando, and Food Box Delivery from New Life Centers in Little Village, HLAI will match up to twenty $25 ticket purchases and up to ten $50 ticket purchases!

    In addition, Moe’s Cantina (River North) has generously offered another incentive to join in the festivities. Moe’s has offered to donate 25% of profits from all batched cocktails ordered with promo code “HLAI” from Tuesday, May 5th through Sunday, May 10th! The full menu, including drink pitchers, and how to order, can be found at or call (312) 245-2000 when placing a pickup order and say it’s an “HLAI” order. Online delivery orders should include “HLAI” somewhere in the order notes/details.

    So please join HLAI for a memorable Cinco de Mayo happy hour today and support the charitable organizations that help the communities we serve. Register now to reserve your spot and receive the Zoom party details before it’s too late!

    May 5, 2020 | 5 – 6 PM

    As part of the festivities, 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!

  4. Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour – Support Local Charitable Organizations!

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    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!

    May 5, 2020 | 5 – 6 PM

    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!

    Zoom party details to follow!

  5. Super Lawyers & Rising Stars Announced!

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    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:

    Super Lawyers
    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

    Rising Stars
    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

  6. JD Mentors Kick-off Reception

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    Join HLAI for our Annual JD Mentors Kick-off event. The JD Mentors Program pairs Latinx attorneys in Chicago with Latinx law students with the goal of creating mentoring relationships.

    The reception will take place on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Mayer Brown, 71 S. Wacker Drive, 32nd Floor, Chicago, Illinois.

    Please register HERE, and bring identification for security.

    Please contact with questions.

  7. WBAI & HLAI Present “Building Your Team In-House” CLE on February 19, 2020

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    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 1 Hour of Illinois CLE credit pending.

    Moderated by:
    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

  8. Hon. Manuel Barbosa (ret.), a federal judiciary pioneer, has passed away

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    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.

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