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  1. National Hispanic Heritage Month Profile – Daniel R. Hernandez

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    What service to the Latino community impassions you?

    Serving my Latinx brothers and sisters impassions me. I have built a law practice where our only billing method is a reasonable flat-monthly fee. A majority of the Firm’s clients are Spanish speaking only and earn wages that disqualify them from receiving pro bono services, however, they cannot afford the uncertainty of the traditional hourly rate. Our fee structure has assisted so many Latinx clients, who only dreamed of affording a lawyer. My ability to communicate with them in Spanish creates a level of openness where the client feels no judgment based on their immigration status or legal situation.

    My service to the Latinx Community is also at the heart of my volunteer work. I am proud that I regularly receive pro bono Guardian Ad Litem appointments for children who only speak Spanish. This provides a level of protection and comfort to children within the Domestic Relations realm. As Vice President of the Board of Directors at Between Friends, a nonprofit committed to ending domestic violence, I regularly meet with and work on behalf of a majority Latinx client population. I also advocate on LGBTQ Latinx legal issue through my work and leadership at the Annual LGBTQ Summit by the Hispanic National Bar Association. The summit brings together LGBTQ Latinx attorneys and empowers them to build and advocate for a stronger LGBTQ Latinx community.

    My service, through my practice and volunteer work, presents multiple touch points of individual conversations that strongly impact the Latinx Community. You see, by having a conversation in Spanish, you can calm someone’s worries, relieve their stress, and empower them with the confidence to continue forward. By bringing together Latinx attorneys and having conversations concerning our community, we progress policy issues by way of the courts and legislature. These conversations become small acts. when multiplied, bring the community together truly progress it forward.

    Daniel R. Hernandez

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. SOLL – EVENT LIBRARY QUICK RESOURCE

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    SOLL – EVENT RESOURCE LIBRARY


    Below are a list of resources from the 2018 STATE OF LATINOS IN LAW SYMPOSIUM that will take place on Friday, October 12, 2018 at the Dirksen Federal Building. For more details regarding this event, visit https://hlai.org/event/the-state-of-latinos-in-the-law-symposium-program/

    OPENING PLENARY SESSION – WRITTEN MATERIALS

    SOLL 2018 – PROGRAM

    TRACK 1 – EARLY EDUCATION – WRITTEN MATERIALS

    TRACK 2 – LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS – WRITTEN MATERIALS

    TRACK 3 – LAW SCHOOL EDUCATION – WRITTEN MATERIALS

    TRACK 4 – PUBLIC SECTOR PANEL – POWERPOINT

    TRACK 5 – PRIVATE SECTOR PANEL – WRITTEN MATERIALS

    TRACK 6 – JUDGES PANEL

    WHITE PAPER – LATINXS IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

  5. President’s Message – 2018

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    President’s Message
    I am honored to serve as your 23rd President of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and to be given the oath of office by Chief Judge Ruben Castillo of the Northern District of Illinois. It was a truly inspiring experience to celebrate with my family and so many of you at the HLAI/HLAI Charities Gala at The Wit Hotel. Continue Reading