Programs & Partnerships
The Hispanic National Bar Foundation believes that knowledge and diversity benefits everyone. In order to provide the tools necessary to ensure full and equal opportunity for Hispanics to become leaders in the global community, the HNBF facilitates programs throughout the year.
A week long program to bring Latino high school students from around the United States and the Latin America to the Georgetown University campus in Washington, DC to learn about the variety of careers they can pursue with a law degree. At the camp, students have the opportunity to:
- Stay on a University Campus in dorms with Law Camp Counselors
- Learn about getting into college and what it will take to become a lawyer
- Gain public speaking and negotiating skills at the moot court classes and competition
- Meet US Senators and Representatives, policy makers, and lawyers
- Visit the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, White House, Pentagon, and much more
- Explore US courts and foreign embassies
- Enjoy the sights of Washington, DC, including visits to museums, monuments, and city attractions
At the HNBF, we know that a successful company's greatest asset is its people. Today's workforce and marketplace represent a dynamic mix of cultures, races, ages, and genders. For companies to succeed in the global economy and be responsive to demographic shifts they must attract and retain skilled employees who have different experiences and backgrounds.
The HNBF Law Fellows Program aims to increase the diversity in corporate legal departments. The Law Fellows Program is a unique 8-week paid fellowship that places first year Hispanic law students in corporate legal departments for 6-weeks with an additional 2-weeks at a law firm that represents the company or at the company's government relations office in Washington, DC.
Law Day Events
The HNBF has begun working with schools like Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Conner School of Law and The University of Texas School of Law to establish one or two day programs to help college students, high school students, and their parents to learn about educational opportunities for Hispanics.
In partnership with the Law School Admissions Council, the HNBF has established a mentorship program that consists of mentoring teams. These teams are comprised of high school, college, and law students paired with a practicing attorney. The teams meet four times over the course of one-year, and address topics in education and discuss opportunities for pursuing a legal education. In 2009/2010, the program was conducted in Los Angeles and Miami.
The purpose of the collaboration between the HNBF, securities lawyers, and FIU College of Law is to increase the pool of available minority lawyers in the area of securities and financial regulation law.
The course explores all aspects of the SEC enforcement process, from both the government and private practitioner's perspective. The course emphasizes the SEC's procedure in first conducting an investigation and then either settling or litigating an SEC enforcement action. Through selected examples of significant enforcement actions, the course stresses the private practitioner's counseling considerations at strategic junctures in the SEC enforcement process, and the variety of actions available to the SEC in different venues.
Instructors of the course, including Commissioners and senior staff lawyers from the SEC, senior law firm partners, former federal judges, and senior in-house lawyers, teach specific areas in the securities industry throughout the semester. The access to leaders in the securities field provides a unique experience for student participants and is critical for shaping the leaders of tomorrow to face the challenges facing the industry. Students who complete the course will have a competitive edge seeking employment in securities law having developed a strong understanding of securities enforcement as well as built a significant professional network in the field.