The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ)

is a 501(c)(6) statewide organization which represents the interests of attorneys, judges, law professors and law students who share a common interest in resolving the issues affecting Hispanics within the legal community. The purpose of the Association is to serve the public interest by cultivating the art and science of jurisprudence, by advancing the standing of the legal profession, by preserving high standards of integrity, honor, and professional courtesy among Hispanic lawyers. Learn More »

 



 Celebrating 37 Years:

1980-2017

THE HISPANIC BAR ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY Installs Hector D. Ruiz As Its 38th President And Swears-In Its 2017/2018 Officer And Trustees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2017

The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (“HBA-NJ”) held its 38th Annual Installation and Swearing-In Ceremony of its Officers and Trustees at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren, New Jersey on November 9, 2017.  The Honorable Jose L. Linares, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, swore-in the officers and trustees.  Hector D. Ruiz, a partner at Walsh Pizzi O’Reilly Falanga LLP, was sworn-in as the HBA-NJ’s 38th President. 

Carlos M. Bollar, a partner at Archer & Greiner and a Past President of the HBA-NJ, served as the master of ceremonies of the event that was well attended by federal and state court judges, attorneys, and law and high school students.  Arlene Quiñones Perez, a partner at DeCotiis, FitzPatrick Cole & Giblin, LLP and Immediate Past President of the HBA-NJ, and Pedro J. Torres-Díaz, a principal in the San Juan, Puerto Rico and Miami, Florida offices of Jackson Lewis and Immediate Past President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”), made remarks.  The HBA-NJ also recognized long-time officer, Vice President of the Southern Region Albertina Webb, a partner with LaRocca Hornik Rosen Greenberg & Patti LLC, with the Corazon Del HBA-NJ Award for her outstanding dedication and unwavering service to the organization.  The dinner and program concluded with Hector D. Ruiz’s President’s speech, during which he announced this year’s theme for the HBA-NJ: Working Together, Making a Difference.

Also in attendance were:  Mayor Carolann Garafola, of Warren Township, Erica V. Mason, a partner at Constancy Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP in Atlanta, Georgia and HNBA President, and many past presidents of the HBA-NJ.

Union City High School students that regularly participate in the HBA-NJ’s American Dream Pipeline Program also attended the event with their chaperone.

During the event, guests were encouraged to contribute to the Todos Unidos Fundraising Campaign to aid in disaster relief of those who are still suffering in the wake of natural disasters that occurred earlier this year.  This Fundraising Campaign will continue throughout the year for distribution to Puerto Rico, Mexico and other areas in need of disaster relief.

The HBA-NJ again thanks its sponsors and Installation attendees for their generosity and support.  In particular, we would like to thank our Amigo and Gold sponsors: (i) Day Pitney LLP; (ii) Hudson Court Reporting & Digital Media; (iii) Lowenstein Sandler LLP; (iv) Reed Smith LLP; (v) Walsh Pizzi O'Reilly Falanga LLP; and, (vi) Prudential.

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About The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey

Founded in 1980, the HBA-NJ is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association that is comprised of attorneys, judges, law professors, law students, and other professionals who share a common interest in addressing the issues affecting Hispanics within the legal community.

The purpose of the Association is to serve the public interest: (i) by cultivating the art and science of jurisprudence, (ii) by advancing the standing of the legal profession, and (iii) by preserving high standards of integrity, honor, and professional courtesy among Hispanic lawyers.

Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
P.O. Box 25562, Newark, NJ 07101
    

For press inquiries, please contact: Rachel A. Gonzalez, Esq., HBA-NJ Press Secretary, at rgonzalez@daypitney.com or (973) 966-8201.

For more information about the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, please visit our website at: www.njhba.org or contact Hector D. Ruiz, Esq., HBA-NJ President, athruiz@thewalshfirm.com or (973) 757-1100.    


The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey Strongly Condemns Offensive Speech and Rhetoric Exhibited During Recent Political Campaigns in Hoboken and Edison, New Jersey


THE HISPANIC BAR ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY STRONGLY CONDEMNS OFFENSIVE SPEECH AND RHETORIC EXHIBITED DURING RECENT POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS IN HOBOKEN AND EDISON, NEW JERSEY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2017

The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (“HBA-NJ”) denounces offensive flyers targeted at voters in two New Jersey towns in advance of last Tuesday’s election. In the weeks preceding the November 2017 election, racist and xenophobic propaganda was distributed in Hoboken and Edison, New Jersey, attacking Asian-American candidates.

The HBA-NJ denounces campaign literature targeting candidates on account of their race, familial origin, and religion. “Attempts to dissuade U.S. citizens from all backgrounds from running for political office and participating in the political process have no place in our American civil discourse,” said HBA-NJ President Hector D. Ruiz.

We are proud of the diversity in the State of New Jersey and congratulate all the trailblazers who ran for political office this term. We commend the voters in New Jersey who have looked past the attempts by some to use the November election to try to spread hate and fear, and voted for candidates based upon their merits.

The HBA-NJ will continue to denounce hate, racism and xenophobia and will stand by others of all backgrounds who are being victimized by such unnecessary rhetoric.

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About The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey

Founded in 1980, the HBA-NJ is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association that is comprised of attorneys, judges, law professors, law students, and other professionals who share a common interest in addressing the issues affecting Hispanics within the legal community.

The purpose of the Association is to serve the public interest: (i) by cultivating the art and science of jurisprudence, (ii) by advancing the standing of the legal profession, and (iii) by preserving high standards of integrity, honor, and professional courtesy among Hispanic lawyers.

Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey

P.O. Box 25562, Newark, NJ 07101

For press inquiries, please contact: Rachel A. Gonzalez, Esq., HBA-NJ Press Secretary, at rgonzalez@daypitney.com or (973) 966-8201.

For more information about the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, please visit our website at: www.njhba.org or contact Hector D. Ruiz, Esq., HBA-NJ President, at hruiz@thewalshfirm.com or (973) 757-1100.

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The Todos Unidos campaign is continuing to fundraise to assist Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central American as a result of the recent natural disasters.  To make a contribution of any amount directly to the Todos Unidos Fundraising Campaign, please  Text UNITED to 50555 to join the Todos Unidos disaster relief community! Standard text messaging rates apply.  You can also use the following link:  http://tiny.cc/omo3ny.  All contributions are tax deductible charitable donations and 100% of the proceeds will go towards relief efforts.


 

THE HISPANIC BAR ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY SUPPORTS THE VICTIMS OF THE RECENT HURRICANES AND EARTHQUAKES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2017

The past few weeks have been extremely difficult. Our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, the entire Caribbean and Mexico have been dangerously impacted by the recent catastrophic hurricanes and earthquakes that continue to threaten many lives. 

While the survivors of these disasters continue to show their resilience, the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ) is working with support and disaster response organizations, both locally and in the affected areas, to offer our assistance in any way possible.

“We extend our thoughts and prayers to victims of these recent natural disasters in the United States, Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, including members of our HBA-NJ families” said HBA-NJ President, Arlene Quinones Perez. “We are working hard to remain in contact with relief organizations in the affected areas and are continuing to assess needs and see how we can help.”

We will continue to update our website as information becomes available, as many of the organizations in the affected areas are still attempting to re-open their offices and assess the needs of the victims. Helping our brothers and sisters will require a long-term commitment from our membership and we have no doubt that the HBA-NJ familia will rise to the occasion and assist those in need.

Please check our website for updates and resources for assisting in the relief and rebuilding efforts.  In the meantime, those who would like to donate their time, money, goods or pro bono legal services can visit the following websites:

Cash Donations:

Direct Relief (All affected areas)

LatinoJustice PRLDEF (Mexico & Puerto Rico)

Hispanic Federation (Puerto Rico)

ConPRmetidos (Puerto Rico):

Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)

Pro Bono Volunteer Opportunities:

Legal Corps for Puerto Rico 

ABA Volunteer Legal Services  (Bi-Lingual or Spanish-speaking attorneys needed most)

Please be advised that we have not had an opportunity to vet all of the organizations listed above and encourage you to conduct your own due diligence. However, the organizations with an asterisk have been vetted.

Please continue to visit our website to receive updates as information becomes available.

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About The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey

 

Founded in 1980, the HBA-NJ is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association that is comprised of attorneys, judges, law professors, law students, and other professionals who share a common interest in addressing the issues affecting Hispanics within the legal community.

The purpose of the Association is to serve the public interest: (i) by cultivating the art and science of jurisprudence, (ii) by advancing the standing of the legal profession, and (iii) by preserving high standards of integrity, honor, and professional courtesy among Hispanic lawyers.

Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
P.O. Box 25562, Newark, NJ 07101

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Founded in 1980, the HBA-NJ is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association that is comprised of attorneys, judges, law professors, law students, and other professionals who share a common interest in addressing the issues affecting Hispanics within the legal community.

The purpose of the Association is to serve the public interest: (i) by cultivating the art and science of jurisprudence, (ii) by advancing the standing of the legal profession, and (iii) by preserving high standards of integrity, honor, and professional courtesy among Hispanic lawyers.

Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
P.O. Box 25562, Newark, NJ 07101

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