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  • 27 Jun 2018 1:36 AM | Arianna Moure (Administrator)



     Celebrating 38 Years:

    1980-2018

    The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey Congratulates Veronica Allende on Being Named Director of the Division of Criminal Justice for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office

                                                                             

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2018

    The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (“HBA-NJ”) congratulates Veronica Allende on being appointed as the Director of the Division of Criminal Justice for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.  The Division of Criminal Justice oversees New Jersey’s unified, integrated system of law enforcement.  As Director of the Division of Criminal Justice, Veronica is responsible for 500 investigators, detectives, lawyers, and professional personnel who are charged with investigating, enforcing and prosecuting criminal activity.  The Division also provides oversight and coordination to the State’s law enforcement community at the state, county and municipal level to ensure the safety and security of all New Jersey residents.

    “Veronica is a smart, tough, experienced prosecutor who will make a terrific Director of the Division of Criminal Justice. She brings more than a decade of experience prosecuting a wide variety of crimes, from drug trafficking to cybercrime to political corruption.  The fact that Veronica is the first Hispanic woman to serve as the Director makes her appointment all the more compelling.  I look forward to working with her as we tackle the opioid crisis, reduce gun violence, and strengthen police-community relations,” said Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. 

    From 2007 to 2015, Veronica served as a Deputy Attorney General with the Division of Criminal Justice, where she first worked in the Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau, and later, with the Official Corruption Bureau.  In addition, Veronica served as a member of the Attorney General's Shooting Response Team, through which she investigated officer-involved shootings.  In 2015, Veronica received a promotion to Deputy Bureau Chief of the Financial and Computer Crimes Bureau and oversaw the Computer Crimes Unit, which investigates and prosecutes child pornography and other computer-related criminal activity.  She left the Division for a year and a half to work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, where she served as an Assistant United States Attorney, investigating and prosecuting a wide variety of federal crimes. 

    Before her career in public service, Veronica practiced land use and commercial real estate law at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer.  She received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

    “The HBA-NJ applauds the Office of the Attorney General for its appointment of Veronica Allende as the Director of the Division of Criminal Justice.  Veronica is an esteemed attorney with a true commitment to public service.  We are very proud of her and her advancement in the profession,” said HBA-NJ President Hector D. Ruiz.  

     

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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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  • 21 Jun 2018 11:15 PM | Arianna Moure (Administrator)




    Celebrating 38 Years:

    1980-2018

    THE HISPANIC BAR ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY DENOUNCES

    THE SEPARATION OF FAMILIES AND DETENTION OF CHILDREN

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 21, 2018

    The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (“HBA-NJ”) strongly condemns the Trump Administration’s “zero-tolerance” prosecution policy that resulted in the separation of children from their families.  The Executive Order signed by President Trump on June 20, 2018, is woefully deficient, leaves many questions unanswered, and does not do enough to safeguard our children and lift the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

    In April 2018, the Trump Administration ordered prosecutors to “adopt immediately a zero-tolerance policy” for illegal border crossings.  This policy resulted in the wrongful, forcible separation of infants and young children from their families, and the detention of minor children in deplorable and traumatizing living conditions.  Since April, at least 2,300 children have been separated from their mothers and fathers.  Make no mistake about it: This policy is an attack on our community and is inconsistent with American values and principles.

    In response to public outcry, President Trump signed an Executive Order on June 20, 2018, which purports to keep families together at the border.  This irresolute Executive Order, however, continues to inflict harm on our children and families.  The Executive Order aims to imprison parents who are charged with a misdemeanor along with their children for indefinite periods of time.  In addition, through the Executive Order, the Trump Administration seeks to modify the Settlement Agreement in Flores v. Sessions, CV 85-4544, which requires that children not be detained for more than 20 days.  Such lengthening of the detention of minors may have severe negative psychological consequences on children who spend months and potentially years in detention centers. 

    Many questions remain unanswered by the June 20, 2018 Executive Order.  The Executive Order does not state when the separation of children from families will stop or when the Executive Order will be implemented.  It fails to address what will happen to the over 2,300 detained children who have already been separated from their parents and detained, the conditions in which they are already detained, or when they will be returned to their parents.  It also fails to address what will happen to the children whose parents have been deported or to the children who USCIS have failed to properly track.  There are reports that the USCIS cannot match some children with parents because of inadequate recordkeeping.

    The HBA-NJ is deeply concerned about the psychological effects on the young children as a result of their separation from their parents, prolonged detention in the USCIS shelter system, and confinement in detention centers.  “Whatever your stance is on immigration, young children should not be used as a political ploy in the immigration debate, especially given that first-time illegal entry is a misdemeanor,” said HBA-NJ President Hector D. Ruiz.

    The United States immigration system remains in dire need of comprehensive reform.  There is still no resolution for individuals under the DREAM Act.  Unaccompanied immigrant children are still not given the right to counsel.  Many individuals seeking asylum from persecution and violence continue to be held indefinitely even after proving credible fear. 


    The HBA-NJ calls upon the Trump Administration and Congress to enact real immigration reform to create a humane and thoughtful solution to the current crisis.  The HBA-NJ will continue to remain extremely vigilant on this issue and other legal issues affecting the Latino community. 

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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.

    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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  • 11 Jun 2018 10:03 AM | Melinda Cox (Administrator)

    Celebrating 38 Years:
    1980-2018

    The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey Congratulates Juan Cartagena for being Honored with the American Bar Association’s 2018 John Marshall Award

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2018

    The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (“HBA-NJ”) congratulates long-time member and former HBA-NJ General Counsel Juan Cartagena for being selected by the American Bar Association (“ABA”) to receive the prestigious John Marshall Award for 2018.  The ABA established the John Marshall Award to recognize individuals who have made a positive impact on the justice system.  It chose Mr. Cartagena to receive this distinguished award because of his years of dedication and hard work, which led to extraordinary improvements in the administration of justice and justice reform, and for bringing public awareness to the justice system.  The ABA will honor Mr. Cartagena at its annual meeting being held in Chicago, Illinois on August 3, 2018.

    Mr. Cartagena is currently the President and General Counsel of Latino Justice PRLDEF, a national civil rights public interest law office.  He has worked nationally on voters rights and voter registration initiatives on behalf of Latino and African American communities.  He is known to use “the law to effectuate systems change for the benefit of marginalized communities.” 

    Mr. Cartagena is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University School of Law.  He has received numerous other prestigious awards including:  the Freedom Fighter Award, Jersey City NAACP; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Award, Dartmouth College; the Cesar Chavez Community Service Award, U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute; and the Don Pedro Albizu Campos Award, Jersey City Borinquen Lions Club.

    “On behalf of the HBA-NJ, I am delighted by the ABA’s selection of Juan as the recipient of the distinguished John Marshall Award for 2018.  Juan has been instrumental in bringing about change through the law for Latino, African American, and other under-represented communities.  It is a true testament to all that Juan has accomplished for him to receive national recognition before the ABA for his work."

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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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    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.


    ©2018 Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey.

  • 14 Mar 2018 8:49 PM | Arianna Moure (Administrator)



     Celebrating 38 Years:

    1980-2018

    THE HISPANIC BAR ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY SUPPORTS NEW JERSEY BILL NUMBER S-699, WHICH WILL PROVIDE STUDENTS ACCESS TO STATE FINANCIAL AID REGARDLESS OF IMMIGRATION STATUS

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14, 2018

    The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ) supports New Jersey Bill Number S-699, as it will provide students access to state financial aid regardless of immigration status.  Under this bill, students who meet a number of stringent requirements are eligible to apply for, and participate in, state financial aid programs.  For many students, denial of access to financial aid precludes them from pursuing higher education and reaping the resulting economic benefits. 

    If this bill becomes law, it will create resources for all students in New Jersey, including those who are undocumented, to achieve equal access to higher education opportunities.  Higher education results in additional economic opportunities and more individuals accessing positions that are vital to our society.  “Bill Number S-699 provides New Jersey with the opportunity to achieve true tuition equality, and make higher education a priority for all deserving students,” said HBA-NJ President Hector D. Ruiz

    On March 13, 2018, the New Jersey Senate Budget Committee considered Bill Number S-699.  Members of HBA-NJ were present at this hearing where testimony was taken from stakeholders and state-wide organizations supporting the bill.  The New Jersey Budget Committee voted in favor of the bill, allowing it to proceed to a full-Senate vote.  “The HBA-NJ applauds the majority of the Senate Budget Committee Members who voted in favor of this Bill Number S-699 allowing all New Jersey students fair and equal access to higher education,” said Ruiz. 

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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
        

     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.    

  • 26 Feb 2018 10:06 PM | Stephanie Brown

     

    Celebrating 38 Years:

    1980-2018

    The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey Congratulates Three Members on Being Selected to Receive the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 2018 Top Lawyers Under 40 Awards

                                   

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 23, 2018

    The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (“HBA-NJ”) congratulates three members, Andrés (Andy) Acebo, Jaclyn Medina, and Miguel A. Nieves on being selected to receive the 2018 “Top Lawyers Under 40 Awards” from the Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”). 

    Mr. Acebo, Ms. Medina and Mr. Nieves are amongst 33 award winners nationwide whom the HNBA selected for this prestigious honor based upon their “demonstrated professional excellence, integrity, leadership, commitment to the Hispanic community, and dedication to improving the legal profession.” 

    Andrés (Andy) Acebo

    Mr. Acebo is a partner with the law firm of DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin LLP. He counsels and represents governmental entities, higher education institutions and public-school districts, and closely-held corporations. His practice focuses primarily on the areas of employment and labor, education law, and government/public entity law. He is regularly retained by governmental entities to conduct independent special investigations into alleged public official and employee misconduct and adverse employment actions. 

    Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Acebo clerked for the Honorable Jonathan N. Harris, J.A.D. (retired) in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey. He has published several articles concerning the cross-section of race, law, politics, and public policy with the Columbia Journal of Race and Law, the Brown University Policy Review, the Seton Hall Legislative Journal, and the Rutgers Race and the Law Review. Mr. Acebo also has been recognized as a Rising Star in the area of Labor and Employment by New Jersey Super Lawyers. He has also held leadership roles within local and national bar associations, including formerly as Press Secretary of the HBA-NJ. He currently serves as a Deputy Regional President (Region III) of the HNBA. Mr. Acebo received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law.


    Jaclyn Medina

    Ms. Medina is a managing attorney and First Assistant of the Bergen Criminal Trial Region of New Jersey’s Office of the Public Defender. She represents indigent individuals charged with indictable crimes at all phases of trial litigation. She co-chairs the Public Defender’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee and serves on its statewide Continuing Legal Education Committee.  She has been a long time Board Member of the HBA-NJ, where she currently serves as the Vice-President of the Northern Region.  She also currently serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Committee on Minority Concerns.


    Ms. Medina has been an adjunct professor for over a decade at Fairleigh Dickinson University teaching undergraduate and graduate courses to Latino immigrants and diplomatic officials from various missions to the United Nations and Latin-American consulates. She was the recipient of a New Leaders of the Bar award from the New Jersey Law Journal in 2016.  She earned her undergraduate degree from the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University and her Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law.

    Miguel A. Nieves

    Mr. Nieves is Vice President & Corporate Counsel for Prudential Financial and a member of the company’s Financial Management Law Group. He provides legal support to Prudential’s corporate treasury on a broad range of activities, including capital markets and intercompany financing transactions, and securities law matters.

    Prior to joining Prudential, Mr. Nieves was an associate in Sidley Austin’s Capital Markets Group in New York, where he represented issuers and underwriters in a variety of public offerings and private placements of securities, worked extensively on liability management transactions, and provided legal advice to clients under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Mr. Nieves received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law.

    “On behalf of the HBA-NJ, we are extremely proud that Andy, Jaclyn and Miguel have been recognized nationally for their tremendous achievements in the legal profession, as well as in the community,” said HBA-NJ President Hector D. Ruiz.  “For all that they have accomplished, they truly deserve this honor and recognition.”   

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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


  • 27 Nov 2017 11:29 PM | Stephanie Brown


    Celebrating 37 Years:

    1980-2017

    The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey Congratulates Appointees to Governor-Elect Murphy’s Transition2018 Committee

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 28, 2017

    The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (“HBA-NJ”) applauds Governor-Elect Philip D. Murphy on appointing a diverse group of individuals to his Transition2018 Committee. The HBA-NJ congratulates its members who received appointments, as well as appointees from the Garden State Bar Association, New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association, and the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey.

    The Transition2018 Committee consists of 500 appointees to the following subcommittees: transition counsel; agriculture; budget; education, access, and opportunity; environment and energy; government technology and innovation; healthcare; housing; human and children services; labor and workforce development; law and justice; military and veteran affairs; stronger and fairer economy; transportation and infrastructure; and urban and regional growth. These subcommittees will meet before Governor-Elect Murphy takes office in January 2018 and will provide him with reports and recommendations to help the new administration set its legislative and regulatory agenda.

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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.

    ©2017 Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey.

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  • 15 Nov 2017 12:00 AM | Arianna Moure (Administrator)


     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, at hruiz@thewalshfirm.com or (973) 757-1100.    

    ©2017 Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey.
       
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  • 11 Nov 2017 9:28 AM | Stephanie Brown



    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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  • 30 Sep 2017 11:42 PM | Arianna Moure (Administrator)



    Celebrating 37 Years:

    1980-2017

    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:

    Direct Relief (All affected areas)

    LatinoJustice PRLDEF (Mexico & Puerto Rico)

    Hispanic Federation (Mexico & Puerto Rico)

    ConPRmetidos (Puerto Rico):

    Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)

    ABA Volunteer Legal Services (various resources and legal assistance to disaster survivors)

    Legal Corps for Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)

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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: Wendy Rubinstein, Esq., HBA-NJ Press Secretary, at wrubinstein@decotiislaw.com or (201) 928-1100.

    For more information about the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, please visit our website at: www.njhba.org or contact Arlene Quinones Perez, Esq., HBA-NJ President, at aqperez@decotiislaw.com or (908) 625-7714.






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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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