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Dear Members and Friends,

I am so very proud to begin 2019 as the President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania. This year will be pivotal for our community as we work to support each other, celebrate our victories, and address the issues that matter to us most. First off, I would like to thank our immediate past President Jacqueline Romero, for her dedication and vision as she pushed our organization to new heights. I am thankful for her guidance and support as we move forward this year.

This year, I hope that our organization can continue to work together to represent the interests of Latinos in the legal profession. Our collective voice gives us the power to advocate on behalf of our local communities, support initiatives that foster fairness in criminal justice reform, create programs that help mentor Latino law students, and promote programs and initiatives that ensure immigration policies are fair. Our membership comes from diverse backgrounds and many different practice areas and we look forward to engaging with each of you to best represent your interests.

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania is already planning events, networking opportunities, and panel discussions to help our members connect, learn and grow together. We are also thrilled to partner with our sister organization, the Hispanic Bar of Pennsylvania Legal Education Fund (HBALEF), as we celebrate their 30th anniversary!  Together, we hope to continue our strong tradition of supporting Latino law students throughout their training and into their careers by providing mentorships, networking events and a network of professionals available to help each one succeed.

We welcome all attorneys and law students to join us throughout the year at our events and the 30th Anniversary HBALEF Scholarship Dinner in the Fall. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or would like to learn more about our organization. I encourage you to become a member of the Hispanic Bar of Pennsylvania and sign up for our newsletter to be notified of our upcoming events.

I hope to see you at one of our events soon as we partner to make 2019 a fun, productive, and successful year!

Sincerely,

Elizabeth M. Oquendo