December 17, 2018

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania Condemns the Racist and Sexist Attempted Intimidation of the Hon. Karen Y. Simmons

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania (HBAPA) condemns the acts of those responsible for delivering an anonymous note with sexist and racist comments to Judge Karen Y. Simmons last week related to her campaign for President of the Philadelphia Municipal Court.  The HBAPA will not tolerate racist and sexist acts aimed at intimidating members of the judiciary and affecting their internal elections.  These actions are repulsive to fundamental American values such as equal justice, judicial independence, and diversity and inclusion in the judiciary.

The HBAPA strongly supports the investigation of this matter launched by the Philadelphia Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office.  Anyone responsible for issuing these cowardly threats should be brought to justice and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

The HBAPA is proud to stand in unity with Judge Simmons, a longstanding, esteemed member of the judiciary, former Chair of the Clifford Scott Green Chapter of the National Bar Association Judicial Council, and Advisory Board Member of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc. 


Jacqueline C. Romero

President, HBAPA


Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Justice Reform: Philadelphia as a National Role Model

Join the Philadelphia Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society for a discussion with Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner on his efforts to institute significant criminal justice reform in the prosecutorial system. We will discuss local efforts as well as how they can be replicated on a wider scale.


The Honorable Larry Krasner, Philadelphia District Attorney

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
5:00 p.m. ET - 7:00 p.m. ET
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
One Logan Square
Suite 2000
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Diverse Attorney Panel

Thanks to everyone who came out to our fantastic panel event "Navigating Your Career as a Diverse Attorney: What's Next?". Special thanks to our co-sponsor PECO, an Exelon Company, and our host Blank Rome LLP. We also thank our esteemed panelists Romulo Diaz, Sophia Lee, Diana Cortes, our City Solicitor Marcel Pratt, and Moderator Tony Gay.


Congratulations to HBA of PA board members James Faunes and Brenda Marrero on being recognized as emerging latino lawyers at the Al Dia Lawyers Forum!

2018 Judicial Panel

Thank you to the Hon. L. Felipe Restrepo, the Hon. Eduardo C. Robreno, and the Hon. Stella Tsai for participating in our judicial panel last night! This event was sponsored by Vanguard with Board Member and Vanguard Associate Counsel Beth Morales Singh moderating. We also had the City Solicitor, Marcel Pratt, joining us at the event. Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano, LLP generously hosted us in their space.