Past Programs

Past Programs

LAW FELLOWS

The focus of the Hispanic National Bar Foundation Law Fellows Program is to increase the number of Hispanic lawyers practicing in corporate legal departments. Because of the rapidly changing demographics in the United States, corporate legal departments have recognized that diversity in the legal profession is a best business practice that they must promote.

In light of this business need, the HNBF has created the Law Fellows Program to promote diversity in the legal profession with a different approach than existing programs implemented to promote diversity in the legal profession. Several existing programs currently place minority law students in a law firm environment for a traditional summer associate experience. Differently, the Law Fellows Program will provide participating law students with the unique opportunity to join a corporation's legal department to focus on matters important to company business. The Law Fellows Program will also include a law firm component to expose the students to how law firms handle legal matters for its corporate clients.

The HNBF selects first-year law students to participate in the Law Fellows Program. The program includes training, professional development, and work experience in Washington D.C., and in-house at the company's legal department.

The program runs in the summer months anywhere from 6-8 weeks. Each Law Fellow receives a weekly stipend for participating in the program. Transportation cost from the student's home to D.C. may be covered by the HNBF as well as transportation cost from D.C. to the company site, if necessary.

The training and orientation component may take place in D.C. during the weekend before the official start of the program. The training component consists of the Law Fellows participating in sessions during the summer focused on legal writing and research, oral communications, and negotiation skills.

The work experience component consists of the Law Fellow working in-house at a corporation's legal department, and/or at the company's government relations/public policy office in Washington D.C. working on legal and public policy matters important to the company's business, or alternatively, at the D.C. offices of an outside law firm that provides legal services to the company.

To learn more about the Law Fellows Program email us at info@hnbf.org.

 

 
 

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Our Past Law Fellows

 
Karolina Murguia
2012 LAW FELLOW

Karolina Murguia 2012 LAW FELLOW Karolina Murguia is a 2L at the University of Houston Law Canter. Karolina is originally from Central Texas. She graduated from Rice University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies and Policy Studies. She completed her Master of Public Health degree from University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health

Angela Bouliakis
2012 LAW FELLOW

Angela Bouliakis 2012 LAW FELLOW Angela Bouliakis is a 3L at American University Washington College of Law. She is originally from Miami, Florida, and a graduate of the University of Florida.  Angela comes from a diverse background. Her mother is Mexican and her father is Greek. She is proud to be the first person in her family to graduate from

Luis Gutierrez
2011 LAW FELLOW

Luis Gutierrez 2011 LAW FELLOW Luis Gutierrez is a 1L at the University of Houston Law Center. Luis acquired experience in the fast paced multinational oil and gas industry with his HNBF Law Fellowship in Chevron's legal department in Houston, Texas.When asked about the value of his experience, Luis shared, "The Law Fellows program has given me the opportunity to

Luisa Cardona
2011 LAW FELLOW

Luisa Cardona 2011 LAW FELLOW Luisa Cardona is a 1L at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC.  She was selected as one of the HNBF's Law Fellows in 2011. Luisa's fellowship was at the law firm of Rivero Mestre in their Miami, Florida offices. During her fellowship, Luisa reviewed international cases; researched civil and criminal procedure for

Justin Carlson
2010 LAW FELLOW

Justin Carlson 2010 LAW FELLOW Justin Carlson had the unique opportunity as an L1 to do a summer fellowship at Chevron. During his fellowship at Chevron, Justin worked on drafting contracts in Spanish. "I found this work to be really interesting; it was invaluable to draft legal documents in Spanish because it's not something I have the opportunity to do

Gabriela (Gabby) Gross Guinan
2010 LAW FELLOW

Gabriela (Gabby) Gross Guinan 2010 LAW FELLOW As an HNBF Law Fellow, Gabriela (Gabby) Gross Guinan, had the opportunity to experience firsthand what it was like to work in the legal department for a major telecommunications company. "Working for Comcast really piqued my interest; now I plan to pursue my legal career in telecommunications--it's a really exciting field to be

Rafael Perez
2010 LAW FELLOW

Rafael Perez 2010 LAW FELLOW As an HNBF Law Fellow, Rafael Perez experienced firsthand the pace and day-to-day operations of working in a large telecommunications corporation. In the Comcast legal department, Rafael conducted torte and criminal legal research, reviewed federal regulations on the internet and telecommunications, and improved his legal writing skills. In addition, he was able to receive meaningful

 

HNBF SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Scholarships are about more than just providing money. It’s about eliminating barriers to student academic choice, graduation and success. At the Hispanic National Bar Foundation (HNBF), we are committed to eliminating barriers that hinder equal access and opportunity to higher education and advancement within the legal profession. The HNBF Scholarship Program aims to provide academic scholarships to high achieving Latino students with demonstrated financial need.
 
The Hispanic National Bar Foundation Scholarship Program was established to provide financial support for Hispanic students that present records of outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to the principles of community service, equality and social progress. Students must have an interest in a career within the legal profession that requires an advanced degree. Scholarships are awarded in three categories: high school, undergraduate and law school.
 
Our organization is not currently running this program, but instead focusing on our Future Latino Leaders Law Camp. We hope to be able to offer our Scholarship Program in the near future. To be eligible, students must either be in their senior year of high school or plan to enter a full-time undergraduate course of study upon high school graduation, currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program, or currently enrolled in an accredited law school.
 
Named scholarship opportunities are available and serve as a way to honor a colleague or demonstrate your company’s commitment to diversity and education. Contact us at info@ hnbf.org for information.