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.
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Our Past Law Fellows
Karolina Murguia2012 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 Bouliakis2012 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 Gutierrez2011 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 Cardona2011 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 Carlson2010 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 Guinan2010 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 Perez2010 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