Annual Awards Dinner

Acknowledging Outstanding Latinos in the Legal Profession

Each year the HNBF acknowledges the outstanding achievements and contributions of Latinos in the legal profession at our Awards Dinner & Celebration in July.

HNBF selects honorees in categories such as Judicial Leadership, Academic Leadership, Diversity Leadership, and Lifetime Leadership. When selecting candidates to be honored, we seek leaders whose contributions exemplify the values of the HNBF including the advancement of knowledge, diversity, equality, empowerment, and access.

The purpose of the awards is to distinguish leaders and corporations that advance our mission to help Latino students achieve their potential through access to higher education and increase diversity in the legal profession in their own unique way.

2019 Judicial Leadership Award

In 2019, Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Lagoa was the recipient of our Judicial Leadership Award. Born in Miami, Justice Lagoa became the first Hispanic woman and the first Cuban American woman appointed to serve on the Florida Supreme Court in January 2019. Prior to her appointment by Governor Ron DeSantis to the Florida Supreme Court, Governor Jeb Bush appointed her in June of 2006 to serve on the Third District Court of Appeal, also a first for a Hispanic woman and a Cuban American woman.

2019 Corporate Leadership Award

Lisa Martinez Wolmart, Prudential Financial, Inc.

2019 Latina Leadership Award

Noiana Marigo, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

2019 Annual Awards Dinner

Past Honorees

2018 AWARDEES

HNBF Judicial Leadership Award
HON. MARIANO FLORENTINO CUÉLLAR

HNBF Academic Leadership Award
DEAN S. JAMES ANAYA

HNBF Latina Leadership Award
ELIZABETH ESPIN STERN

2017 AWARDEES

HNBF Judicial Leadership Award
HON. MONICA M. MÁRQUEZ

HNBF Corporate Leadership Award
CARLOS  M. HERNANDEZ

HNBF Academic Leadership Award
KEVIN R. JOHNSON

2016 AWARDEES

HNBF Judicial Leadership Award
HON. JOSE L. LINARES

HNBF Corporate Leadership Award
ALEX PONCE DE LEON

HNBF Academic Leadership Award
DEAN EDUARDO PEÑALVER

2015 AWARDEES

HNBF Diversity Leadership Award
DR. WALTER SUTTON

HNBF Judicial Leadership Award
HON. MIGNA SANCHEZ-LLORENS

HNBF Academic Leadership Award
LUZ HERRERA

2014 AWARDEES

HNBF Lifetime Leadership Award
CESAR L. ÁLVAREZ

HNBF Judicial Leadership Award
HON. HIRAM PUIG-LUGO

HNBF Academic Leadership Award
CRISTINA RODRÍGUEZ

2013 AWARDEES

HNBF Lifetime Leadership Award
MARGARET MONTOYA

HNBF Latina Leadership Award
CAROL ROBLES-ROMAN

HNBF Corporate Visionary Award
HOGAN LOVELLS

2012 AWARDEES

HNBF Lifetime Leadership Award
CLAUDIO GROSSMAN

HNBF Latina Leadership Award
CLARISSA CERDA

HNBF Corporate Visionary Award
MCKENNA LONG & ALDRIDGE

2011 AWARDEES

HNBF Lifetime Leadership Award
HON. RICARDO M. URBINA

HNBF Academic Leadership Award
R. ALEXANDER ACOSTA

HNBF Corporate Visionary Award
GENERAL MOTORS

2010 AWARDEES

HNBF Lifetime Leadership Award
CRUZ REYNOSO

HNBF Academic Leadership Award
NATALIE M. GOMEZ-VELEZ

HNBF Judicial Leadership Award
HON. VANESSA RUIZ

HNBF Corporate Visionary Award
WALMART

Hispanic National Bar Foundation

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