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.

In 2021, we recognized the outstanding achievements of our award recipients virtually as part of our online Future Latino Leaders Summer Law Institute.

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.

2021 Judicial Leadership Award

Edgardo Ramos was appointed United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York on December 6, 2011 and entered on duty on December 15, 2011. Judge Ramos graduated from Yale College and Harvard Law School. From 1987 to 1992, Judge Ramos was an associate with the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. In 1992, he joined the Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York where he prosecuted a wide array of federal crimes including white collar frauds and public corruption.y Attorney’s Office from 2009 through 2012.

2021 Corporate Leadership Award

Rachel Gonzalez is executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for Starbucks Coffee Company. Joining Starbucks in April 2018, Rachel handles legal and regulatory affairs, global security, and ethics and compliance, in addition to acting as counselor to the board of directors and executive leadership. She is part of the executive leadership team, reporting directly to Kevin Johnson. In her previous role at Sabre Corporation, Gonzalez led a global team responsible for human resources, corporate communications, legal strategy, regulatory affairs, corporate compliance, and government affairs. She joined Sabre in 2014 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel.

2021 Academic Leadership Award

Dr. Donald F. Tibbs is a professor of law at the St. Thomas University College of Law where he teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and special topics in Critical Race Theory, Race and the Law, and Hip Hop and the Law. Previously he has taught at Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, Arizona State University, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and the Southern University Law Center where he was an Assistant Professor of Law and the Director of the Institute for Civil Rights and Justice.

2021 Law Firm Leadership Award

Jorge A. del Calvo represents public and private technology companies in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements and joint ventures, investment banks in equity, debt and other transactions, and venture and private equity funds in their formation and investments. Mr. del Calvo’s clients range in size from unfunded start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. He is particularly experienced with the business and legal issues implicated by rapid growth and disruptive technologies. Twenty of the companies Mr. del Calvo has represented achieved valuations in excess of $1 billion. Ten of these twenty companies were represented by Mr. del Calvo since their incorporation.

2019 Annual Awards Dinner

Past Honorees

2020 AWARDEES

HNBF Judicial Leadership Award
HON. RODOLFO “RUDY” A. RUIZ II

HNBF Corporate Leadership Award
PATRICIA MENENDEZ-CAMPO

HNBF Academic Leadership Award
JENNY S. MARTINEZ

2019 AWARDEES

HNBF Judicial Leadership Award
FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
BARBARA LAGOA

HNBF Corporate Leadership Award
LISA MARTINEZ WOLMART

HNBF Latina Leadership Award
NOIANA MARIGO

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

Awardee Selection Criteria

The HNBF acknowledges the outstanding achievements and contributions of Latinos in the legal profession at our Annual Awards Dinner & celebration. When selecting candidates to be honored, we seek leaders whose contributions exemplify the values of the HNBF including the advancement of education, diversity, equality, empowerment, and access.

The purpose of the awards are 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 unique way.

Actions & Achievements that Demonstrate the Values of the HNBF

  • Contributes to the advancement of higher education for Latino/Hispanic youth
  • Assumes a leadership role in the Latino/ Hispanic community
  • Furthers the advancement of diversity in​​ the legal profession
  • Advocates for and removes barriers to equality and access for minorities
  • Serves as a champion for youth

Distinguished Career Record

  • He/she has made significant contributions to the legal profession
  • He/she has had outstanding influence within the legal profession
  • Has achieved local or national recognition for accomplishments and contributions

Character

  • Exemplifies integrity, honor and dignity; serves as a model of high ethics in legal education and the legal profession
  • Serves as a positive role-model in the legal profession
Hispanic National Bar Foundation

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