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 2020, 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.

2020 Judicial Leadership Award

In 2020, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida Rodolfo “Rudy” A. Ruiz II was the recipient of the HNBF’s Judicial Leadership Award. Prior to his confirmation as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, Judge Ruiz was a Circuit Court Judge for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida from 2014 through 2019, and a Miami-Dade County Court Judge from 2012 through 2014. Prior to taking the state court bench, Judge Ruiz was an Assistant County Attorney with the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office from 2009 through 2012.

2020 Corporate Leadership Award

Patricia Menendez-Cambo serves as Deputy General Counsel of SoftBank Group International and General Counsel of the SoftBank Latin America Fund. Prior to joining SoftBank, Patricia served as Vice Chair of Greenberg Traurig, where she held numerous positions including Chair of the Global Practice, where she founded the Latin American and Iberian Practice. During her tenure at Greenberg Traurig, she primarily advised General Counsels and CEOs on the legal implementation of their business’ growth strategies. Patricia also teaches courses on constitutional law, civil procedure, international law, and international business transactions.

2020 Academic Leadership Award

Jenny S. Martinez is the Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School and the law school’s 14th dean. Professor Martinez is a leading expert on international law and constitutional law, including comparative constitutional law. She is the author of The Slave Trade and the Origins of International Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2012) and numerous articles in leading academic journals. She teaches courses on constitutional law, civil procedure, international law, and international business transactions.

2019 Annual Awards Dinner

Past Honorees

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

Hispanic National Bar Foundation

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