Law Week editor Tony Flesor sat down with Colorado Hispanic Bar Association president Christine Hernández at the Hernández & Associates office to discuss her year as president and the CHBA’s work to strengthen the Hispanic community in the law and outside of it.
LAW WEEK: To start off, can you tell me a little bit about the membership of the CHBA, and can you describe what the organization does and what you would say is the value of it?
HERNÁNDEZ: The Colorado His-panic Bar Association has right now,225 paying members, but we have 1,000contacts that receive our newsletter. We’re focused on the Hispanic community, obviously, and improving the situation or the legal landscape for our young attorneys — getting them acclimated through law school to passing the bar and then mentoring them as young attorneys so that they can get into the profession. It’s hard as a diverse attorney to make partner, to get a job at a large law firm. So our role is to be there to help them through the whole process. And then once you’ve succeeded, and now you want to become a judge, then we work on helping you get there as well. So it’s a family, we are family.
LAW WEEK: Can you also tell me a little bit about some of the more practical goals and if you’ve had any events that have been going on in the past year?
HERNÁNDEZ: We’ve had a total of nine CLEs, seven of our own, and then two that we partnered with the immigration section for CBA and we’re partnering with the LGBT bar on another one. We’ve sponsored events for DUDL, the Denver Urban Debate League, and also we sponsor similar events for the Center for Legal Inclusiveness. We’re in the legal community sponsoring events, but we’re also involved in the community at large. We are partners with Su Teatro, and we sponsored their film festival and their music festival. So we try to involve ourselves in the community in that way.