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5 Goal IX 1 (1997-1999)

handle is hein.journals/goal5 and id is 1 raw text is: TO PROMOTE FULL AND EQUAL PARTICIPATION IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION BY MINORITIES

1117 Cenmminissin Midyear Meeting

The Commission on Oppor-
tunities for Minorities in the Pro-
fession held its programs at the
ABA Midyear Meeting on Janu-
ary 30-February 2, 1997, in San
Antonio.
A highlight of the meeting was
the 1997 Spirit of Excellence
Awards luncheon, which celebrat-
ed the achievements of minority
lawyers who have actively paved
the way to success for other
minority lawyers. The award rec-
ognizes the contributions to the

legal profession of lawyers of
color and celebrates the diversity
that minority lawyers bring to the
legal profession and society.
The award winners for 1997
were:
* Dale Minami (Japanese
American civil rights advocate, co-
founder of the Asian Law Caucus
and best known for his involve-
ment in litigation involving the
civil rights of Asian Pacific
Americans);
* Cruz Reynoso (former asso-

ciate justice, Supreme Court of Cali-
fornia, and currently a law profes-
sor at UCLA);
* Drew Days, III (recently
retired solicitor general of the Unit-
ed States av.d currently a professor
at Yale University Law School); and
* Rennard Strickland (dean and
professor of law at Oklahoma City
University School of Law and direc-
tor of the American Indian Law &
Policy Center).
Recipients of special awards
were:

* Sandra Madrid, Inspiration
Award (assistant dean at the Uni-
versity of Washington School of
Law where she has helped dra-
maticallv increase minority enroll-
ment); and
,   Harry J. Pearce, Corporate
Award (vice chair of General
Motors Corporation and one of
the founders of the ABA Minority
Counsel Demonstration Program).
More highlights of the meeting
will be featured in the next issue.

Tngether-The Future

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Tin HisiUiu lhtiuiuml Bar Ausociation Twuty-First Annal Cnmntim

The Hispanic National Bar
Association (HNBA) held its
annual convention at The
Fontainebleau Hilton Resort in
Miami Beach, Florida, Octo-
ber 3-6, 1996. The convention
was one of the HNBA's largest in
its twenty-four-year history. Over

1,000 lawyers, judges, law profes-
sors and law students from
throughout the United States,
Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada
were among the conventioneers.
For the first time in the history of
the HNBA, the Cuban American
Bar Association co-hosted the
convention.
The Continuing Legal Educa-
tion programs brought together
nationally recognized experts for
seminars entitled: U.S. Transfer
Pricing Law, International
Arbitration and Mediation,
Long Term Equity Anticipation
Securities, Recent Develop-
ments in Asset Forfeiture, Valu-
ation of Partnership Interests in
Law Firm and Marital Dissolu-
tions, and Proposition 187 and
Its Progeny, among others.
Convention speakers included

United States Senator Orrin Hatch
of Utah; Congressmen Xavier Bec-
cerra of California and Lincoln
Diaz-Balart of Florida; Housing
and Urban Development General
Counsel Nelson Diaz; and
National Women's Political Cau-
cus President Anita Perez-
Ferguson.
The convention keynote
address was given by United
States Ambassador to the United
Nations Madeleine K. Albright.
Ambassador Albright hailed the
accomplishments of the HNBA
stating, This is precisely the kind
of organization that makes our
nation stronger. Your contribu-
tions to equal opportunity, educa-
tion, civil rights, and civil justice
are helping to prepare us for the
challenges ahead. Ambassador
Albright went on to add, ... the

Hispanic community is our bridge
to Latin America. And Latin
America is an important bridge to
the 21st Century.
The convention concluded
with the swearing in of Hugo
Chaviano as president and Grego-
ry A. Vega as president-elect for
the 1996-1997 term.
The 1997 HNBA Convention
will be held in the beautiful Pacif-
ic Northwest city of Seattle on
August 22-24, 1997. The conven-
tion will be co-hosted by the
Washington State Hispanic Bar
Association. The Seattle conven-
tion will mark the twenty-fifth
anniversary of the HNBA and
promises to be an outstanding
convention. Convention proceeds
help provide scholarships to
deserving Hispanic law students,
so please plan to attend.

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
COMMISSION ON OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINORITIES IN THE PROFESSION

Winter 1997

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