14 CUNY L. Rev. 147 (2010-2011)
Hispanic National Bar Association Commission on the Status of Latinas in the Legal Profession: Study on Latina Attorneys in the Public Interest Sector La Voz De la Abogada Latina: Challenges and Rewards in Serving the Public Interest

handle is hein.journals/nyclr14 and id is 151 raw text is: HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION
COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF ILATINAS IN
THE LEGAL PROFESSION
Study on Latina Attorneys in the Public
Interest Sector
La Voz De La Abogada Latina: Challenges and
Rewards in Serving the Public Interest
Originally Published by the Hispanic National Bar Association*
Jill Lynch Cruz**, Melinda S. Molina***, & Jenny Rivera****
* The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-
profit, national membership organization that represents the interests of Hispanic
attorneys,judges, law professors, legal assistants, and law students in the United States
and its territories. Through a combination of issue advocacy, programmatic activities,
networking events and educational conferences, the HNBA has helped generations of
lawyers succeed. HISPANIC NATIONAl. BAR ASSOCIATION, Status of Latinas in The Profes-
sion Report, available at http://www.lin ba.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01 /HNBA-
Status-of-Lati nas-September-2010.pdf This Report was originally prepared for the
HNBA Commission on the Status of Latinas in the Legal Profession. This article is
published with the permission of the HNBA. @ 2011 HNBA. All Rights Reserved.
** Jill Lynch Cruz, PhD, is president ofJLC Consulting, LLC, a strategic human
resource management and diversity consulting firm that serves clients in the legal
industry, corporations, and non-profit organizations. She has over 20 years of senior
level human resources experience, most of which is within the legal profession. She is
also actively involved in research and writing on the experiences and barriers encoun-
tered by Latina attorneys, including as the co-author and researcher for the first na-
tional study on the Status of Latinas in the Legal Profession. She also recently
contributed an academic book chapter on the challenges and catalysts to Latina attor-
neys' career success that is slated for publication in early 2012. In addition, Dr. Cruz
serves as a member of the Research Advisory Board for the American Bar Associa-
tion's Commission on Women in the Profession. She holds a doctorate in Organiza-
tion and Management from Capella University, a master's degree in Human Resource
Management from the University of Maryland, as well as a bachelor's degree in Psy-
chology from the University of Maryland. She is also certified as a Senior Professional
in Human Resources (SPHR).
*** Professor Melinda Sommers Molina is an assistant professor at Capital Univer-
sity Law School. Her scholarship focuses on how the law impacts subordinate and
marginalized groups in the United States. Professor Molina teaches Torts and La-
tinas/os and the Law. She is a co-author and researcher for the first ever national
study on the Status of Latinas in the Legal Profession. She was also a Fellow of the Ronald
H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development at St. John's University
School of Law where she taught criminal law. She also previously taught a course at
John Jay College of Criminal justice and Hunter College on the sociological, eco-
nomic, and political experience of Latinas/os in the United States. Before joining
academia, Melinda was a ligation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Prior to Sulli-
van & Cromwell LLP, she clerked for the Honorable RobertJ. Passero. She received a
B.S. from John Jay College of Criminal justice in 1998 and her J.D. from Rutgers
University School of Law in 2002.
**** Jenny Rivera is a Professor of Law at the City University of New York School of

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