CANADIAN HISPANIC BAR ASSOCIATION
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Hola CHBA members! Happy New Year!! We wanted to let you know about the many organisations that CHBA has partnered with and to hopefully get you more involved! If you’re interested in being our representative for one of the following positions (great way to network and meet new people), please send us an email by February 5, 2018, outlining the organisation you’re interested in, why you’re interested in it, and whether you have any previous experience with similar organisations or in similar roles.
Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
The HNBA is our American counterpart. It’s a nonprofit, nonpartisan, national membership organisation that represents the interests of Hispanic legal professionals in the United States and its territories. The HNBA is also committed to advocacy on issues of importance to the 58 million people of Hispanic Heritage living in the U.S.
For several years the CHBA has been an affiliate association of the HNBA. Affiliates are invited to attend monthly to discuss the initiatives of each affiliate and regional bar association. Affiliates are also given one voting seat on the HNBA Board of Governors (the central decision-making body of the HNBA) which meets every quarter.
Of these quarterly meetings, two occur immediately following the HNBA’s Annual Convention in the fall, and the HNBA’s Corporate Counsel Conference and Moot Court Competition, in the Spring.
We encourage our Affiliate representative to attend these conferences and participate in the Board of Governors’ meetings in person. It provides an incomparable networking opportunity while also providing our representative with a lens into the executive process of an established and successful organization of Hispanic lawyers. To this end, the CHBA will provide a $500 stipend for our Affiliate representative for the year 2018.
Internationally Trained Lawyers' Association
The ITLA Section of the Canadian Bar Association aims to help connect legal practitioners from various backgrounds and to help facilitate integration into the Canadian legal market. It is primarily comprised of foreign trained lawyers (practicing and non-practicing) and foreign trained law students. The ITLA aims to provide insight into the qualification process, the requirements, the challenges and the opportunities of working in the Canadian legal market place and to assist in providing networking and mentorship opportunities. The ITLA meets 5 times a year.
OBA Diversity Program
The purpose of the OBA Diversity Program is to encourage diversity among the OBA governance and membership and to encourage the growth, development and independence of equity seeking legal associations. The CHBA representative would have to attend meetings 4 times a year.
Other program participants include the:
Canadian Association of Black Lawyers
Black Law Students’ Association of Canada
South Asian Bar Association of Toronto
Canadian Association of South Asian Lawyers
Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association
Association of Chinese Lawyers of Ontario
Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers
Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association
Arab Canadian Lawyers Association
Canadian Association of Somali Lawyers
Roundtable of Diversity Associations (RODA)
RODA is a subgroup of the Toronto Lawyers’ Association. It is a roundtable of various diversity organisations in Ontario, including the CHBA. Each year, RODA organises a diversity conference with the OBA’s equality committee.
The CHBA representative on RODA will attend meetings and will advise of the CHBA’s position on various matters. The representative may also choose to assist in planning the diversity conference. Responsibilities also include drafting policy statements, as required, and liaising with the CHBA and its members regarding matters of importance to the profession. Meetings are held on a monthly basis.
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