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HNBA Recognition for GHS Founding Partner Mary Hernandez

September 29, 2021: At the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Annual 2021 Conference, HNBA President Elia Diaz-Yaeger announced that the HNBA President’s Award would be given “to two amazing women and past HNBA presidents, Dolores Atencio and Mary Hernández,” who were instrumental in the implementation and overwhelming success of the HNBA’s Department of Justice and Executive Endorsements Initiative in partnership with the Alliance for Latinx Leadership and Policy (ALLP). Hernandez is a founding Board member for the ALLP, a nonprofit devoted to securing our nation’s future by expanding representation of the Latinx community in public service, and Atencio serves as ALLP’s first Interim Chief Executive Officer.

As part of her award acceptance remarks, Hernández said: “For me, this was the highlight of what was otherwise a very challenging year. It was so wonderful to meet, reconnect and work with so many amazing current HNBA leaders, like Elia Diaz-Yaeger, Carlos Bollar, former HNBA Presidents, like Ramona Romero and Irene Oria, and of course, one of the greatest leaders the HNBA has ever had, Dolores Atencio. I was blown away by the extraordinary backgrounds and qualifications among those in HNBA’s membership who answered the call to apply for federal positions as well as the HNBA law students and young lawyers helping us vet them. What a pipeline! I am filled with hope for both the future of this organization and our country.” Hernández also thanked her fellow Equity Partners at Garcia Hernández Sawhney for allow her to engage in these important endeavors and her family.

The joint ALLP-HNBA DOJ (and Attorney) Endorsements Committee started and co-chaired by Atencio and Hernández as part of their ALLP projects, began its work around October 2020 and is ongoing. The project ultimately included 60 HNBA volunteers and staff members, including 23 Committee members from throughout the United States and Puerto Rico who met (at times) 2-4 times per month, 25 HNBA lawyers who conducted our candidate due diligence process, 10 HNBA law students who assisted the lawyers in the due diligence process and 2 HNBA staff along with 1 GHS paralegal assigned to help the cause! Through this process, the ALLP and the HNBA jointly endorsed four Latinx candidates for U.S. Attorney General, several Latinx candidates for Secretary positions and 42 Latinx candidates for U.S. Attorney positions in 25 U.S. Attorney Districts in 25 States. In addition, through the joint project, the HNBA and ALLP endorsed 63 candidates for 92 various other federal positions, such as General Counsel positions for a number of federal agencies and departments.

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September 29, 2021: At the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Annual 2021 Conference, HNBA President Elia Diaz-Yaeger announced that the HNBA President’s Award would be given “to two amazing women and past HNBA presidents, Dolores Atencio and Mary Hernández,” who were instrumental in the implementation and overwhelming success of the HNBA’s Department of Justice and Executive Endorsements Initiative in partnership with the Alliance for Latinx Leadership and Policy (ALLP). Hernandez is a founding Board member for the ALLP, a nonprofit devoted to securing our nation’s future by expanding representation of the Latinx community in public service, and Atencio serves as ALLP’s first Interim Chief Executive Officer.

As part of her award acceptance remarks, Hernández said: “For me, this was the highlight of what was otherwise a very challenging year. It was so wonderful to meet, reconnect and work with so many amazing current HNBA leaders, like Elia Diaz-Yaeger, Carlos Bollar, former HNBA Presidents, like Ramona Romero and Irene Oria, and of course, one of the greatest leaders the HNBA has ever had, Dolores Atencio. I was blown away by the extraordinary backgrounds and qualifications among those in HNBA’s membership who answered the call to apply for federal positions as well as the HNBA law students and young lawyers helping us vet them. What a pipeline! I am filled with hope for both the future of this organization and our country.” Hernández also thanked her fellow Equity Partners at Garcia Hernández Sawhney for allow her to engage in these important endeavors and her family.

The joint ALLP-HNBA DOJ (and Attorney) Endorsements Committee started and co-chaired by Atencio and Hernández as part of their ALLP projects, began its work around October 2020 and is ongoing. The project ultimately included 60 HNBA volunteers and staff members, including 23 Committee members from throughout the United States and Puerto Rico who met (at times) 2-4 times per month, 25 HNBA lawyers who conducted our candidate due diligence process, 10 HNBA law students who assisted the lawyers in the due diligence process and 2 HNBA staff along with 1 GHS paralegal assigned to help the cause! Through this process, the ALLP and the HNBA jointly endorsed four Latinx candidates for U.S. Attorney General, several Latinx candidates for Secretary positions and 42 Latinx candidates for U.S. Attorney positions in 25 U.S. Attorney Districts in 25 States. In addition, through the joint project, the HNBA and ALLP endorsed 63 candidates for 92 various other federal positions, such as General Counsel positions for a number of federal agencies and departments.

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HNBA Recognition for GHS Founding Partner Mary Hernandez

September 29, 2021: At the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Annual 2021 Conference, HNBA President Elia Diaz-Yaeger announced that the HNBA President’s Award would be given “to two amazing women and past HNBA presidents, Dolores Atencio and Mary Hernández,” who were instrumental in the implementation and overwhelming success of the HNBA’s Department of Justice and Executive Endorsements Initiative in partnership with the Alliance for Latinx Leadership and Policy (ALLP). Hernandez is a founding Board member for the ALLP, a nonprofit devoted to securing our nation’s future by expanding representation of the Latinx community in public service, and Atencio serves as ALLP’s first Interim Chief Executive Officer.

As part of her award acceptance remarks, Hernández said: “For me, this was the highlight of what was otherwise a very challenging year. It was so wonderful to meet, reconnect and work with so many amazing current HNBA leaders, like Elia Diaz-Yaeger, Carlos Bollar, former HNBA Presidents, like Ramona Romero and Irene Oria, and of course, one of the greatest leaders the HNBA has ever had, Dolores Atencio. I was blown away by the extraordinary backgrounds and qualifications among those in HNBA’s membership who answered the call to apply for federal positions as well as the HNBA law students and young lawyers helping us vet them. What a pipeline! I am filled with hope for both the future of this organization and our country.” Hernández also thanked her fellow Equity Partners at Garcia Hernández Sawhney for allow her to engage in these important endeavors and her family.

The joint ALLP-HNBA DOJ (and Attorney) Endorsements Committee started and co-chaired by Atencio and Hernández as part of their ALLP projects, began its work around October 2020 and is ongoing. The project ultimately included 60 HNBA volunteers and staff members, including 23 Committee members from throughout the United States and Puerto Rico who met (at times) 2-4 times per month, 25 HNBA lawyers who conducted our candidate due diligence process, 10 HNBA law students who assisted the lawyers in the due diligence process and 2 HNBA staff along with 1 GHS paralegal assigned to help the cause! Through this process, the ALLP and the HNBA jointly endorsed four Latinx candidates for U.S. Attorney General, several Latinx candidates for Secretary positions and 42 Latinx candidates for U.S. Attorney positions in 25 U.S. Attorney Districts in 25 States. In addition, through the joint project, the HNBA and ALLP endorsed 63 candidates for 92 various other federal positions, such as General Counsel positions for a number of federal agencies and departments.

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