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Hispanic Heritage Month - Celebrating our Connections with Hispanic/Latinx Members of the Legal Profession

At DePaul's Rinn Law Library we want to highlight DEI issues through the creation of Guides that will highlight the representation of notable members of the legal profession rom various backgrounds

American Bar Association (ABA)

The Hispanic Commission focuses on developing and supporting initiatives and research to educate lawyers on how best to serve, promote civic responsibility within, and address the key legal challenges facing Latino community in the United States.

Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities. (

Latinos in the United States: Overcoming Legal Obstacles, Engaging in Civic Life, an ABA Report

hispanic-commission-report2013.pdf (

ABA Profile of the Legal Profession: Diversity and Well-Being

ABA Profile of the Legal Profession: Diversity and Well-Being - 2Civility

Hispanic National Bar Association

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, national membership organization 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 Hispanic community living in the United States. 

HNBA | The National Voice of the Hispanic Legal Community

Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois

The Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI) is a not-for-profit corporation that was established in 1995. HLAI was formed through the joining of its predecessor organizations, the Latin American Bar Association and the Mexican American Lawyers Association, which had previously served the Hispanic legal community in Illinois since 1970. 

  • To promote high standards of competence, professionalism and integrity with and among Hispanic attorneys and the Hispanic communities within the State of Illinois.
  • To promote legal education and civil rights among Hispanic attorneys and the community. Foster a fraternal and collegial network of Hispanic attorneys and provide them a forum for exchanges with local, national and international legal organizations and the judiciary.
  • To provide a forum through which Hispanic attorneys and their achievements, goals and aspirations may be promoted within the legal profession. Promote the common business interest, professional development and general welfare of Hispanic attorneys. Address social, economic and other issues which may affect the Hispanic community.
  • To provide a forum for the dissemination of information vital to the interests of Hispanic attorneys or their community.
  • To promote empowerment of the Hispanic community through the support of its community organizations.
  • To promote cultural identity and encourage and foster communication and networking among association members, their community and attorneys throughout the world.

Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans and celebrates their influence on the history, culture, and achievements of the U.S.

We spoke with Janneth Lanini, president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI), about her work with the HLAI, the challenges Hispanic and Latino attorneys face, and how the profession can better support diverse attorneys.