Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities

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.

Hispanic Heritage Month

ABA President Refo

A message from ABA President Patricia Lee Refo during Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated September 15 - October 15.

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

This report presents preliminary information for the ABA's consideration, with the goal of providing a foundation upon which to expand on the work that has been started during the past years. The witnesses and stakeholders who provided valuable information to the Commission expect that their hopes were not misplaced that the ABA would take the lead in addressing these difficult issues. These individuals and organizations candidly described the challenges facing Latino lawyers, clients, and members of the broader Latino Community.

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About Us

The Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities is comprised of one Chair and nine members appointed by the ABA President. The mission of the Commission is to address the challenges and responsibilities facing Hispanics in and within the legal system of the United States.

Webinar | Racial Justice in America: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

A discussion about racial justice in America in light of the events since the murder of George Floyd. Perspectives provided by panelists from African American, Muslim, Asian American, Hispanic, and Native America communities.

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Support the Hispanic Commission

Your support of the Hispanic Commission’s work is greatly appreciated and will help expand on our accomplishments and activities to date. The Commission is working on a variety of programs, including unauthorized practice of law (Notario Fraud), language access in the courts, voting rights, and much more.

Chair's Message

"Together, we will get through this crisis."

"As our country, and the world suffer from the COVID-19 crisis, lawyers are needed now more than ever. We are trained to deal with crisis and to help those in need. Our time is now. Stay strong. Be not afraid.” - Richard Pena, Chair

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ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities: 321 N. Clark St., Suite 1700 Chicago, Illinois 60654 | Tel: (312) 988‐5137 | Email: skip.harsch@americanbar.org for inquiries