Philadelphia, August 14, 2012 – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) has announced that Deputy Mayor and Managing Director Richard Negrin will receive the Latino Lawyer of the Year award at the 2012 HNBA Annual Convention on Saturday, August 25, 2012. The Honorable M. Teresa Sarmina of the Court of Common Pleas will receive Latina Judge of the Year.
Deputy Mayor Negrin said, “I’m honored to receive this recognition on behalf of the entire City team and believe that it is a reflection of all the good work we are doing together.”
The awards will be presented at the HNBA Gala Awards Dinner that will close the association’s 37th Annual Convention at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Washington. The Annual Convention is the HNBA’s flagship event and is the largest gathering of Latino lawyers, judges, and law students in the United States.
Maria Arbona, President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, said, “We are proud that of the eight lawyers to be honored; two are members of the Hispanic Bar Association of PA (HBA of PA). It is a testament to the quality and the dedication of Latino lawyers in our region.”
Rachel Gallegos, Esq., the incoming president of the HBA of PA added, “Rich Negrin and Judge Sarmina are well deserving of this national spotlight. They are hard workers who handle tough jobs with courage and distinction.”
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, and law students in the United States and its Territories. For three decades the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession. It does so by encouraging Latino students to choose a career in the law and by promoting their advancement within the profession once they graduate and start practicing. Through a combination of issue advocacy, programmatic activities, networking events, and educational conferences, the HNBA has helped generations of lawyers succeed. Our organization is stronger today than at any point in its history and is as committed as ever to its mission.