HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION PULLS ITS 2015 ANNUAL CONVENTI

HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION PULLS ITS 2015 ANNUAL CONVENTION FROM PHOENIX IN RESPONSE TO ARIZONA'S SB 1062

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Washington, D.C. - The HNBA announced today that it has pulled its 40th Annual Convention previously scheduled for Phoenix, Arizona in September 2015.

 

On Monday, February 24th, the HNBA denounced the Arizona legislature's passage of SB 1062.  The HNBA also called for Governor Jan Brewer to veto the legislation and still hopes that she will do so.  As set forth in its February 24th press release, SB 1062 discriminates against members of Arizona's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. 

 

The proposed legislation also impacts other citizens that are either traveling through Arizona or that are doing business or have business interests in the state.  Accordingly, the HNBA's Board of Governors voted unanimously to immediately pull the Annual Convention.

 

"The HNBA views this as a civil rights issue.  As a national association of lawyers committed to promoting the ideals of equal protection, equal opportunity, tolerance, and inclusiveness, it is imperative that we speak up and take immediate action in the presence of injustice," stated HNBA National President Miguel Alexander Pozo.  As the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said more than 50 years ago, writing from a Birmingham, AL jail cell, "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

 

As lawyers, we have sworn to uphold the United States Constitution as well as the laws of our respective states.  "In our view, SB 1062 violates the Equal Protection and the Commerce Clauses of the U.S. Constitution, and offends the anti-discrimination protections found in Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964," said Mr. Pozo. 

 

While the HNBA will remain steadfast, and stand in solidarity with our Affiliate Los Abogados and our HNBA members in Arizona, by taking this action we are sending a clear message to Arizona lawmakers.  "Laws that return us to a darker time in the nation's history simply cannot be tolerated.  SB 1062 and SB 1070 are two such laws," said Mr. Pozo