The Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association’s (PBCHBA) mission is to assist and support the Hispanic community in South Florida through volunteer programs, as well as to stand behind Hispanics seeking a position in the judiciary in Palm Beach County. The PBCHBA also works to provide information to individuals who may be intimidated by the rules of the Small Claims, County and Circuit Courts due to language barriers and limited access to legal resources. We understand the Spanish-speaking population’s struggles and seek to provide assistance to those in need.

Upcoming Events

Civil Claims and Remedies for Crime Victims

Palm Beach County Main Courthouse, 205 N Dixie Hwy
West Palm Beach, FL, FL 33401 United States
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06 August 2019

9th Annual Justice Labarga Luncheon

Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 United States
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$75

Join us as we honor this year's recipient of the Justice Labarga Leadership Award, Miriam Acosta-Castriz and Member of the Year recipient, Jacqueline Delgado.

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16 August 2019

Charity/Community News

In March 2019, Legal Aid Society launched a new program: Community ID of the Palm Beaches. The aim of Community ID of the Palm Beaches (CID) is to create and distribute local ID cards for any Palm Beach County resident of the community who may have limited access to a government issued ID and for those who support a diverse and inclusive community. The program requirements are: mandatory orientation (you may attend a training session on Aug. 7th, 2019); proof of identification; and proof of address. The card expires one year from date of issue, however it can be renewed. The card costs $20.

Next CID Volunteer Training Session
Wed, Aug 7, 2019 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

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Donate to our DREAMer Fund

HBA will award a charitable gift to DACA/TPS renewals for students needing to renew their work permits under the above listed humanitarian programs. If you would like to make a contribution to the the Dreamers Fund, click here. If you know a student who could qualify please have them contact the HBA here.

Member Spotlight: July 2019

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Luis Sosa

Congratulations to HBA member Luis A. Sosa as he was recently sworn-in to the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors as a 19th Circuit Representative.

Luis Sosa is a Palm Beach County resident and is the Immediate Past President of the St. Lucie County Bar Association. He also recently graduated from the Florida Bar's WM. Reece Smith Jr. Leadership Academy, Class VI. His dedication and achievements demonstrate Luis's willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty.

Luis A. Sosa was born in Ciego de Ávila Cuba and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. Today, he is the proud dad of a beautiful Four Month Old baby girl- Ella Grace Sosa and is an attorney/shareholder of Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles. Every day he fights for the injured and protects their interests against insurance companies that try to prevent fair and just recoveries. After graduating from the University of Central Florida with academic honors, he earned his Juris Doctor at Barry University School of Law.

In Memoriam - Judge Meenu Sasser

Nov. 5, 1970 - Jul. 6, 2019

Message from the President

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I am honored to serve as this year’s President of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association and am very excited about all the projects we plan to pursue this year!

This year’s theme is: “Paying it forward” and will be focused on supporting programs, organizations and individuals around our community for their growth, success, and leadership development. Whether you decide to volunteer at a legal clinic or Court self-help center assisting the Hispanic community with their legal issues, or mentoring a minority student or law graduate, or donating funds to help Dreamers renew their work permits or receive scholarships, you will be

doing an extraordinary deed for our community! As you can see, there are infinite possibilities to pay it forward and we hope we can count on you! I encourage everyone to actively participate this year in any way you can and share with us how you are committing to paying it forward!

We will also continue promoting some great events and activities this year, starting with our free monthly luncheons (generally the first Monday or Tuesday of every month in the judicial dining room on the first floor of the main courthouse), with speakers who will inspire our members about the many ways we can assist our community or how we can be better advocates and legal professionals. There will also be opportunities for our members to attend CLE courses, connect with other local attorneys and the Hispanic community at our networking events, including a diversity and inclusion summit in partnership with our friends at FAWL and F. Cunningham Bar Association in March, and our annual pig roast in April in conjunction with our friends from the Guild of Catholic Lawyers and our Hispanic heritage celebration in September. As we continue with tradition, we will host the Ninth Annual Chief Justice Labarga Luncheon in August and will honor two extraordinary members of our legal community. Finally, we will continue to expand our member benefits —including a monthly e-newsletter, which will provide updates on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities as well as news relevant to the Hispanic community and its attorneys, and a newly redesigned website to be published very soon (courtesy of our annual sponsor Nucleus Marketing Agency) which will allow our members to stay involved and gain the most out of our Association.

I encourage all of you to get involved with our Association and its committees this year, and I look forward to getting to know each of you in person at one of our events. I am committed to all your successes and truly hope we can provide you with the tools you need to succeed in your career. Lastly, I want to recognize our annual supporters and family. First, to our annual sponsors: Visual Evidence, US Legal Support, Nucleus Marketing Agency, Searcy Denney, Lytal Reiter, Scott Smith Personal Injury, Northwestern Mutual, and Delray Beach Surgery Center- thank you so much for believing in the HBA and allowing us to operate every year! To my HBA family, thank you for entrusting me this year to lead this amazing organization, and to my husband Luis, thank you for supporting me and encouraging me to join and actively participate with the HBA, and for allowing me to pursue my goals and dreams every day in support of the Hispanic and immigrant communities!

If you have any questions about our Association, membership, upcoming events, or how to get involved, or have suggestions on how we can do things better, please feel free to contact me at victoria@mesaestradalaw.com. I look forward to serving all of you. Gracias por su apoyo!

Sincerely,
Victoria Mesa-Estrada
Victoria Mesa-Estrada
2019 President, Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association