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

Annual Pig Roast

Carlin Park Sea Oats Pavilion, 400 S Highway A1A
Jupiter, FL 33477 United States
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27 April 2019

Women on the Bench

PBC Courthouse (5th Floor), 205 N Dixie Hwy
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 United States
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$10

Join us April 30th for a Speed Mentoring lunch with our PBC judges. Learn from their experiences about how to successfully be appointed or elected in Palm Beach County.

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30 April 2019

Challenges of Representing Immigrants in Court

$10

Many attorneys who represent immigrants face many hurdles which includes language barriers, delays for hearings, dual representation and the constraints of courts. Join our seasoned panel as they discuss ethical and practical considerations when representing this vulnerable population.

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04 June 2019

Community News

Our lawyers love giving back to the local community.

Donate to our DREAMer Fund

DREAMers are undocumented law students who face extreme financial challenges when attending law school. Help us support DREAMers by donating to our fund.

Member Spotlight: April 2019

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Kelsey Burke

Kelsey is an attorney at Lytal Reiter and current President-Elect of the HBA. Born in Honduras, Kelsey moved to the United States when she was ten years old. She worked hard to learn to read and write in English. Her determination shined through in middle school and then into high school. She was accepted in the Criminal Justice Magnet Program at Lake Worth High School and attended Palm Beach State College as a dual-enrolled student. As Kelsey matured, she encountered yellow tape trying to restrict her passage to many of the luxuries most citizens have access to. Kelsey had to apply for a hardship to give her the ability to attend college, obtain a driver’s license, and work. Kelsey dreamed of becoming a lawyer and her story made headlines as Senator Dick Durbin shared her story on the US Senate floor. As a DREAMer, Kelsey faced many roadblocks to her goals of becoming a lawyer. Kelsey worked multiple jobs to pay for college as funding was not available to her. She was denied access to the Florida Bar but continued to study hard. In 2014, Florida lawmakers removed the hindrance to her practicing law. After law school, Ms. Burke worked for a local personal injury firm before joining Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey, and Fronrath.

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