November 30, 2001

HNBA Swears In New President; Angel G. Gomez 25th President

McLEAN, Va. — At the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) 26th Convention in Philadelphia, Angel G. Gomez of Chicago, Ill., was sworn in as the organization's 25th President.

Prior to his presidency, Gomez served as HNBA Regional President for ten midwestern states, and as chair of the HNBA's 25th anniversary convention in Chicago.

Addressing hundreds of Hispanic lawyers, judges, law professors, law students, friends and supporters convened in Philadelphia for the convention's annual gala, Gomez outlined his vision for the organization in the coming year.

Declaring himself "a grateful member of (a) new generation of Hispanic American lawyers,"' and a proud beneficiary of predecessors who worked tirelessly to afford the next generation greater opportunities in the legal profession, Gomez also saluted his parents, Gabriel Gomez and Gloria Cedillo, Guatemalan immigrants whose efforts let their children achieve the American dream.

Citing the intimate relationship of rights and responsibilities, Gomez called on HNBA members to use their passion, reason and courage to forge a personal commitment to American ideals. " Hell's hottest circles," he observed, " are reserved for the complacent. Silence in the face of injustice is a betrayal of a sacred trust."

In addition to continued advocacy for appointment of a Hispanic to the nation's highest court, the HNBA under Gomez will expand continuing education programs and increase involvement with the nation's local Hispanic Bars.

A partner at the Chicago law firm of Castro Gomez Durbin & De Jesus, LLC, Gomez maintains an active practice concentrating on commercial and tort litigation, corporate transactions and eCommerce consulting. He previously served as the Director of Development of Special Markets for Juritas, Inc., a Chicago-based legal research company providing online access to trial court documents.

Appointed in 1999 to the City of Chicago Board of Education Commission for Desegregation Implementation where he monitors Bilingual Education in the Chicago Public Schools, Gomez previously sat on Community Advisory Board of the Chicago Fire Department and the University of Illinois College of Law Alumni Advisory Board.

He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Hispanic National Bar Fund and Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois, the Advisory Boards of Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes and Cook County States Attorney Richard Devine, and participates in a number of local Hispanic business associations and is active in the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois where he chaired the Law Student Liaison Committee.

A frequent speaker on trial strategy, risk management and hiring practices, Gomez lectures at universities, seminars and conferences, and was a legal commentator for MSNBC's coverage of the protracted 2000 Presidential Elections.

Gomez received his Juris Doctor in 1994, and his Bachelor of Arts in 1991, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of the Illinois Bar and has been admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Central and Northern Districts of Illinois, including the Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois.

The HNBA is a professional association dedicated to the advancement of Hispanics in the legal profession. HNBA represents the diversity of attorneys of Hispanic origin admitted to practice law in the United States, and advocates for the interests of over 25,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, paralegals, legal assistants, and law students.

For more on HNBA events and activities, visit http://www.hnba.com.

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