Portland, OR–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–November 10, 2005–A strong leader, a dedicated advocate, a hands-on contributor and an exceptional community supporter are the accolades that Román D. Hernández receives from his peers when they discuss his involvement as a regional president of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA).
These descriptors are also the reason that Hernández, an associate with the Northwest law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, was recently named Regional President of the Year by the HNBA at the association’s 2005 annual conference in Washington D.C. The HNBA represents the interests of more than 27,000 members of the Hispanic legal community throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
According to Jimmie V. Reyna, president-elect of the HNBA, the award has national significance, as only one regional president is selected each year out of a pool of 19 regional presidential candidates. Hernández is president of Region XVI and serves Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska.
“Historically, recipients of this award go on to do even greater things in the community,” noted Reyna. “Román has provided outstanding service to the association nationally, but he has also proven himself as a significant leader in the Portland and regional Northwest communities. We are lucky to have him.”
Over the past few years, Hernández has given many hours towards resolving legal matters for members of the Hispanic community while volunteering for the East County Legal Clinic in Portland, Ore. He has also risen to become president of the Board of Directors of the Portland Hispanic Chamber. During law school, Hernández founded The Latino Legal Society, a group within the student bar association.
Hernández was recognized by Oregon Business magazine as one of the “50 Great Leaders in Oregon” and has received the Portland Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” award.
“Román is an exceptional member of our firm’s team and we are delighted that the Hispanic community views him in the same light as we do,” noted Mark Long, managing partner of Schwabe.
Hernández’ law practice is focused on employment and Indian law. He received his juris doctor degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in 2000 and was a member of the Cornelius Honor Society. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Oregon State University.
For more information about Hernández, go to http://www.schwabe.com.