Portland, OR–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–April 2, 2007–Recognized community leader Román Hernández has been elected national vice president of programs for the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). He was promoted to the post from his previous position as one of 19 regional presidents for the organization. Hernández was also recently promoted from associate to shareholder at Schwabe.
“Román is a dedicated advocate as well as an exceptional, hands-on attorney,” said Mark Long, managing partner at Schwabe. “He is an exemplar of our firm’s values, and we are very proud of his accomplishments.”
His involvement and leadership have not gone unnoticed by the community. In 2004, Hernández received the Portland Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” award recognizing the most accomplished, influential, and civic-minded young executives in the Portland area. He was also named one of the “50 Great Leaders” in Oregon by Oregon Business magazine for his extraordinary efforts in supporting Oregon’s business growth, community development and economic expansion.
Hernández is a member of the Oregon Health & Science University board of directors and is a past president of the Portland Hispanic Chamber board of directors. In 2004, Hernández served on the transition steering committee for Governor Kulongoski.
His law practice is focused on the defense of employers against claims filed by former, current, and prospective employees for allegations of discrimination, harassment, constructive discharge, wrongful discharge and for alleged wage-and-hour violations in both state and federal courts.
Hernández graduated with a juris doctor degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in 2000 and was a member of the Cornelius Honor Society. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Oregon State University and attained the rank of captain in the U.S. Air Force before joining the private sector.
ABOUT HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is a nonprofit, national association representing the interests of over 38,000 Hispanic American attorneys, judges, law professors, law graduates, law students, legal administrators, and legal assistants or paralegals in the United States and Puerto Rico. The continuing mission of HNBA is to improve the study, practice, and administration of justice for all Americans by ensuring the meaningful participation of Hispanic Americans in the legal profession. http://www.hnba.com
ABOUT SCHWABE, WILLIAMSON & WYATT
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is a regional, multiservice law firm with more than 160 attorneys in Portland, Bend, and Salem, Ore., and Seattle, Stevenson, and Vancouver, Wash., and in Washington, D.C. Schwabe attorneys provide a broad range of transaction and litigation services to many of the Pacific Northwest’s leading companies, from Fortune 500 industry leaders, to emerging and small, family-owned businesses. Schwabe has consistently ranked among Oregon Business magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon” for the past four consecutive years, and was recently named one of “Oregon’s Most Admired Companies” in a survey completed by Oregon CEOs in The Business Journal of Portland. http://www.schwabe.com.