FIU HLSA to Receive Law Student Organization of the Year Award
Pictured Above: (Left to Right) Christina Vilaboa, President 2011-2012; Charles Kondla, Secretary 2011-2012; Cathleen Plasencia, 4L Representative 2012-2013, Vice President 2011-2012; Lian de la Riva, President 2012-2013, Treasurer 2011-2012.

The Hispanic Law Student Association at FIU College of Law has been selected to receive the Law Student Organization of the Year Award. The award will be presented by The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) on Thursday, August 23, 2012, during its 37th Annual Convention.

In the award letter National President Benny Agosto, Jr. wrote: “The Board of Governors of the HNBA is delighted to recognize the extraordinary achievements of HLSA-FIU and its contributions to the Hispanic legal community and Latinos generally.”

The Annual Convention will be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Washington, August 22 – 25, 2012. The convention is the HNBA’s flagship event with a portfolio of activities and events for legal professionals and students.

“It was a pleasure being on the executive board for FIU HLSA these past 3 years,” said Christina Vilaboa, HLSA President 2011-12.  “This past year HLSA finally reached the goals set by past executive boards, and this award is proof that relentless team-work and dedication over time produces success. I am confident that the next executive board will take the organization to even greater heights.”

Hosted by the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, this year’s Convention promises to be the largest gathering of Latino lawyers, judges, and law students in the United States.

“It is my honor to serve as President of HLSA and I can only attribute this incredible achievement to work of our past Presidents and Executive Boards,” said Lian de la Riva, current President of HLSA. “In my opinion what makes our HLSA so unique is the dedication of its leaders, members, and HNBA liaisons. Our mission is to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of law students of Hispanic decent and in achieving it we’ve evolved from a small law student organization into a family.”


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