A powerful message from a 2013 LEAP student.
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Los Angeles, CA— February 18, 2013 — The Hispanic National Bar Association – Legal Education Fund (HNBA-LEF) is launching the HNBA-LEF Legal Education Action Program (“LEAP”) to introduce Hispanic high school students to the United States legal system. LEAP will enroll and provide scholarships to selected high school students from diverse backgrounds across the United States. LEAP applications will be available on March 1, 2013, online at www.HNBAFUND.org. The 2013 LEAP summer program will be hosted in Los Angeles, California, on June 23-30, 2013. The underwriting of this ambitious education program is made possible by the generous contributions of our supporting sponsors including private donors, corporations, law firms, and law schools.
HNBA President Peter Reyes said, "Hispanic students stand to benefit greatly from yet another example of a successful partnership between the HNBA and the Fund. LEAP will be a strong addition to our legal education pipeline programs aimed at elevating youth from grade school through graduate school." This HNBA-LEF LEAP summer education opportunity will be an annual legal education- introduction program, and will rotate to various metropolitan areas across the United States each year. LEAP will provide students the opportunity to meet in person with national and international business leaders, lawyers in private practice, government lawyers, government agency officials, and state and federal judges, and law professors. “The HNBA-LEF LEAP is established to develop and assure advancement through education. The LEAP program guides students to understand that our nation's elected officials are to be governed by the rule of law,” said Omar Vargas, President of The HNBA-LEF. “The HNBA-LEF is honored to work with our supporters and sponsors, as well as leaders from our nation’s legal community to achieve our goals for LEAP,” added Mr. Vargas.
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