In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Joseph Greenwald & Laake attorneys Maritza Carmona, Veronica Nannis, Sarah Chu and staff member Andrea Rodriguez attended the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association’s 25th Anniversary Gala on Sept. 27. The Gala, hosted at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, celebrated the work of the MHBA, which provides a way for Latinx legal professionals to network with one another, and discuss pressing legal issues. “This annual event is a terrific way to recognize the efforts of the MHBA and those who have made extraordinary contributions to advance issues affecting underserved communities.” said Maritza Carmona.
A diverse showing of Maryland’s legal community attended the event to support the efforts of the MHBA. In fact, this was the largest Gala in the history of the MHBA. “JGL has been a long-time proud supporter of the MHBA.” said Veronica Nannis.
The MHBA Gala featured keynote speaker Victor L. Velasquez, Executive Director of the Maryland State Bar Association. During the event, the MHBA also presented several awards to those who have made a tremendous impact on key legal issues affecting Latinx communities. Brian Frosh, the Attorney General of Maryland, received the Leadership Award; John McCarthy, State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, received the Public Service Award; and José Bahamonde-González, Associate Dean of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, received the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Maritza Carmona is a trial lawyer in JGL’s Civil Litigation practice group with strong experience in protecting the rights of victims who have suffered injustice resulting from a variety of civil rights violations, such as police misconduct and excessive force.