Johnson & Bell Attorney, Jessica K. Velez, has been appointed as a Commissioner of the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 2019-2020 Latina Commission.
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, national membership organization that plays an integral role in the monitoring and advancement of substantive legal issues that impact Hispanic legal professionals and the U.S. Latino population at the local, state, and federal levels.
The HNBA created the Latina Commission in 2008 to study, and remedy, the status of Latinas in the legal profession who comprise 1.47% of all lawyers even though they represent one in four women in the United States. An exclusive group, the Latina Commission consists of just 20 in-house and private firm attorneys (in addition to the two Co-Chairs) that are selected by the HNBA President each year.
“My goal as a Latina Commissioner is to showcase that becoming an attorney is a viable career path for young Latinas,” Velez stated. “This Commission and its initiatives are a great way to spread the word locally and nationally,” she explained.
Ms. Velez is a trial attorney and concentrates her practice in construction law, focusing on premises liability and general negligence cases. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and her JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, and Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois.