About Us

Since 1997 HLSF has awarded over $400,000 in scholarships and fellowship opportunities to Latino law students based
on merit, financial need, and commitment to the Latino community.

HLSF gives law firms, corporations, and individuals a vehicle for supporting Latino law students, providing both financial support and networking opportunities. Each year, HLSF awards scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 to Latino law students, and $5,000 fellowships for law students who work at agencies such as the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. HLSF is especially proud of its past scholarship recipients who have gone on to become leaders of the organized Latino bar and in other organizations that help the Latino community.

In 2002, the Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy and Latinos in Development
recognized HLSF with the Latino Community Donor Award. This award honors
“unsung” Latino Donors, which celebrate and promote the essence of Latino
Community Philanthropy.

HLSF is a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated in Illinois as a Not-For- Profit
Corporation. HLSF was established in 1996 (by virtue of consolidation of the
Mexican American Lawyers’ Scholarship Fund and the Latin American Bar
Foundation). Click here for more facts.

Recipients are honored at a reception held each year in Chicago, Illinois.


HLSF Board of Trustees

Joseph J. Torres, Chair

Partner, Jenner & Block LLP

Cristina Nutzman, Vice-Chair

Michael Carrillo, Treasurer

Partner, Barnes Thornburg

Barbara Flores, Secretary

Commissioner, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission

Karina Ayala-Bermejo

CEO-President, Instituto del Progreso Latino

Elizabeth Granados-Perez

General Counsel, City of Chicago Department of Aviation

Steven Hernandez

Retired, BP

Jose Lopez

Partner, Perkins Coie

Luis Lozada

Executive VP, Rapidcourt LLC

Martin Montes

VP Large Customer Service, ComEd

Olga Rojas

Counsel, Archdiocese of Chicago

Linda Perez

Judge for the 6th Judicial Sub-circuit

Jason Torres

Senior Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw

Leynee Cruz

Associate, Chuhak & Tecson

Marlén Cortez

Partner, Barnes Thornburg

Juan Guedes

Counsel, United Airlines

Jessica Gonzalez

Sr. Counsel, BP America

Andrew Vouziers

Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Alexis Dominguez

Associate, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Martin R. Castro, Chairman Emeritus

Gery J. Chico, Life Trustee