We are a not-for-profit corporation that was established in 1995. Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, HLAI, was formed through the joining of its predecessor organizations, the Latin American Bar Association and the Mexican American Lawyers Association, which had previously served the Hispanic legal community in Illinois since 1970. Our emphasis is to promote high standards of competence, professionalism and integrity with and among Hispanic attorneys and the Hispanic communities within the State of Illinois...read more
WIilliam E. Rodriguez was the first Latino to gain admission to the Illinois Bar on April 2, 1913.
HLAI Member Anita Alvarez becomes the first Latina elected to a countywide position in Illinois, as Cook County State's Attorney.