On February 3, 2007, following a Law Day program for about 50 high school students, 18 of those high school students joined 57 college, law school, and attorney mentors in the launch of the HNBA/HNBF National Mentoring Program. Even parents attended the event to show their support for this new program. The presence of the National President of the HNBA, Jimmie Reyna, added additional excitement to this inaugural event.
The launching of the mentoring program took place at the Sandra Day College of Law, with dinner funded by the law office of Fennemore Craig, the law office of Phillips and Associates, and a grant from the HNBF. The mentoring program debuted in conjunction with the Law Day at Arizona State University, which was funded by the Law School Admissions Council and the undergraduate admissions office of Arizona State University.
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The HNBA mentoring program won the American Bar Association 2007 Partnership Award. Our Program was a significant factor in the selection. The picture to the right is of HNBA President Jimmy Reyna and HNBA National Mentoring Program Committee Co-chair Norma Garcia, with the ABA Partnership Award.
Impressed with the efforts in Phoenix, Jimmie Reyna, HNBA president, re-routed a trip to be able to attend the event; later he appointed Calleros to the position of HNBA Vice-President for the region encompassing Arizona and Nevada.
Professor Charles Calleros was honored with the ABA 2011 Spirit of Excellence Award celebrating the efforts and accomplishments of lawyers who work to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession. He brought the HNBA Mentoring Program to Phoenix in 2006 and to the University of Las Vegas the following year, both cities within his jurisdiction as a Regional President of the HNBA. Over the years since then, he has combined efforts with other faculty and staff at the College of Law – including Lydia Montelongo, Marisol Diaz, Kristine Reich, Kate Rosier, Kimberly Holst, Zarinah Nadir, and K Royal – to develop and implement an array of diversity pipeline programs that annually provide information, guidance, and inspiration to hundreds of ethnically diverse students from K-12 and college to law school.
Professor Calleros shares the ABA Spirit of Excellence Award with the many staff, students, and attorneys whose participation made these programs possible.
If you have questions about this program, please contact the Director Charles Calleros or Co-Directors Lydia Montelongo and Kimberly Holst.