NEW YORK—The Fordham chapter of the Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA) has been named Chapter of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). The chapter regularly works with young Latinos interested in law, including hosting the HNBA’s first youth conference in October. More than 300 Latino high school and college students attended the event.

“The chapter does an extraordinary job in mentoring aspiring Latino lawyers and in enriching the life of the law school community,” said William Treanor, J.D., dean of the Fordham School of Law.

LALSA raised $2,300 for a Hispanic advocacy group, created a “How to Succeed in Law School” program for first-year law students, and conducted workshops and mentoring programs for first-year Latino law students, said the HNBA’s Karla G. Sanchez, Esq.

The Chapter of the Year award was presented at the HNBA’s 29th annual conference, Oct. 9 through 12 in New York City, attended by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Gov. George Pataki, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.

Fordham University School of Law was founded in 1905, and has more than 14,000 alumni practicing in all 50 states and throughout the world. Over the past 20 years, Fordham Law School has secured a place as a national leader in public interest law, legal ethics and human rights law.