Miguel Alexander Pozo, a litigation partner at Lowenstein Sandler, in Roseland, has been named president-elect of the Hispanic National Bar Association, and is looking forward to developing long-term partnerships with major corporations to strengthen the finances of the association while creating programs to benefit the community.
Pozo will be the group's first Dominican-African president when his one-year term begins next September. He has been serving as the group's finance chair, where he helped develop several co-branded corporate partnerships. JPMorgan Chase is partnering with the HNBA on Su Casa, an educational program launched last May to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.
"The reason these programs work is because they allow us to partner with a corporation around a business imperative that corporation has, and around a need the bar association can fill in the community," Pozo said. He said the HNBA also is working with MetLife to create a nationwide mentorship program in which law students are mentored by Latino attorneys.
"It pairs up law students with more senior lawyers and allows them to get one-on-one mentoring and guidance from a practitioner with similar interests," he said. It's being rolled out throughout the country following its launch this past September.
"I'm trying to develop 10 of those types of relationships around programs that don't necessarily just affect lawyers, but the community as well," Pozo said.
In the first half of 2013, Pozo said, the HNBA will launch Su Negocio to "provide legal clinics to business people who are starting a new business, or have an existing business. Latinos tend to be very entrepreneurial, and this could be a growth opportunity in New Jersey to help the Latino community launch businesses."
Pozo, 40, was a summer associate at Lowenstein Sandler, and has been with the firm for 14 years, where he litigates commercial cases involving business torts, contract disputes, commercial real estate disputes and brand protection issues. He is a former president of New Jersey's Hispanic Bar Association and a Rutgers Law School graduate.