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Troutman Sanders Partner Román Hernández Receives Civil Rights Champion Award


PORTLAND – Portland-based partner Román Hernández has received the 2018 Civil Rights Champion Award from the League of Minority Voters (LMV), a non-profit focused on issues affecting communities of color and minorities in Oregon. The award recognizes community members “who have gone beyond their call of duty to promote and advocate for civil rights, for all peoples.”

Hernández, an employment and commercial litigation attorney who joined Troutman Sanders LLP in March 2018, was nominated for the award because of his ongoing, civil rights-focused work in the local community as well as his work nationally. He accepted the award at the 9th annual League of Minority Voters' State of Civil Rights Forum on Thursday, Oct. 25.

“Román’s tireless commitment to social justice and civil rights over time, is a monument to our community pride and courage. Our Board and our communities owe him a great debt of gratitude for his relentless advocacy,” said Promise King, founder and president of the LMV.

Hernández is the former National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), a voluntary, nationwide bar association that represents the interests of 100,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law students, and paralegals throughout the United States. He is also a founder and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of The HNBA Legal Education Fund, the HNBA’s charitable foundation which develops pipeline programs for Hispanic youth considering entering the legal profession. Last year, the HNBA named Hernández the “Latino Attorney of the Year.”

Hernández has a long history of dedicated service to his local community. He is a former president of the Portland Hispanic Chamber, he was the first Hispanic board member of The Oregon Community Foundation, and he was the first Hispanic board member of the Oregon Health & Sciences University. Currently, Hernández is chairman of the Board of Directors of the Portland Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and is the first Hispanic board chair in the Portland Branch’s 100-year history.

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