Jones, Skelton & Hochuli partner Ashley Villaverde Halvorson has been appointed to the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 2020-2021 Latina Commission. As a member of the Latina Commission, Ashley will work to advance programs and strategies for Latina lawyers and students to overcome barriers to entry and advancement into the profession. She will also help to inform and create the policies and priorities that affect women lawyers and the legal culture. An exclusive group, the Latina Commission consists of just 20 in-house and private firm attorneys and judges, in addition to the two co-chairs, who are selected by the HNBA President each year. Ashley is also serving another term as HNBA Deputy Regional President, Region XIV (Arizona and Nevada).
In addition, we’re pleased to announce that Ashley was elected to serve as the 2021 Vice President of the Los Abogados Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports the mission of Los Abogados, Arizona’s Hispanic Bar Association. The Foundation is primarily focused on developing the next generation of Latino legal professionals by administering scholarships for students who are dedicated to serving the Latino community, including the Hon. Valdemar A. Cordova Scholarship, and the Los Abogados LSAT Fellowship Program.
Ashley has been an active member of Los Abogados since 2010, previously serving as President, Vice President, Secretary and Chair of the Latina and other committees.
Earlier this month, the State Bar of Arizona honored Ashley with the 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award. She shares this Award with Judge David Gass of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. The Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award is presented by the Board of Governors to an attorney, judge, employer, organization, or bar association that significantly advances diversity and inclusion in the Arizona legal community through creative, strategic, or innovative efforts.
Ashley Villaverde Halvorson is an accomplished bar leader and trial lawyer who has defended insurance bad faith & professional negligence cases to verdict, and who frequently defends such cases to favorable settlements and dismissals.
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, national membership organization that plays an integral role in the monitoring and advancement of substantive legal issues that impact Hispanic legal professionals and the U.S. Latino population at the local, state, and federal levels. The HBNA works to represent the interests of Hispanic legal professionals in the U.S.
The Los Abogados Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports the mission of Los Abogados, Arizona’s Hispanic Bar Association, to develop the next generation of Latino legal professionals to achieve full participation in Arizona’s legal system. The Foundation serves the Association by administering scholarships for students who are dedicated to serving the Latino community, including the Hon. Valdemar A. Cordova Scholarship, and the Los Abogados LSAT Fellowship Program.
The State Bar of Arizona is a non-profit organization that operates under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court. The Bar regulates approximately 18,500 active attorneys and provides education and development programs for the legal profession and the public. The Bar’s mission states that it exists to serve and protect the public with respect to the provision of legal services and access to justice.