“Balt,” now retired, served as Senior Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section. While at the DOJ, he drafted the first Articles of Incorporation for the organization that became Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia. He was the Association’s first president and served two terms. He spent 15 years in private practice representing individuals and for-profit and not-for-profit corporations in employment discrimination matters. In addition, he served as legal counsel to the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. His extensive pro bono work earned him the D.C. Bar’s Outstanding Pro Bono Award in 1985 (the first Hispanic District of Columbia attorney to receive that Award).