HLSA seeks to create an academic and intellectual network with the Hispanic legal community, from which the entire law school community benefits. As part of these efforts, HLSA has sponsored and cosponsored talks by visiting speakers from Ecuador, Mexico, and NAFTA. Through STEP-UP, HLSA is involved with the local community by bringing law student volunteers to local junior high schools to mentor and tutor disadvantaged children. HLSA also sponsors social activities. Hispanic students are invited and encouraged to become members of the Ohio Hispanic Bar Association, which offers a mentoring program and networking opportunities.