Jennifer Landau (`06) and Megan Martinez (`10) founded the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center in fall 2010. The center provides legal services to immigrants unable to afford an immigration lawyer, with an initial focus on immigrants in New Mexico who face deportation and those seeking humanitarian protection and family reunification.
The nonprofit's board of directors includes Javier Martinez (`10) and Kip Bobroff, a former member of the UNM law faculty.
Angela Chávez Adkins joined the Albuquerque law firm of Rugge, Rosales & Associates in 2010. She focuses her practice on family law, estate planning, civil rights and employment law. Prior to law school, at all levels of government, she assisted elected officials with legislative issues and rapid media response. During law school, she was a legal clerk for the State of New Mexico Risk Management Division and headed her own political consulting firm.
Jennifer Anderson became an associate in the Albuquerque office of Lewis and Roca in 2010. She practices in the firm’s environmental and natural resources practice group.
Tom Bunting and Erica Gonzales became associates in the Albuquerque office of Miller Stratvert in 2010. Bunting focuses his practice on civil litigation and Gonzales concentrates on workers’ compensation, civil litigation and professional liability.
Matthew Jones and Scott Stromberg joined Butt, Thornton & Baehr in 2010. Jones practices in the areas of general litigation, business and commercial litigation, sports and recreation litigation and workers’ compensation. Stromberg practices in the areas of general liability litigation and trucking and transportation litigation.
Honor Keeler was appointed in 2012 by Wesleyan University as its repatriation coordinator to oversee the university’s repatriation effort. This effort is required for institutions that receive federal funding, under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA). In addition, Keeler will teach an anthropology course during the 2013 spring semester as a visiting professor. Wesleyan houses 15 human remains and thousands of artifacts in the archives at the Exley Science Center that require repatriation under NAGPRA.
Joseph Romero joined the law firm of Allen, Shepherd, Lewis, Syra & Chapman in May 2011. He practiced at an Albuquerque insurance defense firm prior to joining the Allen Shepherd firm. Romero worked as a paralegal and office manager for a solo practitioner primarily in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 litigation before heading off to law school. He has served as a member of the New Mexico Air National Guard since February 1998.
Matthew Sanchez became an associate with Sheehan & Sheehan in 2010. He focuses his practice in the areas of general commercial litigation, construction, employment and insurance. Prior to law school, he worked in construction and commercial real estate.
Shannon Sherrell in 2011became an associate with the Rodey Law Firm, where she focuses her practice on products and general liability litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she clerked for U.S. District Judge James O. Browning of the District of New Mexico.
Jordyn Whisenant became an associate with the Eaton Law Office in Albuquerque in 2010. She practices in the areas of personal injury litigation and insurance coverage.
Chad Yazzie has completed an LL.M program in Switzerland. His thesis was titled, “International Tribal Finance: A Domestic Assessment of Tribal Finance and a Proposal for Globalized Bond Financing.” In early 2012, he was working in renewable energy practice with the Reznick Group, based in Washington, D.C., but was planning to move to New York City in March. His Switzerland experienced was highlighted in Chad Yazzie: Immersed in Global Business Law, an article on the UNM School of Law website.
Sebastian Dunlap, Corinne Hale, Rachel Pascetti and Jennifer Salazar joined the Albuquerque firm of Allen, Shepherd, Lewis, Syra & Chapman in fall 2011. Dunlap focuses his practice on medical malpractice, construction defect, worker's compensation and personal injury. Hale focuses her practice on insurance defense, commercial litigation and worker's compensation. Pascetti focuses her practice on insurance defense, worker's compensation and general liability. Salazar focuses her practice on insurance defense and general litigation.
Jennifer Duprez in 2011 became an associate with the Rodey Law Firm, where she focuses her practice on labor and employment law. She brings years of financial experience to her practice, including working at Citibank and Fidelity Investments in financial and retirement planning.
Tara Edgmon joined the Rodey Law Firm as an associate in 2012. She practices in the Albuquerque office where she focuses on professional liability defense litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she clerked for Judge Michael E. Vigil of the New Mexico Court of Appeals.
Heather Hansen became an associate with Keleher & McLeod in early 2012. She practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation.
Stephen Marshall in 2011 became an associate with the Rodey Law Firm, where he focuses his practice on medical malpractice defense, insurance defense and personal liability.
Traci Olivas joined Sutin,Thayer & Browne in fall 2011. She is a member of the firm's trial group and practices in the areas of commercial litigation, tort law and creditors' rights. She is also a certified mediator with the New Mexico Mediation Association.
Melanie Stambaugh in 2011 became an associate with the Rodey Law Firm, where she focuses her practice on complex and commercial litigation. Prior to law school, she worked for several international nonprofit organizations.
Jessica Terrazas joined the Rodey Law Firm as an associate in 2012. She practices in the Santa Fe office’s Litigation Department with an emphasis on health law and medical malpractice defense. Prior to joining the firm, she clerked for Justice Edward L. Chávez (`81) of the New Mexico Supreme Court.
Kristi Williams has become legislative assistant for Alaska Native and Indian Affairs in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska’s senior senator in 2012. Williams is responsible for matters concerning the rural communities and native affairs in Alaska. Previously, she worked for Doyon, Limited, in Fairbanks.
Matthew Zamora became an associate in the Albuquerque firm of Sapien Law in 2012. He focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury litigation, worker’s compensation, insurance claim settlements and criminal defense.
Lindsay Ruska Drennan has become an associate in the Albuquerque firm of Allen, Shepherd, Lewis & Syra.
Billy Jimenez has joined Sutin, Thayer & Browne, where he focuses his practice in the areas of corporations, real estate and estate planning. Prior to law school he worked with the Biomedical Research Institute of New Mexico, where he conducted magnetoencephalography research in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Julia Maccini has become an associate at Keleher & McLeod, where she focuses her practice on civil and commercial litigation.
Nicholas Pino has become an associate at Keleher & McLeod, where he focuses his practice on civil and commercial litigation.
Reid Pierce has completed his MBA in France; and has accepted a position as Manager of Legal Affairs for a tech startup in Kathmandu.
Kelly Davis accepted a judicial clerkship with Chief Justice Michael Druse of the High Court of American Samoa for the 2013-2014 term.
Summer Huff has been selected as a Presidential Management Fellow. The Presidential Management Fellows program is a pathway created three decades ago, by an Executive Order, to cultivate leadership and develop potential government leaders.
Alex Flores was named one of New Mexico's 40 under Forty and the "Most Outstanding Under 30" recipient at the event. Albuquerque Business First received more than 400 nominations from the public for 40 Under Forty. Five judges, all 40 Under Forty alumni, evaluated the applicants on professional achievement, leadership, and community involvement. Alex Flores, a Judicial Clerk with the New Mexico Supreme Court and a Judge Advocate Officer in the United States Marine Corps, was one of the eight under 30 honorees recognized.