Gail Gottlieb was recognized in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America directory for her work in bankruptcy litigation, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law. She also was named to the 2012 list of Top 250 Female Litigators in America, a new publication by Benchmark Litigation, She practices with Sutin, Thayer & Browne.
Thomas Griego was named executive director of the New Mexico Public Employee Labor Relations Board in 2011. Previously, he practiced labor and employment law in the Albuquerque area.
Francesca MacDowell in 2012 joined the Michael Armstrong Law Office, where she continues her practice of representing claimants for Social Security disability benefits. She has 32 years’ experience in this field.
Patricia Bradley joined the Law Office of George Giddens in 2009. She focuses her practice on probate, guardianship, real estate, commercial litigation, bankruptcy and estate planning.
Jonathan Rothschild was elected mayor of Tucson in 2011. Previously, he was managing partner of the Tucson firm of Mesch, Clark & Rothschild from 2001-2011. He focused his practice on business law, employment law, real estate law and estate planning. Prior to joining the firm in 1983, he served as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Alfredo Marquez of the District of Arizona.
Catherine "Cate" Stetson, founder of Stetson Law Offices in Albuquerque, was named a 2010 Southwest Super Lawyer. She practices in all areas of Indian law.
Kerry Kiernan received the designation, Lawyer of the Year, in appellate practice in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America directory. He also was included in the directory’s Best Lawyers category for his work in appellate practice. Kiernan is with Sutin, Thayer & Browne.
Jay Rosenblum was recognized in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America directory for his work in corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. He is the president and CEO of Sutin, Thayer & Browne.
UNM Law Professor Christine Zuni Cruz received the 2011 William Pincus Award from the American Association of Law Schools' Clinical Legal Education Section. The Pincus Award, considered the top tribute in clinical legal education, honors one or more individuals or institutions of clinical legal education who have demonstrated excellence in service, scholarship, program design and implementation, and other activity beneficial to clinical education or to the advancement of justice.
Gary King was presented with a 2010 New Mexico Earth Science Achievement Award for his work in advancing earth science in public service and public policy. As a state legislator, he worked to establish New Mexico's first mining reclamation law and he served as assistant secretary for environmental management at the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2010, he was re-elected New Mexico Attorney General.
Gordon Little has become of counsel at Miller Stratvert. He brings to the firm 25 years of experience in complex loan and real estate transactions, creditor representation, financial institution litigation defense, bank regulatory work and representation of business and commercial property owners.
David Iglesias was a spokesman in 2010 for the Pentagon's prosecution of Omar Khadr at Guantanamo Bay.
Leslie Fernandez was named Law Enforcement Prosecutor of the Year for 2010 by the Prosecutors Section of the State Bar of New Mexico. She is with the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Janice Paster was named chair of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2012.
Andrew G. Schultz has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico. He is a partner at the Rodey Law Firm and the leader of the firm's Complex and Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Schultz has a special interest in class action and civil rights litigation, along with other complex procedural and appellate work.
Deborah Mann was designated a state chair for the Council of Litigation Management in 2011. That same year she was promoted to shareholder in the Albuquerque firm of Bannerman & Johnson, where she concentrates on professional liability defense, commercial litigation and health law.
Lisa Mann was selected for the inaugural edition of the Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation. The 2012 guide honors about 250 female litigators nationwide for their achievements in litigation. She is a shareholder with Modrall Sperling, where she represents business clients in complex cases in both state and federal courts.
Karen Ballard Molzen (`85) was designated chief U.S. Magistrate judge for the District of New Mexico and began her new duties in Albuquerque on May 2, 2011. She has served on the federal magistrate court since 1999 in Las Cruces. Molzen clerked for U.S. District Judge John E. Conway after law school, and then went into private practice. She returned as Conway's permanent clerk, where she remained until her appointment as a federal magistrate judge.
David Campbell is a foreign service officer at the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis, Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean. A major part of his job is to coordinate with U.S. Department of Defense associates in Europe, the Middle East and Africa that monitor Somali-based ships that attack merchant vessels and hold their crews and cargo for ransom. He left a position as Albuquerque Chief Administrative Officer in March 2011 to join the Foreign Service, a life-long dream.
Gary Gordon has been elected chair of the UNM Foundation Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Albuquerque Academy.
Marte Lightstone became a shareholder on Jan. 1, 2011 at Modrall Sperling, where she focuses her practice in the areas of environment law, Indian law, oil and gas and renewable energy.
Sandra Rotruck was 2012 chair of the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Board. She is a family law specialist, practicing with Sutin, Thayer & Browne. She serves as vice president of the Board of Directors for the Domestic Violence Resources Center and is on the Board of Directors for Opera Southwest.
Frank Sedillo was appointed in 2010 to the New Mexico State Bar Legal Education Commission, the Judicial Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Metropolitan Court Rules Committee. He also coaches youth football and Little League baseball teams.
David Skinner was appointed to be a workers' compensation judge for the New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration in 2011. Previously, he had practiced in the area of New Mexico workers' compensation law for more than 25 years. Since 1993, he had been a recognized specialist in workers' compensation law by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization.
Tom English, right, is joined by Michael Carruthers and Anne Maxfield
Thomas English (`88) served as a director of the Legal Operations Directorate, overseeing the military boards for all detainees in Afghanistan in 2010. He was delighted when he discovered two UNM School of Law alumni on his staff: Michael Carruthers (`04) and Anne Maxfield (`06). They are stationed at Camp Sabalu-Harrison Bagram Airfield.
In his civilian life, English is a U.S. administrative law judge in Michigan. Following graduation, Carruthers joined the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps and Maxfield joined the Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office. They have enjoyed reminiscing about their years at the UNM School of Law.
Sue George was named director of the Regulatory Programs and Training Center, a center that opened in 2011 at the UNM School of Law's Institute for Public Law. She works on public interest issues ranging from driving safety and ignition interlock programs to environmental and wildlife protection.
Debra Hill received the 2010 Community Service Award, presented annually by the Arizona American Jewish Committee’s Judge Learned Hand Society to a lawyer who has devoted her career to public service. She was the first woman to receive this award. Hill has practiced with Osborn Maledon in Arizona since earning her J.D., concentrating on criminal defense, civil rights and complex commercial litigation. She has represented, pro bono, inmates in the Arizona corrections system, belongs to a number of community organizations and helped raise more than $75,000 to build a primary school and other projects in Mali.
Joey Moya was appointed Chief Clerk of the New Mexico Supreme Court, effective Dec. 24, 2011. Previously, he was chief counsel for the Supreme Court. He replaced Kathleen Jo Gibson, who retired after 25 years with the court.
Samuel Winder was appointed to the Second Judicial District bench in 2011. Previously, he prosecuted violent crimes at the U.S Attorney's Office in New Mexico and practiced with Modrall Sperling before opening his own practice in 2009.
Bruce Brown is an assistant public defender in Palmer, Alaska. He has practiced law in Alaska for 20 years.
Darcy Bushnell, director of the New Mexico Water Ombudsman Program at the Utton Transboundary Resources Center, was appointed to a new Statewide Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission in 2011. The mission of the commission is to reduce the burden of increasing caseloads on the courts through strengthening and improving court-annexed ADR and to increase public access to and education about ADR programs.
Jacqueline Cooper was appointed in 2011 to serve as chief public defender for the State of New Mexico. She joined the Public Defender's Office in 1991 and went on to become the office's felony team supervisor. In 2006, she was named the statewide director of the Mental Health Division.
John Feldman was appointed coordinator of the Alternative Dispute Resolution programs at the UNM School of Law in early 2012. In 2011, he was appointed to the New Mexico Supreme Court Statewide Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission. He was named to the new commission for his career-long involvement in ADR and mediation. Feldman led the Career Services Office at the UNM School of Law from 2002-2011. He has taught as an adjunct professor in the UNM School of Law's mediation program since the 1990s.