Class Notes

Class Notes

1951

Jacob Rosenbaum was honored by the Cleveland Bar Association as an outstanding real estate attorney. He is past president of the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association and is a life trustee of the Cleveland Zoological Society. He has retired from Tucker Ellis & West, in Cleveland, Ohio, and would like to hear from his classmates at Jacob.Rosenbaum@TuckerEllis.com.

1960

Norman Thayer received the designation, Lawyer of the Year, in antitrust litigation in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America directory. He also was included in the directory’s Best Lawyers category for his work in bet-the-company litigation, antitrust litigation and commercial litigation. He was inducted into the Roehl Circle of Honor for Trial Lawyers in 2010. He is the senior partner at Sutin, Thayer & Browne.

1962

Clarence BassClarence Bass was recognized at the Take Charge Conference in Austin, TX on September 27th. The conference focused on cutting-edge techniques and issues in exercise science and paid tribute to Bass, an expert in exercise, fitness, and healthy aging. The conference centered on Bass’s latest book Take Charge: Fitness at the Edge of Science, and all three panel topics were taken from the book. At the end of the conference, Bass gave thanks to his life and business partner, Carol Bass, and all of his friends and followers who helped throughout the years.

C. Gene Samberson received the 2010 Trustee of Free Enterprise Award from the University of the Southwest. The award was presented for outstanding business achievements, ethical business practices, community leadership and working to preserve a free society. He is a former University of New Mexico regent.

1967

John C. Wheeler practices elder law in Truth or Consequences. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the National Care Planning Council.

Class Notes

1971

Mel Eaves has been designated a 2010 Southwest Super Lawyer.

John Leathers is general counsel of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, a 450-lawyer firm based in Pittsburgh with offices in 10 other cities. He joined that firm in 2005, following 17 years in commercial litigation. After earning his J.D., Leathers received an LL.M. from Columbia University and spent the next 16 years as a law professor.

1972

Ronald Segel was recognized in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America directory for his work in plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation. He practices with Sutin, Thayer & Browne.

1973

Abby AbinantiNoel "Abby" Abinanti became the first Native American to be admitted to the State Bar of California in 1974. She served as a San Francisco Superior Court commissioner, acted as judge for several Western tribes, and established the Yurok Tribe’s fishing court. She is now the tribal court’s chief justice.

In an interview with Heather Steinberger for an article in "Indian Country," Chief Judge Abinanti says, "UNM was the home school for the Indian law program. I never really wanted to go into law, but I was told that we needed lawyers more than journalists. So I pursued it."

Chief Judge Abinanti is featured in two articles in the LA Times:

Walter Echo-HawkWalter Echo-Hawk authored "In the Courts of the Conqueror: The Ten Worst Indian Law cases Ever Decided", a 576-page book that looks at how court decisions through the years have shaped life in Indian country across the United States. The book was published in 2010. He is of counsel to the Crowe & Dunleavy law firm of Oklahoma.

Echo-Hawk represents Indian tribes on important legal issues, such as treaty rights, water rights, and religious freedom, prisoner and repatriation rights. He is a Native American attorney, tribal judge, author, activist, and law professor.

Echo-Hawk recently gave a talk on March 3, 2014 at the UNM Law School regarding his book, "In The Light Of Justice: Human Rights in Native America."

Henry Rivera was elected to the Board of Directors of the University of New Mexico Alumni Association in 2012.

1974

Peter Johnstone has been elected secretary of the UNM Foundation Board of Trustees. He practices law in Albuquerque and serves on the UNM School of Law Alumni/ae Association Board of Directors.

1975

Christina ArmijoJudge M. Christina Armijo of the U.S. District Court in New Mexico was presented with the Henrietta Pettijohn Award by the New Mexico Women's Bar Association at a late-October 2011 reception. Armijo was honored for her outstanding achievements in advancing women in the legal profession. The award is named in recognition of Pettijohn, who was the first woman to be licensed to practice law in the Territory of New Mexico. She began practicing in 1892 in Las Vegas, which, coincidentally, is Armijo's hometown.

Catherine GoldbergCatherine Goldberg was elected to the Board of Directors of Albuquerque Economic Development in 2010. She is a partner and shareholder in the Rodey Law Firm, where she is a member of the business department. The mission of Albuquerque Economic Development is to recruit business and industry to generate quality job opportunities in the Albuquerque area.



Harold Lavender joined Modrall Sperling as of counsel in 2010. He brings to the firm 33 years of experience as a trader and broker at the Chicago Board of Trade.

1976

Paul W. Grimm was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in early December 2012. Previously, he had served as a U.S. magistrate judge for Maryland since 1997 and as chief judge since 2006. Grimm has been a frequent lecturer at CLE programs on issues regarding evidence and civil procedure, and has lectured throughout the United States regarding discovery of electronically stored information and its admissibility in civil and criminal proceedings.

Tommy Roberts was elected mayor of Farmington in 2010. He was born and raised in Farmington and after earning his J.D., he returned to practice oil and gas law.

Lynn SladeLynn Slade, a shareholder at Modrall Sperling, was elected to the American Law Institute in 2012. He was named Lawyer of the Year 2012 in both Native American Law and Natural Resources Law in Albuquerque by Best Lawyers in America and was Lawyer of the Year in Energy Law – Albuquerque in 2011.


Ron Solimon joined the board of trustees of the Albuquerque Community Foundation in 2012. In 2010, he was appointed to the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. The 29-member board provides guidance on programs, policies and issues affecting the industry. Solimon is president and CEO of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

1977

Hannah BestHannah Best was presented with the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award by the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women. The commission presented awards to 20 additional women from across New Mexico for their contribution to improving the lives of women in the state. Throughout her career, Best has been a champion of civil rights and women's rights, and is known for her unrelenting tenacity on behalf of her clients and the broader community. The Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2002 and previous recipients have included former New Mexico first lady Alice King and Georgia O'Keeffe.

Jan Gilman-Tepper has been elected 2011 president of the Albuquerque Bar Association. She is a name partner at Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley, a family law firm.

Paula Tackett received the 2010 Public Lawyer of the Year Award, presented every year by the State Bar Public Law Section. In June 2010, she resigned as director of the Legislative Council Service after 22 years at the helm. She joined the LCS in 1982 as a staff attorney and was later promoted to assistant director. She took over the operation after longtime director Clay Buchanan (`52) died in 1988.

Tom UdallU.S. Sen. Tom Udall chaired a Senate field hearing that addressed drunk driving in August 2011 at the University of New Mexico School of Law. He welcomed comments from an invited group of panelists at the hearing, titled, "Fighting Drunk Driving: Lessons Learned from New Mexico". Udall is co-sponsoring legislation that would authorize funding for more research into DWI prevention methods. He is interested in a passive in-vehicle detection system, which could have the potential to end drunk driving.

1978

Thomas Acevedo was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education. He is a CEO of S&K Technologies, a family of tribally owned businesses in northwestern Montana. He previously served as chief of staff for the National Indian Gaming Commission.

Margaret Moses Branch received the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women for a long list of professional accomplishments and philanthropy. She is with the Branch Law Firm.

Diane Fisher is senior vice president and general counsel for Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

James McKay received a brevet promotion to the rank of brigadier general in retirement ceremonies at the New Mexico Army National Guard headquarters in Santa Fe in 2011. His retirement marked 33 years of combined active duty and reserve service, for which he received a number of medals and the Silver Star. He successfully "unretired" to become general counsel with the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department.

Jimmie ReynaJimmie Reyna was unanimously confirmed in April 2011 by the U.S. Senate as the first Hispanic member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to his confirmation, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Williams Mullen, Clark & Dobbins, where he led the law firm's International Trade and Customs Group and served on its board of directors. Reyna also has a distinguished track record of leadership in the Hispanic legal community.


Bob Rosebrough was elected to the Board of Directors of the University of New Mexico Alumni Association in 2012.

1979

Richard Puglisi, a U.S. Magistrate judge, was named chief U.S. magistrate judge for the District of New Mexico in late 2009.

Barbara Stephenson was promoted in early 2011 to shareholder in the firm of Sheehan & Sheehan, where she works in the area of counseling and defending employers in employment litigation and administrative procedures.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is the author of Failing America's Faithful: How Today's Churches Mixed God with Politics and Lost Their Way, published in 2010. She is a visiting fellow at Harvard University' John F. Kennedy School of Government and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

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1980

Gail GottleibGail 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.

Mario Mainero, Professor of Academic Achievement and Director of Bar Services at the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, received the M. Katherine Baird Darmer "Outstanding Professor of the Year" award by Chapman Law’s 2013 graduating class during the 2013 Graduation Ceremony. Mainero told UNM School of Law Professor Ted Occhialino, "It is a reflection in part, I think, on the terrific education I received at UNM Law School, and the wonderful faculty who taught me—you, Rob Schwartz, Lee Teitelbaum, Fred Hart, Pam Minzner, Jim Ellis, and others." Since 2008, when Mainero started running the Law School's Bar Prep Program, the school has seen an increase in bar passage rates for first time test takers. In July of 2012, Chapman had an 82% pass rate compared to the 64% rate in other ABA schools. Mainero can be reached at (714) 628-2518; mmainero@chapman.edu.

1981

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.

1982

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 president and CEO of Sutin, Thayer & Brown law firm and has been named one of America's Best Lawyers and one of Albuquerque's Best CEOs, was honored by the UNM Alumni Association with a Zia Award during the 2013 Homecoming week. The Zia Award is awarded to UNM alumni who have distinguished themselves in categories such as philanthropic endeavors, public office, and service to the university.

Christine Zuni CruzUNM 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.


1983

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.

Ann Marie has edited Letters to Ann, a book about the early years of the Korean War as seen through the letters sent to a four year old. Even through the war's darkest moments, Captain John F. Hughes finds and shares bits of humor about his experience with his daughter and provides a unique and intimate glimpse into "The Forgotten War." Ann Marie is a former KOB-TV television reporter and married to the son of Capt. Hughes, Richard L. Hughes. The book can be found at Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.


1984

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 SchultzAndrew 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.



1985

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 MannLisa 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 MolzenKaren 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.


1986

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.


Dixie Johnson will serve as the 2013-2014 ABA Business Law Chair. The 2012-2013 chair, Martin E. Lybecker, officially “passed the gavel” to Johnson at the Business Law Section Luncheon during the 2013 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. As the ABA's Business Law Chair, Johnson will represent business lawyers from throughout the ABA in the leading issues of the day. Dixie Johnson is co-head of Fried Frank's Securities Enforcement and Regulation practice. She also co-heads the firm's White Collar Criminal Defense and Securities Enforcement practice group, representing businesses and individuals in government securities investigations from her office in Washington, DC.

Marte LightstoneMarte 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.

1987

Frank Sedillo a Metropolitan Court Judge, host of "The Advocate", and a licensed coach and official for the New Mexico Activities Association, was honored by the UNM Alumni Association with a Zia Award during the 2013 Homecoming week. The Zia Award is awarded to UNM alumni who have distinguished themselves in categories such as philanthropic endeavors, public office, and service to the university.

David SkinnerDavid 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.

1988

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.

1989

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 FeldmanJohn 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.

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The Albuquerque firm of Robles, Rael & Anaya has been ranked 20th in the New Mexico Business Weekly's 2009 list of Hispanic-owned Businesses, ranked according to gross New Mexico revenue. The firm's name partners are Luis Robles (`90), Marcus Rael (`01) and Christina Anaya (`94). The firm has a broad practice with an emphasis on civil rights work and representing city governments.

1990

Linda Ellison became certified as a specialist in Family Law in 2010. She also chairs the annual Family Law Institute CLE committee is on the board of directors of the State Bar’s Family Law Section. She practices with the Law Offices of Lynda Latta in Albuquerque.

Yvette Gonzales was elected to the bench in the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court in 2010. Previously, she had been special counsel for House Speaker Ben Lujan during the 2010 Legislature and a prosecutor with the Second Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Alberto León was elected to the World Boxing Council’s Legal Committee in 2011. A former chairman of the New Mexico Athletic Commission, he is also supervisor for WBC-sanctioned events. He is a shareholder and director with Bauman, Dow & León.

Susan McCormack has been named Business Lawyer of the Year 2012 by the Business Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico. She is a shareholder and director at Keleher & McLeod where she has a business practice.

Jennifer StoneJennifer Stone was elected to the Art Therapy Credentials Board, a national credentialing body that confers and administers professional credentials to qualified art therapy practitioners. She joined the board in 2010. She is a partner at the Rodey Law Firm and the leader of the firm’s healthcare transactions and regulation practice group.



1991

William Slease became chief disciplinary counsel for the New Mexico Supreme Court, effective Dec. 1, 2010. He supervises a staff of nine whose job is to investigate allegations of misconduct against lawyers. Since 1999, he practiced at his own firm, Slease & Martinez, where he focused on civil rights, estate planning and representing small businesses and local governments.

1992

Patrick Rogers was appointed in 2012 as acting director of the Tribal Executive Leadership Program at Yale University School of Management.

Roger Smith has been promoted to partner and shareholder at the Revo Law Firm. The Albuquerque firm has changed its name to the Revo/Smith Law Firm. Smith joined the firm in 2005 and practices in the areas of personal injury, insurance, medical malpractice and criminal defense.

Steve Taylor was promoted in 2012 to senior vice president and counsel for public policy at United Way Worldwide in Alexandria, Va. He oversees United Way's federal government relations and supports local United Ways in their state and local public policy advocacy.

1993

Thomas Briones has been elected chairman of the Hispano Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; he began his term on Jan. 1, 2012. He is owner of Briones Business Law Consulting in Albuquerque. He also serves on the boards of Central New Mexico Community College Foundation, the Hispano Philanthropic Society of United Way of Central New Mexico, WESST and the Center for Civic Values.

Donna Trujillo Dodd (`93) has joined with Matthew Torres (`01), Cody O'Brien (`07) and Matthew Sanchez (`09) to form Trujillo Dodd, Torres, O'Brien & Sanchez, an Albuquerque law firm in 2011. Doing business as The Family Law Firm, the partners focus their practice on family law, criminal defense and personal injury.

Denise Torres was named co-chair of the New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission in 2010. She is a name partner with Saenz & Torres in Las Cruces.

1994

Lori Gallagher is director of the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. In 2009, she was honored for her work building up the center's program. She was named grand marshal of the 2011 Houston St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Kenneth GonzalesKenneth Gonzales was named U.S. Attorney for New Mexico in 2010. He had been an assistant U.S. attorney since 1999, most recently as a prosecutor in the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force unit. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Gonzales was a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman and he also clerked for the state Supreme Court.


Christopher Holland was recognized for his work in education law in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America directory. He practices with Sutin, Thayer & Browne.

David Johnson has been selected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a name partner with Bannerman & Johnson in Albuquerque.

Seth SparksSeth L. Sparks received the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer rating in 2012. He is a director at the Rodey Law Firm where he practices in the areas of trucking litigation, insurance bad faith, professional liability and products and general liability.


Rick Wellborn was named Community Service Prosecutor of the Year for 2010 by the Prosecutors Section of the New Mexico State bar. He is with the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

1995

Susan AllenSusan Allen has become the first Native American woman to serve in the Minnesota Legislature. She was sworn in to the beat of a drum circle in the chamber of the House of Representatives in January 2012. Allen, who also is the first openly gay Native American woman to serve in any Legislature nationwide, represents a diverse south Minneapolis House district with a high poverty rate.


Eduardo Duffy was recognized for his work in securities/capital markets law in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America directory. Duffy practices with Sutin, Thayer & Browne.

Virginia DuganVirginia Dugan was elected in 2012 as a Region V Representative to the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section Council. She also was selected as a Southwest Super Lawyer for 2012, was listed in the 2012 edition of the Best Lawyers in America and in the New Mexico Business Weekly’s 2011 Best of the Bar awards for family law. She serves as co-chair of the New Mexico Supreme Court's Mandatory Legal Education Committee. Dugan is a shareholder with Atkinson & Kelsey, where she focuses her practice on pre- and post-nuptial agreements, child support and custody.

Susan Hapka was recognized for her work in employment law – management in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America directory. She practices with Sutin, Thayer & Browne.

Brett Loveless was named to fill a vacancy in the criminal division of the Second Judicial District Court in February 2012. Previously, he had been a deputy district attorney and assistant supervisor in the court’s Crimes Against Children division. He joined the bench in March 2012.

Lemuel MartinezLemuel Martinez is serving as the 2011 president of the National Hispanic Prosecutors Association, the only professional membership organization dedicated to the advancement of Hispanics as prosecutors. He has been district attorney of the 13th Judicial District since 2001.





Sean OlivasSean Olivas has been elected to the American Law Institute. He is a shareholder and director with Keleher & McLeod, where his practice focuses primarily on tort defense, employment and civil rights litigation, mainly defending employers. Olivas has served on the ABA's committee on Law School Accreditation, as president of the Albuquerque Bar Association and UNM Law School Alumni Association. He is the immediate past chair of the City of Albuquerque's Personnel Board.


Emeterio Rudolfo was appointed to the New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission in 2011. He has been in private practice since 1998 in Farmington. He is a member of the San Juan Labor Relations Board and the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Farmington.

Judge Linda Vanzi of the New Mexico Court of Appeals received the 2012 Justice Mary Walters Award. The annual award is presented by the Women’s Law Caucus at the UNM School of Law to a woman in the legal community who displays a pioneering spirit. Vanzi joined the Court of Appeals in 2008 after serving on the Second Judicial District Court for four years. 

Vicki Wilcox was appointed to the Board of Directors of the UNM Anderson School of Management Foundation in July 2012 for a three-year term. She is a board-certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law, and leads the Wilcox Law Firm.

Gregory Williams became of counsel with the Albuquerque firm of Peifer, Hanson & Mullins in 2012. He focuses his practice on general litigation, employment, auto dealership, defense and media law.

1996

Henry AlanizHenry Alaniz was appointed to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court bench and was sworn in on April 21, 2011. He has been assigned to the criminal division. He had been in private practice and also was an assistant district attorney for New Mexico's 2nd Judicial District from 1997 to 2002. In 2009, he was president of the State Bar of New Mexico. At UNM, Alaniz was enrolled in a dual degree program and, along with a J.D., he earned an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management. In 2010, he was inducted into Anderson's Hall of Fame.

Steffani CochranSteffani Cochran was named the Chickasaw Nation's 2011 Dynamic Woman of the Year. The award honors Chickasaw women who have made significant contributions to the Chickasaw Nation and served as role models to other Chickasaw women. Cochran was appointed vice chair of the National Indian Gaming Commission in 2010. Previously, she was special counsel for Indian Affairs in the New Mexico Attorney General's Office and general counsel for the Pueblo of Pojoaque.


Patricia Galindo was an associate with the Vickie R. Wilcox law firm in 2010. She focuses her practice on estate planning and estate litigation.

Ronald Holmes received the 2010 Robert H. LaFollette Pro Bono Award from the State Bar of New Mexico. He is an Albuquerque bankruptcy lawyer.

Danny JarrettDanny Jarrett has been recognized in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for his work in labor and employment law. He is the managing partner of the Albuquerque office of Jackson Lewis.


Twila Larkin was recognized for her work in family law in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America directory. She practices with Sutin, Thayer & Browne.

Lori Lein has been promoted to general counsel of the Alabama League of Municipalities where she is responsible for advising municipal officials and employees from more than 400 member cities and towns. She also works closely with the league's state and federal legislative agenda and is a frequent speaker on issues relating to municipal law in Alabama.

Ramona Manglona Ramona Manglona was nominated in early 2011 by President Barack Obama to the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands. She has served as an associate judge with the Superior Court for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) since 2003.

Manglona's nomination, which must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, marks the first time a CNMI citizen has been nominated by a U.S. president to serve on the U.S. District Court. She would also become the first woman to serve as a federal district court judge in the commonwealth.

Trace RabernTrace Rabern was presented with the 2011 Charles Driscoll Award from the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Rabern runs a solo specialty criminal law writing practice in Santa Fe and is an adjunct professor at the UNM School of Law, where she co-teaches Appellate Law in Practice.

She participated in reforming the Children's Code and was active in working to repeal New Mexico's death penalty. She is a recognized expert in mental health and legal competency issues, as well as constitutional issues involving search and seizure, prosecutorial misconduct and sentencing.

1997

Joel M. Carson III (`97), Nancy Franchini (`97) and Ray Vargas (`98) were appointed to the New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission in early 2012. Carson, of Roswell, serves as general counsel for Mack Energy Corp. Franchini is a shareholder in the Albuquerque firm of Gallagher, Casados & Mann. Vargas formed Garcia & Vargas in 2005 and represents individual rights.

Jeff Albright has been named to the 2012 edition of Southwest Super Lawyers. He is a partner at Lewis and Roca, and his practice focuses on telecommunications, water/electric utility law, water rights and intellectual property.

Marianne Hill was elected in 2012 to a three-year term on the board of directors of Leadership New Mexico. She is a senior attorney at Sandia National Laboratories.

1998

Morris Chavez and Christopher Saucedo opened SaucedoChavez, an Albuquerque law firm in 2011. The firm focuses its practice on commercial litigation, insurance defense and government affairs. Previously, Chavez was the New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance and Saucedo was in private practice.

J. Brent MooreJ. Brent Moore was elected secretary-treasurer of the 2013 New Mexico Board of Bar Commissioners. He is a shareholder with Montgomery & Andrews and works in the firm’s Santa Fe office. He focuses his practice on governmental relations, insurance regulation and environmental law. He also was elected in 2012 to a three-year term as secretary of the board of directors of Leadership New Mexico.


Brett Olsen became of counsel with Montgomery & Andrews in 2010. He concentrates his practice on water and natural resources litigation, along with environmental, administrative and real estate law.

Will Steadman joined Grubb & Ellis as chief operating officer in 2010. Previously, he had been New Mexico division president of SunCal, a California company with development plans for 55,000 acres on Albuquerque’s West Side.

Ray M. Vargas, II, opened his own firm, the Vargas Law Firm, in 2012. He focuses his practice on personal injury, insurance coverage and business litigation. In 2012, he was president-elect of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers’ Association.

Hans Voss was elected 2012 president of the New Mexico Board of Bar Commissioners.

Marie WardIn March, 2014, Governor Susana Martinez appointed Judge Marie Ward of Albuquerque to the Second Judicial District Division XIV Children’s Court. “Marie Ward’s wealth of experience in the law, particularly regarding children and families, makes her an ideal choice for this position,” said Governor Martinez. “I have the utmost confidence that she will carry out her duties with the best interest of the children that come before her in mind.” Ward serves as a family court hearing officer for the Second Judicial District Court, presiding over hearings and making recommendations to the district court judge. Her diverse career as an attorney spans nearly 16 years, including three years as a special assistant attorney general and nearly ten years with the Second Judicial District Court.

Whitney Warner, a founding partner at Moody & Warner, an Albuquerque labor and employment law firm, has been elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

1999

Germaine ChappelleGermaine Chappelle was elected as a new shareholder in the Santa Fe office of Gallagher & Kennedy. She assists clients with utility regulation and energy law, environmental due diligence, environmental regulatory enforcement, including federal and state water quality standards, mined land reclamation, Native American natural resources and right-of-way law, federal, state and private land use, oil and gas matters, water rights law and governmental affairs.

Michael KaemperMichael Kaemper has become of counsel with the Rodey Law Firm. He focuses his practice on products and general liability defense. He is listed in The Best Lawyers of America for his expertise and experience in railroad law.


Erin Langenwalter became an associate with Lewis & Roca in 2012, focusing her practice on commercial litigation and employment law.

Marc Lowry in 2012 was promoted to partner at Rothstein, Donatelli, Hughes, Dahlstrom, Schoenburg & Bienvenu. He works in the firm’s Albuquerque office, where he focuses on criminal law.

Sharon Pino became a prosecutor in the New Mexico Attorney General’s Violence Against Women Division in 2010. Previously she served a Gov. Bill Richardson’s domestic violence czar. She will continue as chair of the state Domestic Violence Leadership Commission, which monitors domestic violence laws, trends and policies.

Michael J. BresciaMichael J. Brescia has received the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer rating. Mr. Brescia is a Director in the Albuquerque office and a member of Rodey’s Litigation Department. His practice is focused in the areas of health law and professional liability. Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent rating is given to lawyers whose legal ability and professional ethical standards are of the highest quality.

Class Notes


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.

2000

Bidtah Becker, an assistant attorney general for the Navajo Nation, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the Institute of American Indian Arts’ board of trustees. She will serve a term expiring on May 19, 2018. On the 12-member board, Becker will assist in formulating policies and bylaws for IAIA, as well as direct strategic planning. Before becoming assistant attorney general for the Natural Resources Unit of the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Becker served in the Water Rights Unit from 2004-12, and in the Human Services and Government Unit from 2002-04.

Susan BisongSusan Bisong became a shareholder on Jan 1, 2011 at Modrall Sperling, where her primary areas of interest are in water and natural resources law, nursing home and healthcare law, insurance law, tort and personal injury litigation.

Matthew Bruff was inducted into the UNM Anderson School of Management's Hall of Fame in March 2011. He is the chief development officer and general legal counsel for Altela, an Albuquerque-based clean tech startup that he co-founded. He received his BBA and MBA from the Anderson School in 1994.

Raul Burciaga was named director of Legislative Council Service in 2010. He joined the state agency in 2000 and had served as assistant director for drafting services since 2004. 

Patricia M. CoftyPatricia M. Cofty (formerly Michelsohn) has been elected a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Selection is restricted to one-third of 1percent of State Bar members, and fellows are chosen for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Cofty is with the Fowler Law Firm in Austin, Texas, where she focuses her practice on mediation and arbitration, family law, business and consumer litigation, small business incorporations and transactions and entertainment law.

Christa Hazlett has joined the Albuquerque firm of Conklin, Woodcock & Ziegler, where she represents clients in health care and employment matters. She joined the firm in 2010.

Paul Spruhan, an attorney with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, published a chapter in the book, The Indian Civil Rights Act at Forty (UCLA 2012), a collection of essays that provides for the first time a summary and critical analysis of how Indian tribes interpret and apply these important civil rights provisions in our contemporary world.

Jayme Beaber Sullivan was appointed magistrate judge for Canyon County, Idaho in 2012. For the previous five years, she focused on the intersection of family, criminal and immigration law with Coffel & Beaber in Nampa, Idaho. She was a core team member on Canyon County’s first problem-solving court – the felony drug court – and she served on the committee that drafted the guidelines and regulations for the Canyon County Mental Health Court. Prior to that, she was with the Idaho firm of Wiebe & Fouser, where she focused on divorce, adoption, immigration and administrative law, along with taking criminal defense cases as a public defender.

Pilar VailePilar Vaile has opened a solo practice that focuses on mediation, arbitration and serving as a contract administrative law judge in labor and employment matters. Previously, she was deputy director and hearing examiner of the Public Employee Labor Relations Board. She opened the firm in 2010.


2001

The Albuquerque firm of Robles, Rael & Anaya has been ranked 20th in the New Mexico Business Weekly's 2009 list of Hispanic-owned Businesses, ranked according to gross New Mexico revenue. The firm's name partners are Luis Robles (`90), Marcus Rael (`01) and Christina Anaya (`94). The firm has a broad practice with an emphasis on civil rights work and representing city governments.

Erika AndersonErika Anderson was elected vice president of the 2013 New Mexico Board of Bar Commissioners. She is a civil litigation lawyer at French & Associates where she focuses on governmental liability, civil rights, personal injury, general tort liability and employment litigation. She is chair-elect for the American Bar Association Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section Trial Techniques Committee and is a past president of the New Mexico Women’s Bar Association.

Hector BalderasHector Balderas received the 2010 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, becoming the first New Mexican to receive the annual award. Balderas is state auditor of New Mexico. The New Frontier Awards were created by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. They are presented annually to exceptional young Americans under the age of 40 whose contributions in elective office, community service or advocacy demonstrate the impact and value of public service in the spirit of John F. Kennedy.

Jason Bousliman became a partner with Lewis & Roca in 2011. He focuses his litigation practice on commercial contract disputes, creditors’ rights in bankruptcy, collections and construction law. He is past president of the Albuquerque Bar Association.

Roxanna Chacon was appointed to the board of directors of New Mexico Legal Aid in 2010. She is a staff attorney with the Third Judicial Court and is a member of the UNM School of Law Alumni/ae Association’s board of directors.

Lauren Keefe was promoted to shareholder with Peifer, Hanson & Mullins in 2010. Prior to joining the firm in 2003, she clerked for both the New Mexico Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Before law school, she was a reporter based in Boston.

Elizabeth Medina in 2012 opened Medina Law Firm in Rio Rancho. She focuses her practice on estate planning, probate, guardianships and conservatorships, corporate and  non-profit corporation work.

Allison PieroniAllison Pieroni has been elected president of the Adoption and Foster Care Alliance of New Mexico for 2012-2014. She practices with Atkinson & Kelsey, where she is a certified mediator and focuses on adoption, child and spousal support, collaborative divorce, grandparents' rights and guardianship. She is chair of the State Bar of New Mexico's Family Law Section for 2011 and is board president of both St. Pius X High School Foundation and La Familia, Inc. in Albuquerque.


Shanon RileyShanon Riley became a judge for the New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration in August 2011. She had been an assistant district attorney in the First Judicial District and prior to that spent three years as the general counsel for the Department of Military Affairs.





Donna Trujillo Dodd (`93) has joined with Matthew Torres (`01), Cody O’Brien (`07) and Matthew Sanchez (`09) to form Trujillo Dodd, Torres, O’Brien & Sanchez, an Albuquerque law firm in 2011. Doing business as The Family Law Firm, the partners focus their practice on family law, criminal defense and personal injury.

Janeen Vilven-Doggett has been elected a shareholder in Peacock Myers, an Albuquerque intellectual property law firm. She is a registered patent attorney with a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and has served as president of and is on the board of the New Mexico Biotechnology and Biomedical Association. She is also on the board of A Child’s Garden, as well as chair of the CNM Biotechnology Advisory Board. She was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for 2010.

2002

Sandra BeerleSandra Beerle was elected to the board of directors of the Rodey Law Firm in 2010. She practices in the litigation department’s health law section.






Kasey Daniel joined the State Bar of New Mexico as managing attorney for the Lawyer Referral for the Elderly Program in 2011. She previously was the State Bar's director of public and legal services and worked in private practice.

April White was promoted to shareholder in the Albuquerque firm of Yenson, Lynn, Allen & Wosick, where she focuses her practice on insurance coverage/bad faith and civil rights/constitutional law.

2003

Samantha AdamsSamantha Adams, a shareholder at Modrall Sperling, has been 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 also was chosen by New Mexico Business Weekly as a 2012 Women of Influence honoree. She practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation for business, government and non-profit organizations.


Wade JacksonWade Jackson was appointed to the New Mexico State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2010. He practices in the products/general liability practice group at the Rodey Law Firm, where he also is involved in insurance coverage opinions and insurance litigation.


Vashti Lowe joined William F. Davis & Associates in 2012 as a senior associate attorney. Her practice focuses on bankruptcy, commercial litigation and DWI defense. She previously worked as an assistant district attorney.

Sarita NairSarita Nair was recognized for her work in water law in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America directory. She was promoted to shareholder at Sutin, Thayer & Browne, where she practices primarily in the areas of business, water, environmental and Indian law.


Lorena OlmosLorena Olmos became a shareholder on Jan. 1, 2011 at Modrall Sperling, where her areas of interest are commercial litigation, employment and labor, healthcare, and torts/personal injury litigation.


Willow ParksWillow Misty Parks was elected probate judge for Bernalillo County in the 2010 election.


Elisa PasterElisa Paster has been elevated to Partner at Gilchrist & Rutter PC, a Los Angeles-based commercial real estate and business law firm. She represents developers, land owners, investors and municipal governments in all aspects of land use and entitlement matters.


Valerie ReighardValerie Reighard was elected to the board of directors of the Rodey Law Firm in January 2011. She focuses her practice on professional liability, medical malpractice defense, personal injury, wrongful death and insurance defense litigation.


Brenda SaizBrenda Saiz was elected to the board of directors of the Rodey Law Firm in January 2011. She emphasizes product liability in her practice and also focuses on professional liability, wrongful death and insurance defense litigation. Also in 2011, she was elected to the board of directors of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association.


Quentin Smith has been promoted by the Albuquerque law firm of Sheehan & Sheehan to shareholder and director. He focuses his practice on counseling and defending employers in employment litigation and administration proceedings.

2004

Tatiana Engelmann-Corp has become an associate at the family law firm of Raines & Associates. She is a member of the New Mexico Collaborative Practice Group and a board member of the Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico.

Tiffany Oliver Leigh received the CLE Crest Award, presented annually for the top young lawyer presentation, for her presentation at the 2011 Collaborative Law Symposium. She is an associate at the Albuquerque firm of Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley.

Elena Moreno opened La Morena Law in Albuquerque in January 2011. She focuses her practice on probate, family, business, criminal and civil law. She also is a certified mediator. Previously, she worked with the Santa Fe Public Defender's Office and with the New Mexico Office of Guardianship.

Lynn MostollerLynn Mostoller has joined Sutin Thayer & Browne, where she practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, employment law and appeals. She has experience with shareholder and partner disputes, federal and state appeals and both plaintiffs’ and defense work in the employment law arena. She joined the firm in 2010.


Christina Vigil, president of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association, was named Regional President of the Year for 2010 by the Hispanic National Bar Association. She also received the 2010 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the State Bar of New Mexico.

Aimee Martuccio Whitsell joined Miller Stratvert in 2010. She focuses her practice in the areas of civil litigation, construction law, health law, premises liability, product liability law and professional liability law.

2005

Suzanne Wood BrucknerSuzanne Wood Bruckner received the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating in 2012. She is head of the Sutin, Thayer & Browne tax law division. Her practice focuses on New Mexico taxes, including planning and audit defense, and business law. She also assists with Sutin's bond practice.  


Nicole Moss (`05) was named Legal Impact Prosecutor of the Year for 2010 by the Prosecutors Section of the State Bar of New Mexico.

Hilary Noskin was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Albuquerque Community Foundation in 2011. She practice intellectual property law with the Peacock Myers law firm in Albuquerque.

Amanda SanchezAmanda Sanchez was elected to the board of directors of the Domestic Violence Resource Center in Albuquerque in 2010. She is an associate at the Rodey Law Firm, where she practices in the business department. The Domestic Violence Resource Center provides a variety of services, including legal services, to adults and children who are victims of domestic violence.



2006

Aletheia Allen joined Arland & Associates in the firm’s Albuquerque office in 2012. She focuses her practice in the areas of lender liability defense, commercial litigation and bankruptcy. Prior to joining the firm, Allen was a consultant for an Internet startup company in Chicago.

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.

Denise ChanezDenise Chanez has been elected President of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association. Ms. Chanez is an associate at the Rodey Law Firm. She practices in the Litigation Department with an emphasis on health law and medical malpractice. Ms. Chanez also has experience in the areas of employment, civil rights, education, personal injury, and media law. She has defended government entities and private employers at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts, as well as before administrative tribunals.

Amber Creel has become an associate with Montgomery & Andrews, where she focuses on defending hospitals and their employed physicians, nurses and technicians in medical malpractice actions. She joined the firm in 2010.

Anita Kelley has become an associate in Civerolo, Gralow, Hill & Curtis, where she has a general civil litigation practice. She joined the firm in 2010.

Debra HaalandDebra Haaland is currently seeking the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor of New Mexico. Since January 2013, Haaland has been the tribal administrator for the Pueblo of San Felipe, where she manages a variety of tribal programs and departments while directing and assisting the administration’s interests in federal, state and tribal political issues and relationships. She is also currently the Chairwoman of the Laguna Development Corporation Board of Directors. As the first woman elected to the position in the company’s history, Haaland helps oversee the business operations, strategies and initiatives of the second largest tribal gaming enterprise in New Mexico. She also currently serves as Chairwoman of the Native American Democratic Caucus of NM and a member of the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s State Platform and Resolutions Committee.

Jennifer Landau received the 2009 Justice Pamela B. Minzner Outstanding Advocacy for Women Award from the State Bar’s Committee on Women and the Legal Profession. She works with the Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services and designed a project to respond to a lack of pro bono legal services available to immigrants in removal proceedings in New Mexico. She also is an adjunct professor at the UNM School of Law.

Kristina Martinez became an associate with Rothstein, Donatelli, Hughes, Dahlstrom, Shoenburg & Bienvenu in 2011. She focuses her practice on civil litigation. Previously, she was a litigator in Holland & Hart’s Santa Fe office, where she represented clients in a variety of complex civil matters.

Josh Skarsgard is one of 15 young commercial real estate professionals to receive the 2010 Developing Leaders Award from NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

Nasha TorrezNasha Y. Torrez (formerly Spall-Martinez) has joined the Albuquerque office of Walsh, Anderson, Brown, Gallegos & Green. She represents school districts across New Mexico. Her practice focuses on general school law, employment and labor law, public meetings and records, contracts and procurement. Torrez previously served as the associate counsel to Gov. Bill Richardson and was the general counsel of the New Mexico State Fair.


2007

Barry Berenberg has joined Modrall Sperling as an associate. He concentrates his practice on insurance defense, commercial litigation, real estate, intellectual property and general torts. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, he was a sole practitioner in Albuquerque. Before that, he clerked for Justice Edward Chavez (`81) of the New Mexico Supreme Court.


Amara (Bustos) and Scott Aaron have opened Aaron & Aaron in Albuquerque, where the couple focus their practice on immigration, criminal and estate planning/probate law. Their 2-year-old son, Isaac Immanuel, loves to sing, dance and eat Challah bread with chocolate chips. They opened their firm in 2010.

Gina ConstantGina Constant has been named one of New Mexico’s Women in Technology for 2010 by the New Mexico Technology Council. She is with the Rodey Law Firm, where she focuses her practice in the areas of intellectual property and entertainment law. She is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In 2011, she was elected to serve on the Board of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of New Mexico. In 2011, she was elected to serve on the Board of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of New Mexico.

Jennifer deGraauw joined the Albuquerque firm of Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley in 2011 as an associate. She focuses her practice on complex family law matters

Jake Garrison became an associate with the Turner Law Firm in Albuquerque in 2011. The firm’s primary areas of focus include litigation and transaction work in the areas of real estate, business, commercial, contracts and entity formation and maintenance.

Richard HatchRichard Hatch became an associate in the Rodey Law Firm in early 2012. He focuses his practice on medical malpractice defense litigation, health law, wrongful death, product liability and general insurance defense. Prior to joining Rodey, he practiced in the areas of medical malpractice and general insurance defense litigation.




Rebecca KitsonRebecca (Shreve) Kitson has become a shareholder at the Albuquerque firm of John W. Lawit, where she practices in all areas of immigration law. The firm has changed its name to Lawit & Kitson. She joined the firm in 2010.






Kimberly Padilla has become an associate with Wolf & Fox, where she focuses her practice on family law. She joined the firm in 2010.

Antonia Roybal-Mack opened Roybal-Mack Law in October 2011. She focuses her practice on employment law and general civil litigation. In 2010, she received the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association's Outstanding Young Attorney Award. She also has also been included in "Best of the Bar" by the New Mexico Business Weekly.

Jason Wexler has become an associate with the Albuquerque firm of Aldridge, Grammer & Hammar. He focuses his practice on business transactions, commercial litigation and creditor's rights, real estate law, guardianships and conservatorships and all phases of estate planning.

2008

Mark Bolton joined the government relations group of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in early 2011. He focuses his practice in the areas of taxation, energy, business regulation and regulation of the legal profession, as well as covering a variety of general legislative issues. He works in the firm's Phoenix office, which opened in December 2010.

Isaac Estrada joined Peacock Myers as an associate patent attorney in 2010, handling patent, trademark, copyright, and other intellectual property matters, particularly in the field of biotechnology. Estrada is also enrolled in the Johns Hopkins University Advance Academic Program pursuing a master of science degree in biotechnology.

Kristina FisherKristina Fisher was selected as the 2011 Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year by the New Mexico Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Central New Mexico.  The  award recognizes young leaders who make a deep impact in the community and in their organization through their nonprofit work. Fisher is associate director of Think New Mexico, a results-oriented think tank dedicated to improving the quality of life for all New Mexicans, and she serves on the boards of the Albuquerque Wildlife Federation and the Santa Fe Watershed Association.

Jeremy Harrison joined the Albuquerque office of Modrall Sperling in 2011. He focuses his practice on civil litigation for local and national businesses, governmental entities and local public schools. Previously, he clerked for two years for Judge Cynthia Fry (`81) of the New Mexico Court of Appeals and one year for U.S. District Judge James Parker.

Stephen Lane became an associate in the firm of Keleher & McLeod in 2012. He focuses his practice on civil and commercial litigation. Previously, he worked as a public defender.

Robert LuceroRobert Lucero was elected to the Board of Directors of the University of New Mexico School of Law Alumni Association in 2011. Earlier that year, he graduated from the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce Leadership Albuquerque program. Lucero is a member of the Rodey Law Firm's Business Department, where he practices in the areas of real estate, land use and finance law.



Robert Matteucci, Jr., has become an associate with Raines & Associates, an Albuquerque law firm, in 2010. He focuses his practice on family law cases with business assets and large financial portfolios. His family has owned shoe stores in Albuquerque since the 1900s and he owned Shoes on a Shoestring for 13 years before enrolling in law school.

Timothy Murphy in 2011 joined the trial group at Sutin, Thayer & Browne. He focuses his practice on creditors' rights, commercial litigation, land use and title and bankruptcy. Previously, he worked in the UNM School of Law's Business and Tax Clinic.

Edmund Perea joined ITT-Technical Institute in 2011 as chair of the School of Criminal Justice. Prior to law school, he spent 23 years with the Albuquerque Police Department. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Robert SanchezRobert Sanchez became an associate with the Rodey Law Firm in 2011. He focuses his practice on professional liability and insurance defense.








2009

Daniel Alsup has become an associate in Modrall Sperling, where he focuses his practice on commercial litigation, corporate, real estate and banking transactions. He joined the firm in 2009.

Steven ArmstrongSteven Armstrong has become an associate with Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis in the law firm's Washington, D.C., office. He joined the firm's aviation practice group in 2011. Armstrong is a U.S. Naval Aviator. After earning his J.D. from the UNM School of Law, he went on to receive an LL.M. in litigation and dispute resolution from George Washington University Law School, graduating with highest honors in 2010. Prior to joining the Schnader firm, he worked in the general crimes section of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C.

Neil Bell joined Keleher & McLeod as an associate in 2010. He focuses his practice on civil litigation. Prior to joining the Albuquerque firm, Bell clerked for Justice Richard Bosson of the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Esteli Juarez Boyd joined the Lynn Perls law firm in 2012. She focuses her practice on family law matters. Previously, she worked for Enlace Communitario, where she provided family law and domestic violence legal aid services. 

Dahlia Dorman has become an associate in Modrall Sperling, where she practices employment litigation. She joined the firm in 2009.

In her position as an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University, Tiffany Dowell has developed an agricultural law blog. The Texas Agriculture Law Blog addresses issues affecting landowners across Texas and the United States. The blog features basic information on Texas laws, provides information on specific legal issues such as pipeline easements and leasing, and offers a weekly post summarizing ag law in the news. The blog receives more than 2,100 visitors per month. "Agricultural law has always been my interest and my background has prepared me well for this type of work," Dowell says. The blog may be found at: http://agrilife.org/texasaglaw/

Monica EwingMonica Ewing has joined Sutin, Thayer & Browne, where she focuses her practice on commercial litigation, creditors’ rights and intellectual property. She joined the firm in 2009.






Chris Gatton has joined the Law Office of George Giddens, where he focuses his practice on commercial litigation, bankruptcy, bank collections, foreclosures and real estate. He joined the firm in 2009.

Kate Fitz GibbonKate Fitz Gibbon serves on the board of the Elder Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar Association and works in the fields of art and cultural heritage law, elder law, estate planning and guardianship. She is a member of the Art and Cultural Heritage Law Committee of the American Bar Association and New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts.

Fitz Gibbon is coordinating two events scheduled for April 2014 in New York and Washington DC for the Committee for Cultural Policy, www.committeeforculturalpolicy.org, a non-profit organization, which educates and informs the public on policies and laws that affect the international movement of cultural property:

  1. Symposium on Reform of U.S. Cultural Property Policy: Accountability, Transparency, and Legal Certainty and roundtable discussion on Reform: US Cultural Property Policy, Law and the Public Interest on April 10th.
  2. Roundtable Discussion on Reform on Reform: US Cultural Property Policy, Law and the Public Interest on April 30th.

David GordonDavid Gordon has joined Sutin, Thayer & Browne, where he focuses his practice on business law, commercial real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions and commercial contracts. He joined the firm in 2009.






Heather S. Jaramillo established The Jaramillo Firm in August 2012. She focuses her practice in the areas of criminal defense, foreclosure defense and general civil litigation. She is the 2013 vice president of the New Mexico Women's Bar Association.

Joseph Montaño has been promoted to assistant district attorney with the Felony Community Crimes Division in the Second Judicial District Attorney's Office. He has been involved in more than 61 trials since June 2010.

Stormy Ralstin has become an associate in the firm of Pregenzer Baysinger Wideman & Sale. She focuses her practice on fiduciary litigation, estate planning, guardianships, conservatorships and elder law.

Jennifer Rodgers joined the Walther Family Law Firm in 2010.

Ryan Sanders joined the firm of Allen, Shepherd, Lewis, Syra & Chapman in 2011. He practices in the areas of insurance defense, general litigation and worker's compensation.

Christina Sheehan has become an associate in Modrall Sperling, where she focuses her practice on class action/tort litigation. She joined the firm in 2009.

Michael Smith has become an associate with Keleher & McLeod where he focuses his practice on civil and commercial litigation.

Kyle Wackenheim became a death penalty law clerk for the U.S. District Court's Western District of Oklahoma in 2010. He processes habeas corpus petitions to the federal court from state death row inmates. Previously, he was a clerk for the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

Geoffrey White became an associate in Butt Thornton & Baehr, where he focuses his practice on general litigation, medical negligence, workers’ compensation and commercial litigation. He joined the firm in 2009.

Shona Zimmerman joined the Albuquerque firm of Silva & Gonzales in 2011. She focuses her practice on employment law, business and commercial litigation.

Class Notes

2010

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 M. AndersonJennifer M. Anderson has joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as an associate in the Denver office. Anderson is a member of the Natural Resources Department. Her practice focuses on all aspects of natural resources and environmental law with a particular focus on water quality, remediation, water rights, telecommunications and energy. She has represented clients in court and before administrative agencies and testified as an expert in the area of Federal Communications Commission law before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. Prior to joining the firm, she served as the Director of Alcohol and Gaming for the State of New Mexico. Prior to that, Anderson practiced natural resources law at what is now Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP.

Thomas J. Bunting has joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Litigation Department. Bunting defends and prosecutes a wide range of actions arising from business disputes in both tort and contract. His practice includes representing health plans in private litigation and regulatory matters. He also renders insurance coverage opinions to policyholder clients and litigates coverage actions on their behalf. He has served as second-chair counsel in numerous trials to verdict.

Prior to joining the firm, Bunting was an associate at Miller Stratvert P.A. in Albuquerque.

Erica Gonzales became associates in the Albuquerque office of Miller Stratvert in 2010. 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 SherrellShannon 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.

2011

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 DuprezJennifer 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 EdgmonTara 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 MarshallStephen 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 StambaughMelanie 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 TerrazasJessica 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.

2012

Lindsay Ruska Drennan has become an associate in the Albuquerque firm of Allen, Shepherd, Lewis & Syra.

Billy JimenezBilly 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 PierceReid Pierce has completed his MBA in France; and has accepted a position as Manager of Legal Affairs for a tech startup in Kathmandu.


2013

Kelly DavisKelly Davis accepted a judicial clerkship with Chief Justice Michael Druse of the High Court of American Samoa for the 2013-2014 term.


Summer HuffSummer 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.


2013

Alexander FloresAlex 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.