Giving Back to Law

It starts with your professional accomplishments.
It responds to the needs of promising law students.
It maintains a close and diverse educational experience.
It protects what makes this Law School so special:
Small size, caring faculty, unique traditions.

Every gift counts, no matter the size.

Komal Kumar

Help us continue to attract eager and promising law students.

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Komal Kumar
Class of 2016

In India, women suffer so much; they are routinely pushed, kicked and locked up by their husbands. They give up. I was in an arranged marriage and suffered years of abuse. When I moved here, a lawyer helped me get my freedom and changed my life. I was living like a nomad in the streets and in shelters, and thought, if I make it, I’ll go to law school. With my law degree, I want to help women find their strength.

Christy Chapman

Because every student has a need.
 

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Christy Chapman
Class of 2016

I was born and raised in the Pueblo of Zuni and was a public health nurse for several years. I saw patients who had been victims of rape, financial exploitation, and abuse. I felt there had to be something more that I could offer. As a mother of four, I was intimidated by law school, but love it here at UNM and am glad I took the plunge. I’m interested in Indian law, public policy, and consumer law. I feel my law degree will open many doors to empower others.

Ali Morales

Giving back maintains a close and diverse educational experience.

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Ali Morales
Class of 2016

When I was 4, I came to the states undocumented. I’ve known from an early age that a visit from immigration or a minor traffic violation could change everything. For me, law school is the American Dream. With a law degree, I can give people a second chance; I can work to make change. I pursue my education to honor my parents and validate the struggles my family has faced. I’d like to work in Criminal and Immigration Law and one day become a judge.

Ali Morales

Your gift protects what makes this Law School so special.

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Nick Davis
Class of 2014

Part of my decision to come to UNM Law was the emphasis on accepting students with life experience. I spent years living in other parts of the world and working in other industries. Here, I have found students similarly situated, beginning new chapters in their lives. I appreciate the opportunity to have taken courses that bridge the academic and practical realities of being an attorney, and have enjoyed learning from the same professors who taught my father. I try not to think of the size of shoes I have to fill, but UNM has offered me the tools to begin to do so.

Tarik Booze

Every gift counts, no matter the size.
 

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Tarik Booze
Class of 2015

I was in the Air Force stationed in Doha, Qatar when I read Nelson Mandela’s autobiography and learned more about how he changed Africa’s apartheid system. I loved that he was a lawyer. He believed it was possible to change the world around him through the law. After taking Contracts, Property, and Constitutional Rights classes, I came to understand how I had something to offer the world through my pursuit of the law.

To Our Alumni: What Your Gift Means

Professor Fred Hart

Maintaining What Makes This Law School Special

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Graduates and Friends,

I thank the many of you who have contributed generously to the law school in the past. Your help makes a vast difference in what we can do. I ask for your continued assistance, particularly for contributions to our various scholarship funds and the Dean’s fund.

Tuition at the law school is now $16,000. In comparison with other law schools, including public law schools, it is low and, like as was true when you attended, it constitutes less than half of the cost for each student. But looking forward to over $50,000 in tuition and fees alone over the three years can be an obstacle for some of the applicants that we want to attend our school. Those with substantial need just will not be able to obtain a legal education; those whose academic credentials are superior will have opportunities to go elsewhere with substantial scholarship assistance. The mix of students that has been a mark of this school is truly in jeopardy.

Any contribution would be appreciated, but I ask that you consider joining over 200 others who are members of the Dean’s Circle if you have not already done so. The Circle is made up of those who contribute at least $2,000 a year to the law school. Again, my thanks for your past contributions to the school.

Fred

Fred Hart Signature

Frederick M. Hart
Professor Emeritus

Robert Desiderio

Meeting The Competition For Our Students

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Dear Friends,

I hope that all is well with you. Over the past few weeks, I have been reflecting on what makes the UNM School of Law so special.

First, I think you would agree that the quality of education is second to none. But more than that is the support system that exists for students. Students helping each other, faculty reaching out in many ways and beyond the classroom, and staff taking a real interest in students are what make the law school unique. That has not changed since your days at the law school. But, if that special culture is to continue, we need your help.

Student debt is a deterrent to students applying to law school and keeps current students from being able to devote the time necessary to their studies. By reducing student debt early, we can help law students get the best out of their UNM Law experience. A key part of our vision is for a greater number of students to receive some form of aid – in each of their three years.

We now compete to keep our students in New Mexico. You can help us meet the intense competition we are facing in recruiting and retaining our students by considering making an annual gift of $1,000. Gifts of this size allow the Law School to award more grants to more students. $1,000 gifts make a big difference toward these needs. $2,000 gifts to any fund(s) result in Dean’s Circle membership and engagement. To ensure we keep the students who want to come here, and that they receive the benefit of an excellent UNM School of Law education and experience, we hope you might consider participating with us at these or at any level you can. All gifts make a difference. Please join your fellow alumni in making a contribution today.

With best regards,

Robert Desiderio Signature

Robert J. Desiderio
Emeritus Professor of Law, UNM School of Law

Professor Nathalie Martin

Coming Together For Our Law School

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Dear Former Students,

I hope that all is well with you. There are so many exciting things going on at the UNM Law School right now, including the leadership of our new dean, David Herring. Our Business Law, Natural Resources, and Indian Law courses are all increasing, as are all of our experiential learning offerings.

UNM Law is a special place and a very good value for students. We really excel when it comes to the quality of legal education, as well as the support system that exists for students. Students helping each other, faculty reaching out in many ways and beyond the classroom, and staff taking a real interest in students are what make the law school unique. That has not changed since your days at the law school. But, if that special culture is to continue, we need your help. By reducing student debt early, ideally for every single student, and supporting our School, we can help our law students get the very best out of their UNM Law experience.

More specifically, we want to ask our graduates in the Classes of 1998-2002 to consider making a gift of $500 each year, when you can. These annual gifts are essential. At any level you can, we hope you might consider participating with us each year. Annual gifts to General Scholarship or the Dean’s Fund help us provide more aid to more students or support our faculty teaching. Each gift matters, no matter the size. What is important is that we all try and that we all join in the endeavor to support our Law School.

Please think about joining your fellow alumni in making a contribution today.

With best regards,

Nathalie Martin Signature

Nathalie Martin
Frederick M. Hart Chair in Consumer and Clinical Law
UNM School of Law

Professor Norman Bay

Coming Together For One Another

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Dear Former Students,

One of the best and most fun jobs I've had in my life was teaching at the University of New Mexico School of Law. The students and community at the UNM Law School are what make it such a special place. People care, and they care about one another. I’m so proud of my students and to hear how they’re doing.

For the Classes of 2003-2007, now is the time for you once again to engage and to be passionate about the Law School and its community. Just as you were once helped, now as an alumnus you can help others.

Yours,

Norman Bay Signature

Norman Bay
Emeritus Professor of Law, UNM School of Law

Professor Steven Homer

The Power Of Young Alums Coming Together

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Dear Graduates,

UNM School of Law is a special place to teach. I love teaching here because the law school attracts interesting, diverse students who care deeply about their legal education, the profession, and about their communities. I think what makes the law school unique are the close bonds among students, faculty, and staff, all of whom are committed to supporting each other.

Please join your classmates to help ensure that UNM School of Law can continue to attract and support the kinds of students that make this an excellent place to teach and learn.

Your contribution continues the tradition of our strong support for each other. By reducing student debt early, ideally for every single student, we can help our law students get the very best out of their UNM Law experience. If 75% of our graduates in the Classes of 2008 - 2013 could start giving $60 each year (equivalent to $5/month), each year, the law school would be able to award $26,500 in new student aid. What a difference you all could make if you can come together in this way each and every year.

In the end, each gift matters, no matter the size, and consistent giving will make a huge difference. We want all of our graduates and friends of the Law School to feel celebrated in giving what they can. You can feel proud that your gift helps other students receive the benefit of an excellent UNM School of Law education.

Please join your fellow alumni in making any contribution you can today.

With best regards,

Steven Homer Signature

Steven Homer
Senior Lecturer & Interim Director, Legal Analysis & Communication
UNM School of Law

Won’t you join us in our commitment to preserve our rich and wonderful history and change the lives of current and future students and faculty?