Laura Fashing has been an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico since October 1996. She has prosecuted white collar crimes, immigration crimes, and narcotics offenses. She has been assigned to the appellate section full time since September 2001 and has served as the Appellate Chief since June 2010. Before joining the United States Attorney's Office, she worked in the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. She also has worked in private practice in Albuquerque and Los Angeles. She clerked for United States District Judge Irving Hill in Los Angeles. She received her J.D. degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley in 1989, and her B.A. degree from theUniversity of Pennsylvania in 1985. Laura also teaches Appellate Law in Practice as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. This is a year-long course in which students work on actual pending appeals and prepare pleadings, while covering in symposium-style topics such as brief writing, oral argument, summary calendar process, appellate ethics, appellate jurisdiction, standards of review and more.