Steve Scholl is a 1989 graduate of the UNM School of Law. Before entering law school, he was a police officer with the Dallas Police Department for six years, where he worked in the Patrol Bureau as a field training officer and then in Special Operations as a Tactical (SWAT) officer and sniper. While there, he gained valuable experience in the courtroom testifying as a witness in countless cases under the tutelage of numerous prosecutors in District Attorney Henry Wade's office (the "Wade" in Roe v. Wade).
A member of the 1989 National Mock Trial team at UNM, he continued his involvement with the National Trial Competition by assuming the reins as coach in 1992. He also teaches Trial Practice and has been a regular adjunct in Evidence/Trial Practice classes over the years.
Scholl practices in an eight-member firm, Dixon, Scholl & Bailey, where his practice is primarily limited to civil litigation. He has tried about 80 cases in state and federal court, including personal injury, professional liability, medical malpractice, product liability and commercial cases. He has argued before the New Mexico Court of Appeals and state Supreme Court and the 10th Circuit.
He has been on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s (NITA’s) Southwest and Western Regional trial and deposition programs since 1992 and is a member of NITA’s In-House Faculty.
On a personal note, Scholl and his wife, Chris, are natives of Silver City, where his father was magistrate and municipal judge for about 25 years. He literally grew up with court being held around the family kitchen table at all hours of the day and night. Chris and Steve have two children, Stefanie, who is an NMSU graduate and an RN, and Andy, who played baseball at KU, traveled around the world working with Major League Baseball and is now a member of the UNM School of Law Class of 2011. On Father’s Day 2007, Stefanie and her husband, Brett Thompson, had Ellen Christine, Steve’s and Chris’ first grandchild; and, on March 13, 2009, Jake Alan was born. Being parents was cool, but being grandparents is way cool!