Professor Camille Carey

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Ph.: 505-277-0078
Fax: 505-277-1597
Office: 2528

Camille Carey

Associate Professor of Law
Flickinger Award for Faculty Excellence

2013-2015 Presidential Teaching Fellow
B.A. 1995, Vassar College
J.D. 2001, UCLA Law School
Member of the New York and Connecticut Bars and the U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York



Camille Carey joined the UNM law faculty in the 2009-2010 school year. Prior to coming to UNM, she was a clinical lecturer and Robert M. Cover Teaching Fellow at Yale Law School, where she established and taught the Domestic Violence Clinic, which focused on serving immigrant and low-income women.

Carey worked for six years at the Legal Aid Society of New York in the civil division. At Legal Aid, she developed a project that provided comprehensive civil legal assistance to immigrant victims of domestic violence in immigration, family law, public benefits and housing cases. She also worked on MKB v. Eggleston, a federal class action lawsuit, which successfully challenged the City and the State of New York's failure to provide public benefits to eligible immigrants.

Carey's research and teaching interests include immigration, immigrant rights, family law, domestic violence, feminist legal theory and torts. At the UNM School of Law, she teaches Torts, Immigrants' Rights, and the Community Lawyering Clinic.


Community Lawyering Clinic

Community Lawyering Clinic

Pre-requisite: Completion of first year curriculum. Pre- or co-requisite: Ethics.

Summer 2013--Prof. Aliza Organick, Prof. Sarah Steadman
Fall 2013--Prof. Yael Cannon, Prof. Sarah Steadman
Spring 2014--Prof. Carol Suzuki, Prof. Camille Carey

The Community Lawyering Clinic provides outreach legal services in partnership with local community service providers, including non-legal disciplines.  Through the Medical/Legal Alliance for Children (MLAC) the Clinic has entered into a strategic alliance (the nation’s first) with the Pediatrics Department of the UNM Health Sciences Center.  MLAC law students represent children, caregivers, and families to address non-biological factors affecting children’s health including food, housing, education, physical safety (domestic violence), caregivers’ relationships and conflicts over custodial rights, immigration status, involvement in the criminal justice system, and availability of healthcare and other benefits.  Students represent clients in Family Court, Children’s Court (juvenile delinquency), and other venues as necessary.  In addition to the MLAC, the Community Lawyering Clinic collaborates with PB&J Family Services, the NM Public Defender and organizations serving families of incarcerated and addicted individuals, seniors, and HIV-positive people.  Students work under law professor supervision and on interdisciplinary teams when appropriate.  Clients include speakers of English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Students will be required (1) to attend and actively participate in up to five classroom sessions (ten during summer’s first three weeks) during each week of the academic semester and (2) to maintain, in addition to classroom hours, a schedule of 24 (2-hours block) fixed office hours (physically present in the clinic, working on clinic matters) each week during Summer, or 16 (2-hours block) fixed office hours each week during Fall and Spring semesters.

Students having specific questions about the Community Lawyering Clinic are encouraged to visit with Profs. Cannon, Carey, Organick, Steadman, or Suzuki.

Domestic Violence Writing Seminar

Domestic Violence Writing Seminar

In this seminar we will analyze domestic violence law and policy from psychological, social science, historical, legal, and practical perspectives. The course will examine psychological perspectives on the dynamics of domestic violence and the effectiveness of law in addressing those dynamics. We will analyze criminal justice strategies and practices in handling domestic violence matters, including mandatory arrest and prosecution policies and the use of lethality assessment tools. The course will address the use of civil remedies, especially intentional torts, in remedying domestic violence harms. We will look at the history of the domestic violence movement and how that history has effected current legal approaches to domestic violence. The seminar will also examine typologies of violence, including men and women’s use of violence in intimate partner relationships. This is a three-credit course that satisfies the law school’s writing requirement.

Immigrants' Rights Writing Seminar

Immigrants’ Rights Writing Seminar

This seminar will examine the rights of non-citizens in the context of a variety of substantive areas of domestic law. We will analyze the effect of immigration status on eligibility for public benefits, health care, housing, education, employment, identification documents, and driver’s licenses. The course will examine current struggles over immigrants’ rights in the U.S., including police power in immigration enforcement, local government efforts to drive immigrants from communities, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids. We will study the intersection of immigration and family, including domestic violence in immigrant communities. It is a three-credit course that satisfies the law school’s writing requirement.

Law Practice Clinic

Law Practice Clinic

Pre-requisite: Completion of first year curriculum, Pre-or-co-requisite: Ethics

Summer 2013--Prof. Steven Homer
Fall 2013--Prof. April Land
Spring 2014--Prof. Aliza Organick

The Law Practice Clinic will emphasize the development of professional skills and values by assigning students to represent clients in a variety of both civil and criminal cases.  In their casework, students will be individually and closely supervised in their representation of low-income clients.  Each student will be assigned a mix of cases typical of a general law practice in New Mexico with some opportunity for a more specialized type of practice taking into account each student's preferences and career plans, available faculty resources and client and community needs.  Among other practice areas, case matters may involve juvenile delinquency defense, family law, criminal misdemeanor defense, landlord/tenant, contract disputes, wills and immigration.  The Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters will provide more focus in the area of juvenile delinquency and criminal defense.  The emphasis on student casework is to give law students direct experience with live clients and real cases and to provide close individual and collaborative faculty supervision.  In addition to providing real world experience, students are encouraged to develop and explore the professional dimensions of client-oriented problem solving.  Students are expected to develop and assume full professional responsibility for competent, professional and ethical decision-making in helping their clients solve their legal problems.

The classroom component seeks to help prepare students to represent his or her clients competently, to promote professionalism in dealing with clients, lawyers, staff and others; and to provide experience in individual and collaborative problem solving.  Classroom sessions include discussion of pending clinic cases and assigned readings; role-play and simulation; and collaborative planning and evaluation.  The classroom component typically addresses such skills and topics as:  client interviewing and counseling, case evaluation, legal research, fact investigation, drafting documents and correspondence, motion practice, discovery, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, procedure, case management, law office management, the use of computer technology in the law office, and professional responsibility and ethics.

Students will be required (1) to attend and actively participate in up to five classroom sessions (ten during summer’s first three weeks) during each week of the academic semester and (2) to maintain, in addition to classroom hours, a schedule of 24 (2-hours block) fixed office hours (physically present in the clinic, working on clinic matters) each week during Summer, or 16 (2-hours block) fixed office hours each week during Fall and Spring semesters.

Students having any questions about this clinic are encouraged to visit with Profs. Homer, Land, or Organick.



This class introduces you to the work and professional roles of lawyers. It investigates the meaning of professionalism; examines the role of personal and professional values in becoming and being a lawyer; and discusses various aspects of legal practice, including ways to improve your likelihood of success and happiness in your career.

As background, empirical studies show that lawyers who pick their fields carefully based upon their own strengths and needs are happier and do better in the profession overall. Other studies show that multitasking and excessive stress interfere with clear thinking. Indeed, calm focused people are better at what they do, whatever profession they enter. They are also more efficient and work better with others. Calm focused people are also happier and have a better sense of their own priorities and values. This class is designed to:

  • help you learn about the legal system and the professional role of attorneys;
  • help you create space in your life for activities that keep you balanced as a human being;
  • help you control stress and thus enhance your academic and professional success;
  • help you improve your interpersonal skills;
  • allow you to develop a support system at the law school by getting to know some of your peers in an unconventional setting; and
  • allow you to develop a relationship with a faculty member that is supportive both inside and outside the classroom.

Being a lawyer can be all you want it to be and can give you the power to bring about whatever change you want to see. This class will help prepare you to do just that.



Torts is an introduction to the system governing civil liability for wrongs. Unlike contract law, in which persons establish standards governing their relations in private agreements, tort law imposes rights and duties between persons even when the parties have not done so by contract. Unlike criminal law which the government (rather than the victim) imposes societal standards through the medium litigation seeking punishment for violation of criminal law, tort litigation is controlled by the injured person who seeks not punishment, but personal compensation via money damages from the person whose violation of the laws of torts cause harm to the victim. Course coverage focuses on the tort of Negligence. As time permits, other torts are analyzed.