Interim Director Pam Lambert

Pam Lambert

Research Professor of Law
Interim Director, Institute of Public Law
Director, Judicial Education Center
B.A. summa cum laude 1978, Miami University, Ohio
M.P.A. with distinction 1981, University of New Mexico Division of Public Administration
J.D. summa cum laude 1984, University of New Mexico School of Law
Member of the New Mexico and U.S. Supreme Court Bars

Pam Lambert joined the Institute of Public Law in 1987, became Director of the Judicial Education Center and Associate Director of the Institute of Public Law in 2006, and became Interim Director of the Institute of Public Law in May 2011.

Following graduation from the UNM School of Law, Lambert worked as a Law Clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Santiago Campos in Santa Fe.  In this position, she drafted memorandum opinions and orders on numerous federal and state law issues and was actively involved in all stages of criminal and civil trial preparation. 

Lambert then worked as a Staff Attorney in the Defender Services Division of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in Washington, D.C.  There she administered the federal Criminal Justice Act by coordinating defense services for indigent defendants nationwide. 

During her career at the Institute of Public Law, Lambert has engaged in research, writing, analysis and educational programming. She has worked in a wide range of subject matters, including driving while intoxicated, domestic violence, health law and policy, medical ethics, rule drafting, traffic safety concerns, and state and federal statutory analysis.  She also served as adjunct faculty for the UNM School of Law National Health Law Moot Court Competition and participated in teaching health law and bioethics to law and medical students.

As Director of the Judicial Education Center, Lambert is responsible for leadership of statewide education for the judiciary, including annual and specialty programs for judges and court staff, resource development and online training.  As Associate Director of the Institute of Public Law, she has assisted in planning and administering the Institute’s goals, policies, services, staffing and financing.  As Interim Director of the Institute of Public Law, she is working to promote the Institute’s services and align its activities more closely with the School of Law.

Contact Information

Ph.: 505-277-1052
Fax: 505-277-7064
Office: Law Center 211
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