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Professor Veronica C. Gonzales-Zamora

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Assistant Professor of Law
B.A. 2008, University of New Mexico
J.D. 2015, University of New Mexico School of Law
Member of the New Mexico Bar


Contact Information

 Ph.: 505-277-1782
 Office: 3123


Veronica Gonzales-Zamora has taught the Southwest Indian Law Clinic, moot court, civil procedure I and II, and ethics. A New Mexican native, Gonzales-Zamora is a first-generation college graduate.

During law school, as an Arturo Jaramillo Summer Clerk, Gonzales-Zamora worked for David H. Urias (’01) at the civil litigation firm Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward P.A.. She later worked for other notable alumni including as an extern for retired Justice Charles W. Daniels (‘69) of the New Mexico Supreme Court; as a law clerk for Morris Chavez (‘98) at SaucedoChavez, P.C.; and as a research assistant for Beth Gillia (’97) at the Institute of Public Law. As a student in the Southwest Indian Law Clinic she co-briefed and argued an appeal before the New Mexico Court of Appeals under the supervision of Professor Barbara Creel (’90).

After law school, Gonzales-Zamora worked as a judicial law clerk for the chambers of retired Justice Petra Jimenez Maes (’73) of the New Mexico Supreme Court, and as a senior law clerk for Chief Judge M. Monica Zamora (‘87) of the New Mexico Court of Appeals. She gained litigation experience as an associate attorney, first, at the David Walther Law Firm (now known as Walther, Bennett, Mayo, Honeycutt, P.C.), a boutique family law firm located in Santa Fe, NM, litigating family law cases involving intricate finances, multiple geographies, or complex custody. Second, she worked at the Albuquerque office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck, LLP, a regional law firm representing corporations in a variety of commercial litigation matters.

Gonzales-Zamora served as a board member of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association’s Civil Rights Law Section. She currently serves as board member of the New Mexico chapter of the Federal Bar Association, for which she has chaired the Law Student Mentorship Program beginning with the national pilot program in 2016. Gonzales-Zamora is also the founding and current Chair of the Governance Board for Solare Collegiate Charter School, which will be located on the southwest mesa of Albuquerque.

In addition to civil procedure, her academic interests include access to justice, appellate access to justice, resources for self-represented litigants, and unbundled legal services. For example, as a member of the ABA’s Council of Appellate Lawyers, Gonzales-Zamora was a contributing author to the ABA’s Appellate Pro Bono Manual Update (2nd ed. 2017). Gonzales-Zamora currently serves as a member of the Volunteer Attorney Panel with NM Legal Aid and the American Bar Association’s (ABA) initiative in New Mexico.


  • Civil Procedure I
  • Civil Procedure II
  • Ethics
  • Indian Civil Rights
  • Moot Court Competition - National Native American Law Student Association
  • Poverty Law
  • Southwest Indian Law Clinic
  • Tribal Law Journal


Bar & Trade Articles

Comment in Support of Proposal 2018-006 – Immigration status of bar applicants (Rule 15-103(B)(7)), New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association (April 11, 2018).
Available at: UNM-DR

State Habeas and Tribal Habeas: Identical or Fraternal Twins, 36(4) ABA APP. PRAC. J. (August 31, 2017) (co-authored with Barbara Creel).

Appellate Pro Bono Manual Update (2d ed. November 4, 2017) (co-authored).
Available at: UNM-DR


Brief for Southwest Indian Law Clinic as Amici Curiae, United States v. Smith (March 20, 2018) (US CT. APPEALS NINTH CIR. NO. 17-30248) (co-authored with Barbara Creel).
Available at: UNM-DR

Brief for Washington Legal Foundation as Amici Curiae, Arguedas v. Seawright, D-0101-CV-2013-10293 (2017) (N.M. APP. CT. NO. A-1-CA-35699) (co-authored with Harold D. Stratton, Jr.).
Available at: UNM-DR

Brief for Association of Commerce & Industry as Amici Curiae, Beaudry v. Farmers Ins. Exchange, et al. D-101-CV-2011-00646 (2017) (N.M. SUP. CT. NO. S-1-SC-36181).
Available at: UNM-DR

Brief for National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as Amici Curiae, Fortino Alvarez v. Randy Tracy (2015) (US CT. APPEALS NINTH CIR. NO. 12-15788) (co-authored with Barbara Creel).
Available at: UNM-DR


“Hearsay in New Mexico,” University of New Mexico School of Law Evidence Course (October, 4, 2018).
Available at: Prezi

“Federal Indian Law,” University of New Mexico School of Law Southwest Indian Law Clinic (May 31, 2018).
Available at: Prezi