Professor April Land
Professor of Law
B.A. 1983, Reed College
J.D. 1987, University of Wisconsin, Madison
L.L.M. 1997, Georgetown University
Member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bars
April Land joined the UNM law faculty in 1997 after devoting most of her career to community lawyering. She teaches primarily in the community lawyering clinic, bringing 12 years of expertise to the position.
She spent five years as a staff attorney with the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Washington, D.C. and as part of her job she testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights about the difficulty political refugees, especially children, have obtaining health-care benefits. Land then received a teaching fellowship at the Georgetown University Law Center's Harrison Institute for Public Law. There, she counseled tenants' associations, micro enterprises and other community development organizations, along with teaching students skills and substantive areas of the law in seminars and a clinic. After earning a master's in advocacy from Georgetown, she came to the UNM law school.
In addition to community lawyering, Land teaches law practice and criminal law in the clinic and family law. She also initiated the law school's involvement in the New Mexico Innocence and Justice Project, a collaborative effort that revisits capital cases of questionable convictions. Land supervises students who work with defense lawyers around the state reviewing cases.
Children in Poverty: In Search of State and Federal Constitutional Protections in the Wake of Welfare Reforms, 2000 Utah L. Rev. 779 (2000).