Keleher & McLeod Professor
B.A. 1991, University of California at Berkeley
J.D. 1996, Georgetown University Law Center
Member of the Indiana and Colorado Bars
Sergio Pareja joined the UNM law faculty in 2005 after nearly nine years in private practice in Colorado and Indiana. Most recently, Pareja was a partner in the tax department at a large Denver law firm. While in private practice, he specialized in federal individual and corporate income tax planning, state and local tax matters, and estate and gift tax planning.
At the UNM School of Law, Pareja primarily teaches business and tax law courses. Since he started teaching at UNM, he has taught Federal Income Tax, Contracts, Practicum, Estate and Gift Tax, Taxation of Business Enterprises and International Business Transactions. He also has taught in the law school’s Business & Tax Clinic.
Pareja's research interests currently include estate and gift taxation, with a focus on tax simplification and equity, as well as federal income tax law.
He is extremely dedicated to giving students the opportunity to study law in other countries. He has taught in and directed the Guanajuato Summer Law Institute. In addition, he recently spent a year teaching as a visiting professor at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain. He is the founding director of the Madrid Summer Law Institute, which will offer its first summer law program starting in June 2013.
Pareja is a highly dedicated teacher. In 2011, he was identified by The National Jurist as one of the top law teachers in the country: The Bucket List: 23 Law Profs to Take Before You Die.
Outside of his interests in the law, Pareja is a dedicated guitarist who has performed at Swallow Hill in Denver, as well as at numerous convalescent hospitals in the Denver area. In Albuquerque, he has performed extensively (with Professor Jenny Moore) at UNM Hospital through the innovative Arts-in-Medicine program. Pareja is even known to play guitar in class on occasion.