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Nathan Wilson, a 2L, received the only scholarship granted to a UNM student to attend the 2007 annual conference of the National Association of Hearing Officials (NAHO), which was held in Santa Fe in early November. He was chosen by NAHO based on a paper he wrote expressing how the conference would apply directly to his studies in evidence, administrative law and education law.
During the four-day meeting, he attended a number of sessions and visited with hearing officers from across the United States. He also lunched with New Mexico Attorney General Gary King (`83), New Mexico Appeals Court Judge Michael Bustamante and NAHO officials.
"I truly enjoyed the seminars and the conversations I had with a number of hearing officials at the conference," says Wilson, who has four young children. "They enhanced my understanding of the dedication and skill hearing officials use to administer the law while protecting vital constitutional rights."
Wilson is nearing completion of a master's in special education, with an emphasis in mental retardation and severe disabilities, through the UNM College of Education. Prior to law school, he worked to improve education for children with disabilities for more than eight years and feels motivated to use his degrees and experience to enhance educational opportunities for children across New Mexico.