Memorials Launched to Honor James Quinn

James QuinnNot long after James Quinn, a popular first-year law student was killed in a tragic bicycle accident, his classmates wanted to make sure he would always be remembered. They have established two funds for memorials in his name.

Since last December, students have raised $3,500 toward the James Quinn Memorial Scholarship, with a goal of having it endowed within three years. To date, the money raised has mostly come from inside the law school: students, faculty and staff. To endow the scholarship, they must raise $15,000.

The second memorial would be a fig tree planted on the law school grounds. A plaque would memorialize Quinn, who was interested in natural resources and conservation law.

"We wanted to create memorials consistent with James' personal attributes," says Sean Cunniff, a classmate.

Once established, the scholarship will be awarded to an incoming student who shares Quinn's interests and values.

"James was committed to his beliefs," says Cunniff. "He limited his personal footprint, riding his bike to school and driving a biofuel car that he retrofitted himself."

Donations can be made to the scholarship fund or the tree fund through the UNM Foundation, or mailing a donation directly to

Hannah Farrington
Director of Development and Aumni Affairs
UNM School of Law
MSC 11-6070
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