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The University of New Mexico School of Law has begun a campaign to create a lasting honor and tribute to Pamela B. Minzner, the first woman to serve as chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court. She died in August 2007 after a recurrence of cancer.
Funds are being raised to establish the Pamela B. Minzner Chair in Professionalism, which will be awarded to a UNM law professor who exemplifies professionalism inside and outside the classroom. The Chair will last in perpetuity, providing support to the UNM law faculty and ensuring that students will be taught professionalism.
Minzner had been a member of the UNM law faculty for 12 years before being appointed to the state Court of Appeals in 1984. Ten years later, she was named to the Supreme Court.
In 2008, the state Legislature allocated $600,000 in matching funds to help establish the new Chair. Every donor gift will be matched dollar for dollar.