Now that more members of the New Mexico Court of Appeals have moved in next door to the UNM School of Law at the Court of Appeals Pamela B. Minzner Law Center, they have begun reaching out to meet this year’s first-year class. In a series of intimate brown-bag lunches with a small group of students at a time, the judges and students are getting to know each other.
“The law school has always been extremely welcoming to us and we would like to return the favor now that we have the space that we lacked in the past,” says Chief Judge Cynthia Fry (`81). “We want to get to know as many of the students as we can during their first year in order to let them know who we are, what we do and that we have facilities they can use while they are in law school. Then, as the 1Ls progress through law school, we want to encourage them to apply for externships and clerkships with our court, to observe oral arguments.”
She hopes to make the brown-bag lunches an annual tradition. With the unique juxtaposition of the UNM School of Law adjacent to the Court of Appeals, Fry considers the informal lunches to be a “wonderful opportunity for us to get to know the students while they get to know us and become familiar with the judicial system.”