As part of an ongoing relationship with the University of New Mexico School of Law, 36 students from Atrisco Heritage Academy High School spent the morning of January 19 learning more about the legal profession.
They began the morning in the courtroom at the New Mexico Court of Appeals Pamela B. Minzner Law Center, where they witnessed an oral hearing of a case involving Internet payday loans. Once the argument concluded, the students were allowed to ask the judges and participating counsel questions about the case and the appeals process. They received an impromptu tour of the center before heading next door to the UNM School of Law.
During a luncheon at the law school, Mike Gallegos (`89), a member of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association's Board of Directors, welcomed the students to the event, which was organized by the Hispanic Bar and the Mexican American Law Student Association (MALSA). Professor Nathalie Martin further discussed the concepts of the law in the payday loan case and its impact. Professors Eileen Gauna (`85), Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and Daniel Ortega also spoke to the students, emphasizing the importance of the law.
MALSA members regularly mentor students at Atrisco. "Our law academy's relationship with the UNM School of Law has been a tremendous benefit, one that I hope continues long into the future," said Jeff Hartzell, head of Atrisco's law academy.
January 24, 2011