Nearly 200 people turned out to honor Karen Meyers, who was presented with the 2011 Justice Mary Walters Award during a festive dinner on Feb. 17 at the University of New Mexico School of Law. As director of the New Mexico Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division, Meyers works to enforce New Mexico consumer laws that are intended to shield the public from fraudulent and unfair business practices.
Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, Meyers was executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque for 13 years. In that role, she founded the Equal Access to Justice Campaign, an annual law firm and attorney fundraising effort for civil legal services and she established the Albuquerque Fair Housing Project to represent victims of housing discrimination and provide community outreach and education. She also put into place the Legal Helpline, a computer-based intake system that led to the formation of Law Access New Mexico, a statewide civil legal services intake and brief service program.
UNM Law Professor Nathalie Martin presented the keynote address, during which she provided example after example of Meyers' contribution to the New Mexico community.
Mary Walters (`62) was the first woman to serve on the New Mexico Supreme Court and the award is presented annually to a woman who demonstrates Walters' pioneering spirit.
March 1, 2011