Maureen Sanders (`79) has been named the 2013 recipient of the Justice Mary Walters Award, presented annually by the Women’s Law Caucus. This year’s awards dinner will take place at 6 p.m., March 29th at the UNM Student Union Ballroom.
Each year, the Women’s Law Caucus chooses an outstanding woman in the New Mexico legal community to honor in the name of former Justice Mary Walters, who was the first woman appointed to the New Mexico Supreme Court. Maureen represents the trailblazing spirit that advocates growth and provides opportunities for women in the legal community.
In her own words, Maureen Sanders describes spending most of her youth as an Army brat living in St. Louis, Baltimore, Austria, Okinawa and Albuquerque. She received a bachelor’s degree in math and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling in the Midwest before returning to Albuquerque. After spending eight years teaching and counseling in high schools and a community college, she decided to go to law school. She graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1979. Since then she has been a civil litigator representing plaintiffs and defendants, general counsel for the State Corporation Commission (which at the time included the Department of Insurance) and director of the Civil Division of the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General.
She was a full-time professor at UNM Law School for about 10 years and continues teaching Insurance Law as an adjunct professor. She has represented the Arc of New Mexico and the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool since the 1980’s. Her community involvement has included time on the boards of the New Mexico Women’s Justice Project, New Mexico Parent and Child Resources and EmergeNM, as well as, the Legal Panel of ACLU-NM. In her spare time Maureen dabbles in New Mexico politics and retreats to El Rito, New Mexico.
March 12, 2013