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Verónica C.  Gonzales-Zamora

      Assistant Professor of Law

      Education

      • B.A. University of New Mexico
      • J.D. University of New Mexico School of Law with Clinical Honors
      • Member of the New Mexico Bar
      • Member of Order of the Coif

      Contact Information

       Ph.: 505-277-1782
       Office: 3123
       

      Profile

      Verónica Gonzales-Zamora teaches primarily civil procedure I and II, ethics, poverty law, and appellate decision-making. She previously taught in UNM’s top-ranked Clinical Law Program as a visiting professor and Indian Civil Rights, the Tribal Law Journal, and Appellate Moot Court as an adjunct professor. 

      Gonzales-Zamora brings rich experience litigating with lawyers in tribal, state, and federal courts at district and appellate levels. Gonzales-Zamora was an appellate judicial law clerk for New Mexico Supreme Court Justice P. Jimenez Maes (’73) (ret.), and New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge E. Kiehne and then-Chief Judge M. Zamora (’87) (ret.). 

      As a lawyer, she worked in complex litigation at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, an Am Law 200 rated law firm, and at David Walther Law (now known as Walther Bennett Mayo Honeycutt P.C.). During law school she worked with Beth Gillia (’97) the Director of UNM’s Institute of Public Law, David Urias (’01) of Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward P.A., Morris Chavez (’98) of SaucedoChavez, P.C., and the late Justice C.W. Daniels (’69) of the New Mexico Supreme Court. 

      Applying what she learned in clerkships and law practice, Gonzales-Zamora writes in the area of access to justice through the lens of legal education and legal regulation. She writes on issues of economic justice, intersectionality, civil procedure pedagogy, and the use of lay advocates in New Mexico’s history pre-statehood. Specifically, she explores racial and economic disparities among millennial women of color which inspired her to establish a network of millennial/xennial law faculty. Gonzales-Zamora is a member of the Southwest Hispanic Research Initiative, which promotes multidisciplinary research on the Latino/Hispanic populations of New Mexico and the United States. 

      Gonzales-Zamora is also a member of the Volunteer Attorney Panel for New Mexico Legal Aid and the ABA’s www.freelegalanswers.org initiative. Gonzales-Zamora is the founding and immediate past chair of the Solare Collegiate Charter School Governing Board, a rigorous charter school located in the Southwest Mesa of Albuquerque, NM. Gonzales-Zamora previously served as an Executive Member of the NM Hispanic Bar Association Board and currently serves as on the board of the NM Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

      Courses

      Civil Procedure I

      Civil Procedure I is an introduction to procedures employed by state and federal courts for resolution of civil disputes. The course investigates the process of forum selection, the rules implementing the requirement of notice and an opportunity to be heard, the pleadings stage of litigation, the discovery process, and the summary judgment mechanism as a device for terminating litigation prior to trial. The advanced course, Civil Procedure II, is offered to 2L and 3L students and continues the chronological study of civil litigation through the appellate process.

      Civil Procedure II

      This course continues the analysis (begun in Civil Procedure I) of the procedural stages of a simple lawsuit, considers special problems raised by complex litigation, and explores alternatives to traditional litigation as a means of resolving disputes.

      Course topics include: pre-trial conference; judge and jury selection; judgment as a matter of law; jury instructions and form of verdict; findings of fact and conclusions of law; post-trial motions for new trial and renewed requests for judgment as a matter of law; appeal; motions for relief from judgment; collateral estoppel, res judicata and law of the case; joinder, impleader, intervention, interpleader, declaratory actions and class actions; and arbitration. The focus is on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, but New Mexico procedural law is also considered throughout the course.

      Ethics

      We will study the rules governing the professional conduct of lawyers and explore the values of the legal system which justify and explain those rules. Specific subject matter includes: the duties of competence, confidentiality, and loyalty; acquisition and retention of clients (including undertaking representation, advertising, solicitation, and withdrawal from representation); and problems concerning the manner of representation (the "Principle of Professionalism" and "zealous advocacy within the bounds of the law"). Concepts will be illustrated through application of the rules to problems, use of video and audio clips for discussion, supplementary readings, and student presentations of rules and cases related to assigned fact patterns. In addition to the traditional final essay examination, quizzes on various topics, using questions taken directly from the MPRE practice exams, will be given throughout the semester.

      Indian Civil Rights

      Exploring tribal sovereignty; status of Indians and tribes through history; the historical context and purposes of enactment of ICRA; scope, limitation, and enforcement of ICRA; impact on tribal sovereignty and individual rights; modern application in federal/ state/ tribal courts; evolution and impact of TLOA, VAWA, AEDPA; criminal and civil jurisdiction in Indian country; state power over Indian affairs; case studies regarding equal protection, due process, religious freedom, education, identity and enrollment, prisons, indian gaming, child welfare; and broader policy considerations such as human rights and tribal self-determination.

      • The Indian Civil Rights Act at Forty, 2012 ed., Edited by Kristen A. Carpenter, Matthew L.M. Fletcher, and Angela R. Riley, ISBN 978-0-935626-67-4
      • The Rights of Indians and Tribes, 4th ed. (2012), Authored by Stephen L. Pevar, ISBN 978-0199795352

      Moot Court Competition - National Native American Law Student Association

      Contact instructor for course description.

      Poverty Law

      Contact instructor for course description.

      Southwest Indian Law Clinic

      Background –The Southwest Indian Law Clinic (SILC) provides high quality legal representation and clinical practice experience in Indian Country. SILC is pro-active in the advocacy, promotion and establishment of indigenous people’s rights. SILC students may represent individual clients and/or tribal groups or Indian communities. Through representation, students may be exposed to issues arising from historical oppression, poverty and under-representation, and other issues related to culture, race and socio-economic status in the legal system. Students are taught to approach legal solutions premised on tribal sovereignty, cultural rights or traditional internal law, as well as general legal principles.

      Type of Case Work – The type of case work depends largely on the existing caseload and new case intake, but the Clinic experience is also driven by individual student interest and energy.

      The Southwest Indian Law Clinic handles cases arising under federal, state or tribal law. Students may have opportunities to appear in all courts and to assist clients in access and use of tribal traditional dispute resolution in their community. SILC cases allow students to engage in vigorous defense, active motion practice and extensive brief writing. These cases typically involve people that would go without representation, but for SILC.

      Clients – Potential clients come from the outlying and nearby Pueblos and tribal communities, and the urban Indian population. In addition to serving walk-in clients, SILC may provide legal services or intake at community intake sites in and around Albuquerque. Students may also engage in project work with tribal governments, non-profit organizations and non-governmental Indian organizations.

      Clinic Class and Office hours – Students will be required (1) to attend and actively participate in up to five classroom sessions (ten during summer’s first three weeks) during each week of the academic semester and (2) to maintain, in addition to classroom hours, a schedule of 24 (2-hours block) fixed office hours (physically present in the clinic, working on clinic matters) each week during Summer, or 16 (2-hours block) fixed office hours each week during Fall and Spring semesters.

      Classroom learning complements and supports both the high quality representation and professionalism in all dealings with clients, staff, supervisors, the judiciary, opposing parties and others. Classroom discussions of pending cases and assigned readings; role-play and simulation; and cultural and racial literacy exercises enable students to practice and gain confidence in skills such as, client interviewing and counseling, advocacy, and communication.

      Questions about the Southwest Indian Law Clinic? Please feel free to visit with Profs. Creel or Zuni Cruz. Have a great Clinic experience!

      Tribal Law Journal

      Students enrolled in the Law of Indigenous Peoples class will be invited to join the Tribal Law Journal staff for the fall and spring semesters of their second and third years. The journal is an exclusively on-line journal devoted to advancing indigenous self-determination through promoting scholarship and discussion on internal indigenous law. Students will meet throughout the year to learn, not only correct Bluebook citation styles, but also how to cite sources of traditional law. Students will be given the opportunity to edit and source check scholarly papers submitted to the journal, including substantive and technical editing, as well as opportunities to promote the mission of the journal in the community and submit their own written work for publication. The journal provides students the opportunity to learn more about indigenous law and to contribute their voice to the discussion relating to the internal law of the world’s indigenous people.

      Publications

      Book Chapter 

      A Millennial’s Guide to Learning Management Systems in Designing the Course of the Future, Law Teaching Strategies for a New Era: Beyond the Physical Classroom (Tessa L. Dysart & Tracy L.M. Norton ed., Carolina Acad. Press forthcoming in 2021). 

      Essays

      Introduction to Get in Good Trouble: A Collection of Essays by Millennial Law Scholars, J. Legal Educ. (Verónica Gonzales-Zamora & Marcus Gadson eds., forthcoming in 2021)

      Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Breath: A Call for Economic Justice, in Get in Good Trouble: A Collection of Essays by Millennial Law Scholars, J. Legal Educ. (Verónica Gonzales-Zamora & Marcus Gadson eds., forthcoming in 2021)

      Popular Press

      First-of-its-Kind Millennial/Xennial Scholars Roundtable on the Future of Legal Education, Race &  L.  Prof. Blog (Aug. 10, 2020).

      Available at: Race and the Law Prof Blog 

      Bar & Trade Publications 

      Comment in Support of Proposal 2018-006 – Immigration status of bar applicants (Rule 15-103(B)(7)), N.M. HISP. BAR ASSOC. (Apr. 11, 2018).
      Available at: UNM-DR 

      State Habeas and Tribal Habeas: Identical or Fraternal Twins, 36(4) ABA APP. PRAC. J. (Aug. 31, 2017) (co-authored with Barbara Creel).

      Available at: ABA Appellate Practice Committee 

      Appellate Pro Bono Manual Update (2d ed. Nov. 4, 2017) (co-authored).
      Available at: UNM-DR 

      Presentations 

      “Returning to Lay Advocacy in Historical and Traditional Justice Systems of New Mexico,” Law & Society, May 2021 (presenting as part of a panel) (forthcoming).

      “Recent Updates in Civil Procedure,” N.M. Trial Lawyers Association, Apr. 16, 2021 (forthcoming).

       Faculty Women of Color Annual National Conference, Apr. 9-10, 2021 (will moderate panel of millennial women of color in the academy and present excerpts of Get in Good Trouble) (forthcoming).

       National Latina Law Professor Workshop, Jan. 21, 2021 (presented a work in progress about race and civil procedure pedagogy).

      “The Role of Administration and the Structures of Academia,” COVID Care Crisis Symposium sponsored by Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE), and Critical Legal Academics and Scholars International Collaborative (CLASIC), Jan. 15, 2021 (presented Super-Moms are Struggling: The Consequences of Social Isolation on Women Faculty as part of panel).

       “Gender, Power, and Pedagogy in the Pandemic,” AALS Section on Women in Legal Education, Co-sponsored by Clinical Legal Education, Legal Writing Reasoning, and Research and Teaching Methods, AALS Annual Conference, Jan. 8, 2021 (presented Super-Moms are Struggling: The Consequences of Social Isolation on Women Faculty as part of panel).

       “Intersectionality, Aging, and the Law,” AALS Section on Aging and the Law, Co-Sponsored by Civil Rights, Disability Law, Family & Juvenile Law, Minority Groups, Poverty Law, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Issues, Trusts & Estates, Women in Legal Education, AALS Annual Conference 2021,  Jan. 6, 2021 (presented Triple Threat: Millennial Women of Color as part of panel).

       Poverty Law Virtual Workshop, AALS Poverty Law Section, Oct. 16, 2020 (presented Give me Liberty, or Give me Breath: A Call for Economic Justice)

       “A Judge’s Perspective on Legal Writing” by the Honorable Robert Bacharach of the U.S. Circuit Court for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal Bar Association – N.M. Chapter, Oct. 1, 2020 (co-moderator of a continuing education presentation for federal practitioners)

       National Latina Law Professor Virtual Workshop Series, Aug. 12, 2020 (presented Triple Threat: Millennial Women of Color)

      Millennial/Xennial Virtual Essay Workshop, National Millennial/Xennial Law Prof Collective, July 22, 2020 (presented Give me Liberty, or Give me Breath: A Call for Economic Justice

       “Roundtable on the Impact of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter,” National Millennial/Xennial Law Prof Collective, July 13, 2020 (presented an earlier version of Get in Good Trouble)

       “Ethics of Pro Bono and Brief Service,” University of New Mexico School of Law Poverty Law Course, Jan. 24, 2020 (presented continuing legal education course)

      “Exposing Race at Work,” Latina and Latino Critical Legal Theory, Inc./SALT Biennial Conference, Georgia State University School of Law, Oct. 18, 2019 (presented work-in-progress)

       “Community Input Hearing for Solare Collegiate Charter School,” New Mexico Public Education Commission (July 19, 2018).

      Available at: NM Public Education Department

       Hearsay in New Mexico,” University of New Mexico School of Law Evidence Course (Oct. 4, 2018) (with Hon. Linda Vanzi (ret.) of the New Mexico Court of Appeals).
      Available at: UNM-DR

       “Immigration and the DREAM Act” and Panel Discussion, Federal Bar Association N.M. Chapter, July 15, 2018 (moderated continuing education presentation by immigration experts for federal practitioners)

       “Practicing Law in the Digital Age,” Hearle V. Payne Inn of Court, Oct. 2014 (co-presented as part of a panel moderated by Honorable Carl Butkus of the Second Judicial District Court on technological tools in courtroom practice)

       Federal Indian Law, University of New Mexico School of Law Clinical Law Program (May 31, 2018).
      Available at: UNM-DR 

      Judicial Presentations

       Civil Procedure Update 2020,” Annual Judicial Conclave (June 19, 2020) (with George Bach).

      Available at: UNM-DR

      Briefs

      Brief for Southwest Indian Law Clinic as Amici Curiae, United States v. Smith (Mar. 20, 2018) (US CT. APPEALS NINTH CIR. NO. 17-30248) (co-authored with Barbara Creel).
      Available at: UNM-DR

      Brief for Washington Legal Foundation as Amici Curiae, Arguedas v. Seawright, D-0101-CV-2013-10293 (2017) (N.M. APP. CT. NO. A-1-CA-35699) (co-authored with Harold D. Stratton, Jr.).
      Available at: UNM-DR

      Brief for Association of Commerce & Industry as Amici Curiae, Beaudry v. Farmers Ins. Exchange, et al. D-101-CV-2011-00646 (2017) (N.M. SUP. CT. NO. S-1-SC-36181).
      Available at: UNM-DR

      Brief for National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as Amici Curiae, Fortino Alvarez v. Randy Tracy (2015) (US CT. APPEALS NINTH CIR. NO. 12-15788) (co-authored with Barbara Creel).
      Available at: UNM-DR

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      Awards

      Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award (2020)
      Awarded by the New Mexico State Bar to attorneys who have, during the formative stages of their legal careers by their ethical and personal conduct, exemplified for their fellow attorneys the epitome of professionalism, and demonstrated commitment to clients’ causes and to public service, enhancing the image of the legal profession in the eyes of the public.
      Available at: NM State Bar Bulletin

      Outstanding New Faculty of the Year Award Nominee (2019-2020), Nominee

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