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February 2022
Dean Emeritus Desiderio & Professor Emeritus MacPherson Talk about the History of UNM School of Law

Professor William MacPherson and Dean Emeritus Robert Desiderio were interviewed by the State Bar of New Mexico for the Senior Lawyers Division's Oral History Project. The project began in 2006 as a public service endeavor intended to capture a picture of the practice of law in New Mexico through the experiences of those who lived it.
Professor Emerita Burr & Judge Henderson (’07) Receive Awards from ABQ Chapter of National Council of Negro Women

The Albuquerque Section of the National Council of Negro Women awarded its Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Award to alumna Judge Shammara Henderson ('07) and Dr. Sherri Burr. The award acknowledges their work with the NCNW and the Black community in New Mexico. Congratulations to you both!
A Successful 29th Year of the Arturo Jaramillo Clerkship Program

The State Bar of New Mexico's Arturo Jaramillo Clerkship program, in its 29th year, has had one of the most successful years ever, matching 30 students in some of the best legal settings in New Mexico. The essence of the program is to look beyond students' grades to provide opportunities to students who have come to UNM School of Law while overcoming significant barriers in their lives. Students who have participated in this program have gone on to some of the highest positions in the New Mexico legal landscape. The Arturo Jaramillo Clerkship Program continues to be a gold star for our legal community.
UNM School of Law Recognized by White House

On January 28, White House leaders recognized 99 law schools across the United States – including UNM School of Law – for their rapid response addressing the pandemic housing and eviction crisis that left thousands of Americans on the verge of homelessness. Read the full article on the UNM Newsroom.
preLaw Magazine Ranks UNM School of Law High in Three Categories
preLaw Magazine ranked the UNM School of Law #1 for Native American students and #2 for Hispanic students. UNM Law's Border Justice Initiative was also recognized as one of the most innovative initiatives at law schools. Students Wašté Wi Young (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe) and Juan Ray Abeita (Pueblo of Isleta) were featured in the Winter issue of the magazine. Read what they shared here.
The Plight of Western Rivers. W. Howard Brandenburg, Lateral Lines Art, The Natural Resources Journal, Volume 62
New Volume of Natural Resources Journal

The Natural Resources Journal is excited to announce the publication of Volume 62, Issue 1. The NRJ Board extends its sincere thanks to everyone who helped develop this issue.

The Journal’s interdisciplinary nature is showcased throughout Issue 1 in the articles, book reviews, and paintings.
Lauren Hund
Lauren Hund started the Legal Eaglets series to share her love of the law with her kids. She realized her legal calling later in life, quit her job, and started attending UNM School of Law. Hund will graduate in May 2022.
Aaron Sharratt
First year student Aaron Sharratt won a prestigious scholarship from AccessLex, awarded as part of their MAX by AccessLex® personal finance program. Congratulations Aaron!
Cheyenne Trujillo
Cheyenne Trujillo was announced as the new president of the Student Bar Association. Trujillo is a current 2L pursuing a Natural Resource Certificate at UNM School of Law. Trujillo is also the Chair of the Women's Golf Association, Vice President of the Environmental Law Society, a Themis Representative, NM Hispanic Bar Association Student Representative, and MALSA Board Member.
  • Authored a case analysis of Denezpi v. United States in the March Issue of ABA Supreme Court Review. The case, argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on February 22, has many UNM Law connections. Denezpi is represented by UNM Law alumna Teri Duncan. The briefing before Court included our own Indian law scholars. Professors Emerita Gloria Valencia-Weber's and Christine Zuni Cruz's scholarship are cited in the Brief of the U.S. and Professor Creel's scholarship is cited in the Defendant Denezpi's brief.
  • Co-presented a talk entitled "Critical Race Theory" and participated on a panel entitled "Perspectives on Practice: Black Male Attorneys in the Southwest" at the New Mexico Black Lawyers Association's CLE "Black History is American History"
  • Harpalani was quoted in the Boston Globe about the Supreme Court’s grant of cert in the Harvard and UNC affirmative action cases
  • Co-presented a talk entitled "Critical Race Theory" at the New Mexico Black Lawyers Association's CLE "Black History is American History"

  • Burr's book A Short & Happy Guide to Financial Well-Being (2nd edition) won the 2021 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for Best Business/Career Books from the New Mexico Book Co-op
Ernest Herrera
On February 1, MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) announced the appointment of Ernest Herrera as Western Regional Counsel. In his new role, Herrera will lead MALDEF’s litigation and policy work covering the western geographic region, including the western states of Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Herrera joined MALDEF in 2013 as a staff attorney working in the organization’s San Antonio office. In 2020, he transferred to the Western Regional office based in Los Angeles. Before joining MALDEF, Herrera worked as an assistant district attorney in New Mexico. He earned his law degree from UNM School of Law in 2012.
Rebecca Roose
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan has appointed New Mexico Environment Department Deputy Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Roose to serve as a member of EPA’s Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB). Congress established the GNEB in 1992 as a federal advisory committee that provides advice and recommendations to the President and Congress on environmental and infrastructure issues along the U.S. border with Mexico. Roose currently serves as Deputy Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department. She graduated from UNM School of Law in 2004.
Marsha (Head) Hardeman
This month, we interviewed UNM School of Law alumna Marsha Hardeman about her time at the School, and about her diverse and impactful career. Hardeman graduated from UNM School of Law in 1977. Read the full interview here.
Pilar Thomas
Pilar Thomas has been named to "The Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona for 2022" by AZ Big Media. Pilar Thomas is a partner at Quarles & Brady in their Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Practice Group and graduated from UNM School of Law in 2002.
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Honoring the Memory of Alumnus Rodric B. Schoen

This month we honor the memory of donor and alumnus Rodric B. Schoen, who was featured in the November/December Connect and passed in February. Schoen has been a valuable and impactful member of our community for decades, and has contributed significantly to the School of Law through the years.

Rodric B. Schoen joined the Texas Tech Law faculty in 1971 and primarily taught torts, constitutional law, and conflict of laws over his 28-year career. Schoen received his B.A. degree from the University of Colorado in 1956, served three years as a line officer in the U.S. Navy, and later graduated first in his 1966 class from UNM School of Law.
Judicial Philosophy Online CLE
Friday, March 25, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Via Zoom
Moderated by Professor Verònica Gonzales-Zamora

The panel will delve into the ethical implications and challanges of serving on a court whose primary functions are error correction, statutory and regulatory interpretation, determinations of public policy, and development of common law.

Approved by NMMCLE for 2.0 E/P credits
Fred Hart Memorial
Thursday, April 7, 2022
5:30 PM
UNM School of Law Forum
*Event will also be livestreamed*

Join us in celebrating the life and contributions of Dean Fred Hart.

To share your memories about Dean Hart and to register for the
in-person event, please visit our memorial page below.
Talk by John Leshy hosted by Natural Resources and Environmental Law Program

Tuesday, April 19, 2022
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
UNM School of Law Room 2401

On Tuesday, April 19, the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Program will be hosting a talk by John Leshy. Leshy's new book, Our Common Ground: , published by Yale University Press, will be released on March 1. John Leshy is emeritus professor at U.C. Hastings College of the Law and former Solicitor (general counsel) of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The book is the first comprehensive history of America’s public lands – those managed by the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management – in more than a half-century. It recounts the political decisions that led to the U.S. government stewarding this nearly one-third of the nation’s real estate primarily for conservation, recreation and other broad public purposes. Leshy's talk will highlight the main themes of this history and lessons it offers for dealing with contemporary challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, and the dramatic increase in visitation. 
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