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July 2022
Thank you!
Our thanks to the sponsors and players who supported the Law Scholarships Classic presented by Nusenda on Friday, June 10th. The event was a huge success, and we are grateful to everyone who helped the Law Alumni/ae Association raise more than $70,000 for life-changing scholarships and other Law Alumni/ae Association programming. Our thanks also to the alumni and students who volunteered at the event. This event showcased the true spirit of the UNM Law communitycoming together to help students. Thanks to everyone involved!
Alondra Granados-Diaz (Class of 2024)

Alondra Granados-Diaz was selected to receive one of eight 2022 Equal Justice Works Fellowships. Hosted by the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center, Alondra will serve as the 2022 Equal Justice Works Fellow on the Asylum and Detention team to provide legal assistance to non-citizens in immigration detention and non-detained asylum seekers. The team hopes to aid those impacted by COVID-19’s effects on the immigration system, such as medical issues raised by the pandemic in immigration detention centers. Congratulations, Alondra!
Jorge Rodriguez (Class of 2022)

Recent graduate Jorge Rodriguez received the 2022 Honorable Cruz Reynoso Community Service Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to a law student who exemplifies the devotion to community service that permeated the Hon. Cruz Reynoso's endeavors and priorities. The late Justice Reynoso served on the UNM Law faculty from 1972 to 1976 before he went on to become the first Latino Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. Congratulations, Jorge!
Tim Baker and Cheyenne Trujillo (Class of 2023)
Tim Baker and Cheyenne Trujillo both received scholarship awards from The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law (formerly Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation). They were two of 36 recipients of Foundation Scholarships, chosen from 100 applicants studying law in the US and Canada. In addition, Trujillo received one of three Frances Hartogh Diversity Opportunity Scholarships, awarded to students who are from historically under-represented groups and who have worked to address inequality. Congratulations to Tim and Cheyenne!
Lauren Hund (Class of 2022)
Congratulations to Lauren Hund, who received the Daniels Diploma this year. The Daniels Diploma is an annual award honoring the life and work of UNM Law alumnus and former professor Justice Charles W. Daniels, who passed away in 2019. The Daniels Diploma is awarded to the Juris Doctorate candidate who, through scholarship, conduct, and character, indicates great potential upon and after graduation and is generally awarded to the person who graduates first in the class. 

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Cindy Lovato-Famer ('93)

Cindy Lovato-Famer ('93) was named General Counsel at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She served on the UNM Law Alumni Board for many years and previously worked for Sandia National Laboratories. Thank you, Cindy, for your service on the Alumni Board and congratulations on your new appointment!
Rebecca Kitson ('07)

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognized Rebecca Kitson ('07) with the 2022 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award, which honors outstanding professors in the area of immigration law. Since 2009, Kitson has taught immigration law courses as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law (UNMSOL). She also sits on the task force for UNMSOL Border Justice Initiative. Congratulations, Rebecca!
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Phil Davis Scholarship Fund in Civil Rights

In January 2022, the Phil Davis Scholarship Fund in Civil Rights was established, following Phil Davis’ sudden passing. The fund aims to provide a scholarship each year to a student who shows exemplary dedication to the furtherance of civil rights law in New Mexico.

Phil Davis graduated from the UNM School of Law in 1978, and began practicing civil rights law representing hundreds of individuals in federal and state courts in cases involving police misconduct, wrongful termination, free speech and whistleblower claims, as well as race, age, gender and disability discrimination. For more than 20 years Davis taught classes at UNM Law in trial practice, federal law issues, and billing practices and attorneys’ fees; and he also lectured regularly at continuing legal education seminars in several areas, including trial practice, civil rights and mediation. Phil also mentored countless young lawyers, including his son Nick ('14), who continues the Davis Law Firm’s civil rights practice.

Phil's passion for justice and his legacy will live on through this scholarship. For more information regarding his scholarship or to contribute, visit here.