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UNM Law Connect
August 2021
The Lobo Law pack is back!
In-person classes resumed August 23rd

The UNM School of Law is thrilled to welcome back students,
faculty, and staff to the building.
Here's to a great and safe 2021-2022 school year!
3L Robert Waldroup Receives Siletz Grant from NARF for Summer Clerkship
Robert Waldroup was awarded the Siletz grant from the Native American Rights Fund’s (NARF).  Waldroup, who is Eastern Band Cherokee, worked as a Summer Law Clerk at the NARF’s Boulder, CO Office. “I learned about what it means to be a true advocate for Indigenous peoples through work regarding voting rights, NAGPRA, and crafting testimonies for tribal consultation,” said Waldroup. The experience solidified his plan to work for tribes and advocate for the interests of tribal community members through direct client services.  
2Ls Externed with the Leaffer Border Justice Initiative this Summer
During their summer externship, Claudia Joanna Velasquez and Deanna Warren worked with the Leaffer Border Justice Initiative, which serves the immigrant population fleeing to the United States due to the dangerous conditions in their countries. As part of their externship, Claudia and Deanna were able to travel to the Centro Integrador Para El Migrante (“CIM”) in Juarez, Mexico to assist individuals who were previously part of the “Remain in Mexico” Program. Afterwards, Claudia and Deanna traveled to the Paso del Norte Bridge in El Paso, Texas, and welcomed the group as they crossed the bridge and entered the United States.  To learn more about the Leaffer Border Justice Initiative, visit
Other Summer Internships and Externships
Students had a variety of summer experiences. From externing for federal and state judges to working at firms. Check out our What I Did This Summer series on social media for a glimpse at a few students’ summer experiences. 
Maryam Ahranjani appointed Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
Professor Maryam Ahranjani has been appointed as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Established in 1955, Fellows support the research of the American Bar Foundation through annual contributions and sponsor seminars and events of direct relevance to the legal profession. As a global honorary society comprised of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities, membership is limited to only one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. To learn more about Professor Ahranjani, visit her faculty webpage
Reed Benson receives Clyde O. Martz Teaching Excellence Award
Congratulations to Professor Reed Benson on being the first UNM recipient of the Clyde O. Martz Teaching Award. The Trustees of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation established this award to recognize those who have performed meritorious teaching of natural resources law. Along with being an outstanding teacher of water, natural resources and public lands, and administrative law, Benson consistently fosters a broad and deep understanding of the law through his creative and thoughtful approaches to relevant and timely issues. To read more about Benson and the award, visit

  • Discussed civil liability for Juan Saucedo Jr.'s parents in KOB news story
  • Participated on “Exploring the Post-September 11 Rise of Anti-Arab, Anti-Muslim, and Anti-Asian Hate” panel, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee & Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, Wayne State University Law School (Aug. 12, 2021)
  • Participated on “What is Critical Race Theory?” City of Albuquerque Office of Equity and Inclusion (with Giovianna M. Burrell & Eden E. Tolesa) (Aug. 12, 2021)
Nancy Hollander (’78) on cover of Best Lawyers
Nancy Hollander appeared on the cover of Best Lawyers' 2021 "Women in the Law" Business Edition. In the issue, Hollander discussed her work representing Guantánamo Bay prisoners, Chelsea Manning, whistleblowers and more. The “Women in the Law” Business Edition celebrates the accomplishments of women in the legal industry and includes every female lawyer recognized in the 27th (2021) edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. The publication further promotes women’s voices with editorial content written by predominantly female contributors focusing largely on their experiences in law, taking monumental leaps in their professions and inspiring future generations. Congratulations on receiving this recognition, Nancy!
Ret. NM Supreme Court Justice Barbara Vigil (’85) appointed Secretary of NM’s Children, Youth and Families Department
Justice Barbara Vigil retired from the NM Supreme Court in June and was appointed in August to start leading the Children, Youth and Families Department in October. Before Justice Vigil joined the Supreme Court in 2012, she was a Children’s Court judge in the First Judicial District for 12 years, and prior to that she served as a child advocate. Thank you, soon-to-be Secretary Vigil, for continuing to serve the people of New Mexico!
Due to the most generous, timely and progressive gift from the Jacqueline Marie Leaffer Foundation, the study of immigration law has entered a new dimension at UNM School of Law. The Leaffer Border Justice Initiative (“LBJI”) programs teach students about immigration law problems and solutions through service-learning opportunities, while also providing them with high-quality immigration law mentorship throughout their law school careers. LBJI uses volunteer legal mentors from the immigration law community to create a “Border Justice Pipeline.” During law school, students get real-world, hands-on experience by helping immigration clients in a controlled setting while they also develop positive relationships and resources in the wider immigration law community. LBJI’s pipeline program helps students find employment or fellowships so they can go on to provide their own high-quality legal representation to some of New Mexico’s most vulnerable populations. To learn more about this fascinating and impactful program, go to the School of Law website Leaffer Border Justice Initiative :: School of Law | The University of New Mexico (
Join us in celebrating our 2021 honorees, honoring Dean Fred Hart, and providing CRITICAL scholarships at the UNM School of Law

Friday, October 15, 2021
6:00 PM Reception
7:00 PM Dinner & Awards Ceremony
UNM Student Union Ballrooms
Proceeds benefit the UNM Law Alumni/ae Association, which provides over $75,000 per year in scholarships to UNM Law students.

Even if you cannot join us for the event, we ask you for your support so that we can continue to provide these much-needed scholarships to students.