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  • Committee on Women and the Legal Profession:

    —Regularly publishes the “Ask Pat” column in the Bar Bulletin.
    —Continues efforts in proposing changes to New Mexico’s gender neutral statute, NMSA 1978, § 12-2A-5.
    —Conducted a 2007 Summit on Women and the Legal Profession.
    —Sponsors support group meetings for lawyers who are parents.
    —Sponsors the annual Outstanding Women Advocacy Award presented by the State Bar.
    —Plans to publish prototypes of family leave policies.
    —Address issues raised by various respondents in future “Ask Pat” columns.
    —Explores ways to increase law school student involvement in the Committee and serving the needs of female law students.

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Women and the Legal Profession Committee Biographies

Jeff AlbrightJeff Albright is a partner with Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP who practices in the areas of environmental, natural resources, energy-telecommunications-and utility regulation, intellectual property, and water/water rights sales and transfers.  Jeff has twice served as co-chair of the Committee on Women and the Legal Profession.  In the Intellectual Property area, Jeff is a frequent presenter at the State Bar annual meeting and has made presentations on E-Discovery, social media, and IP licensing agreements.  He has litigated fraud and trademark infringement cases in federal court and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Trial and Appeals Board.  In 2008, Mr. Albright served as the first chair of the IP Section, and again in 2012.  Jeff has an AV/Preeminent Rating with Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in the 2008-2014 editions of Best Lawyers in America.   He is listed in the 2012 - 2014 editions of Southwest Super Lawyers.  He is a 1997 graduate of the UNM School of Law.


Jennifer AndersonJennifer M. Anderson was co-chair of the Committee on Women from 2010 - 2012. She was appointed as the director of Alcohol and Gaming for New Mexico in January 2013. Anderson graduated magna cum laude in 2010 from the UNMSOL and went to work for Lewis and Roca LLP in Albuquerque, where she practices natural resources and administrative law, representing various corporate clients in the areas of telecommunications, energy and water law before the Public Regulation Commission and Office of the State Engineer. Anderson has presented lectures to other attorneys and realtors on New Mexico water law. She remains an active member of the State Bar of New Mexico and serves on the board of directors of the Albuquerque Bar Association. She also is a 2013 Leadership New Mexico Connect Program graduate and volunteers as a Big Sister for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico.


Patricia BradleyPatricia Bradley is a graduate of the UNMSOL, where she was awarded the Order of the Coif for a high degree of scholarship. She has more than 30 years of experience in the legal profession helping businesses and individuals in bankruptcies, financial matters and creditor rights, and business transactions. She has represented financial institutions, large and small corporate entities, utilities, trustees and individuals in matters ranging from complex to simple. Her experience includes employment with the U.S. Department of Justice, where she assisted the department’s trial attorneys at the Office of the U.S. Trustee in San Francisco.

Bradley’s estate planning practice includes preparing simple and complex wills and trusts, special-needs trusts, and probate. She consults with individuals regarding asset protection and planning and trust administration, and serves as trustee and conservator to individuals with small- to medium-sized trusts and estates.

Jocelyn CastilloJocelyn Castillo earned her B.A. degree, with honors, from the University of New Mexico in 2000. She attended the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was a recipient of the Dean's Outstanding Scholar Award. Castillo is dually licensed in the State Bar of California and the State Bar of New Mexico. In 2004, she joined the law firm of Moses, Dunn, Farmer & Tuthill, P.C., and became a shareholder of the firm in 2008.  She practices in the areas of banking, community associations, litigation, real estate and title insurance.  Castillo is an AV Preeminent Peer Review rated lawyer through Martindale Hubbell.  She has been an active member of the Committee on Women and the Legal Profession since 2005. 

Ernestina CruzErnestina R. Cruz is a solo practitioner who represents clients throughout northern New Mexico.  She has a diverse practice focusing on civil rights, employment law, family law, and personal injury.  Prior to opening the Cruz Law Office, LLC in Taos, she was a partner at a civil defense firm in Albuquerque.  Cruz has handled appeals before the New Mexico Court of Appeals, New Mexico Supreme Court, and 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.  She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico (B.A. in Political Science/Spanish-1996, and Juris Doctorate-2001) and the University of Notre Dame (M.A. in Government and International Relations-1998). In 2008, she was named the “Young Lawyer of the Year” by the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association.  She also was recognized by the Hispanic National Bar Association as a “Top Lawyer under 40” in 2010. 

Laura FashingLaura Fashing has been an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico since October 1996. She currently serves as the Chief of the Appellate Division. She received her J.D. degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley in 1989, and her B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. She has been a member of the Committee on Women in the Legal Profession since 1997.

Elizabeth A. Garcia joined the Committee on Women and the Legal Profession in 2003 and is a Lawyer-Advanced for the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. She is a native New Mexican and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1995 from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she graduated cum laude and a Juris Doctor degree in 1998 from Washington and Lee School of Law. She has worked in both the public and private sector. Before entering public service, Garcia practiced law privately for four years as an associate with a large civil defense firm handling education, employment and tort law cases. She has served as an assistant district attorney in the 13th Judicial District as well as a staff attorney for an ethics commission. She has participated in or served on various legal, civic and charitable organizations, including her service as a former co-chair of the State Bar of New Mexico Committee on Women and the Legal Profession.

Patricia GalindoPatricia M. Galindo is a staff attorney for the Administrative Office of the Courts. She attended New Mexico State University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Government (Political Science) in 1992 and received her Juris Doctor at the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1996.


Ms. Galindo’s legal career began as a prosecutor in the First and Second Judicial Districts. In addition to her experience in criminal and municipal law, she also spent almost five years in civil practice. Most recently, she had her own law firm, where she primarily handled adult Guardianship and Conservatorship matters, probate, and estate litigation. She has been listed as a Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Litigation (Trusts & Estates) and Trusts and Estates. Galindo has been actively involved as a member of the Committee on Women and the Legal Profession since 2003, previously having served as co-chair for four years.


Michelle Hernandez

Michelle Hernandez is a partner at the Modrall Sperling law firm in Albuquerque.  She concentrates her practice in the areas of healthcare, products liability, and personal injury.  She has a diverse practice and has represented nursing homes and individual providers in litigation matters.  Michelle is Board Certified in New Mexico as a Health Law Specialist.   In addition, Michelle has represented contractors, public schools, municipalities, and other professionals and industries in various tort and contract cases.  Michelle has achieved an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell is recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers and has recently been named one of Albuquerque’s Business First’s 2014 Women of Influence. Prior to joining Modrall Sperling, Michelle served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Joseph F. Baca, Senior Justice for the New Mexico Supreme Court. 


Dayan HochmanDayan Hochman graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2011, where she was the recipient of the Carlos J. Vigil Award for academic excellence and commitment to the provision of legal services to indigent Latinos and other disadvantaged populations throughout the State of New Mexico. After law school, Dayan worked for Judge Sarah Singleton at the First Judicial District Court as a law clerk and bailiff. She is now an Associate Attorney at the Archibeque Law Firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico and practices primarily in the area of insurance defense. Ms. Hochman is licensed to practice law in Federal District Court for the State of New Mexico and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. She is the acting President of the Women’s Bar Association of New Mexico, and has been involved with the Committee for Women in the Legal Profession since 2012.



Shannin KennedyShannon Kennedy is a founding partner at The Kennedy Law Firm. She has been practicing law for 20 years and specializes in civil rights litigation. She fights for children and their families who have suffered excessive force, sexual violations, and wrongful death. In addition to an active trial practice, Kennedy teaches continuing legal education courses as well as being a board member of the Women’s Justice Project and Strategies for Youth.

Kennedy graduated from the University of Oregon in both International Studies and Spanish, with honors. Upon completion, she began Law School in New York while working for the U.N. Human Rights Project for female torture victims seeking political asylum. Within that year, she was awarded a fellowship opportunity to work with immigrant farm workers in New Mexico. Kennedy transferred to UNM’s dual-degree program, earning her Master’s in Latin American Studies and her Juris Doctor.


Louise PocockLouise K. Pocock was born and raised in Penasco, New Mexico. After graduating from Penasco High School, she attended the Mahindra United World College in Pune, India and completed an International Baccalaureate degree. In 2008, she graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning and returned to northern New Mexico to work as a land use planner for Rio Arriba County.  After her experience at the County, she decided to pursue her interest in real estate, development, and regulation through a law degree. Louise graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in May, 2013. She received the 2013 Frederick M. Hart Award for Excellence in Commercial Law and was admitted as a member of the New Mexico State Bar in September, 2013.  


Quiana Aurelia Salazar-KingQuiana Aurelia Salazar-King is an associate at Butt Thornton and Baehr P.C. She practices in the areas of employment litigation, complex civil litigation, and health care. She received her J.D. degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2013 and her B.A. degree from Mount Holyoke College, cum laude, in 2005.




DeAnza ValenciaDeAnza Valencia Sapien is a founding partner of the strategic consulting firm, The MVM Group, where she assists governmental, corporate and non-profit leaders navigate through every day strategic and organizational challenges.  Sapien is the former deputy director of the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.  Sapien was named one of the New Mexico Business Weekly's 40 under 40 (2006), and was awarded the Jerrold L. Walden Memorial Faculty Award for commitment to the UNM School of Law’s Core Values (2009.)  She also is the inaugural recipient of the UNMSOL Student Bar Association Community Service Award (2008) and the State Bar of New Mexico Craig Othmer Fellowship in Public Law (2009).  She is currently a Member of the Albuquerque Bar Association, the NM Hispanic Bar Association and the New Mexico Women’s Bar Association. Sapien holds two undergraduate degrees from New Mexico State University, a Master's degree from the School of Justice & Social Inquiry at Arizona State University and is a 2009 graduate of the UNMSOL.

Ann WashburnAnn H. Washburn attended the University of Texas at Arlington in 1984, the Dedman School of Law, and the Southern Methodist University, where she received her J.D. in 1988. Her practice areas include bankruptcy, civil litigation, and commercial litigation.  She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1989 and the State Bar of New Mexico in 1998. She also practices before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, and the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas.   She is a member of the Albuquerque Bar Association, New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, State Bar of New Mexico Committee of Women and the Legal Profession, and the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association.  Washburn has practiced at the Law Office of George "Dave" Giddens, P.C. since September 2010, primarily in the areas of business and commercial collections, litigation and foreclosure bankruptcy.  From 1989 to 2010, she practiced civil litigation in Dallas.



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