News Release


Date: Contact:


October 4, 2013

D.D. Wolohan, Communications and Member Services Program Manager, (505) 797-6039


Attorneys Give Free Consumer Law Help in Santa Fe


Albuquerque, N.M. – A free consumer law clinic will be held in Santa Fe from 10 a.m.–

2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center, 1121 Alto Street, Santa Fe. Attorneys will be available to provide free consultations on a first-come, first-served basis on a variety of consumer law topics, including bankruptcy, foreclosure, predatory lending practices, identity theft, elder financial abuse, wage garnishment, and student loan collection. Interpreters will be available.


Judge Sylvia LaMar, chairperson of the First Judicial District Access to Justice Committee, says, “As the state’s economy continues to struggle, many New Mexicans are finding themselves in difficult and stressful financial situations. This can be due to low wages, job layoff, under or unemployment, divorce or separation, family break up, high cost of living, or an unexpected disability. Because of the generosity of the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center, and the attorneys and other volunteers in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, and Santa Fe Counties, we have the opportunity to assist those individuals with their consumer law issues, whether it is advising someone of foreclosure prevention options, or giving guidance to a victim of abusive debt collection practices.”


This clinic is presented by the First Judicial District Pro Bono Committee of the Access to Justice Commission. For more information, contact Jane Zhi at 505-797-6040 or


The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 9,000 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.