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Christine Morganti
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EAJ Ball Nov. 14 Helps Make Justice Work

Albuquerque, N.M. – Equal Access to Justice and the State Bar Young Lawyers Division proudly announce the Second Annual Justice for All Ball to honor the life and achievements of the Honorable Pamela B. Minzner and to recognize those outstanding individuals whose work helps ensure justice for all New Mexicans.

The Second Annual Justice for All Ball is from 5 to 11 p.m., Nov. 14, at the Embassy Suites in Albuquerque. Entertainment will be provided by Vanilla Pop.

Equal Access to Justice relies on private contributions to raise funds for the four largest civil legal service providers throughout New Mexico: New Mexico Legal Aid; Law Access New Mexico, New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, and DNA – People’s Legal Services. Contributions to EAJ are used to make justice work for those who need it but cannot afford it—to give everyone a fighting chance. During the 2008-2009 campaign, EAJ raised $262,000 for these agencies.

The Young Lawyers Division has a long tradition of promoting and coordinating community service pro bono projects throughout New Mexico, including Wills for Heroes and Pro Bono Week.

The 2009 Pamela B. Minzner Equal Access to Justice awards will be presented to individuals whose exemplary work helps open the legal process to all New Mexicans, regardless of socioeconomic status. Last year the Minzner Award was given to Justice Pamela B. Minzner posthumously and to attorneys James J. Mason of Gallup and Fletcher Catron of Santa Fe.

Tickets are $125 each or tables of ten may be purchased for $1,000. All proceeds will go to EAJ. Members of the media are invited to be guests at the event.

For more information about the Ball, contact Kate Mulqueen, campaign director for Equal Access to Justice, (505) 797-6064, kmulqueen@nmbar.org; or Martha Chicoski, Young Lawyers Division chair, (505) 248-3504, mary.martha.chicoski@farmers.com. For more information on EAJ, visit http://www.nmbar.org/Attorneys/EAJ/eaj.html.

The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 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.