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August 16, 2013

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

dwolohan@nmbar.org

 

Attorneys Give Free Legal Help in Mora and Moriarty

 

Albuquerque, N.M. – Free legal clinics will be held in Mora and Moriarty from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7. In Mora, the legal fair will be held at the Luna Community College Satellite Office, David Cargo Library Building, Hwy 518, Mora. In Moriarty, the legal fair will be held at the Moriarty Community Library, 202 S. Broadway, Moriarty. Attorneys will be available on hand and over the Internet to provide free consultations on a first-come, first-served basis in a variety of areas including probate, divorce, custody, landlord/tenant, bankruptcy, unemployment, and immigration.

 

Using technology to provide legal services to residents in rural areas of the state is a new approach for New Mexico. Both Chief Judges Matthew J. Sandoval and Kevin R. Sweazea, of the 4th and 7th Judicial Districts, respectively, agree and state that, “In counties that have few lawyers, we know that it can be difficult to get legal information or representation. We also recognize that there’s often a gap in the technologies available between urban and rural areas in the state. Because of the resources provided by the Luna Community College, the Moriarty Community Library, the State Bar of New Mexico, and attorneys located in Mora, Torrance, and Bernalillo Counties, we have a new opportunity to bridge that divide and launch New Mexico into the 21st Century. We are hoping through this innovative legal clinic to help those individuals that need legal assistance.”

 

Judge Frank Sedillo, who is helping coordinate the effort in Bernalillo County, says, “Charity, compassion, and community involvement are just some of the many components of justice. I am grateful that the attorneys and IT personnel located in Bernalillo, Torrance, and Mora Counties have been so willing to volunteer their time to help fellow New Mexicans around the state, particularly, those most in need.”

 

This clinic is presented by the 2nd Judicial District Pro Bono Committee, the 4th Judicial District Pro Bono Committee, the 7th Judicial District Pro Bono Committee, the New Mexico Supreme Court Law Library, New Mexico Legal Aid, and the State Bar of New Mexico Legal Programs and Services Committee. For more information, contact Jane Zhi at 505-797-6040 or jzhi@nmbar.org.

 

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.