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Landau Recognized for Legal Assistance to Women

Albuquerque, N.M. – The State Bar of New Mexico’s Committee on Women and the Legal Profession presented its 2009 Justice Pamela B. Minzner Outstanding Advocacy for Women Award to Jennifer Landau at a reception held Dec. 3 in Albuquerque. Landau is an attorney with Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services and a member of the adjunct faculty at UNM School of Law. She designed a fellowship project to respond to a severe lack of pro bono legal services available to immigrants in removal proceedings in New Mexico. Collaborating with the UNM School of Law, she developed the Immigration Law Practicum to teach immigration law and allow law students to represent low-income immigrants in removal proceedings. Many immigrant detainees represented pro bono by her and her law students are female victims of domestic violence and their children. Remarkably, Landau has undertaken all of these endeavors since her recent graduation from law school in 2006. The award recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves during the prior year by providing legal assistance to women who are underrepresented or underserved or by advocating for causes that will ultimately benefit and/or further the rights of women.

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.