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Christine Morganti
(505) 797-6028

Two-Day Seminar Explores Legal Services for the Poor


Albuquerque, N.M.— Numerous legal advocacy organizations and other service programs throughout New Mexico are dedicated to opening the door to equal access to justice for disenfranchised and low-income people and communities throughout New Mexico. Depending on their specific mission, these organizations together provide outreach, training, education, and quality representation to preserve basic legal rights, including safety, financial stability and shelter to those needing, but unable to afford, legal assistance. As with all other areas of the law, legal service providers must stay informed and up to date on current legislation and policies in order to adequately represent their clients.


New Mexico attorneys and staff who work for legal service organizations will take an in-depth look at legal services for the poor at a continuing legal education event June 3–4 at the State Bar Center.


Featured speakers include representatives from the State Bar, the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, New Mexico Legal Aid, Disability Rights NM, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-New Mexico, and Law Access New Mexico. In addition, Professor Sarah M. Buel of the University of Texas School of Law will present on “Witness Tampering in Civil Cases.”


Additional topics include programs and policies addressing hunger, Medicaid, TANF/General Assistance, the Indian Child Welfare Act, fair housing, limited representation and ADR, and the Uniform Parentage Act.


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.