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Christine Morganti
(505) 797-6028

Spring Into Action 2011 Legal Outreach Project

Albuquerque, N.M—For a second year, law students from the University of Denver Law School will spend their spring break reaching out to the San Juan County community. Twelve students will donate their time and expenses to a number of projects designed to assist young people, senior citizens and others in need. Local attorneys are also donating their time to coordinate activities and supervise the students. Local businessman Tom Dugan is donating a facility to house the students.

Four students will spend a good deal of time working in the District Attorney’s Office and the Public Defender’s Office. Two students will spend time at the Native American Disability Law Center focusing on research of tribal/state law projects. Several students will make presentations at area high schools, Sycamore Community Center and the Boys and Girls clubs about responsibilities and liabilities on topics such as contracts, internet safety and drugs and alcohol. In addition, the students will team with local attorneys to provide consultations for seniors at the Bloomfield and Farmington senior centers.

The schedule is as follows:
Monday, March 14
1 to 5 p.m.—consultations with clients at the Child Support Enforcement Division
3:30 p.m.—presentations to high school-age children at Sycamore Community Center

Tuesday, March 15
9 a.m. to noon—consultations at Farmington Senior Center

5 to 6 p.m.—consultations for pro se clinic at district courthouse, 851 Andrea Drive

Wednesday, March 16
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.—appointments at DNA Peoples’ Legal Services
8 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.—presentations to students at Farmington High School
9:30 a.m.—presentation to Rocinante High School, Farmington
12:30 and 2 p.m.—presentations to Vista Nueva High School, Aztec

Thursday, March 17
9 a.m. to noon—consultations at Bloomfield Senior Center
2 to 5 p.m.—DNA pro se clinic for those planning to represent themselves. Call DNA,
(505) 325-8886, for an appointment.
3:30 p.m.—presentation at Boys and Girls Club

The students have been working with the San Juan County Pro Bono Committee of the Access to Justice Commission, DNA-People’s Legal Services, Inc. and the Native American Disability Law Center to organize these activities.

The New Mexico Commission on Access to Justice is a statewide body dedicated to expanding and improving civil legal assistance to New Mexicans living in poverty. More information may be found at