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Your Proposed 2015 Board of Directors
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Hello, Members:
The Animal Law Section Nominating Committee has issued its report, below, proposing a slate of officers for 2015. If you want to contest the election, please get the signatures of at least 10 members of the section on the petition, email it to D.D. Wolohan by Oct. 31, and state which position you are contesting. A runoff will follow. If there is no opposition after Oct. 31, the slate is approved by acclamation and will serve in 2015.


Appointed Board Members who need to stand for election:
Ellen Kelly, term runs through 12/31/15
Ellen Kelly has her J.D. from the University of New Mexico. and her LL.M. in the Law of International Development from the University of Washington. She has been practicing law in New Mexico since 1980, with the exception of 1999-2011, when she was working on judicial and other reform programs for the U.S. Agency for International Development in West Bank/Gaza and Serbia. She practices in Albuquerque with Civerolo, Gralow, Hill & Curtis, P.A., which has been extraordinary tolerant about her work abroad. She is also on the board of Animal-Kind International, based in Jemez Springs, which supports local animal rescue groups around the world.

Brian Smith, term runs through 12/31/15
J. Brian Smith received a Bachelor's Degree in Forestry and Wildlife from Virginia Tech in 1974, worked in the field of coal mining reclamation for several years, and graduated from UNM School of Law in 1999. Since then he has been practicing law in Albuquerque in the areas of business law; real estate; water rights; wills, trusts, and probate; and general civil litigation. When not practicing law, he enjoys gardening, landscaping, bee-keeping, raising chickens, an occasional scuba diving trip, and hanging out with his wife, Teresa, and his dog, Scout.

Michael Pottow, term runs through 12/31/16
Michael Pottow is a partner in the law firm of Catron, Catron, Pottow & Glassman, P.A. in Santa Fe. His practice is primarily limited to litigation with an emphasis on probate, trust and real property disputes. He is the past president and past training director of Sandia Dog Obedience Club, and is currently active in the Rocky Mountain Bearded Collie Connection and a member of the Bearded Collie Club of America.

Linda Lonsdale, term runs through 12/31/16
Linda is a retired First Judicial District Chief Deputy DA whose prosecutions included animal abuse and cruelty cases. She has an MSN from University of California at San Francisco and an MPH from Johns Hopkins. Linda is interested in animal welfare issues and in helping the Animal Law Section to continue developing awareness about animal issues for the legal community and the state as a whole. She is a Master Gardener, world traveler and has two horses (Lady and Wip), two cats (Mister and Boy McCoy) and one dog (Amy). (Linda was recently appointed to fill David Reynolds' position; David Reynolds resigned.)

Nominees for the one open Board position:
Doris Duhigg, 01/01/15 through 12/31/17 term
Doris Duhigg graduated from UNM School of Law in 1994 and was in private practice from 1994 to 1998. In 1998 she started working for the New Mexico Department of Labor and eventually became its general counsel. In 2007 she started work for the City of Albuquerque as an assistant City attorney, where she represents the City's Animal Welfare Department. She continues to represent the AWD and prosecutes cases of animal cruelty filed in the Metropolitan Court. She is married to attorney John Duhigg, and has three alleged adult children.

Judy Durzo,

Nominating Committee Chair

The general purpose of the Animal Law Section shall be the promotion of the objectives of the State Bar of New Mexico within the field of Animal Law. To that end, the purposes of this Section shall be:

A. To provide a forum for members of the profession to consider and discuss the legal issues that concern the treatment of all animals, the protections afforded to animals, and the rights and responsibilities of persons who have an interest in animals as well as the legal issues involved in human beings’ relationship and coexistence with animals;

B. To recognize the interrelationship among various components of Animal Law, including torts, contracts, criminal, administrative, regulatory, municipal, trusts and estates, property and constitutional, and how they are used to create a just world for all;

C. To provide an organizational recognition of the importance of Animal Law to the State and its legal profession.

Monthly ‘Animal Talk’ Series
Each month, the Animal Law Section gives a presentation on an animal law topic of interest to the legal community. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch and join the section at the State Bar Center in Albuquerque for these intriguing presentations. Drinks and dessert will be provided. For details on the next talk, email Evann Kleinschmidt,



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