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2012 Annual Meeting - Awards


Justice Pamela B. Minzner Professionalism Award

Henry A. Kelly

Henry A. Kelly

Henry “Hank” Kelly has practiced business law, tax, real estate and estate planning for 44 years. His corporate clients include professional firms, oil and gas producers, banks and financial institutions, and federal contractors. He enjoys helping closely held businesses through times of transition, including management conflicts and shareholder or partner disputes. Throughout his career, Kelly has served on a number of commissions and committees related to professionalism, ethics and conduct. He served the American Bar Association as a member of the Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability (which he chaired), the Standing Committee on Professional Discipline, the Standing Committee on Lawyer Competence, the Standing Committee on Professionalism, and the Standing Committee on Client Protection. He was a charter member of the Center for Civic Values. He serves on and chairs the New Mexico Supreme Court Code of Professional Responsibility Committee and serves on the New Mexico Supreme Court Client Protection Commission. Kelly has been with Sutin, Thayer & Browne since 2004.

Justice Seth D. Montgomery Distinguished Judicial Service Award

Justice Patricio M. Serna

Justice Patricio M. Serna

The Honorable Patricio M. Serna is senior justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court. He took his seat in 1996 and served as chief from 2001–2002. He was a district court judge for the 1st Judicial District from 1985–1996. Justice Serna attended the College of St. Joseph on the Rio Grande (B.A.), the University of Denver (J.D.), and Harvard (LL.M.). He also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Denver. He was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown and Catholic universities. Justice Serna serves on the board of directors for the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts and on the advisory board for the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System. He received the New Mexico Law Review’s Excellence in Jurisprudence award and the University of Denver College of Law’s Thomson G. Marsh Award for Outstanding Accomplishments.

Distinguished Bar Service Award–Non-Lawyer

Sandra Bauman

Sandra Bauman

Sandra Bauman and husband Keith moved to Albuquerque from Chicago in 2005 when life’s circumstances finally allowed them to heed the call of the West. With over 14 years of relevant service-sector experience and a broad spectrum of volunteerism, she was quickly hired as administrative assistant to the dean of the UNM School of Law. One of her roles, coordinating the merit selection aspect of New Mexico’s judicial selection process, has offered a unique ongoing orientation tour via virtually every courthouse in the state. Through this distinctive exposure, Bauman has developed a deep appreciation for the many cooperative and hospitable New Mexicans with whom she has the opportunity and honor to work. Her two adult children live out of state. She and her husband enjoy camping and hiking as avenues for exploring the qualities which initially drew them here—the solitude and beauty of the remote Southwest.

Distinguished Bar Service Award–Lawyer

John D. Robb, Jr.

John D. Robb, Jr.

John D. Robb earned his law degree from the University of Minnesota. In 1951 he joined what is now known as Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb PA (the Rodey Law Firm). He is of counsel and continues to practice law. Robb received the UNM School of Law’s Distinguished Service Award (1995) and was named Outstanding Lawyer of the Year by the Albuquerque Bar Association (2008). A major part of his career has been devoted to legal aid on both the national and local levels. In 2006 the American Bar Association honored him with an award recognizing his early efforts in establishing the Legal Services Corporation and his continued efforts in securing legal aid for the poor. The ABA stated, “Without Mr. Robb’s efforts on behalf of Legal Services, the Corporation as we know it may not even exist today.”

Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award

Robert L. Lucero, Jr.

Robert L. Lucero

From a family with deep roots in Northern New Mexico, Robert Lucero was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and went to high school in Española. After graduating with honors from Stanford University in 1998 and working as a mariachi and banker in the San Francisco Bay Area, he returned to New Mexico to study law at the UNM School of Law (magna cum laude, 2008). He then joined the Rodey Law Firm, where he practices real estate and finance law. Lucero is a Southwest Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” a graduate of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Albuquerque,” and one of New Mexico Business Weekly’s “40 Under Forty” most dynamic, successful and community-minded young business leaders. Lucero is involved in the community through the 2nd Judicial District Volunteer Attorney Pool, United Way Young Leaders Society Council, board of directors of the UNM School of Law Alumni Association, and the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

Robert H. LaFollette Pro Bono Award

Jared G. Kallunki

Jared G. Kallunki

Jared Garner Kallunki is the principal and owner of Kallunki Law PC in Roswell. He practices in a wide range of civil matters, including domestic relations, business litigation, estate planning and personal injury. Kallunki currently serves on the Chaves County Pro Bono Committee and represents Region 3 on the board of directors of the State Bar Young Lawyers Division. He was previously the managing attorney of New Mexico Legal Aid in Roswell and has in the past been a member of the Eddy County, Lea County, and 12th District Pro Bono committees, where he was active in planning and carrying out events and developing programs to address the legal needs of the poor. Kallunki attended the University of Alabama (B.A., Political Science, 2002; M.A., International Relations and Comparative Politics, 2004) and the Thomas Jefferson School of Law (J.D., 2007). He lives in Roswell with his wife of 15 years, Tiesha, and his three children, Detroit, Joaquin, and Cedric.

Outstanding Legal Organization

United South Broadway Corporation, Foreclosure Defense Project

United South Broadway Corp. is a non-profit community development corporation founded in 1986 to strengthen the capacity of low-income residents to overcome financial and other barriers to safe, decent and affordable housing. The Fair Lending Center, a program of USBC, has been instrumental in the formulation and adoption of legislation such as the Home Loan Protection Act and Loan Originator Licensing Act. The Fair Lending Center began focusing on the foreclosure crisis in 2008 and obtained funding to start handling foreclosure defense for low-income homeowners when no other resources addressed this need. Over 10,000 families face foreclosure each year in New Mexico. The Fair Lending Center, staffed by two to three attorneys and a paralegal, has successfully litigated several hundred foreclosure cases as well as holding foreclosure pro se workshops for hundreds more homeowners.

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