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Justice Pamela B. Minzner Outstanding Advocacy for Women Award

Each year, the Committee presents the Justice Pamela B. Minzner Outstanding Advocacy for Women Award to a New Mexico attorney, male or female, who has distinguished themselves 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.

Though the New Mexico legal community has fostered the growth of countless successful female attorneys, judges and leaders, one of the best examples is Chief Justice Pamela B. Minzner. The first female chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court is remembered for her integrity, strong principals, and compassion. It is in this spirit that the Committee presents the award annually.

2015 Award

Rosemary Traub of New Mexico Legal Aid was presented with the 2015 Justice Minzner Award on June 9, 2016. at the Albuquerque Country Club. Traub was chosen for her dedication to and passion for her work representing and advocating for women who have been victims of domestic violence. “We can only make victims lives less ugly,” Traub said of being an advocate, “We can’t make them beautiful, but we can make them less ugly.” ​


Award recipient's niece Sara Traub, award recipient Rosemary Traub, Committee Co-chair Laura Castille, and Co-chair Zoe Lees
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2014 Award

Saranam Board of Directors Chair Jane “Janie” Rowe was presented with the 2014 Justice Minzner Award on Jan. 29, 2015. Rowe was chosen for her outstanding advocacy for women in conjunction with Saranam, an Albuquerque non-profit providing housing and education services to families transitioning out of homelessness. Saranam is a two-year housing and education program for homeless families. It works with families who have a desire and motivation to change their lives and end their homelessness through personal development and life skills training.
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Committee Co-chair Zoe Lees, Co-chair DeAnza Sapien, Patricia Galindo, award recipient Janie Rowe, Michelle Hernandez, Laura Fashing and Liz Garcia

Previous Recipients

The Committee has been granted permission to permanently commemorate past recipients with an award under Justice Minzner’s photograph at the New Mexico Court of Appeals. The award can be seen at the Court in the fall of 2016. Thank you, past recipients!

Melissa Ewer (2007)
Jennifer Landau (2009)
Judge Linda M. Vanzi (2010)
Elizabeth Rourke (2012)
Molly Schmidt-Nowara (2013)
Jane Rowe (2014)
Rosemary Traub (2015)



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