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  • Committee on Women and the Legal Profession:

    —Regularly publishes the “Ask Pat” column in the Bar Bulletin.
    —Continues efforts in proposing changes to New Mexico’s gender neutral statute, NMSA 1978, § 12-2A-5.
    —Conducted a 2007 Summit on Women and the Legal Profession.
    —Sponsors support group meetings for lawyers who are parents.
    —Sponsors the annual Outstanding Women Advocacy Award presented by the State Bar.
    —Plans to publish prototypes of family leave policies.
    —Address issues raised by various respondents in future “Ask Pat” columns.
    —Explores ways to increase law school student involvement in the Committee and serving the needs of female law students.



    Gender Equality in the Courts Handbook



 

Women and the Legal Profession Committee

 

The Committee on Women and the Legal Profession address issues affecting women as lawyers and judges and monitors substantive issues of women.

 

Justice Pamela B. Minzner Outstanding Advocacy for Women Award

 

The 2012 Justice Pamela B. Minzner Outstanding Advocacy for Women Award recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves during the prior year 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.

 

2012 Holiday Reception and Award Ceremony

 

Elizabeth Rourke

The Committee on Women and the Legal Profession is proud to announce that Elizabeth Rourke, Legal Director of Enlace Comunitario, is the recipient of the 2012 Justice Pamela B. Minzner Outstanding Advocacy for Women Award. Rourke is being recognized for her outstanding legal advocacy for women over the past year. The award recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves during the prior year 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. Rourke embodies the spirit of the award through her public interest work with immigrant women who have been victims of domestic violence. More than one nomination was received on her behalf.


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The Committee held a holiday reception and award ceremony in Rourke’s honor from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Sheraton Uptown Hotel, 2600 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. Co-chair of the Committee on Women and the Legal Profession, Jennifer Anderson, presented the 2012 Justice Pamela B. Minzner Advocacy for Women Award to Elizabeth Rourke.

 

Jennifer Anderson presents the 2012 Justice Pamela B. Minzner Advocacy for Women Award to Elizabeth Rourke

 

 

2010 Justice Pamela B. Minzner Outstanding Advocacy for Women Award

2009 Justice Pamela B. Minzner Outstanding Advocacy for Women Award

Ask Pat Articles


Ask Pat is feature provided by the Committee on Women and the Profession. This is a question and answer column with a twist. "Pat" will answer questions about gender bias in the legal profession.

Letters are loosely based on real events. Send comments or letters to Ask Pat, State Bar of New Mexico, PO Box 92860, Albuquerque, NM 87199.

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