October 20th, 2016, Santa Fe:
Amber Marcias-Mayo’s PAW (Pre-Adjudication Animal Welfare Court) has been recognized by Animals & Society Institute. A&SI is the national leader in translating research on human-animal interaction into practice. Click here to read what they had to say about PAW
June 18th, 2016 Albuquerque: DWL’s Clara Martinez assisted the NM Association of Legal Administrators’ volunteer effort at the Crossroads for Women annual BBQ. Crossroads for Women provides gender-specific, trauma wrap-around services for homeless, formerly incarcerated NM women with co-occuring disorders of substance abuse and mental health issues. This is a critical function Martinez was pleased to support: the number of women in prison has increased over 600% since 1980, with most women incarerated for non-violent, often drug-related, offenses. In NM, the percentage of women reincarerated within three years is 46%; for those who participated in the Crossroads program, 12%!
New Animal Court Opens
May 20th, 2016, Albuquerque: During a law school project, Amber Marcias-Mayos and Laura Costille discovered that the databases of domestic violence defendants and those for animal neglect or abuse citations often overlapped. Their analysis and subsequent work towards developing a special court to hear cases regarding animal cruelty resulted in a new Metro Court. Read what the Albuquerque Journal had to say about it here.
ABA Presidents at UNM Law
April 25, 2015 Albuquerque: Amber Macios-Mayo participated in the historic visit to University of New Mexico Law School of Paulette Brown and Roberta Cooper Ramo. Brown is the ABA’s current President and the first woman of color to hold the position. Ramo, an ABA past President, was the first woman and is a New Mexcio native. Both women discussed diversity and inclusion in the legal field and their respective paths to leadership. To read more about their visit, click here
The American College of Family Trial Lawyers
David Walther is a founding member of the the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. The ACFTL is a select group of 100 of the top family law trial lawyers from across the United States. The American College brings together some of the best trial lawyers in America practicing sophisticated and complex family law and matrimonial matters both domestically and abroad. Diplomates, all members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, are chosen based upon their recognized litigation skills and courtroom abilities.