Professional Service & Memberships:
State Bar of New Mexico
- Young Lawyers Division: Chair-Elect (2020); Vice Chair, Social Media & Membership Engagement Chair (2019); Board Member, Social Media Chair (2018)
- Children's Law Section: Budget Officer (2020), Secretary (2017-2019), Board Member (2018-2020), YLD Liaison (2017)
- Elder Law Section: YLD Liaison (2018)
- Solo & Small Firm Section member
- NM Women's Bar Association member
- NM LGBTQ Bar Association member
American Bar Association
- Young Lawyers Division
* YLD Liaison to the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
* Vice Chair, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Committee; Resolutions Team Member; Affiliates Assistance Team Member (2019-20)
* YLD Scholar (2018-19): Law Student Outreach Team and Sexual Orientation &
Gender Identity Committee assignments
- Solo, Small Firm, & General Practice Division member
(505) 227-4554 (main office line); firstname.lastname@example.org; Paralegal, Shannon Rooney: email@example.com
This law office is a small firm with a single attorney and a paralegal--which means that each and every aspect of your case receives our personal and dedicated attention.
A small firm also means less overhead for us and lower attorney's fees for you. Let's work together to craft a framework of representation that meets both your legal needs and your personal budget.
Our office is only accepting new clients via Court appointments at this time.
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I moved from Tucson, Arizona to Albuquerque in December 2016, and have fallen in love with the mountains, the weather, and the people here.
Going into law school, I knew that I wanted to help people--I did not want to sit at a desk all day staring at numbers and proof-reading contracts for large companies! I was also intensely interested in personal dynamics, emotions, and the pressures that society puts on people. So I was immediately drawn to family and juvenile / children's law.
Focusing on family law issues throughout my studies, I edited and revised the self-service forms used by people representing themselves in divorce and paternity cases in Pima County, Arizona; represented children in abuse and neglect proceedings as a student attorney at the U of A; clerked for family and juvenile court judges; and earned a Certificate in Family and Juvenile Law.
Since January 2017, my law firm has focused on child welfare cases (representing either respondent parents or their children) and adult guardianships -- with a smattering of contested child custody cases, child support and parenting time modifications, multi-state child custody jurisdictional issues, simple estate planning, and probate.
ABA YLD Resolutions, Scholarly Publications, Presentations, & CLEs:
Constitutional Amendment 11-5 (Amending ABA YLD's Bylaws to use gender nonbinary terms.)
"Ethics / Professionalism: Cultural Competency Training Re LGBTQ Clients & Colleagues" (CLE moderator & organizer), ABA YLD Fall Conference (Oct. 5, 2019, New Orleans).
"Simple Tips to Keeping it Ethical & Professional with LGBTQ Cultural Competency," submitted for publication in TYL (Fall 2019).
"(De)Constructing the Family Law Rights Framework," Reimagining the Child: Proceedings of the 2016 Rutgers-Camden Graduate Student Conference in Childhood Studies, eds. Julian Burton & Katie Fredricks (September 2017).
Divorce & Division: Reincorporating the Marginalized Voices of Children, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, thesis no. 1606039 (2015).
Honors & Awards:
University of Arizona
- Juris Doctor, cum laude
- Barbara A. Atwood Scholar
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Scholar
- CALI Award in Legal Research
- Outstanding Performance Award in Legal Writing
Western Association of Graduate Schools
- Nominee: Distinguished Master's Thesis Award
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Phi Beta Kappa
Notary Public (State of New Mexico)
I currently practice in the following areas:
* Kinship Guardianships (requesting appointment of adult caregivers as legal guardians for minor children in their home)
* Step-Parent Adoptions (assisting step-parents in legally adopting their spouse's children, no termination of the other parent's rights required!)
* Adult Guardianships (as guardian ad litem or petitioning attorney in cases involving allegedly incapacitated adults)
* Contested Custody (as guardian ad litem in contested custody cases, like divorces, parentage, and kinship guardianship)
* Abuse & Neglect (as guardian ad litem or youth attorney for children in foster care, or as attorney for Respondent Parents)
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