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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

 

Women and the Legal Profession Biographies

A Turning Point in the Fight for Gender-Neutral Language

 

Molly Schmidt Nowara Chosen for Minzner Award

Trial practice and criminal law attorney Molly Schmidt Nowara was presented with the 2013 Justice Pamela B. Minzner Outstanding Advocacy for Women Award on Feb. 20 by the Committee on Women and the Legal Profession. The event was attended by 60 friends, well-wishers, and former colleagues of Schmidt Nowara, who was chosen by the committee for her dedication to advancing
the interests of women. Mark Baker and Sara Sanchez nominated Schmidt Nowara for successfully defending a female OB/GYN client before the New Mexico Medical Board on allegations that the physician engaged in gross negligence by performing a third-trimester abortion, a lawful procedure.

Joe Goldberg was co-counsel.

 

 

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Committee on Women and the Legal Profession members attending the award presentation were, from left, Past Co-chair Jeanne Hamrick, Liz Garcia, Patty Galindo, Jeff Albright, Co-chair Michelle Hernandez, Schmidt Nowara, Co-chair Louise Pocock, Jocelyn Castillo, Laura Fashing, and Ann Washburn.

 

Co-chair, Michelle Hernandez Co-chair, Louise Pocock
Co-chair Michelle Hernandez
Co-chair Louise Pocock

 

Sara Sanchez Max Minzner and friends
Sara Sanchez

Professor Max Minzner, Joe Goldberg
and Molly Schmidt Nowara

 

Ann Washburn, Liz Garcia, Michelle Hernandez and Patty Galindo .
Ann Washburn, Liz Garcia, Michelle Hernandez
and Patty Galindo
State Bar President Erika Anderson, Greg Gambill, Michelle Hernandez and Rebecca Avitia

Text and photos by D.D. Wolohan

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Professor Bergman Recipient of Justice Mary Walters Award

The UNM Women's Law Caucus has named Professor Barbara Bergman as the 2014 recipient of the Justice Mary Walters Award. The award dinner will take place at 6 p.m., March 14, at the UNM Student Union Building, Ballroom B. Purchase tickets today.

 

2012 Justice Pamela B. Minzner Outstanding Advocacy for Women Award

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.

Committee Chairs and Mission Statement

2010 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report
2008 Annual Report
2007 Annual Report

2006 Annual Report