Monday, September 11, 2017

AAJ Files Amicus Brief in Major Supreme Court Labor Case

An Albuquerque, New Mexico, attorney with more than two decades of experience, Kathleen “Kathy” Love serves as partner with McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love. A committed advocate for victims’ rights and equal protection for all under the law, attorney Kathy Love maintains membership with the American Association for Justice (AAJ).

Last August, the AAJ weighed in on a pivotal labor case before the U.S. Supreme Court that could shape organization rights for employees for decades to come. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is defending an appeal of a decision against Murphy Oil USA, Inc., in which the NLRB originally determined that companies cannot use mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts to prevent employees from seeking legal remedy when their labor and/or civil rights are violated in the workplace. 

In an amicus brief filed in the case, the AAJ said that Murphy’s stance of forced arbitration is a threat to labor rights. It urged the court to rule in accordance with the precedent that has been on the books for years which gives federal agencies such as the NLRB the power to handle arbitration and labor disputes, rather than outside parties that corporations would seek to use to their own benefit.

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Benefits of Civic Legal Aid

Albuquerque, New Mexico-based attorney Kathleen “Kathy” Love possesses years of experience representing individuals engaged in civil cases. A devoted mother and wife, Kathy Love also supports civil legal aid through her work as an attorney and a member of Equal Access to Justice.

Founded in 1988, Equal Access to Justice is a nonprofit organization that provides legal aid to individuals in need throughout the New Mexico region. Often, these are individuals facing emergencies such as domestic violence, bankruptcy, or home evictions. 

To date, Equal Access to Justice has raised over $3 million to support civil legal aid. The benefits of this work include:

- Reduced occurrences of domestic violence and the associated taxpayer costs by helping victims find help.

- Decrease in the time it takes foster children to be reunited with their parents. In addition, this reduces foster care-related costs. 

- Assistance for residents to remain in their homes by reducing evictions.

- The provision of legal resources to individuals that are eligible for social services and safety net programs.

- An improvement in the health of individuals with low incomes by enhancing health insurance, decreasing stress levels, and improving overall quality of life.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Mistrial Declared in High-Profile Albuquerque Police Shooting Case

Serving clients throughout the Albuquerque community, Kathy Love is a partner with McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, PA. In her work as attorney, she frequently represents families of people who were hurt or killed by profit driven decisions made by hospitals, corporations and the government. Kathy Love and her fellow attorneys take pride in standing up to even the largest industries in lawsuits that protect clients’ interests and rights. 

Recently, Kathleen Love's firm took on a high profile criminal prosecution against two Albuquerque Police Department officers who shot and killed a homeless man who was camping in an open space area in the foothills of Albuquerque's Sandia Mountains. The shooting death was very controversial in Albuquerque and, just as the community was divided over the shooting, the jury was divided over whether to convict. The case resulted in mistrial and the new incoming prosecutor has decided not to pursue a retrial. But, the important thing to Kathy Love's law firm is that the community was able to hear and see what really happened in the foothills and begin a conversation about healing and making change so nothing like this will happen again.

The case was described by Kathy Love's law partner, Randi McGinn, the special prosecutor, as representing an important community conversation. She stated that the city needs to ask itself a fundamental question on whether it is better off with “a Dirty Harry” or a peace officer.

About Kathy Love

Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kathleen Love provides a high professional standard of legal services to clients seeking to hold public organizations and private businesses accountable for medical malpractice or personal injury. As a partner with McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, PA, Kathy Love has brought a number of high-profile cases to trial, including a matter involving the Albuquerque Police Department’s fatal shooting of Christopher Torres. For more information about Kathy Love and her firm, prospective clients can log on to

In preparation for her legal career, Kathleen Love enrolled at DePaul University, where she earned her juris doctor. Later, she studied at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia. Her academic background also includes time as an undergraduate at Ball State University, from which she secured her bachelor of science.

In her personal life, the accomplished attorney enjoys traveling with her family to such international destinations as the United Kingdom, Spain, Thailand, and Mexico. She also enjoys following professional baseball, an interest she nurtures with the help of her husband and son, both of whom are passionate fans of the game.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Works to Protect Gila Wilderness

New Mexico attorney Kathy Love is a partner at McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya, and Love, a law firm dedicated to protecting families and communities. In addition to her work as an attorney, Kathy Love also serves her community in many ways, including as a founding board member of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.

Since 1997, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance has been working to protect and preserve New Mexico’s wilderness spaces. The organization has spearheaded many wilderness protection campaigns, with current efforts including the Organ Mountains, the Pecos Wilderness, and the Gila Wilderness. The Gila Wilderness is the largest wilderness area in New Mexico, and was where the wilderness protection movement in the state began.

The current campaign is focused on achieving comprehensive wilderness restoration and protection. Currently, the Gila River is under threat of being diverted, altering the course of the state’s first wilderness river and last remaining free-flowing one. The alliance is working to prevent this and bring about increased protection of the area.

Friday, July 8, 2016

New Mexico Civil Legal Aid

Kathleen "Kathy" Love is a wife and mother who enjoys spending time with her husband and son. As an attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a partner at the McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love law firm, Kathy Love specializes in representing ordinary people against large corporations. In addition to her career as an attorney, Ms. Love supports civil legal aid efforts and is a member of Equal Access to Justice.

Founded in 1988, Equal Access to Justice is a nonprofit organization that provides civil legal aid services in New Mexico. Civil legal aid is assistance in the form of legal services to individuals with low incomes who normally could not afford an attorney. The aid is not for criminal cases but for civil legal services in areas such as housing, employment, and public services.

Equal Access to Justice provides support through donations that are dispersed to one of four civil-aid providers: DNA People’s Legal Services, Law Access New Mexico, New Mexico Legal Aid, and the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. Through donations and pro bono efforts, these providers work to cover the 80 percent of legal needs that go unmet of people with low incomes. For more information on civil legal aid, visit

Friday, July 1, 2016

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act?