Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Four Organizations Supported by Equal Access to Justice

An attorney with McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, P.A., Kathleen (Kathy) Love represents the “littte guy” against big corporations that put profit over people. Aside from her professional responsibilities as an attorney, Kathy Love has supported numerous organizations that promote the rights of low income people to access our legal system, such as Equal Access to Justice

With a deep concern for New Mexicans who cannot afford legal assistance in civil matters, attorneys established Equal Access to Justice in 1988. The organization raises money to support active entities that provide services in matters related to housing and shelter rights, domestic relations, consumer issues, government benefits, health care, tribal issues, and protection of land and water rights.

Support is provided to four primary organizations including:

-New Mexico Legal Aid, an organization that provides free legal services to people in need across the state. The organization addresses basic human needs and focuses its efforts on vulnerable populations.

-DNA- People’s Legal Services, an organization that works for the economic revitalization of the people. They focus on family law and issues surrounding domestic violence and elder abuse.

-Law Access New Mexico is a telephone based service that provides brief legal services and refers people in need to the appropriate legal service provider. By addressing less complex issues over the phone, other organizations are available to spend more time on in-depth cases.

-The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty focuses on providing research and analysis on poverty and legal issues facing the state. In addition, the organization advocates for civil matters facing underserved populations in the public arena and provides training for attorneys that offer pro-bono services.

Friday, December 22, 2017

About the New Mexico Legal Aid Volunteer Attorney Program

An experienced attorney based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kathleen “Kathy” Love serves as partner with McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, PA. Alongside her day-to-day practice as an attorney, Kathy Love stays active in the pursuit of equal access to justice through her support of Legal Aid of New Mexico. 

Making sure that every person has the opportunity to receive legal representation regardless of their income status is the fundamental mission of Legal Aid of New Mexico. One of the major ways the organization carries out its purpose is through the Volunteer Attorney Program (VAP), which is a network of pro-bono attorneys and other legal professionals across the state who have graciously chosen to volunteer their time and talents to help New Mexicans with financial need get legal help. 

Other organizations, such as the State Bar of New Mexico and the UNM School of Law partner with VAP to connect needy individuals with attorneys and paralegals who can help them with their cases. To learn more about the program or to volunteer, visit www.newmexicolegalaid.org.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in New Mexico

Friday, December 8, 2017

A Win against the Albuquerque Police Department

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Victory for Conservationists against Flawed McKittrick Policy

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

American Association for Justice to Hold Convention

Since 2000, New Mexico-based attorney Kathleen “Kathy” Love has practiced law as a partner with McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, PC, in Albuquerque. Kathy Love also serves as president of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association and sits on the board of governors for the American Association for Justice.

Registration recently opened for the American Association for Justice (AAJ) 2016 Annual Convention, which will be held July 22-25 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. The four-day convention will comprise more than 300 events, including receptions, business meetings, and educational activities.

Convention attendees will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and earn continuing education credits through over 40 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs led by some of the top attorneys and legal experts in the country. In addition to the networking and learning activities, the AAJ 2016 Annual Convention will feature The Hub, a gathering place with food vendors, a golf simulator, a massage spa, and exhibitor booths.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

NMCDLA President Talks New Bond System

Since 2000, attorney Kathleen “Kathy” Love has served as a partner at McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love in Albuquerque, representing clients in medical malpractice and other areas. In addition to her work as an attorney, Kathy Love has been a member of a number of professional organizations, including the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA).

In a recent op-ed, NMCDLA president Margaret Strickland wrote about the new bond system recently adopted in New Mexico and its advantages over its predecessor. In particular, she discussed money being a limiting factor in the old system, since cash was the sole basis for a person’s bond. This meant that those with financial means were able to make bond while those without languished behind bars, regardless of the severity of the offense.

New Mexico is a poor state, relatively speaking, which means that the cash bond system kept jails brimming to capacity. The new system, however, prioritizes the danger that a person could pose to the community when determining bond. Dangerous individuals can be held without bond, while those who are found to not be dangerous can be released without having to pay anything at all. Strickland and the NMCDLA are in favor of this change.