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 eaj-nm.org.

Friday, July 1, 2016

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act?





Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ways to Cope With the Loss of a Loved One


Attorney Kathleen “Kathy” Love resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She serves on the board of directors of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association. As an attorney who deals with many aspects of the law, attorney Kathy Love often helps individuals through some of the hardest times of their lives, such as seeking justice or losing a loved one.

Dealing with the loss of a loved one can be a devastating time in one's life. It is often a tragic experience, but knowing how to deal with the situation can be very beneficial to any human being. A good first step is to express some of the emotions you're feeling to those closest to you. Keeping this pain inside can lead to more sadness and even depression. Speak to a professional, a family member, or a close friend about what you are feeling. It also can help to keep a journal of how you are feeling if you are not ready to talk about the loss yet.

Do things to preserve memories of your loved one. Plant a tree or a garden to create a memorial or tribute in honor of the person. Another option is to create a memory box or folder that you can put special things in that remind you of the person, or you can include letters written to that person expressing thoughts or feelings that were left unsaid.

Support groups are beneficial, and there are many specific support groups that help people with different kinds of grief. Most towns and cities will have at least one. Perhaps the worst thing a person can do is to remain alone with their thoughts and feelings. By letting them out, you're helping to begin the healing process and you will likely feel a bit better. And always know that as time goes by, the loss will be easier to deal with.

Monday, June 6, 2016

New Mexico Legal Aid Helps People in Need


An attorney with the office of McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kathleen (Kathy) Love helps people who have been severely injured or lost loved ones in tragic circumstances. Attorney Kathy Love is also a supporter of New Mexico Legal Aid.

New Mexico Legal Aid aims to improve justice and reduce poverty in the State of New Mexico. The organization provides free legal services to individuals and families who are otherwise unable to afford legal services.

Much of the organization’s work centers on issues related to families and housing. It operates a foreclosure defense project, meant to protect families who are in danger of losing their homes. Special protections are also available for migrant workers, who often lack access to legal support.

New Mexico Legal Aid also offers services to people who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and stalking. These victims can turn to the organization for help with restraining orders, custody issues, and anything else they need to facilitate escape from dangerous environments.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Selection Process for Super Lawyers


Albuquerque, New Mexico-based attorney Kathleen “Kathy” Love brings more than 20 years of legal experience to her role as partner at McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya and Love. Kathy Love’s legal expertise has been recognized by several professional organizations, among them Super Lawyers, a rating service for exceptional attorneys.

Selection for Super Lawyers entails a four-step process. First, individuals become candidates through nomination by a peer or by the Super Lawyers’ research department. If lawyers receive nominations from within their firms, each such nomination must be matched by another nomination from outside the firm. Super Lawyers takes steps to ensure that all nominations are merited.

In the second step, the candidates are evaluated by the research team at Super Lawyers, and in the third step, the candidates undergo peer evaluation by colleagues within their practice areas. The fourth step is final selection, which involves checking each candidate’s licenses and confirming the information within candidates’ profiles. No more than the top 5 percent of lawyers within a state are recognized as Super Lawyers.

To learn more about Super Lawyers and the selection process, visit its website at www.superlawyers.com.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Emerge New Mexico Selects 25 Women Yearly for its Training Program


With several decades of experience in law, attorney Kathy Love works as a partner with the law firm McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Attorney Kathleen “Kathy” Love supports Emerge New Mexico, where she is a board member and helps Democratic women run for public office.

Emerge New Mexico identifies and trains women to run for public office, get elected, and seek higher offices. Founded in 2006, Emerge New Mexico spearheads a seven-month training program for potential politicians and has trained more than 1,800 women since its inception.

Each year, Emerge New Mexico seeks 25 self-motivated women who are committed to ethical and effective political leadership. Applicants must live in New Mexico and be registered Democrats. Typically the organization selects its class members by April of each year. Other qualifications include: interest in securing a spot in political office; ability to inspire others; experience of leadership or community involvement; and a desire to establish effective communication networks.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Attorney Kathy Love Represents Victim's Family in Civil Case


As a partner in the firm of McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, PA, attorney Kathleen (Kathy) Love represents the "Davids" against the "Goliaths". Attorney Kathy Love fights against powerful interests like corporations and insurance companies who hurt the little guy, particularly people who are disadvantaged. She recently represented the family of the fatal shooting victim of two Albuquerque, New Mexico policemen in a civil rights case.

In April 2011, two Albuquerque detectives attempted to serve a warrant on Christopher Torres who was in the back yard of his home playing with his dog. Christopher had allegedly been involved in a road rage incident months before. He was schizophrenic and having a break at the time of the incident. When the police discovered him in the back yard where he was wearing his pajamas and socks, they jumped the fence into the backyard and began beating him, then one officer shot Torres three times in the back.

In the civil case, the judge ruled the officers had acted improperly and that inconsistencies existed in the detectives' claim that Torres had tried to grab one of their guns. The judge criticized the Albuquerque Police Department's two-year delay in interviewing an eyewitness, and rejected claims the officers had acted in self-defense.