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New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Works to Protect Gila Wilderness

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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 alli…

New Mexico Civil Legal Aid

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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 t…

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act?

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Kathleen "Kathy" Love is an attorney and partner at the Albuquerque, New Mexico, firm McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love. Rated one of the "Best Lawyers in America" since 2013 by Best Lawyers peer-review guide, Kathy Love has worked as an attorney in such high-profile cases as Torres v. the Albuquerque Police Department (APD).

In the federal portion of their case, the Torres family alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Established in 1990, the ADA is a law that protects the civil rights of individuals with disabilities and ensures they have the same opportunities as individuals without disabilities.

The ADA defines a person with a disability as an individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits daily life. The ADA provides protection to persons with disabilities in areas of education, employment, transportation, and other aspects of daily public life. In 2008 the ADA was amended by the Americans with Disabiliti…

Ways to Cope With the Loss of a Loved One

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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 memo…

New Mexico Legal Aid Helps People in Need

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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, …

Selection Process for Super Lawyers

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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 …

Emerge New Mexico Selects 25 Women Yearly for its Training Program

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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…

Attorney Kathy Love Represents Victim's Family in Civil Case

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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 …