Showing posts from July, 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 t…

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act?

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…