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

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.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Helps Protect Mexican Gray Wolves

Albuquerque, New Mexico, trial attorney Kathleen (Kathy) Love works as a partner with McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, P.A., a plaintiff’s firm that prides itself on helping ordinary citizens who were wronged by powerful corporations, hospitals, insurance companies and the government. Kathy Love also espouses that that David-and-Goliath mentality outside of her career as an attorney through the various nonprofit organizations she chooses to support. Kathy Love holds dear to her heart the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, an organization of which she is a founding member.

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance was founded in 1997 to help protect and restore the wilderness areas and wildlands of New Mexico. The nonprofit organization works to achieve its mission through various methods, including wilderness protection campaigns developed to preserve the character of New Mexico’s wilderness landscape, education and outreach services to increase public awareness about wilderness issues, and advocacy in support of issues that impact the New Mexican wilderness. 

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is currently working to protect the Mexican gray wolf. The Mexican gray wolf is important because it is considered a keystone species, a species upon which the survival of an entire ecosystem could depend. A viable population of Mexican gray wolves would help maintain the health of other animals native to the area like deer and elk. The Mexican gray wolf, with its iconic howl, is also a symbol of the wild Southwest and all the alliance aims to protect.

Mexican gray wolves once heavily populated the southwestern United States, but through legal and illegal killings, the population has dwindled down to about 50. In 1980, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FSW), with support from the corresponding department of the Mexican government, captured the few surviving gray wolves and developed a breeding program designed to increase the population. The FSW had been slowly releasing the wolves back into the wilderness when the state of New Mexico intervened in 2016, obtaining an injunction to prohibit further releases. The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance supported efforts to have that injunction overturned, and, on April 25, 2017, the injunction was lifted, allowing the FSW to continue its efforts to rebuild the Mexican gray wolf population.

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.