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.