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New Mexico Legal Aid’s Volunteer Attorney Program

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Volunteer Attorney Program

Kathy Love, an accomplished attorney, has been a partner since 2000 with the Albuquerque, New Mexico, law firm of McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love. She represents ordinary citizens who have suffered from the profit driven actions of corporations, insurancec companies and hospitals. When she isn’t busy at the firm, Kathy Love supports the charitable activities of organizations like New Mexico Legal Aid.

A civil, legal-advocacy nonprofit, New Mexico Legal Aid is dedicated to helping individuals from disenfranchised and low-income communities secure necessary legal services. A key component of the legal aid organization’s ongoing operations is its Volunteer Attorney Program (VAP).

A statewide network of volunteer attorneys and other skilled workers in the field of law, the VAP strives to meet the civil justice needs of all New Mexico residents, regardless of income or socioeconomic status. The VAP works in close partnership with multiple public and private associations and institutions, including the State Bar of New Mexico, the University of New Mexico School of Law, the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Commission on Access to Justice, and various local pro bono committees in the judicial district. In addition to finding representation for clients in court cases, the VAP provides individual legal counseling and spreads awareness through legal fairs held regularly in the community.

Equal Access to Justice – Helping People

A partner with McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, PA, Kathleen “Kathy” Love has worked as an attorney since 1995. In addition to her work as a civil practice attorney, Kathy Love is also a member of the American Association for Justice and supports the New Mexico-based Equal Access to Justice (EAJ).

Established in 1988, the nonprofit organization Equal Access to Justice is committed to providing civil legal help to New Mexicans in need. Comprised of the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, New Mexico Legal Aid, Law Access New Mexico, and DNA—People’s Legal Services, the organization has raised more than $3 million in support for cases on tribal issues, consumer issues, and water rights, among other issues, since its founding.

Supported primarily by individual donations, EAJ encourages legal professionals to fund pro bono initiatives, provides grants for low-income civil legal services, and raises public awareness for its services. Significantly, civil legal aid has been shown to save public money, as it helps improve the lives of those in need and reduce the amount spent on assistance programs and health care. EAJ also helps people understand and engage in federal programs like SNAP and supplemental security income.

NARAL Pro-Choice Exposes Manipulation in CPCs

Kathleen (Kathy) Love, an attorney based in New Mexico, has a small firm of 5 women partners. In addition to her professional responsibilities as an attorney at McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, PA., Kathy Love is an active member of several organizations dedicated to protecting safety and civil rights in the community. She was a board member and President of the New Mexico chapter of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

NARAL Pro-Choice America exists as an advocacy group supporting reproductive freedom within the United States. Broken down into state-specific chapters, the organization works to advance ideas and laws that support privacy and choice, as well as provide a valuable resource to provide awareness to state residents regarding possible changes.

In line with the purpose of NARAL Pro-Choice America, the state-specific chapters provide crucial, readily-available information to residents. The New Mexico chapter of the organization easily down the current laws enforced within the state. Categorized into “Anti-Choice Laws” and “Pro-Choice Laws,” briefs provide information regarding regulation of abortion providers, emergency contraception, and insurance coverage, among others.

In one of its most recent campaigns, NARAL Pro-Choice America is focusing on exposing crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) staffed by anti-choice volunteers. The organization reports that such CPCs use deception to mislead patients and focus on manipulation of women, most notably in cases of unintended pregnancies. To uncover these facilities, the organization undertook a variety of measures, including releasing reports of nationwide CPCs, removing deceptive CPC ads from popular search engines, and providing documents from specific CPCs that show misleading information. Other efforts reached college campuses across the country and addressed tactics such as the manipulation of search engines.

NARAL Pro-Choice America’s official website,, provides multiple ways interested individuals can educate themselves to both avoid these types of centers, as well as raise awareness through social media and in their communities.

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Kathleen Love has a passion for justice and is committed to serving the needs of those whose rights have been violated, particularly by the government and large corporations. As a partner at the firm of McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, P.A., in Albuquerque, Kathy Love has been peer-rated as AV Preeminent by the Martindale-Hubbell service. To stay current with developments in her field, Ms. Love maintains membership in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

The goals of the NACDL are to protect due process, enhance the integrity of defense attorneys, and encourage a fair justice system. To further this mission, the NACDL offers its members quality continuing legal education in a variety of formats. These instructional events attract nationally-known faculty and cover a wide range of subjects.

NACDL seminars bring members together with legal experts, judges, and defense counsel, on topics ranging from forensic science to white-collar crime to trial skills. The organization also utilizes DVDs, audio CDs, and on-demand video to teach members. NACDL offers an app for Android and iPhones which lists upcoming teaching events.

The NACDL sells copies of many vital government publications and reference materials in book form, or on CD-ROM. Overnight shipping is available for these products.

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

A partner at the Albuquerque, New Mexico, law firm of McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, PA, Kathy (Kathleen) Love represents plaintiffs in civil suits. Dedicated to community outreach, Kathy Love donates to the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.

The nonprofit New Mexico Wilderness Alliance has protected the state’s wilderness since 1997. People from across the country, including scientists, religious leaders, and civic groups, have shown their dedication to this landscape by sponsoring the group and its many activities. Members use administrative protection and stewardship to ensure that these properties retain their natural beauty for animals and humans alike.

One of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance’s most notable campaigns over the past couple of years involved earning the Rio Grande del Norte recognition as a national monument. This region includes numerous remarkable features, including the Servilleta lava flows; a 150-foot-wide gorge; the 10,000-foot-high Ute Mountain; and the Rio Grande Migratory Flyway, a route utilized by hummingbirds, herons and other birds. In 2007, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance began its efforts to have this land federally protected. Six years later, President Barack Obama used the Antiquities Act to designate this area a national monument.

Four Benefits of NMTLA Membership


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New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association & Foundation

Since 2003, attorney Kathleen (Kathy) Love has served as a named partner at the women-led Albuquerque, New Mexico-based firm of McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, P.A. She is a trial lawyer who represents plaintiffs in a wide range of areas, including medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, trucking accidents, and product liability cases. Attorney Kathy Love also helps contribute to improvements in the practice of personal injury law through her active involvement in the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association & Foundation (NMTLA).

The NMTLA is an attorney support organization that works to safeguard clients’ rights and help attorneys successfully represent their clients. NMTLA members have access to a wealth of benefits and resources invaluable to a plaintiff’s practice. Described below are four of NMTLA’s many benefits.

NMTLA Listserv. Perhaps the most popular benefit, the NMTLA Listserv allows members to carry on an ongoing conversation with other NMTLA members. Through the Listserv, attorneys can share experiences and information or ask for advice. An attorney with a question about an expert witness in a case, the practices of a certain judge, or a specific approach to a novel issue will likely find advice and answers on the NMTLA Listserv.

NMTLA Continuing Legal Education. NMTLA regularly coordinates seminars on topics of importance to trial lawyers, and the seminars all count toward the lawyers’ CLE requirements. NMTLA also keeps records of members’ CLE hours collected at the seminars and provides substantial discounts for members to attend them.

NMTLA Website and Publications. NMTLA’s members-only website provides access to attorney pleadings, briefs, and witness depositions, all of which may serve as a template as a lawyer prepares his or her case. NMTLA also publishes a monthly journal that keeps attorneys apprised of state and federal court decisions as well as significant verdicts and settlements.

NMTLA Amicus Curiae Briefs. The NMTLA’s amicus committee will file briefs in support of members’ appellate cases at no charge. The “friend of the court” briefs by NMTLA are respected by New Mexico’s appellate courts and help influence issues important to preserving a fair legal system.