1981 Patricia Bradley joined the Law Office of George Giddens in 2009. She focuses her practice on probate, guardianship, real estate, commer- cial litigation, bankruptcy and estate planning.
Catherine “Cate” Stetson, founder of Stetson Law Offices in Albuquerque, was named a 2010 Southwest Super Lawyer. She practices in all areas of In- dian law.
1982 Allan Wainright received the 2011 Robert H. LaFollette Pro Bono Award from the State Bar of New Mexico.
1983 Gary King was presented with a 2010 New Mexico Earth Science Achievement Award for his work in advancing earth science in public service and public policy. As a state legislator, he worked to establish New Mexico’s first mining reclamation law and he served as assistant secre- tary for environmental management at the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2010, he was re-elected New Mexico Attorney General.
1984 David Iglesias, a captain with the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate Corps, leads a team prosecuting war crimes and terrorism cases at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Leslie Fernandez was named Law Enforcement Prosecutor of the Year for 2010 by the Prosecutors Section of the State Bar of New Mexico. She is with the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Andrew G. Schultz has been elected to the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico. He is a partner at the Rodey Law Firm and the leader of the firm’s Complex and Commercial Liti- gation Practice Group.
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1985 Karen Ballard Molzenwas des- ignated chief U.S. magistrate judge for the District of New Mexico and began her new du- ties in Albuquerque in May 2011. She has served on the federal magistrate court since 1999 in Las Cruces.
1986 Marte Lightstone became a share- holder in January 2011 at Modrall Sperling, where she focuses her prac- tice in the areas of environment law, Indian law, oil and gas and renewable energy.
1987 Frank Sedillo was appointed in 2010 to the New Mexico State Bar Legal Education Commission, the Ju- dicial Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Metropolitan Court Rules Committee. He also coaches youth football and Little League baseball teams.
1988 Debra Hill received the 2010 Com- munity Service Award, presented an- nually by the Arizona American Jewish Committee’s Judge Learned Hand Society to a lawyer who has de- voted her career to public service. She was the first woman to receive this award. Hill has practiced with Osborn Maledon in Arizona since earning her J.D., concentrating on criminal de- fense, civil rights and complex com- mercial litigation.
1989 Bruce Brown is an assistant public defender in Palmer, Alaska. He has practiced law in Alaska for 20 years.
1990 Linda Ellison became certified as a specialist in Family Law in 2010. She also chairs the annual Family Law Institute CLE committee and is on the board of directors of the State
Bar’s Family Law Section. She prac- tices with the Law Offices of Lynda Latta in Albuquerque.
Yvette Gonzales was elected to the bench in the Bernalillo County Met- ropolitan Court in 2010. Previously, she had been special counsel for House Speaker Ben Lujan during the 2010 Legislature and a prosecutor with the Second Judicial District At- torney’s Office.
Jennifer Stone was elected to the Art Therapy Credentials Board, a na- tional body that confers and admin- isters professional credentials to qualified art therapy practitioners. She joined the board in 2010. She is a partner at the Rodey Law Firm.
1991 William Slease became chief dis- ciplinary counsel for the New Mexico Supreme Court in 2010. He supervises a staff of nine whose job is to investigate allegations of misconduct against lawyers. Since 1999, he practiced at his own firm, Slease & Martinez, where he fo- cused on civil rights, estate planning and representing small business- es and local governments.
1992 Mary Torres received the 2011 Dis- tinguished Bar Service Award pre- sented to a lawyer by the State Bar of New Mexico.
1993 Denise Torres was named co- chair of the New Mexico Judicial Per- formance Evaluation Commission in 2010. She is a name partner with Saenz & Torres in Las Cruces.
1994 Lori Gallagher is director of the Center for Irish Studies at the Univer- sity of St. Thomas in Houston. In 2009, she was honored for her work
Best of the Bar
Every year, a panel of local legal judges selects the Best of the Bar for New Mexico Business Weekly. Following are UNM School of Law alumni who made the list for 2011:
Deborah Seligman (`78), Kurt Sommer (`84), Tracy Sprouls (`81);
Civil litigation: Jeffrey Croasdell (`93),
Antonia Roybal-Mack (`07); Employment law:
Pia Gallegos (`83),
Barbara Stephenson (`79); Family law:
Roberta Batley (`95), Virginia Dugan (`95);
All other practice areas: Stuart Butzier (`89), John Myers (`74).
building up the center’s program. She was named grand marshal of the 2011 Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Kenneth Gonzales was named U.S. Attorney for New Mexico in 2010. He had been an as- sistant U.S. attorney since 1999, most re- cently as a prosecu- tor in the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force unit.
David Johnson joined Bannerman & Williams as a shareholder in 2010. He brings 30 years of experience in the health care field to the firm, which has changed its name to Ban- nerman & Johnson.
Rick Wellborn was named Commu- nity Service Prosecutor of the Year for 2010 by the Prosecutors Section of the New Mexico State bar. He is with the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
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