1995 Virginia Dugan was listed in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Dugan is a shareholder with Atkinson & Kelsey. She serves as co- chair of the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Mandatory Legal Education Committee.
Lemuel Martinez is serving as the 2011 president of the National His- panic Prosecutors Association, the only professional membership organ- ization dedicated to the advancement of Hispanics as prosecutors. He has been district attorney of the 13th Ju- dicial District since 2001.
Sean Olivas has been elected to the American Law Institute. He is a share- holder and director with Keleher & McLeod, where his practice focuses pri- marily on tort defense, employment and civil rights litigation, mainly de- fending employers. Olivas has served on the ABA’s Com- mittee on Law School Accreditation, as pres- ident of the Albu- querque Bar Associ- ation and UNM School of Law Alum- ni/ae Association.
Emeterio Rudolfo was appointed to the New Mexico Judicial Perform- ance Evaluation Commission in 2011. He has been in private practice since 1998 in Farmington. He is a member of the San Juan Labor Relations Board and the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Farmington.
Linda Vanzi, a New Mexico Court of Appeals judge, received the 2010 Jus- tice Pamela B. Minzner Outstanding Advocacy for Women Award from the State Bar of New Mexico’s Committee on Women and the Legal Profession.
Vicki Wilcox is certified as a special- ist in estate planning, trust and probate law by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization. In 2010, she was listed in Best Lawyers in America in the cate- gories of tax law and trusts and estates.
1996 Henry Alaniz was appointed to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court bench in 2011. He has been assigned to the criminal division. In 2009, he was president of the State Bar of New Mexico. Alaniz earned a J.D. and M.B.A. in a dual- degree program at UNM. In 2010, he was inducted into the Ander- son School’s Hall of Fame.
Patricia Galindo became an associate with the Vickie R. Wilcox law firm in 2010. She fo- cuses her practice on estate planning and estate litigation.
Ronald Holmes received the 2010 Robert H. LaFollette Pro Bono Award from the State Bar of New Mexico. He is an Albuquerque bankruptcy lawyer.
Trace Rabern Receives Charles Driscoll Award
Trace Rabern (`96) was pre- sented with the 2011 Charles Driscoll Award from the New Mex- ico Criminal Defense Lawyers As- sociation. Rabern runs a solo specialty criminal law writing practice in Santa Fe and is an ad- junct professor at the UNM School of Law, where she co- teaches Appellate Law in Practice.
1997 Jeffrey Albright was elected to the State Bar’s Intellectual Property Law Section Board of Directors in 2009. He is a partner with Lewis and Roca, where he practices intellectual property, land use and zoning, telecommuni- cations and utilities and environmental and natural resources law.
1998 J. Brent Moore was promoted in early 2011 to shareholder in the firm of Montgomery & Andrews, where he focuses his practice on governmental relations, administrative proceedings and regulatory matters before the state Legislature. Previously, he was agency counsel with the Navajo Nation Environment Department.
Brett Olsen became of counsel with Montgomery & Andrews in 2010. He concentrates his practice on water and natural resources litigation, along with environmental, administrative and real estate law.
Will Steadman joined Grubb & Ellis as chief operating officer in 2010. Previously, he had been New Mexico division president of SunCal, a California company with develop- ment plans on Albuquerque’s West Side.
Whitney Warner, a founding part- ner at Moody & Warner, an Albu- querque labor and employment law firm, has been elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
1999 Sharon Pino became a prosecutor in the New Mexico Attorney General’s Violence Against Women Division in 2010. Previously she served as Gov. Bill Richardson’s domestic violence czar. She is chair of the state Domestic Violence Leadership Commission, which monitors domestic violence laws, trends and policies.
2000 Susan Bisong became a shareholder in January 2011 at Modrall Sperling, where her primary areas of interest are in water and natural resources
law, nursing home and healthcare law, insurance law, tort and personal injury litigation.
Matthew Bruff was inducted into the UNM Anderson School of Man- agement’s Hall of Fame in March 2011. He is the chief development officer and general legal counsel for Altela, an Albuquerque-based clean tech startup that he co-founded. He received his B.B.A. and M.B.A. from the Anderson School in 1994.
Raul Burciaga was named director of Legislative Council Service in 2010. He joined the state agency in 2000 and had served as assistant director for drafting services since 2004.
Patricia M. Cofty (formerly Michel- sohn) has been elect- ed a fellow of the Texas Bar Founda- tion. Cofty is with the Fowler Law Firm in Austin, where she fo- cuses her practice on me- diation and arbitration, family law, business and consumer litigation, small business incorporations and transactions and entertainment law.
Christa Hazlett has joined the Al- buquerque firm of Conklin, Woodcock & Ziegler, where she represents clients in health care and employment mat- ters. She joined the firm in 2010.
Pilar Vaile opened a solo practice in 2010. She focuses on mediation, arbitration and serving as a contract administrative law judge in labor and employment matters. Previously, she was deputy director and hearing ex- aminer of the Public Employee Labor Relations Board.
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Reunion 2011 Class reunions are gearing up for 2011. This year, members of the fol- lowing classes will be planning separate celebrations: 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006.
To find out how to get involved with your class celebration, go to lawschool.unm.edu/alumni/events/2011/reunion.php
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