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2001 Hector Balderas received the 2010 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, becoming the first New Mexican to re- ceive the annual award. Balderas is state auditor of New Mexico. The New Frontier Awards were created by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Jason Bousliman was elected presi- dent of the Albuquerque Bar Association in 2010. He is a shareholder with Modrall Sperling, where he focuses his practice on commercial contract disputes, creditor’s rights in bankruptcy, collections and construction law.

Roxanna Chacon was appointed to the Board of Directors of New Mexico Legal Aid in 2010. She is a staff attorney with the Third Judicial Court and is a member of the UNM School of Law Alum- ni/ae Association’s board of directors.

Lauren Keefewas promoted to share- holder with Peifer, Hanson & Mullins in 2010. Prior to joining the firm in 2003, she clerked for both the New Mexico Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Before law school, she was a reporter based in Boston.

Allison Pieroni, was elected chair of the State Bar of New Mexico’s Family Law Section for 2011. She practices with Atkinson & Kelsey. She also is board president of St. Pius X High School Foundation and La Familia, Inc.

Janeen Vilven-Doggett was elected a shareholder in Peacock Myers. A reg- istered patent attorney with a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, she is on the board of the New Mexico Biotechnology and Biomedical Association. She is also on the board of A Child’s Garden, as well as chair of the CNM Biotechnology Ad- visory Board and was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for 2010.

2002 Sandra Beerle was elected to the board of directors of the Rodey Law Firm in 2010. She practices in the liti- gation department’s health law section.


2003 Samantha Adams became a share- holder in January 2011 at Modrall Sper- ling, where she focuses her practice on education, employment and labor law, insurance and intellectual property. She is vice president of the UNM School of Law Alumni/ae Association Board of Directors.

Wade Jackson was appointed to the New Mexico State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2010. He practices in the products/ general liability practice group at the Rodey Law Firm, where he also is involved in insurance coverage opinions and in- surance litigation.

Sarita Nair has been promoted to shareholder at Sutin, Thayer & Browne, where she practices primarily in the areas of business, water, environmental and Indian law. In 2010, she was selected as an American Bar Association Business Law Ambassador for a two-year term.

Lorena Olmos became a shareholder in January 2011 at Modrall Sperling, where her areas of interest are commercial litigation, employment and labor, health- care, and torts/personal injury litiga- tion.

Willow Misty Parks was elected pro- bate judge for Bernalillo County in the 2010 election.

Valerie Reighard was elected to the board of directors of the Rodey Law Firm in January 2011. She focuses her practice on professional liability, medical malpractice defense, personal injury, wrongful death and insurance defense litigation.

Brenda Saiz was elected to the board of directors of the Rodey Law Firm in January 2011. She emphasizes product liability in her practice and also focuses on professional liability, wrongful death and insurance defense litigation.

Serving in Afghanistan

Thomas English (`88) served as a director of the Legal Operations Directorate, overseeing the military boards for all detainees in Afghanistan in 2010. He was delighted when he discovered two UNM School of Law alumni on his staff: Michael Carruthers (`04) and Anne Maxfield (`06). They were stationed at Camp Sabalu-Harrison Bagram Airfield.

In his civilian life, English is a U.S. administrative law judge in Michigan. Following graduation, Carruthers joined the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps and Maxfield joined the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office. They have enjoyed remi- niscing about their years at the UNM School of Law.

Quentin Smith has been promoted by the Albuquerque law firm of Shee- han & Sheehan to shareholder and director. He focuses his practice on counseling and defending employers

Wade Jacksoin employment litigation and admin- istration proceedings.

2004 Elena Moreno opened La Morena Law in Albuquerque in January 2011. She focuses her practice on probate, family, business, criminal and civil law. She also is a certified mediator.

Lynn Mostoller has joined Sutin Thayer & Browne, where she practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, employment law and appeals. She joined the firm in 2010.

Christina Vigil, president of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association, was named Regional President of the Year for 2010 by the Hispanic National Bar Association. She also received the 2010 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the State Bar of New Mexico.

Tom English (`88), right, is joined by Michael Carruthers (`04) and Anne Maxfield (`06).

Aimee Martuccio Whitsell joined Miller Stratvert in 2010. She focuses her practice in the areas of civil liti- gation, construction law, health law, premises liability, product liability law and professional liability law.

2005 Nicole Moss was named Legal Im- pact Prosecutor of the Year for 2010 by the Prosecutors Section of the State Bar of New Mexico.

Hilary Noskin was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Albuquerque Community Foundation in 2011. She practices intellectual property law with the Peacock Myers law firm.

Amanda Sanchez was elected to the Board of Directors of the Domestic Violence Resource Center in Albu- querque in 2010. She is an associate at the Rodey Law Firm, where she practices in the business department. The Domestic Violence Resource Center provides a variety of services, including legal services, to adults and children who are victims of domestic violence.

Alums Establish Immigrant Law Center

Jennifer Landau (`06) and Megan Martinez (`10) founded the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center in fall 2010. The center provides legal services to immigrants unable to afford an immigration lawyer, with an initial focus on immigrants in New Mexico who face deportation and those seeking humanitarian protection and family reunification. Landau is also an adjunct professor at the UNM School of Law. The nonprofit’s board of directors includes Javier Martinez (`10) and Kip Bobroff, a former member of the UNM law faculty.

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