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Kob-Tv Interviews Kastenberg On The Stolen Valor Act, Joshua E. Kastenberg Dec 2018

Kob-Tv Interviews Kastenberg On The Stolen Valor Act, Joshua E. Kastenberg

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Professor Kastenberg discusses the likehood of a local teenager being tried for murder as an adult.


Constructing The First Year Experience: Improving Retention And Graduation Rates At A Hispanic-Serving Institution, Sonia M. Gipson Rankin, Tim Schroeder, Joe Suilmann, Pamela Cheek Nov 2018

Constructing The First Year Experience: Improving Retention And Graduation Rates At A Hispanic-Serving Institution, Sonia M. Gipson Rankin, Tim Schroeder, Joe Suilmann, Pamela Cheek

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In 2012, UNM teamed up with the Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, to conduct a Foundations of Excellence® (FoE) First College Year Self Study addressing student success. As members of the First Year Steering Committee, we invented, coordinated, measured, and documented programs for linking students to the academic experiences and support that were best attuned to their needs.


The Curious Policy Implications Of In Re Semcrude: Do Crude Oil Markets Need A Volcker Rule?, Joseph A. Schremmer Sep 2018

The Curious Policy Implications Of In Re Semcrude: Do Crude Oil Markets Need A Volcker Rule?, Joseph A. Schremmer

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In the summer of 2008 the nation's largest and fastest growing midstream crude oil purchaser, SemCrude, declared bankruptcy. SemCrude's demise was not the result of a bear market but of its taste for risky options trading. The bankruptcy pitted the competing liens of thousands of unpaid oil and gas producers and royalty owners who sold their crude oil to SemCrude at the wellhead against those of SemCrude's lenders and the claims of downstream purchasers. The Bankruptcy Court for the Federal District of Delaware found none of the producers' lien rights to be perfected under applicable law and ...


Kunm Interviews Jennifer Moore About Refugees, Asylum, And International Law, Jennifer Moore Aug 2018

Kunm Interviews Jennifer Moore About Refugees, Asylum, And International Law, Jennifer Moore

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How The U.S. Ignores Immigration And Asylum Laws, by Megan Kamerick. Immigrant. Refugee. Asylum. These are words we’ve been hearing a lot this year. But what are the laws around refugees in the United States and internationally and is the U.S. following its legal obligations? On this episode of University Showcase, we talk with Professor Jennifer Moore. She's an expert on refugee law and teaches it at UNM. Moore co-authored one of the first law school text books on refugee law. Prior to joining UNM in 1995, she worked with the United Nations High Commission on ...


Bloomberg Law Interviews Elizabeth Rapaport; Trump’S Pardons Quicker Than Obama’S, But ‘Haphazard’, Elizabeth Rapaport Jul 2018

Bloomberg Law Interviews Elizabeth Rapaport; Trump’S Pardons Quicker Than Obama’S, But ‘Haphazard’, Elizabeth Rapaport

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Article author, Jordan S. Rubin, interviews Emeritus Professor of Law, Elizabeth Rapaport, about the political nature of President Trump's pardons.


High Crimes And Misdemeanors: A View From The #Metoo Era, Elizabeth Rapaport Jul 2018

High Crimes And Misdemeanors: A View From The #Metoo Era, Elizabeth Rapaport

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A look at President Bill Clinton, sexual misconduct, feminism and politics within the lens of the #MeToo movement. This article builds off the authors 2001 article, "Sex and Politics at the Close of the Twentieth Century: A Feminist Looks Back at the Clinton Impeachment and the Thomas Confirmation Hearings," in Aftermath: The Clinton Impeachment and the Presidency in the Age of Political Spectacle.


Es Fema El Problema? Hurricane Maria And The Slow Road To Recovery In Puerto Rico, Clifford J. Villa May 2018

Es Fema El Problema? Hurricane Maria And The Slow Road To Recovery In Puerto Rico, Clifford J. Villa

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A critical and sympathetic look at FEMA's work in post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico.


Comment In Support Of Proposal 2018-006 Immigration Status Of Bar Applicants (Rule 15-103(B)(7)), Veronica C. Gonzales-Zamora, New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association, Board Of Directors Apr 2018

Comment In Support Of Proposal 2018-006 Immigration Status Of Bar Applicants (Rule 15-103(B)(7)), Veronica C. Gonzales-Zamora, New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association, Board Of Directors

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This letter to the New Mexico Supreme Court supports of Proposal 2018-006, proposing to amend Rule 15-103(B)(7) NMRA governing admission to the State Bar of New Mexico without regard to lawful presence for these reasons: 1) Increased admissions, particularly from underrepresented groups such as undocumented individuals, can improve access to justice; 2) Consideration of undocumented, but otherwise qualified, individuals for admission to the State Bar should be based on individual circumstances rather than fundamental misconceptions; 3) Equal access to the legal profession, and consequently equal access to justice, hinges on admission to the State Bar without regard to ...


Property Provisions Of The Joint Operating Agreement: An Update For The New 2015 Form Joa, Alex Ritchie, Gary B. Conine Apr 2018

Property Provisions Of The Joint Operating Agreement: An Update For The New 2015 Form Joa, Alex Ritchie, Gary B. Conine

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The joint operating agreement (JOA) in the oil and gas industry helps coordinate joint operation efforts that facilitate exploration and unitization of tracts, and conservation of a depleting resource. Professor Conine’s 1988 article expanded, limited, and defined the property interests of the parties both inside and outside the contract area. This article is an update to those prior works with greater emphasis on the 1989 Form JOA, cases and developments since its publication, and the implications of the revisions to the JOA in the new 2015 Form JOA published by the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL).

The purposes ...


Federalism And The State Police Power: Why Immigration And Customs Enforcement Must Stay Away From State Courthouses, George Bach Apr 2018

Federalism And The State Police Power: Why Immigration And Customs Enforcement Must Stay Away From State Courthouses, George Bach

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The Trump Administration’s rhetoric and increased immigration enforcement actions have raised the level of fear in immigrant communities. The increased enforcement has included having United States Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents appear at state and local courthouses to detain undocumented immigrants when they arrive for court. This presence has had an adverse effect on domestic violence victims who are immigrants, as they fear encountering immigrations officials at the courthouse. In El Paso, for example, agents detained a woman who was bringing a case of domestic violence against her abuser. There were claims that ICE was tipped off about ...


Hls 200: A Latina's Story About The Bicentennial, Margaret E. Montoya Apr 2018

Hls 200: A Latina's Story About The Bicentennial, Margaret E. Montoya

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This essay sketches an arc from my childhood to being an Harvard Law School student to my academic work and professional commitments as a law professor and an alumna of Harvard Law School, working to increase access and success in the legal and medical professions for students and faculty of color. I compare aspects of legal and medical education using demographic data as well as some observations about how diverse faculty have transformed the two professions in their respective approaches to and rationales for diversifying the professions and examine the work being done by diverse faculty in law and health ...


Brief For Southwest Indian Law Clinic As Amici Curiae, United States V. Smith, Veronica C. Gonzales-Zamora, Barbara L. Creel Mar 2018

Brief For Southwest Indian Law Clinic As Amici Curiae, United States V. Smith, Veronica C. Gonzales-Zamora, Barbara L. Creel

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Prior cases, have assumed, without analysis that the ACA applies to Indian Country. This review of the ACA failed to consider and incorporate clearly established Indian law principles and foundational tenets of criminal law in the analysis of its applicability to Indians and Indian Country. Most importantly, the precedent and the Court below failed to understand the racial component involved in the analysis. These failures to understand the principles of Indian law and criminal law, have rendered haphazard and incoherent decisions.

Amici seek to bring clarity to the complex jurisdictional interplay and provide a practical framework for the proper analysis ...


Using Empirical Studies As A Basis For Updating Intestacy Laws, Sergio Pareja Mar 2018

Using Empirical Studies As A Basis For Updating Intestacy Laws, Sergio Pareja

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The principal goal of any intestacy statute is to determine the probable intent of individuals who die without a will. Professor Wright and Ms. Sterner analyze 493 wills that were probated in Escambia and Alachua Counties, Florida, in 2013. This blog post reviews their study as well as Wright and Sterner's final analysis. Pareja adds, new statutes, if properly considered, should pay attention to gender, race, and class differences that surfaced in the authors’ study


Searchlight New Mexico Interviews Maryam Ahranjani On The Prisonization Of America's Public Schools, Maryam Ahranjani, Sara Solovitch Mar 2018

Searchlight New Mexico Interviews Maryam Ahranjani On The Prisonization Of America's Public Schools, Maryam Ahranjani, Sara Solovitch

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Maryam Ahranjani writes about personal experiences with mass school shootings in "The Prisonization of America's Public Schools," published in October 2017 in Hofstra Law Review. The article takes a critical stance against what Ahranjani terms the growing "criminal infrastructure" metal detectors, surveillance cameras and police officers within our nation's schools. Searchlight New Mexico asked Ahranjani what kind of national response makes sense in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting.


Taxprof Article Of The Week: Serge Martinez (New Mexico), Why Are We Doing This? Cognitive Science And Nondirective Supervision In Clinical Teaching, Serge A. Martinez Jan 2018

Taxprof Article Of The Week: Serge Martinez (New Mexico), Why Are We Doing This? Cognitive Science And Nondirective Supervision In Clinical Teaching, Serge A. Martinez

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Weekly Legal Education Roundup's article of the week is Serge Martinez's, "Why are We Doing this? Cognitive Science and Nondirective Supervision in Clinical Teaching."

Read full article here: http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/law_facultyscholarship/483/


Brief For The Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association As Amicus Curiae, Joseph A. Schremmer Jan 2018

Brief For The Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association As Amicus Curiae, Joseph A. Schremmer

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Is the letter of the rule against perpetuities (the Rule) more important than its public policy? The Appellants in this case recklessly petition the Court to apply the Rule to a commonly used form of mineral reservation for the first time in the reservation’s nearly 100 years of use. They contend the Rule should apply even though it would cloud or nullify the property interests of countless unrepresented parties, spur a spate of litigation, remove a useful form of mineral ownership from commerce, and disrupt oil and gas development across Kansas—all in contravention of the Rule’s policy ...


Albuquerque Journal Interviews Reed Benson, Supreme Court Hears Nm-Texas Water Dispute, Reed D. Benson Jan 2018

Albuquerque Journal Interviews Reed Benson, Supreme Court Hears Nm-Texas Water Dispute, Reed D. Benson

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Article by Michael Coleman

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Reed Benson, a University of New Mexico professor specializing in water law, said the Supreme Court’s task in deciding the U.S. government’s role is “very legalistic – very much a technical reading of what is and is not in the compact.”

“I actually have thought that New Mexico’s chances in front of the nine justices may be a little bit better than some people thought,” Benson said. “Some of those justices may be persuaded by the plain text argument – that New Mexico’s obligations are measured at Elephant Butte and once New ...


The History Of The University Of New Mexico School Of Law Librarians' Fight For Faculty Status And Equal Voting Rights, Ernesto A. Longa Jan 2018

The History Of The University Of New Mexico School Of Law Librarians' Fight For Faculty Status And Equal Voting Rights, Ernesto A. Longa

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Based on research of over sixty years of archival records, this article presents a case study of the University of New Mexico School of Law librarians’ fight for respect, professional recognition, faculty status, and voting rights in the face of persistent opposition from law school administrators, faculty, and head librarians.


Imputing Regulatory Failures In Oil And Gas Licensing: A Discussion And Proposal, Joseph A. Schremmer, Charles C. Steincamp Jan 2018

Imputing Regulatory Failures In Oil And Gas Licensing: A Discussion And Proposal, Joseph A. Schremmer, Charles C. Steincamp

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This Article argues that the Commission's legitimate interest in enforcing its oil and gas regulations, especially including well-plugging regulations, does not justify absolute imputation of regulatory liability to third-party operators under Kan. Stat. Ann. § 55-155(c)(4). But, under certain circumstances, the state's interest may justify imputing personal liability on the individual constituents of a license applicant where the individual is culpable for the underlying regulatory violation or the applicant has a business connection with the operator primarily responsible for the violation, and the competing public policies of groundwater protection and limited liability justify the imputation. This Article ...


What Does Immigration Status Have To Do With Law School, Maryam Ahranjani Jan 2018

What Does Immigration Status Have To Do With Law School, Maryam Ahranjani

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Young people who are undocumented are underrepresented in higher education in general and in law school in particular. Some states offer instate tuition and other supports for undocumented students, but more support is needed for undocumented students.


New Mexico’S Renewable Portfolio Standard: Analysis Of Existing Policy Design Elements And Compliance Obligations Beyond 2020, Gabriel Pacyniak Jan 2018

New Mexico’S Renewable Portfolio Standard: Analysis Of Existing Policy Design Elements And Compliance Obligations Beyond 2020, Gabriel Pacyniak

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This white paper analyzes two elements of New Mexico’s current Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) in advance of the state legislature’s consideration of an RPS expansion in the 2019 legislative session. First, the paper surveys key policy design elements of the current RPS, compares those elements to other state RPSs, and identifies “policy considerations” that may inform legislative or regulatory action. Among the findings from this part of the analysis are that: 1) other states have set much higher RPS targets; 2) that New Mexico’s RPS has uniquely restrictive cost-containment measures that limit cost impacts but also prohibit ...


Safeguarding Judicial Integrity During The Trump Presidency: Richard Nixon's Attempt To Impeach Justice William O. Douglas And The Use Of National Security As A Case Study, Joshua E. Kastenberg Jan 2018

Safeguarding Judicial Integrity During The Trump Presidency: Richard Nixon's Attempt To Impeach Justice William O. Douglas And The Use Of National Security As A Case Study, Joshua E. Kastenberg

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In April 1970, Congressman Gerald Ford called for the impeachment ofJustice William 0. Douglas. Although Douglas had been accused by anticivil rights Southern Democrats ofunprofessional conduct in his association with ap oliticalf oundation as well as his four marriages, Fordr easonedt hat, in addition to the past allegations, Justice Douglas had become a threat to national security. Within two weeks of Ford's allegations, United States military forces invaded Cambodia without the express consent of Congress. Nixon's involvement in Ford's attempts to have Justice Douglas impeached give rise to the possibility that, in addition to trying to reshape ...


Evaluating Intellectual Disability: Clinical Assessments In Atkins Cases, James W. Ellis, Caroline Everington, Ann M. Delpha Jan 2018

Evaluating Intellectual Disability: Clinical Assessments In Atkins Cases, James W. Ellis, Caroline Everington, Ann M. Delpha

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The intersection of intellectual disability and the death penalty is now clearly established. Both under the U.S. Supreme Court’s constitutional decisions and under the terms of many state statutes, individual defendants who have that disability cannot be sentenced to death or executed. It now falls to trial, appellate, and post-conviction courts to determine which individual criminal defendants are entitled to the law’s protection. This Article attempts to assist judges in performing that task. After a brief discussion of the Supreme Court’s decisions in Atkins v. Virginia, Hall v. Florida, and Moore v. Texas, it analyzes the ...


Universities As "Sanctuaries", Maryam Ahranjani Jan 2018

Universities As "Sanctuaries", Maryam Ahranjani

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No abstract provided.


Keeping Power In Charge: Federal Hydropower And The Downstream Environment, Reed D. Benson Jan 2018

Keeping Power In Charge: Federal Hydropower And The Downstream Environment, Reed D. Benson

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This article examines legal issues regarding hydropower, fish and wildlife at federal water projects in the West. It begins by briefly explaining the legal and institutional framework for federal water projects that generate hydropower. The following section summarizes relevant laws and policies for fish and wildlife protection in relation to federal hydropower operations, focusing primarily on the application of the ESA in this context. The article then considers the case of Glen Canyon Dam, where the Bureau and the National Park Service recently adopted a new operating plan after an extensive review that addressed hydropower, the needs of two very ...


Human "Being", Laura Spitz Jan 2018

Human "Being", Laura Spitz

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In this summary, Professor Spitz discusses how the Douglas Treaties acknowledged Aboriginal title when negotiations with Indigenous populations when purchasing land. She looks at how what the definition of “human being” is during the 18th century and how Douglas’ respect of Aboriginal land title also indicated he was these people as people. This diverges from categorizations surrounding the term Indian, and its implication that populations were subhuman and/or a different species.

Douglas is still embedded in a larger social and legal structure even as he understands indigenous populations as human when it comes to resources and allocations. Where the ...