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Agreement Secures Victory for Workers!

State to be held accountable for enforcing
anti-wage theft laws 
"We all deserve to be treated fairly by our employers and paid for every hour that we work." - Elizabeth Wagoner, plaintiff's lead counsel
On December 20, 2017, the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, representing workers and workers' rights organizations, announced a settlement agreement with the Department of Workforce Solutions that ensures state government will carry out its duty to enforce New Mexico's strong anti-wage theft laws and hold employers accountable when they violate these laws. The class action settlement agreement was approved on March 9 by First Judicial District Court Judge David K. Thomson. Photo credit: El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos
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Law-La-Palooza Bashes Expectations

Over 60 volunteers assist 151 people at legal aid fair in Barelas 

New Mexico Legal Aid’s Volunteer Attorney Program and the Second Judicial District Court Pro Bono Committee host free legal fairs, affectionately called “Law-La-Paloozas,” four times a year in Albuquerque. The Committee selects four community centers each year in different areas of the city as venues for the legal fairs, where 40-70 attorneys provide free legal consultations in various areas of law to the general public. On March 15, 2018, the Law-La-Palooza was held at the Barelas Community Center, and 151 members of the public were assisted by 51 attorneys and 10 volunteers. In addition to the legal fair, the Southwest Women’s Law Center conducted a free presentation beforehand on how to access childcare and healthcare benefits. Thirteen local legal service providers and community organizations gave out information regarding their organizations during the event.   

Providing Access to Justice Over the Phone

Brief Legal Advice Relieves Fears, Prevents Problems through Education  

Having worked at Law Access New Mexico for over ten years, Andoe Arathoon takes the long view when considering the impact of his work. “If a client hasn’t called back in a few years, I like to think that our services have helped improve their situation – or, perhaps, helped them learn from a mistake.” Much of the assistance provided through the phone consultations includes practical legal information; Andoe notes that clients express great relief and appreciation when they learn that they aren’t going to go to jail for owing debts or that they have rights and protections about which they weren’t aware. “The fear and anxiety many people express when they call about debts or landlord/tenant issues are relieved when we educate them about the specific steps they can take to address their situation.” Prevention of future problems and expenses is a significant part of the work at LANM, Andoe believes, benefiting both the clients and the community at large.

Welcome to NM, Rudy Chavez!

After three decades of legal aid work in Texas, Chavez joins DNA as Executive Director

DNA-People's Legal Services recently hired Rodolfo (Rudy) Sanchez as DNA's new Executive Director. Rudy comes to DNA with an extensive legal and nonprofit management experience gained from a nearly 30-year career with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA). Equal Access to Justice is delighted to welcome Rudy, recognizing his commitment to serving people in vulnerable circumstances and marginalized communities. Read more about Rudy HERE

Leveling the Playing Field
Newcomer Amy Brown continues public service through EAJ board
“Having access to legal assistance can ensure basic necessities such as healthcare, housing, benefits and employment are provided and protected, yet so many people in New Mexico cannot afford a private attorney. EAJ helps level the playing field by raising funds to provide legal counsel to those cannot afford it. I am honored to serve on the EAJ Board and view it is a great way to continue my public service,” EAJ's newest board member Amy Brown said recently. 
Closing the Justice Gap

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