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November 16 - Strategies and Techniques for Rural Community Organizing and Legal Advocacy

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Strategies and Techniques for Rural Community
Organizing and Legal Advocacy

Date: Tuesday
, November 16, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Credits: 1.5 G
This panel will discuss some of the strategies and effective techniques for rural community organizing and legal advocacy. The presenters will discuss the community justice worker model used in rural and indigenous communities in the Southwest, the particular challenges facing community organizers and legal advocates working in these communities, and strategies to allow legal workers and organizers to better work effectively together in order to build the power of marginalized communities, rather than create a dependency on lawyers.

Michelle Garcia is a civil rights and tribal law attorney with New Mexico Legal Aid who oversees an LGBTQ+ legal access program in rural and indigenous areas. Garcia formerly worked as Senior Trial Attorney for the State of New Mexico and is a graduate of Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans.

Maslyn Locke is currently an environmental justice staff attorney at the New Mexico Environmental Law Center working on environmental impact litigation. She formerly worked as a staff attorney at New Mexico Legal Aid focusing on the areas of housing and family law and LGBTQ+ legal access and holds both a JD and Master's of Social Work from the University of Kansas.

Marquita Nez-Marquita Nez is a student at the University of New Mexico obtaining her undergraduate education in Family and Child Studies concentration in Human Development and Family Relations, minoring in Native American Studies with an emphasis on Indigenous Learning Communities. Nez has worked as a Community Justice Worker for New Mexico Legal Aid focusing on advocacy and engaging in community based learning and service.

Important information & login instructions:
  • Registration closes the day before the program; registration and payment must be received prior to 12 noon MT.
  • Once registered for the webinar, you will receive emails (one day before and shortly before the start time) with instructions to join and a link to check your computer system requirements. 
  • Emails may come from our technology platforms and not a State Bar email address. Please check your junk folder as well.
This program is available online only through a desktop, laptop, iPad or mobile device with Internet capabilities. It is considered a live program and attendees will receive live CLE credit after attending