NMWA Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Campaign

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New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
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An attorney in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University. An active member of the larger Albuquerque community, Geoffrey Scovil has supported nonprofit groups and associations such as the New Mexico Wilderness Association (NMWA).

Founded in 1997, NMWA is a grassroots nonprofit organization that brings together an alliance of diverse stakeholders to protect and restore New Mexico’s unique ecosystem and wilderness areas. Over the years, NMWA has been successful in obtaining federal protection for key regions of the New Mexico’s endangered landscape, including the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region.

Located in Doña Ana County in New Mexico, the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region is highlighted by a number of mountain ranges surrounding the Mesilla Valley. The most iconic of these, the Organ Mountains, serves as a popular recreational area for New Mexicans and tourists as well as a critical habitat for numerous native species. In addition to the Organ Mountains, other ranges include the Potrillo, Robledo, and Sierra de Las Uvas Mountains.

Though conservation efforts in the region began in the early 1970s, NMWA got heavily involved in protecting the area in 2006 when it formed a community coalition to fight for federal protection. After seven more years of activism, New Mexico’s US Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced a bill in 2013 that would provide federal protection for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area. One year later, President Barack Obama designated the region as the Organ Monuments-Desert Peaks National Monument.

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The Work of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

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New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
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An attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil has operated his own practice for more than two decades. Outside of his work, Geoffrey (Geoff) Scovil has supported a range of nonprofit organizations that protect wilderness areas around Albuquerque and elsewhere in New Mexico.

One of his favorite organizations is New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (“NMWA”). NMWA has fought to protect and restore New Mexico’s wilderness areas for more than twenty years. The organization brings together a group of diverse stakeholders, such as ranchers, tribal groups, scientists, teachers, and community leaders, who work to protect the state’s natural resources through education, government advocacy, and volunteer projects. Over the years, NMWA efforts have led to federal protection of multiple endangered regions of New Mexico, including the Rio Grande del Norte.

Located near the New Mexico-Colorado border, the Rio Grande del Norte comprises geologic features such as cliffs, gorges, and sagebrush mesas that provide homes to a diverse array of wildlife, including eagles, pronghorn, and elk. Beginning in 2007, NWMA and other local activists began a campaign to protect the Rio Grande del Norte that included lobbying in state and federal government offices, generating support in the press, and obtaining cooperation from local businesses.

In 2013, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that made the area a federally protected national monument. Today, the area attracts campers, rafters, and birdwatchers, thanks in part to the efforts of the NMWA to obtain federal protection for the region.

The Training Program of Emerge New Mexico

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Emerge New Mexico
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An attorney who operates his own law firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey (Geoff) Scovil concentrates on habeas corpus law and general criminal defense. Along with his wife, Geoffrey Scovil supports multiple progressive nonprofit organizations including Emerge New Mexico.

Founded on the belief that New Mexico has simply not elected enough female candidates to public office, Emerge New Mexico seeks to increase the number of Democratic women in government and the number of quality government policies that are responsive to all Americans. Over the past 13 years, Emerge has expanded into 22 states and supported more than 2,500 potential leaders.

Emerge trains women of all ages for success in the public sphere. The organization also stresses the importance of diversity. In fact, more than 50 percent of Emerge graduates are women of color. By elucidating the campaigning and election processes and providing essential resources to motivated women, the organization has an overall public office win rate of over 70 percent.

Estate Planning Services Offered by the Senior Citizens’ Law Office

 

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Senior Citizens’ Law Office
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Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil practice habeas corpus law in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, he has been a solo practitioner for more than 20 years. When he’s not busy protecting the rights of his clients, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil helps his Albuquerque community by supporting such organizations as the Senior Citizens’ Law Office (SCLO).

Since 1983, SCLO has provided free legal services to people over the age of 60 who live in Torrance, Bernalillo, Valencia, and Sandoval Counties. In addition to these free services, the organization also helps individuals complete their estate planning for a reduced fee. The estate planning services offered by SCLO include simple wills, simple probates, and transfer on death deeds. These services are primarily offered to residents over 60 in the above four counties, but SCLO also works people under the age of 60 in other counties for a slightly higher rate.

For people in Sandoval, Valencia, Bernalillo, and Torrance counties who are 60 years old or older, the cost of a setting up a simple will is $200 for a single person and $300 for a couple. This price increases to $260 and $360, respectively, for people under the age of 60 and people living outside of SCLO’s four-county area. Meanwhile a transfer on death deed costs $100 each, as does a Quit Claim deed with estate planning, for people in the organization’s four-county area.

Outpost Productions Scholarship Program Funds Child Participation

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Outpost Performance Space
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An Albuquerque attorney with two decades of legal experience, Geoffrey Scovil takes on indigent criminal defense cases and represents clients challenging a conviction due to inadequate counsel. Geoffrey Scovil supports the Albuquerque-based Outpost Productions outside of his professional obligations. The nonprofit arts organization hosts a variety of musical programs for children and administers scholarships.

Scholarship programs enable young people to attend Outpost Productions’ children’s programming at little or no cost and provide each recipient with a gift certificate usable toward the cost of admission at any Outpost concert. The organization also distributes annual scholarship awards to deserving students, including those leaving the Outpost Education Program. Available scholarships are up to $2,000 and include the Keith Gilbert Scholarship, The Arlen Asher Jazz Scholarship in Memory of Joetha Callison Asher, and a scholarship in memory of David Parlato.

Funding for the scholarships is made possible through contributions from Arlen Asher, Keith Gilbert, Douglas Mulligan, individuals and organizations in the community, City Councilor Rey Garduño and the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department.

Senior Citizens Law Office’s Support of LGBT Individuals

 

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Senior Citizens Law Office
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The recipient of a juris doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil currently serves as an Albuquerque-based attorney who specializes in habeas corpus law. Beyond his work as a defense lawyer, Geoffrey Scovil supports a variety of Albuquerque non-profit organizations, including the Senior Citizens Law Office (SCLO).

In addition to its advocacy and free legal services for seniors, SCLO operates the Pride in Aging Project, which was designed to provide support to LGBT seniors and raise awareness about the unique issues and concerns they face in gaining access to long-term care and housing, among other services. Additionally, SCLO supports of the Administration on Aging-funded National Resource Center (NRC) on LGBT Aging.

Established in 2010, the NRC on LGBT Aging is the United States’ first and only resource center created to improve the quality and quantity of services offered to LGBT senior citizens. The center is led by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) in conjunction with 18 relevant organizations, and provides educational resources and technical assistance to aging providers.

For more information, visit www.lgbtagingcenter.org.

Albuquerque’s Outpost Performance Space

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Outpost Performance Space
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An Albuquerque-based attorney practicing habeas corpus law, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil is committed to criminal defense and protecting constitutional rights. Outside of his practice, Geoffrey Scovil supports many local Albuquerque institutions, including Outpost Productions, offering a unique art space and performance venue in the middle of the city.

A nonprofit arts organization, Outpost Productions has entertained Albuquerque for almost 30 years at the downtown Outpost Performance Space. With over 100 performances each year, the space hosts a variety of mediums, from concerts and theater to poetry readings and visual art exhibits.

For young people, the Outpost offers educational programs tailored to skill level and interest. These programs include jazz courses, youth opera programs, and Latin music courses, among others. Kids are able to perform what they have learned throughout the year, and the cost of attending these courses is often waived, thanks to donations.

In addition, the Outpost offers the Inpost Artspace, which has shown the work of over 300 New Mexico artists since 1996.