The Work of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

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New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

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.

Browns Trade Running Back Carlos Hyde to Jacksonville

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Carlos Hyde

With more than two decades of experience practicing criminal law, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil has turned his focus to post conviction cases. He investigates cases after a defendant has been found guilty and often after sentencing. Where citizens have been wrongfully convicted or illegally sentenced, he files habeas corpus challenges on their behalves. He is formerly a contractor for the State of New Mexico Public Defender Department. Although Albuquerque, New Mexico is his home, Geoffrey Scovil grew up and will always be a fan of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL).

On October 19, the Browns traded running back Carlos Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. From Jacksonville’s perspective, acquiring Hyde gives the team short-term depth while star running back Leonard Fournette continues to nurse a hamstring injury. Despite the fact that Hyde was the Browns’ leading rusher, the team felt it was necessary to trade him to make room for 2018 second-round pick Nick Chubb, who accumulated 173 yards and two touchdowns on only 16 carries this season.

Through the first six games of the season, Chubb’s average of 10.8 yards per carry far exceeded that of Hyde’s 3.4. Chubb recorded most of those yards on three carries for a combined 105 yards during Cleveland’s Week 4 game against the Oakland Raiders. The Browns now have eight picks in the first five rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Browns Win First Game in More than 600 Days


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Drawing upon more than 20 years of experience, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil is an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based attorney who is regarded as a leading habeas corpus practitioner. Prior to moving to Albuquerque, Geoffrey Scovil earned a juris doctor from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, near where his parents and ancestors were raised. He is an avid fan of the National Football League’s (NFL) Cleveland Browns.

The Browns have been among the worst teams in the NFL in recent history, but took a step in the right direction in Week 3 of the 2018 season against the New York Jets. Trailing by 14 points late in the second quarter, the Browns’ offense took the field with Baker Mayfield at quarterback in place of Tyrod Taylor, who suffered a concussion. Mayfield, the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, led the Browns to its first win in 635 days. He led a successful two-minute drill in his first series that resulted in a Browns field goal to bring the score to 14-3 at halftime. Cleveland ended up winning the game 21-17.

Prior to leaving the game, Taylor registered only 19 yards passing. Mayfield, meanwhile, completed 17 of 23 pass attempts for 201 yards. In doing so, he became the first quarterback to make his NFL debut mid-game, throw for more than 200 yards, and lead his team to a win since Fran Tarkenton did so with the Minnesota Vikings back in 1961.

The Training Program of Emerge New Mexico

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Emerge New Mexico

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

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.

Five Tips for Finding a Criminal Defense Attorney

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A criminal defense attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil handles cases involving habeas corpus law and violations of constitutional rights. Geoffrey Scovil has more than 20 years of experience in handling criminal trials, an important consideration for individuals seeking legal representation. The following list includes tips for hiring legal counsel if accused of a criminal offense.

1. Consider practice areas. A criminal offense charge can refer to a wide range of crimes, from driving under the influence and white collar crimes to larceny and drug-related offenses. Begin your search with attorneys who focus on the specific type of crime you are accused of. You can check the attorney’s website for a list of practice areas.

2. Examine courtroom history. You will need an attorney with courtroom experience if your case goes to trial, so take time to review the case history of any attorney you consider. The attorney’s ability to present your case can significantly affect the outcome.

3. Look for negotiation experience. An attorney with excellent negotiating skills can help you obtain the best deal if the facts of the case make a plea bargain your best option for resolution.

4. Seek references. Conduct research on potential attorneys and look for references beyond the testimonials on their website. You can also ask other attorneys for recommendations.

5. Trust your instincts. Take the time to find an attorney you feel comfortable with and trust your gut instinct when meeting with them for the first time. Look for someone who can explain things clearly and expresses interest in your opinions. In addition, be wary of attorneys who make promises about the expected outcome. No one can guarantee a certain result.

An Introduction to Habeas Corpus


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Attorney Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil practices law in Albuquerque, New Mexico. With more than 20 years of experience trying criminal cases, he now primarily focuses on habeas corpus law. Geoffrey Scovil’s practice centers on post-conviction constitutional challenges to sentences, trials and the effectiveness of representation in serious criminal cases.

Habeas corpus, translated from the Latin as “that you have the body” is a fundamental principle of the United States justice system. It protects individuals from being held in custody without just cause and may be used as a challenge not only to detention but also to extradition, bail, or jurisdiction of the court.

Habeas corpus as an element of jurisprudence dates back to the 39th clause of the Magna Carta, signed by King John of England in 1215. Although its original purpose was to prevent the king from locking people away at his own whim, it ultimately became a way to protect citizens from imprisonment by constables and others who claimed legal authority.

When the Founding Fathers gathered to write the US Constitution, they insisted on the inclusion of habeas corpus. Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution prevents its suspension except in cases of public safety.

Federal law grants prisoners the right to file a petition for habeas corpus, provided that the person is in custody at the time of filing. State prisoners must have already gone through all other available processes to challenge detentions.