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.

Indians Trade Slugger Edwin Encarnacion to Seattle Mariners

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Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil is an experienced Albuquerque, New Mexico attorney who specializes in criminal defense and habeas corpus law and has handled cases ranging from minor misdemeanor charges to conspiracy and murder. Beyond his professional pursuits, Geoffrey Scovil of Albuquerque is a passionate sports fan who counts the Cleveland Indians as his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team.

On the heels of winning its third consecutive American League Central Division title, the Indians opted to shake things up by bringing in a familiar face. The team dealt veteran first baseman and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion to the Seattle Mariners this past December in a three-team trade that also involved the Tampa Bay Rays. In return, the Indians received 32-year-old Carlos Santana, who spent the first eight years of his career in Cleveland. The Indians also received Jake Bauers from the Rays, while Tampa Bay received infielder Yandy Diaz and right-handed pitching prospect Cole Sulser.

A three-time All-Star, Encarnacion recorded 70 home runs and 214 runs batted in (RBI) through two seasons with the Indians. The 14-year veteran now has 380 career home runs and 1,156 RBI. Santana, meanwhile, played only one season with the Philadelphia Phillies after signing a three-year, $60 million contract with the team prior to last season. He managed a relatively productive 24 home runs and 86 RBI, but was dealt to the Mariners 10 days before being flipped back to the Indians.

The Work of the 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.

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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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.

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.