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The term “Pro Bono” means “for the public benefit” and involves efforts to improve access to the justice system for those of limited economic means.  

The Second Judicial District Court’s Pro Bono Committee is chaired by Family Division Judge Jane Levy and Civil Division Judge Erin O’Connell.  The Committee is made up of attorneys and support staff who work in both private and public agencies as well as Court support staff.  The Committee, in conjunction with New Mexico Legal Aid and numerous public and private lawyers, has developed a Volunteer Attorney Pool which provides individuals with volunteer attorneys at no cost.  In addition, the Committee has fostered the development and presentation of monthly Civil and Family Legal Clinics here at the Courthouse and free legal fairs, also known as Law La Paloozas, throughout Bernalillo County on a quarterly basis. All services provided through the Pro Bono Committee are at no cost to low income residents.  For a listing of planned events, please consult the calendar on this page.

Pro Bono Committee

The following individuals serve on the Pro Bono Committee:

  • The Honorable Jane Levy (2nd Judicial District Court; co-chair)
  • The Honorable Erin O’Connell (2nd Judicial District Court; co-chair)
  • The Honorable C. Shannon Bacon (Supreme Court)
  • The Honorable Clay Campbell (Retired)
  • The Honorable William Parnall (2nd Judicial District Court)
  • The Honorable Cristy Carbon-Gaul (Probate Court)
  • Jaime Mayfield (New Mexico Legal Aid Volunteer Attorney Program)
  • Melanie Fritzsche (New Mexico Legal Aid Volunteer Attorney Program)
  • Grace Spulak (Administrative Office of the Courts)
  • Rachelle Klump (2nd Judicial District Court)
  • Heather Garcia (2nd Judicial District Court)
  • Aja Brooks (2nd Judicial District Court Center for Self-Help)
  • Renee Valdez (Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Self-Help)
  • Torri Jacobus (City of Albuquerque)​
  • Lori Frank (Probate Court)
  • S. Charles Archuleta (ADC LTD NM)
  • Larry Kronen (Law Office of Lawrence B. Kronen)
  • Kelsey Green (Miller Stratvert PA)
  • Theresa Parrish (Rodey Dickason Sloan Akin & Robb PA)
  • Mariposa Padilla Sivage (Sutin Thayer & Browne APC)
  • Allan Wainwright (Law Offices of Allan L Wainwright PA)
  • Billy Burgett (Billy K Burgett Attorney at Law)
  • Rosa Q. Valencia

Pro Bono Legal Clinics

There will be free legal teleclinics all throughout 2023. Click the links below to learn more.

Law La Palooza

For Legal Assistance, Please Contact

New Mexico Legal Aid
Monday through Thursday
9 AM – 12:30 PM
Visit the New Mexico Legal Aid website to apply online:

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