For the Warrior Community
- Active duty service members may wish to go first to Armed Forces Legal Assistance's online database to "locate active duty legal activities offering general legal services within the continental United States"; simply enter the state you're in or your ZIP code and hit "search".
- The New Mexico State Bar has an active Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP) referral program, providing advice and representation to active military personnel and their families, including Reservists and National Guardsmen who have been activated, throughout the State of New Mexico. Their site says:
"In a time of national emergency our men and women in uniform and their families shouldn't have to worry about their legal rights at home. To protect these rights, New Mexico lawyers are ready to help. Fee basis will be determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the condition of Soldier’s deployment, the legal issue, and the Soldier’s household income. Dependant on qualification, referrals may be made for pro bono consultations or for pro bono, reduced fee or full fee assistance. For assistance call (505) 797-6067 or 1-800-87-N-M-BAR (1-800-876-6227) or email email@example.com or fill out the Intake Form and email it."
- Stateside Legal has an interactive map you can use to look up resources in your state. Simply go to http://statesidelegal.org/statesidemap, enter your state or ZIP code, and hit the little magnifying glass that means "search".
- Army One-Source has a few general-purpose legal resources listed for New Mexico.
- New Mexico Department of Veterans' Affairs offers information about benefits, such as property tax reductions for some veterans.
General-Purpose ResourcesServicemembers, veterans and their families are of course eligible to use the same resources as anyone else; while these resources are not specifically designed for our warrior community, they can be helpful!
- Law Help New Mexico is a good, general-purpose place to start looking. In July and August 2013 it lists some free legal workshops for veterans! It also lists a few resources on its Veterans & Service Members Page.
- The University of New Mexico's Law Library has a big list of community legal resource.
Private Practice AttorneysTypically, a lawyer in private practice will listen to your situation for 15 or 20 minutes, then give you an idea about how to proceed, in general terms, without charging you. If the matter is something the lawyer can help you with, but must charge for, sometimes you can work out a military-family discount, especially if you are easy to work with.
- Avvo.com has a list of civilian lawyers who practice military law in New Mexico.
- Findlaw.com has a city-by-city list of lawyers in New Mexico who are interested in representing active-duty military personnel, military reservists, and veterans .
For LawyersThe New Mexico State Bar has an active Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP) referral program,
It is likely that there are other New Mexico programs, sponsored by local bar associations, law schools, and others. Anyone with more information on these or other programs are invited to contact me; the most convenient way is to add in a comment below.
Also, if you serve the military and veterans community, you may wish to ensure you're properly listed on the appropriate Avvo and Findlaw web resources. It's free advertising for you and helpful to your clientele!