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2021 Agenda & Speakers

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9 a.m. Session – The Commission on Equity and Justice

Justice C. Shannon Bacon took the oath of office in February 2019 to join the New Mexico Supreme Court. Previously, she served as a district court judge on the Second Judicial District Court. Before being appointed to the Bench, Justice Bacon practiced with the Sutin Law Firm where she practiced complex litigation and appeals. Justice Bacon earned a Bachelor's Degree in History and her law degree at Creighton University. Upon completion of her education, Justice Bacon returned to Albuquerque, New Mexico where she was raised, to begin her professional career.


Torri Jacobus is the Managing Assistant City Attorney for the City of Albuquerque’s newly established Office of Civil Rights. She is developing the City’s initiatives related to documenting and addressing reported civil rights violations. Additionally, she provides legal guidance to the City of Albuquerque in an effort to develop, promote, and implement policies that reflect the City’s commitment to equity and inclusion. Before joining the City of Albuquerque, Torri served as the Director of the Center for Self Help and Dispute Resolution for the Second Judicial District Court where she further developed and managed the settlement facilitation program, arbitration program, and services to self-represented litigants.


10:45 a.m. – Stop Missing Your Life

Cory Muscara is a speaker and teacher on the topics of presence and well-being. He has taught mindfulness-based leadership at Columbia University and currently serves as an instructor of positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2012, Cory spent 6 months in silence living as a monk in Burma, meditating 14+ hours per day, and now aims to bring these teachings to people in a practical and usable way. His meditations have been heard more than 15 million times in over 100 countries. Cory is the host of the top ranked podcast, Practicing Human, host of the mindfulness app and platform,, and author of the bestselling book, Stop Missing Your Life: How to Be Deeply Present in an Un-Present World.


12:45 p.m. – Mapping Out Important Problems in Access to Justice

Verónica Gonzales-Zamora teaches primarily civil procedure I and II, ethics, poverty law, and appellate decision-making. She previously taught in UNM’s top-ranked Clinical Law Program as a visiting professor and Indian Civil Rights, the Tribal Law Journal, and Appellate Moot Court as an adjunct professor.

Applying what she learned in clerkships and law practice, Gonzales-Zamora writes in the area of access to justice through the lens of legal education and legal regulation. She writes on issues of economic justice, intersectionality, civil procedure pedagogy, and the use of lay advocates in New Mexico’s history pre-statehood. Specifically, she explores racial and economic disparities among millennial women of color which inspired her to establish a network of millennial/xennial law faculty. Gonzales-Zamora is a member of the Southwest Hispanic Research Initiative, which promotes multidisciplinary research on the Latino/Hispanic populations of New Mexico and the United States.

Eve Wakeland is the founder of a local marketing consultancy with a national reputation. She specializes in collaborating with people and organizations to work more efficiently, design digital assets, and reach the right audience. Previously, in her work with national agencies Traction (#1 on List of Top Creative Agencies in 2018) and Havas San Francisco, and local award-winning agency Esparza, she gained the experience that led her to develop a unique method of harnessing the power of both sprint planning and leadership development. 


2:30 p.m. – Building a Thriving Law Practice with Family Friendly Workplace Policies

Julianna Silva, COO of Family Friendly NM, is a native New Mexican committed to helping New Mexicans realize economic vitality through her work to support both small business ownership and policies that enable families to thrive. A graduate of the UNM Anderson School of Management, she forged her path in entrepreneurship from her own consulting practice, co-ownership of a family business and by leading key initiatives at WESST. As Chief Operating Officer at Family Friendly New Mexico, Julianna collaborates with the CEO and staff to develop and implement operational infrastructure designed to achieve the FFNM mission to support businesses, their employees and families to thrive.