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Indian Law Section Scholarship Opportunities

Indian Law Section Scholarship Opportunities

The Indian Law Section is working hard to support and promote future Indian law lawyers, and it is proud to host two scholarships. Please see information below about the Karl E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship (open to University of New Mexico School of Law students) and the Bar Preparation Scholarship (open to all law students nationally).


Karl E. Johnson passed away on June 3, 2019. In life, Karl was dedicated to representing Indian tribes throughout the country. During his nearly 40-years of practice, Karl also sacrificed his personal time to mentor future and junior Indian-law attorneys as an award-winning law professor, a trusted confidant, and a friend. Karl began his career with DNA – People’s Legal Services on the Navajo Indian Reservation and later became a professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law before opening his own general civil practice. Karl ended his career as Of Counsel at Indian law firm Barnhouse Keegan Solimon & West LLP, formerly Johnson Barnhouse & Keegan LLP, where he was managing partner from 2003 to 2017. The Karl E. Johnson Indian Law Scholarship continues Karl’s lifelong work benefitting the field of Indian law.
 
INDIAN LAW SECTION OF THE STATE BAR OF NEW MEXICO 2021 KARL E. JOHNSON SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
 

The Indian Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico is proud to announce the second annual Karl E. Johnson Indian Law Scholarship in honor of Section member Karl E. Johnson. The scholarship is open to class of 2022 and 2023 students currently enrolled at the UNM School of Law with demonstrated interest in practicing Indian law.

Karl E. Johnson was dedicated to representing Indian tribes throughout the country. During his nearly 40-years of practice, Karl also sacrificed his personal time to mentor future and junior Indian-law attorneys as an award-winning law professor, a trusted confidant, and a friend. Karl began his career with DNA – People’s Legal Services on the Navajo Indian Reservation and later became a professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law before opening his own general civil practice. Karl ended his career as of counsel at Indian law firm Barnhouse Keegan Solimon & West LLP, formerly Johnson Barnhouse & Keegan LLP, where he was managing partner from 2003 to 2017. Karl passed away in 2019. The Karl E. Johnson Indian Law Scholarship continues Karl’s lifelong work benefitting the field of Indian law.

Students will need to submit the following for their application by Friday, September 24 by 5 p.m. (MT): 

1. A brief personal statement that addresses the following criteria (no more than three single-spaced pages):

  • Interest and academic background in Indian Law;
  • Involvement in Indian communities and/or issues, including student and community organizations, and civic, charitable, legal or social justice endeavors;
  • Academic achievement; and
  • Financial need.

2. Unofficial law school transcript.

3. No more than two letters of recommendation supporting the applicant’s interest as an Indian Law practitioner or advocate.

Submit Your Application Here

Questions? Please contact Member Services at the State Bar of New Mexico at memberservices@sbnm.org


The Indian Law Section is working hard to support and promote Indian law lawyers, and one of its most successful initiatives is the Bar Preparation Scholarship Fund. The cost of preparing for and taking the bar exam poses one of the biggest hurdles graduating law students face each year. New graduates, most of whom are already burdened by sizeable debt from student loans, face a potential price tag of almost $3,000 - a $500 application fee and between $1,800 and $2,400 for bar preparation courses - to take the next step in their legal careers. Faculty and graduates consistently identify alleviating this financial strain as one of the key factors in passing the bar. In an effort to lift this burden, the ILS established a fund for the purpose of awarding bar preparation scholarships to third-year law students who want to practice Indian law in New Mexico.


INDIAN LAW SECTION OF THE STATE BAR OF NEW MEXICO 2021 BAR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

To support and promote the practice of Indian Law in New Mexico, the Indian Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico annually awards scholarships to third-year University of New Mexico Law School students who intend to practice Indian Law, to help defray the costs of preparing for and taking the New Mexico bar examination. Students who will graduate in 2020 and take the bar examination within one year of graduation may apply. The 2020 Bar Scholarship will award $4,000 or more in scholarships, subject to change based on the number of applicants, student interest and Indian Law Section resources.

Submit the following materials for the application by Tuesday, April 23, 2021 by 5 p.m.:
1. A brief personal statement that addresses the following criteria (no more than 3 single-spaced pages):
        - Interest and academic background in Indian Law;
        - Involvement in Indian communities and/or issues, including student and community organizations, and civic, charitable, legal or social justice endeavors;
        - Academic achievement; and
        - Financial need.
2. Unofficial law school transcript.
3. No more than two letters of recommendation supporting the applicant’s interest as an Indian Law practitioner or advocate.

Click here to submit your application online. Or to download a paper application, click here.

For paper applications, mail to:
State Bar of New Mexico
Attn: Indian Law Section Scholarship Committee
PO Box 92860
Albuquerque New Mexico 87199-2860
Have questions? Email Member Services at memberservices@sbnm.org.

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The Section hopes to raise $10,000 in recurring pledges to fund multiple scholarships up to that amount - a substantial step in meeting the needs of law  students intending to practice Indian Law in New Mexico.

The size and number of scholarships the Section can award will be based upon the generosity of the people in this state who want to see a growing and active Indian bar in our state.

Donors can make a donation online here, or by making a check out to the New Mexico  State Bar Foundation and writing “ILS Bar Prep Scholarship” on the memo line. The New Mexico State Bar Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Donors may receive a tax deduction for charitable contributions as provided by law.  

Mail checks to:
State Bar of New Mexico
Attention: Indian Law Section
PO Box 92860
Albuquerque, NM 87199-2860

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The Indian Law Secion thanks our previous donors for their support: 

Barnhouse, Keegan, Solimon & West

Justin Solimon

Jeffrey Haas

Justin Solimon

Lynde Vera

Jessica Noble

Gloria Valencia-Weber

Manya Snyder

Brian Branch

Jason Alcaraz

Reed Bienvenu

Drew deGraauw

Michael Harbour

Georgene Louis

Michelle Giger



 

2019 NALSA Graduation Presentation of ILS Bar Scholarships

Left to right

Nadine Padilla, ILS Secretary and Chair of ILS Scholarship Committee

Anne Bruno

Kathryn S. Becker, ILS Chair

Roshanna Toya

Dominique Oliver

Chad Abeyta

Justin J. Solimon, ILS Chair Elect


 

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