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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).
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):
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
Barnhouse, Keegan, Solimon & West
2019 NALSA Graduation Presentation of ILS Bar Scholarships
Left to right
Nadine Padilla, ILS Secretary and Chair of ILS Scholarship Committee
Kathryn S. Becker, ILS Chair
Justin J. Solimon, ILS Chair Elect