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Othmer Scholarship

The Craig Othmer Scholarship was established in 2008 jointly by the Public Law Section and Craig's family to honor him. It is intended to provide summer funding for a UNM law student to pursue a project in public interest law. Craig was a proud 1974 graduate of UNM law and was very active in the Public Law Section and community service throughout his career. While on the Section Board, he was instrumental in establishing the Public Lawyer of the year award because he believed public lawyers deserve more recognition.

2021 Award Recipient 


The Public Law Section congratulates Carson Thornton González as the 2021 recipient of the Othmer Fellowship. Ms. González is a 1L at UNMSOL. This summer, she will be a legal intern with the New Mexico Prison & Jail Project (NMPJP) where she will work as a legal intern, writing, researching and communicating with clients around the state in various facilities. NMPJP is a new criminal justice organization that was founded specifically targeting the criminal justice system in New Mexico, filing civil suits on behalf of incarcerated individuals. The organization focuses on prisons and jails around the state, filing civil suits on behalf of incarcerated individuals.

Past Recipients

2020- Anna Trillo- With the support of the Othmer Fellowship, she worked in a Human Trafficking summer internship at the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center (“NMILC”) where she was responsible for conducting outreach and training partners on how to screen and refer potential human-trafficking survivors to NMILC. 
2019 - Denali Wilson - With the support of the Othmer Fellowship, she spent her summer working in Washington, D.C. with the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth engaging in policy advocacy and litigation to challenge the use of excessive and extreme youth sentencing.
2018 - Verenice Peregrino Pompa - With the support of the Othmer Fellowship, she worked on obtaining equal access to education for all New Mexico children at the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty
2017 - Janine Caller
2016 - Laura Johnson



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