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Help With The Hard Stuff: 'Be An Informed Shopper For Your Legal Services'

on June 6, 2013 - 10:12am

Part 9 (of 10)–“Be An Informed Shopper For Your Legal Services

Last column looked at some of the reasons agreements fail. This column notes some forms of legal services variously called “cutting edge” law or a “comprehensive law” movement, which try to better address the reasons agreements fail, especially the reasons of shallow peace, and lack of informed consent.

Remember, all forms of legal services, conventional or innovative, are very human, to me meaning that the practical, on-the-ground reality can be very different from the

Los Alamos Urologist Released From Jail Today

on May 28, 2013 - 10:07pm

A family friend shields Los Alamos urologist Pavel Mourachov, left, outside the jail late today from being photographed following his release. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A family friend leads Pavel Mourachov, left, to an awaiting truck following his release late today from jail. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos urologist Pavel V. Mourachov was set free late today following his first appearance in court since his arrest five days ago.

Police arrested Mourachov, 41, May 22 in the parking lot of Los Alamos Medical

Help With The Hard Stuff: 'Getting Commitment, not just Agreement'

on May 23, 2013 - 8:42am
Part 8 (of 10)–“Getting Commitment, not just Agreement”
I ended my last column promising to explore some of the older and newer alternatives to a conventional law practice that exist and are evolving in legal services. To me, it’s an access to justice issue. How can you, the person who needs help with the hard stuff, get that help effectively and affordably from lawyers? I think it’s hard, especially when the issues have you especially stressed and the involvement is tumultuous, as is common in divorce.

I think it’s especially hard

State Farm Releases Top 10 States for Dog Bite Claims

on May 17, 2013 - 8:22am
Courtesy/State Farm
State Farm Insurance just released its annual Top 10 states for dog bite claims for 2012.
The company also is partnering with the USPS and AVMA during National Dog Bite Prevention Week® to provide information to prevent dog bites.
While not in the Top 10 for 2012, New Mexico reported 25 dog bite incidents that resulted in claims in New Mexico – nearly double the number of claims reported for 2011 – that number was 13. The average claims cost was just under $30,000 per incident - a cost for which the dog’s owner could be responsible if they

Council Enters Closed Session to Discuss Bid Protest

on May 13, 2013 - 11:21pm

Council Chair Geoff Rodgers, right, and Vice Chair David Izraelevitz join four other councilors in voting to go into closed session to discuss the Smart Meter bid award protest heard this evening by Council. Councilor Steve Girrens was absent. Print Screen 

Council Continues Hearing Appeal of Smart Meters Bid Award

on May 13, 2013 - 9:14pm

Attorney Wayne Bingham begins questioning County staff in tonight's Smart Meter bid award protest hearing. Print Screen photo

Assistant County Attorney Dan Gonzales, left, objects to a line of questioning by GEW attorney Wayne Bingham at right. Print Screen photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council tonight is continuing, in its capacity as a quasi-judicial body, the hearing related to the protest appeal by GEW Mechanical (GEW) of a bid award for Smart Meters to Landis + Gyr ("L+G".)

Council Chair Geoff Rodgers opened this evening's meeting advising the attorneys that they must wrap up

Help With The Hard Stuff: 'The Goldilocks Principle'

on May 9, 2013 - 10:25am

Part 7 (of 10)“The Goldilocks Principle”

I ended my last column, promising that we’ll next consider some of the specific problems clients can have with selecting their attorney and the approach to solving their legal problem.

After this column, we’ll explore some of the newer experiments and alternatives that exist and are evolving in the provisioning of legal services.

We all know the story a lost, hungry, tired little girl finds herself lost in the forest and stumbles upon a house whose inhabitants are absent.

Letter to the Editor: Unequivocal Support for Aspen Principal

on April 27, 2013 - 12:26pm

Letter to the Editor

The April 21 story reporting a lawsuit filed by Zeynep Unal against Los Alamos Public Schools and Kathryn Vandenkieboom, principal at Aspen Elementary, was incredibly disheartening. 

The story, particularly the wording in the lawsuit, portrayed Kathryn much differently than the child and family advocate we know. We would like readers to know that Kathryn.

Five years ago, when it was announced that Kathryn would lead Aspen as our principal, cheers of joy rang out!

Help With The Hard Stuff: 'Contain if Necessary'

on April 25, 2013 - 8:26am

Part 6 (of 10)“Contain if Necessary”

My last column continued William Uri’s “third-sider” roles lawyers can play that might help you with the hard stuff, focusing on the “resolve” roles of Mediator, Arbiter, Equalizer, and Healer.

This week I want to talk about Uri’s “contain” roles of Witness, Referee, and Peacekeeper, and also a hybrid activity I believe exists especially within the context of what can be called “Divorce Wars”: equalization and containment.

I agree with Uri that “unresolved conflict escalates because no one is paying

Teacher Files Lawsuit Against Los Alamos Public Schools

on April 22, 2013 - 4:09pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

A Los Alamos Public Schools Special Education teacher is suing the district, its superintendent, and the principal of Aspen Elementary School.

Attorney Kate Ferlic of Egolf, Ferlic & Day, LLC in Santa Fe filed the lawsuit Thursday, April 18 in District Court with a complaint for relief and jury trial demand on behalf of her client Zeynep Unal, a Turkish-born special education teacher, for violations of the New Mexico Human Rights Act, defamation and breach of contract.

In the suit, Aspen Elementary School Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom, who served

Jemez Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault Charge

on April 22, 2013 - 2:28pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Jerome Dominic Concha, 20, a member and resident of Jemez Pueblo, pleaded guilty this morning to a federal assault charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Concha was arrested Jan. 10, on a criminal complaint charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon. In February, Concha was indicted and charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

According to court records, on Jan. 1, Concha repeatedly struck another Jemez Pueblo man in the face and head with a hatchet in a residence on Jemez Pueblo.

During this morning’s proceedings,

Help With The Hard Stuff: 'Best of all Prevent'

on March 28, 2013 - 8:03am

Help With The Hard Stuff
Part 4 (of 10) –“Best of all Prevent”

My last column introduced “third-sider” roles that might help you with the hard stuff. I also asked you to think about how a lawyer might help you prevent an escalation of conflict.

When there are latent tensions, intervention may prevent the tensions from erupting into violence. Many say prevention is the best intervention, and Ury suggests three prevention roles: Provider,Teacher, and Bridge-Builder.

Cross the threshold of these three opportunities, he says, and there is destructive conflict,

Former LANB Employee Sentenced to Prison for Bank Fraud

on March 27, 2013 - 2:00pm

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Deborah Gayle Wood, 56, currently residing in Grove, Okla., was sentenced Tuesday, March 26, to eight months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for her bank fraud conviction.

Wood also was ordered to pay $4,390.93 in restitution and a $10,000 fine.

Wood pled guilty in December 2011 to a felony information charging her with bank fraud.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 22– Feb.27, 2013

on March 4, 2013 - 11:55am

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.


Feb. 22 at 3:26 a.m. / Police arrested Rogelio Anaya, 20, of Los Alamos at 9th Street and Central Avenue and charged him with speeding, driving with an open container of alcohol, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a license, driving without

Fines Dropped: LANL 6 Given Community Service

on February 26, 2013 - 10:44am
LANL 6 protestors Cathie Sullivan, Wind Euler, Janet Greenwald, Benjamin (Summer) Abbott, Barbara Grothus and Pam Gilchrist. Photo by Greg Kendall/
LANL 6 News:
The six anti-nuclear activists who went before Judge Alan Kirk in Los Alamos Municipal Court last month have been granted their request to perform community service in lieu of paying fines. 
The LANL 6, as they became known, were arrested during a Hiroshima-Day protest at Las Alamos National Laboratory Aug. 6, 2012,
The defendants spoke during their Jan. 9 court appearance about U.S.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 14– Feb.19, 2013

on February 25, 2013 - 3:09pm

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Feb. 14 at 9:02 a.m. / A 31-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was being harassed in the 400 block of Ridgecrest.


Feb. 14 at 9:15 a.m. / Police charged Mark Henins, 46, of Los Alamos with harassment and issued him a summons to appear in court.

Feb. 14 at 9:21 p.m.

Spring DWI School Begins March 9

on February 25, 2013 - 8:43am

LAFC News:

Los Alamos Family Council is the State approved site for DWI School in Los Alamos County.

The next series of classes is scheduled to start 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9 and continue with two more sessions at the same time March 16 and 23.

The cost for the three-session program is $175 payable at the time of registration.

LAFC, at 1505 15th St., Suite C, offers DWI school four times a year. For more information, visit LAFC at or call 505-662-4160.

NIST, DOJ Form Commission to Develop Guidelines for Forensic Labs

on February 21, 2013 - 6:48am

NIST News:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have announced the establishment of a National Commission on Forensic Science as part of a new initiative to strengthen and enhance the practice of forensic science.

The National Commission on Forensic Science will be composed of approximately 30 members, bringing together forensic science service practitioners, academic researchers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and other relevant stakeholders to develop policy recommendations for the Attorney General.

The commission

Help With The Hard Stuff: Legal Process is All about Negotiation

on February 14, 2013 - 12:38pm

Help With The Hard Stuff

Part 1 (of 10) - Legal Process is All about Negotiation


“Legal process” is different from “law.” Law is comprised of the compromises that have been negotiated or otherwise made into enforceable rules.

Legal process is what you are “in” if you are in a dispute with someone over what the rules are or how they are applied – it’s the enforcement part of “enforceable rules.”

Let’s assume that consulting with a lawyer is involvement in “legal process” even if the lawyer does not end up representing you in a formal legal action.

You are

Former New Mexico State University Student Sentenced to Prison for Making False Bomb Threats

on January 18, 2013 - 7:31am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Thursday morning, Jan. 17, a federal judge in Las Cruces, New Mexico sentenced Daud Anwar, 30, of Albuquerque to 24 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for his conviction for making false bomb threats.

Anwar’s sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales and Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.

SAC Carol K.O. Lee

On March 21, 2012, Anwar was charged with using electronic communication devices on March 3, 2011, to falsely claim that buildings on the New Mexico State

LANL 6 Found Guilty on Two of Three Counts

on January 10, 2013 - 8:07am

The self-named LANL 6 protesters outside the Los Alamos Justice Center Wednesday include Janet Greenwald, Catherine Euler, Pamela Gilchrist, Cathie Sullivan, Benjamin 'Summer' Abbott and Barbara Grothus. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

Six defendants sat in the front of Judge Alan Kirk’s Municipal Courtroom at the Los Alamos Justice Center Wednesday morning with their defense lawyer, Santa Fe Attorney Jeffery Haas.

The defendants were on trial for charges of trespass, refusing to obey an officer and obstructing movement as a result of their actions during an

Former Bernalillo County Corrections Officer Sentenced for Civil Rights Violations

on January 10, 2013 - 6:25am

FBI News:

WASHINGTON—Demetrio Juan Gonzales, 40, a former corrections officer at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Albuquerque was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 33 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for violating the civil rights of an individual in his custody when he struck and choked the victim in the shower room/dress-out area of MDC. Gonzales pleaded guilty in October 2012.

According to court documents, during the early morning hours of December 21, 2011, Gonzales was assigned to the Receiving-Discharge-Transfer (RDT)

Local Trial Set For Anti-Nuclear Protestors

on January 2, 2013 - 11:02am

LANL 6 protestors Cathie Sullivan, Wind Euler, Janet Greenwald, Benjamin (Summer) Abbott, Barbara Grothus and Pam Gilchrist. Photo by Greg Kendall/


Staff Report


Trial is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 for six protestors arrested during last year's Hiroshima Day demonstration at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


The trial will be heard by Judge Alan Kirk in Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos.

Police arrested the six protestors Aug.

County's Insurance Carrier Settles Lawsuit

on December 20, 2012 - 11:04am
Staff Report
Los Alamos County's insurance carrier, the New Mexico Self-Insurer’s Fund, has settled a lawsuit filed by a former Parks and Recreation Department employee.
Melody Cross, a senior office specialist with the Parks Department filed the lawsuits in First Judicial District Court against Los Alamos County, Parks Manager Richard McIntyre and Parks Department employee Randy Lucero.
Cross charged the defendents with infliction of emotional distress, battery, punitive damages and prima facie tort, a term used in modern legal English to signify that on first examination, a

NMOHVA Files Lawsuit Against Santa Fe National Forest Travel Management Decision

on December 13, 2012 - 6:34am


The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA) filed a lawsuit against the Santa Fe National Forest Dec. 11 in Federal District Court.

The lawsuit contests the Forest's Travel Management decision signed by Forest Supervisor Maria T. Garcia June 12 and upheld by the Region 3 Appeal Deciding Officer Oct. 2.  

Filing a lawsuit is a major commitment of NMOHVA's time and money. The NMOHVA Board thought long and hard about this and then voted unanimously to go ahead with legal action.

"NMOHVA filed this lawsuit on the behalf of our members but it really is for everyone who