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Antoinette Sedillo Lopez

BUS 1979

Professor Sedillo Lopez joined the UNM law faculty in 1986 after clerking for the District of Columbia Circuit Court and working in private practice. She taught courses from land use, civil procedure and professional responsibility to comparative law. In 2001 she became director of the law school's clinical programs. A key clinical project has been the UNM Access to Justice Practitioner Network, a group of lawyers willing to offer pro bono and reduced-fee services to under-served clients. She also is working with the UNM School of Medicine on ways to improve how lawyers and physicians process domestic violence cases. In 1996, she took a semester off to run the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign in New Mexico, after which she taught election law at both the UNM law school and the University of Utah. She has published nationally on a broad range of topics, including international child abduction, family law, Navajo marriage, clinical legal education, Spanish/ English legal dictionaries, international advocacy on women’s right, legal education an her personal poetry. She has spoken to regional, national and international audiences. In addition to leading the law school's clinical programs, she participated in the development of the book, Best Practices for Legal Education. She is series editor for Latino Communities: Emerging Voices-Political, Social, Cultural and Legal Issues (1998). Antoinette retired from the UNM Law School in 2014 and is now the ED of Enlace Comunitario, a member of the Board of the SW Women’s Law Center and the Valley Improvement Association.

I love my degree because it allowed me to follow my passions.