Important information ahead of November, includes presentations covering election integrity, projections after redistricting, SCOTUS updates, ethics, and a panel discussion.
MCLE credit is available for New Mexico attorneys. Meet the presenters below and see the full agenda.
Maggie Toulouse Oliver
New Mexico Secretary of State
Maggie Toulouse OIiver has called New Mexico home since the age of 3 and is New Mexico’s 26th Secretary of State. She has served the people of New Mexico in this role since first being elected in 2016. She has been involved in politics and public policy for over two decades and has made public service the focus of her career. Her work has focused on increasing voter access, running efficient, secure, and fair elections, and bringing more transparency and increased ethical standards to government.
Research and Polling
Brittany Poss is the Director of Data and Analytics at Research and Polling – an Albuquerque-based public opinion and market research firm that is in its fifth decade of providing redistricting services to all levels of government in New Mexico. Trained as a statistician through UNM’s Department of Political Science, Brittany has been instrumental in RPI’s redistricting efforts in the 2020 cycle.
State Senator - District 10
Katy earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Oregon, and later returned to attend the University of New Mexico School of Law. She has served as the Election Protection Coordinator for Common Cause New Mexico, where she organized New Mexico’s first state-wide nonpartisan election protection program in 2008. Duhigg went on to be a New Mexico House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Analyst, providing nonpartisan legal analysis to committee members before establishing The Duhigg Law Firm. In August 2018, Katy was appointed as Albuquerque City Clerk by Mayor Tim Keller, where she oversaw the 2019 Local Election for the City, and served as the city’s chief records custodian. Katy’s efforts also included reforming the City’s Code of Ethics, set clear guidelines regarding campaign ethics, and increase disclosure requirements for elected officials.
State Representative - District 15
Day is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Santa Fe, and is the only certified aviation and space attorney in the State of New Mexico. She practices law as a commercial aviation safety and security specialist and has been recognized for her work providing pro bono community legal services. She graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law and holds a Master of Law degree in Aviation and Space Law from McGill University. After law school, Day served as an American Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division National Scholar and was named the youngest serving President of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Womens’ Bar Association in 2013. Following her Masters program, Day acquired experience at the Federal level in Washington, D.C. practicing regulatory law and interacting with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board.
State Representative - District 11
Javier Martínez serves as the House Majority Floor Leader and as a member of the House Taxation and Revenue Committee and the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee. During the interim session, Javier serves on the Legislative Finance Committee and the Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee. Javier is a product of Albuquerque's public schools and graduated from the University of New Mexico, becoming the first in his family to attend and graduate from college. After graduation, Javier worked as a public health advocate for the University of Michigan and organized communities in Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. In 2010, Javier graduated from the UNM School of Law with honors in International and Comparative Law and the Southwest Indian Law Clinic. Since then, Javier has continued his dedicated advocacy on behalf of New Mexico's most vulnerable families at the local, state, national, and international levels.
State Senator - District 25
Senator Peter Wirth is a fourth term state Senator and the Senate Majority Leader. He serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Conservation Committee. He spent four years as a Representative in the State House from 2004 through 2008. Peter’s New Mexico roots go back several generations on both sides of his family. When he is not working at the Legislature, Peter is a lawyer in Santa Fe. He graduated from Stanford University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Spanish and then went to law school at the University of New Mexico where he obtained a Juris Doctorate in 1990. Peter was a law clerk for the Honorable Oliver Seth, a Federal Judge with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. His current civil law practice emphasizes mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Prior to his service in the legislature, Peter was actively involved in the Santa Fe community, serving on a number of boards including St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, and the Historic Santa Fe Foundation.
Professor of Law, UNM School of Law
Vinay Harpalani teaches courses in constitutional law, civil rights, civil procedure, and employment discrimination. Professor Harpalani was the recipient of the 2017 Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Award from the Association of American Law Schools Section on Minority Groups; and the 2016 Junior Teaching Faculty Award from the Society of American Law Teachers. His scholarship focuses on the intersections between race, education, and law, as he explores the nuances of racial diversity and identity from various disciplinary perspectives. His writings have covered topics such as affirmative action in university admissions, racial ambiguity, skin color discrimination, and the psychological development of racial identity. Professor Harpalani’s 2012 law review article, “Diversity Within Racial Groups and the Constitutionality of Race-Conscious Admissions”, which was published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, was cited in eight U.S. Supreme Court amicus briefs in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin I and II, and was quoted (with citation omitted) in Justice Samuel Alito’s dissent in Fisher II
Executive Director, State Ethics Commission
Jeremy previously served as General Counsel to New Mexico’s Department of Finance and Administration and practiced law at litigation firms both in Atlanta, Georgia and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jeremy clerked for the Honorable Julia S. Gibbons on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; the Honorable Judith K. Nakamura on the New Mexico Supreme Court; and the Honorable James O. Browning on the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, a doctorate and masters degree from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Bachelors of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Compliance Over Cocktails
CCC hosted an outdoor cocktail reception on the Patio of La Posada hotel. The event featured a review of New Mexico's campaign financing and lobbyist reporting laws and regulations. All precautions were observed. Attendees were provided with detailed materials and encouraged to ask scenario specific questions.
Legislative Policy Primer
Ahead of the 2021 Legislative Session, we hosted a 10 part series to provide incoming legislators with a “primer” on topics that are at the forefront in New Mexico. A curated panel of expert speakers included legislative staff, journalists, NGO’s, industry, and government relations professionals. This was open to all legislators, both new and previously elected.
2020 Election Results Review
Capitol Counsel & Consulting hosted a Facebook Live event the morning after the November 2, 2020 elections. Along with our guest speakers, we discussed the many outcomes, known and yet to be decided.
Fall Candidate Showcase
In the fall of 2020 we hosted a bipartisan, bicameral fundraising series! This regional showcase reconnected attendees with old friends and introduced them to new faces in the election arena. Each installment featured up to three candidates from five different regions. This showcase was authorized by each participating candidate's campaign and in-kind contributions for organization and advertisement received from Capitol Counsel and Consulting.