On August 6, 2020, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations for the 41st Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. XYChelsea, featuring Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward attorneys, Vince Ward and Nancy Hollander, received nominations in two categories: for Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary and for Outstanding Sound. Vince and Nancy represented Chelsea Manning in her successful clemency that saw her freed from a 35 year sentence.
On Thursday, July 23, 2020, David Freedman (Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward, P.A.) and co-counsel Alexandra Freedman Smith (Law Office of Alexandra Freedman Smith, LLC), were successful in certifying the Class in Pino v. City of Albuquerque, a Collective Action pursuant to the New Mexico Fair Pay for Women Act, to recover back wages and other benefits for female employees who worked at the City of Albuquerque between May 9, 2013 until July 23, 2020. The case will now move forward with the Notice stage. Class members have one hundred (100) days to opt in for inclusion in the Action.
If you wish to find out if you are a member of the Class and/or join this Class and obtain any benefits from the lawsuit, you may do one of the following: (1) complete a “Consent to Join Suit” form (prepaid and addressed postcard) and return it to the lawyers representing the Plaintiffs and the Class no later than November 18, 2020; (2) visit www.pinoclass.com; (3) call Class counsel at (505) 200-2331; or (4) email counsel for the Class at email@example.com and request a copy of the complete Notice and a “Consent to Join Suit” form.
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The lawyers of Freedman Boyd believe that Black Lives Matter and support the fight against racism and racial inequality. We think it is important not only that we talk and listen to each other, but that we do something about the racial injustice that has existed for too long in our communities, our institutions, and our legal system. There is simply no place for hate and intolerance in our world today and we must all strive to better ourselves as we move forward. We believe that the law can be a powerful instrument for advancing the goals and policies that Black Lives Matter represents and we are committed to helping to make the law achieve that potential.
Congratulations to FBH’s Partner David A. Freedman selected by his peers as Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Law and also listed in several other practice areas.
Only a single lawyer in a specific practice area and location is honored with a “Lawyer of the Year” designation.
Mr. Freedman has also been recognized for his work in Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: General Practice, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Intellectual Property and Litigation – Securities.
Freedman Boyd Hollander Golberg Urias & Ward attorneys David Urias and Jeremy Farris, along with lawyers from Somos un Pueblo Unido, the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, and the ACLU of New Mexico, have achieved a stipulated order in Coss v. Monforte, a challenge to the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division’s regulations governing the issuance of non-REAL ID driver’s licenses and identification cards, including the illegal practices of requiring proof of an “identification number” and not providing adequate due process to applicants who were denied a credential. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit included senior citizens, immigrants, and homeless New Mexicans who were unlawfully denied a license or ID, which they need to go to work or school, obtain housing, medical care or other necessities. The court order requires the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department and the Motor Vehicles Division to properly implement its two-tiered driver’s license law and take much-needed steps to ensure New Mexicans have easier access to an alternative to the federal REAL ID, as state legislators intended.
Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward P.A. recently obtained a full acquittal for the firm’s client after a three-day trial in the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, NM. The individual was charged with two counts of battery on a peace officer after an interaction with Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputies at his home. The jury took approximately two hours to return a not guilty verdict on all charges. Firm partners Molly Schmidt-Nowara and David H. Urias served as trial counsel.
On May 24, 2018, firm client Daniel Libit, a journalist that operates nmfishbowl.com, prevailed in his lawsuit against The University of New Mexico Foundation, Inc., establishing that the Foundation’s records are subject to disclosure under New Mexico’s public records laws. The lawsuit, which is the first of its kind in New Mexico, continues a national trend towards transparency for public university fundraising practices. Firm attorney Nicholas T. Hart argued the motion for summary judgment leading to the ruling, and along with firm partners John W. Boyd and David H. Urias, represents Mr. Libit in a series of lawsuits seeking to open up the University of New Mexico’s fundraising activities to public inspection. See coverage of the lawsuit and ruling here and here.