New Mexico Legal Aid (NMLA)

Nonprofit started 1953. Provides civil legal aid. Headquartered in Albuquerque.
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Primary geographic focus: New Mexico
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: NMLA
Lists: LSC

Our legal services are intended to help clients at and below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines and victims of violence, regardless of income. Services are available regardless of language, age, gender, education, and physical/mental limitations.

For over sixty years, New Mexico Legal Aid, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, has been providing critically needed advocacy and legal representation to low income New Mexicans and to victims fleeing domestic violence regardless of income. Established in 1953 as the Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque, NMLA united with the Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Pueblo Nations legal aid programs to form a statwide legal aid program in 2003. NMLA has ten offices strategically located throughout the state to increase community awareness to the legal system.

In 1998, a statewide telephone-based intake system was implemented, named Law Access New Mexico. This function is used to conduct intake calls, assess cases and provide brief services to New Mexico residents.

When state funding became insufficient to meet the unmet legal needs of low-income New Mexicans, the Supreme Court of New Mexico created the New Mexico commission on Access to Justice in 2004 to act as an independent statewide organization dedicated to expanding and improving legal assistance.


News Story

A Blank Check for Legal Aid Gets Harder to Cash

Jack Karp
November 26, 2018
IOLTA programs across the country have been a major source of dollars for civil legal aid programs for decades, but anemic interest rates since the financial crash in 2008 have largely drained what was once a much deeper pond.

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