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New Mexico Wilderness Alliance's Gila Campaign

Geoffrey Scovil is an an Albuquerque-based attorney who earned his juris doctor degree in 1996 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. When he isn't advocating for clients in habeas corpus cases, Geoff Scovil actively supports numerous pioneering non-profit organizations such as the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (NMWA). 

Founded in 1997, the NMWA is committed to protecting and restoring the state's wild lands and wilderness areas through advocacy, stewardship, and federal wilderness designations. One of the non-profit's most prevalent wilderness protection campaigns involves the Gila Wilderness, New Mexico's largest wilderness area. NMWA's goal, aside from further expansion of designated wilderness, is to have the Gila River and numerous other eligible streams secure Wild and Scenic status.

Since 2013 NMWA citizen scientists have been hiking and taking inventory of the Gila National Forest, surveying more than 100 miles of the Gila River and documenting …
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Tips for Combating Shin Splints

An Albuquerque-based attorney specializing in defending clients' constitutional rights, Geoffrey Scovil earned his juris doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1996. He chose Case Western because it was close to Ashtabula, Ohio where his grandmother lived in the house where she raised her kids just down the street from her antique shop where she herself was raised during The Great Depression. Geoff Scovil was close to his grandmother who just passed away this year at the age of 96.

Family is important to Geoff Scovil. His favorite thing to do is enjoy sports - whether as a spectator or participant - with his family. He was an avid runner and cyclist who earned a varsity letter in numerous high school sports, including track and field and has played various sports ever since. 

One of the most commonly-occurring injuries for track and field athletes and beginner runners is shin splints. If ignored, the bone injury could progress to a stress fracture. Howev…

Denzel Washington Voices John Coltrane in New Documentary

Geoffrey Scovil is an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based attorney who specializes in Habeas Corpus law. Outside of his work in Albuquerque, Geoff Scovil considers jazz his favorite musical genre, naming jazz legend John Coltrane as his favorite artist. 

A recent John Coltrane documentary, Chasing Trane, found its voice for the jazz great in veteran Hollywood actor, Denzel Washington. When John Schienfield made The US Vs John Lennon, the director had no problem finding audio and video interviews of the former Beatle to help tell the story. Schienfield did not have such luck with Chasing Trane, as John Coltrane rarely ever gave audio interviews, and never did any on television, leaving the director little to work with in regard to the artist’s own words. 

Despite the lack of audio and video interviews, however, Coltrane did do a number of print interviews throughout his career. To bring the musician’s words to life, Schienfield enlisted the help of Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington, who ta…

Increasing Your Cycling Speed

Albuquerque, New Mexico, attorney Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil focuses on habeas corpus law and is one of the leading habeas corpus contractors for the state. He possesses more than two decades of legal experience, including work as public defender and felony trial lawyer. In his free time, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys biking around Albuquerque and beyond.

Some of the simplest ways of increasing your cycling speed involve changing how your ride your bike. As you ride, wind resistance slows you down, so you should try to reduce this as much as possible. Keep your elbows tucked in closer to your body and lower your body at the waist as much as possible. If your bike has a drop-handle, riding lower is much easier. Simply place your hands on the drops to lower your overall stance. However, keep in mind that doing this can make it more difficult to reach the brakes and may be a strain on the back.

Fortunately, back strain and brakes can easily be dealt with. In terms of braking, it is actually better t…

Senior Citizens Law Office Reduces Geographical Barriers to Legal Help

Geoffrey Scovil has nearly two decades of legal experience. He practices primarily habeas corpus (post conviction) criminal law in New Mexico. Outside of his work in private practice, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil helps his Albuquerque community through his support of such organizations as the Senior Citizens Law Office.

The Senior Citizens Law Office (SCLO) provides legal representation and advocacy for individuals who are at least 60 years old. Beyond its various efforts to raise awareness and provide legal services to senior citizens in urban areas, the organization reaches out to rural communities. Recognizing that many senior citizens in these areas face a geographical barrier to much-needed legal services, the organization has attorneys visit two or three senior centers every month to provide a legal clinic and brief legal services presentation.

SCLO’s community education efforts focus on serving Valencia, Torrance, and Sandoval Counties, where residents tend to be fairly isolated. Memb…

Basic Camping Safety

For more than 15 years, attorney Geoffrey (Geoff) Scovil has been a solo practitioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he focuses on habeas corpus law. When not busy with his responsibilities as an Albuquerque attorney, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys camping. 

Below are four basic safety considerations when preparing for a camping trip:

1. Build safe fires. A campfire is a staple of any good camping experiences, but it is important that you not build a fire under low-hanging trees. Before you go to bed, put the flames out entirely, and always make sure someone watches the fire while it’s burning.

2. Watch for animals. Bees and wasps are primarily a concern for campers with allergies, but multiple stings at once are always dangerous. Check the trees and ground for nests. Never approach wild animals, and look out for spiders and snakes as you walk.

3. Bring a first aid kit. Minor cuts, scrapes, and other small injuries can be dealt with using a first aid kit. This prevents infection and keeps you …

When to Visit Morocco

For more than two decades, Geoffrey Scovil has been practicing as an attorney. First serving as a public defender in Ohio, he has spent the past 18 years as a solo practitioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In his free time, attorney Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil enjoys traveling outside of Albuquerque to such locations as Morocco.

Morocco’s peak tourist season runs from July to September. Between these months, locals return from their annual vacations and international tourists flock to the country. Since these months are the country’s summertime, temperatures can get hot in some areas. July and August, especially, are the hottest months of the year, but the coastal and mountain areas can be a bit cooler. Nevertheless, beaches and city streets stay crowded and prices are typically much higher.

As the country moves in fall and winter, prices and crowds tend to drop. Morocco experiences a couple Western holidays during the winter months, along with a few Islamic holidays. These holidays can affe…