Friday, April 6, 2018

A Brief History of San Francisco’s Pier 39

For more than two decades, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil has practiced law in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A solo practitioner, he primarily practices habeas corpus law and is responsible for protecting the constitutional rights of his clients. In his free time, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil enjoys visiting cities outside of Albuquerque, such as San Francisco.

One of San Francisco’s most popular tourist attractions is Pier 39. The concept for this attraction was thought up by Warren Simmons in 1973. Simmons’ vision was to create a destination full of restaurants, shops, and attractions to keep tourists entertained. This vision came to fruition in 1977, when he finally completed the permit process for the development and purchase of 45 acres of land on which to build his dream.

It took several months for Pier 39 to be constructed. It was built from an old cargo pier that was constructed in 1905 and used reclaimed wood from 1910 to build new structures. When it first opened, it featured a diving pool, 23 sit-down restaurants, and 110 businesses. It even drew the attention of Swiss Louis, the Pier’s last remaining original restaurant tenant who moved to the location in 1978 after operating in North Beach for over 40 years.

Over the years, Pier 39 brought in more attractions, despite the fact that Simmons sold the Pier in 1981. The Blue & Gold Fleet started hosting Bay Cruises at the pier in 1979 and a carousel eventually replaced the diving pool. In 1996, Aquarium of the Bay opened on the pier, along with Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Hard Rock Cafe, Crab House, and Forbes Island all also joined the ranks of Pier 39’s restaurant tenants. Since then, Pier 39 has remained a staple for tourists in San Francisco.

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Fretboard on the Bass Guitar

For the past 20 years, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil has led a solo practice as an attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In his free time, Geoffrey Scovil of Albuquerque is learning to play the bass guitar. 

The fretboard is the part of the bass guitar that allows the guitarist to play different notes. The fretboard itself is constructed of wood. Metal wires separate one fret from the next. Most basses include 21, 22, or 24 total frets, some of which feature circular fret markers to help the guitarist visualize his or her finger placement along the fretboard.

As the fingers travel from the body of the guitar to the nut, where the tuning pegs are placed, each fret produces a tone that is a half-step higher than the one before it. The exact tone depends on the string that the musician is playing, as each string has a different open tone. 

The fourth string, closest to the top when played in the normal position, sounds an E when struck with no frets depressed. The first fret plays an F and the second sounds an F sharp, while the third plays a G. The third string, second from the top, plays an A when open, just as the second string plays a D and the first plays a G. 

Many musicians choose first to learn the natural notes, defined as those with no sharps or flats. All of these are a whole step, or two frets, apart, except for E to F and B to C, each of these pairs being next to one another. Memorizing each sequence of natural notes on each string, particularly on the fourth and third, can give a guitarist a framework from which to understand the full fretboard.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Cleveland Browns to Pick First Overall in 2018 NFL Draft

The recipient of a juris doctor from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Geoffrey "Geoff" Scovil has worked as an attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico for nearly two decades. Although he resides in Albuquerque, Geoffrey Scovil is a fan of professional sports teams on the East Coast, including the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL).

For the second consecutive year, the Browns will pick first overall at the NFL Draft after posting a win-loss record of 0-16 in the 2017 season. The top pick in the draft goes to the team with the worst overall record and Cleveland secured that status after losing 20-3 to the Chicago Bears on December 24. No team has picked first overall in back-to-back years since the Browns selected Tim Couch and Courtney Brown at the top of the 1999 and 2000 NFL Draft respectively. Last year, the team selected defensive end Myles Brown. 

The Browns are in desperate need of a quarterback and one mock draft has them taking University of Southern California's Sam Darnold who threw 4,143 yards last season, along with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Other quarterbacks expected to be taken among the top 10 picks include Josh Rosen of University of California, Los Angeles, Josh Allen of Wyoming, and Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma. In addition to their own first-round pick, the Browns own the Houston Texans' first-round pick, as well as second-round picks from the Texans and Philadelphia Eagles.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

NMWA Reports on the Passage of the Cerros del Norte Conservation Act

Longtime attorney Geoffrey Scovil is a solo practitioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dedicated to protecting the constitutional rights of clients, he focuses much of his work on habeas corpus law. Outside of work, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil helps his Albuquerque community by supporting such organizations as the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (NMWA).

In January 2018, the NMWA released information about the new Cerros del Norte Conservation Act that was passed in the U.S. Senate a few days before Christmas. Sportsmen, tribal leaders, and business owners all supported the passage of the act, citing the ways the Río Grande del Norte National Monument supported their lifestyles. President Obama was responsible for designating this monument in 2013 and Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich submitted the Cerros del Norte Conservation Act shortly after.

Based on the new legislation, two new wilderness areas in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument would receive extra protection: Río San Antonio and Cerro del Yuta. These two areas are located along one of the largest avian migratory routes in the world and are home to such game species as elk and pronghorn antelope. While the legislation improves wilderness protection of these areas, it will not impact water rights and grazing in already-existing areas. Further, recreational activities like fishing and hiking in the national monument would be safeguarded.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Emerge New Mexico Hosts Women, Wine, and Chocolate Event

A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, attorney Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil works at his own law firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Heavily involved in the Albuquerque community, Geoffrey Scovil and his wife support various local organizations, including Emerge New Mexico.

Founded in 2005, Emerge New Mexico seeks to increase the number of women involved with public office who are members of the Democratic Party. The group works toward this goal through training, recruiting, and offering various resources and networking opportunities. Since it began, the parent organization has created branches in 22 states, including New Mexico, and has trained more than 2,500 women.

One of its networking opportunities took place on August 25, 2017, at the Sandia Event Center in Albuquerque. Entitled Women, Wine and Chocolate, this annual event celebrates Women’s Equality Day. At the 2017 event, more than 40 Emerge graduates who hold public office attended and mingled with other Emerge members and women leaders. Attendees also had the chance to participate in a live auction and enjoy food and drink.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Emerge New Mexico’s Training Program for Democratic Women

Attorney Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil is a sole practitioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Active in the Albuquerque community, Geoffrey Scovil supports several organizations, including Emerge New Mexico.

Emerge New Mexico is an organization devoted to increasing the number of Democratic women leaders by offering them training, recruitment, and support services. Its curriculum focuses on helping women learn everything from campaign strategy and field operations to public speaking and ethical leadership. Women accepted into the program meet one weekend per month for seven months to receive training.

Women who are interested in participating in the Emerge program must submit an application by December 1 every year. This gives the organization time to review the submissions and accept up to 25 women by the time the program starts in March or April. All applicants must be registered as Democrats and live in New Mexico. They must also be available to take every class in the Emerge course.

Since Emerge New Mexico focuses on accepting self-motivated, intelligent women, applicants must demonstrate a history of political leadership or a potential for political leadership. They are expected to have the ability to bring groups together to meet a common goal, inspire others, and build an effective network. In addition, candidates for the Emerge program must be capable of articulating their political vision.

Emerge New Mexico requires women to pay a $35 application fee and a $300 tuition fee. If needed, the program offers several scholarships and payment plans to help participants manage these fees.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Animal Humane New Mexico’s Youth Camp

A criminal defense attorney based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil has operated a private practice in the city for nearly two decades. Alongside his work as an attorney, Geoffrey Scovil supports several Albuquerque-based nonprofit groups, including Animal Humane New Mexico. 

In addition to sheltering dogs and cats and placing them in loving homes, Animal Humane New Mexico oversees a variety of outreach programs to educate people about pet care and promote the humane treatment of all animals. One of the organization’s most popular education programs is Camp Humane, designed for youth eight to 13 years of age. 

Each year, Animal Humane New Mexico hosts winter and summer Camp Humane sessions at its main campus in Albuquerque. During the sessions, participants learn about caring and advocating for animals through fun activities led by humane educators, education volunteers, and special guests. Campers also have the opportunity to interact with animals and visit other organizations focused on animal welfare. 

Animal Humane New Mexico offers two-day camps during winter break and several multi-day sessions in the summer. For more information, visit