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 www.animalhumanenm.org.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

New York Knicks Sign Jersey Advertising Deal with Squarespace

Leveraging nearly two decades of experience as a criminal defense attorney, Geoffrey "Geoff" Scovil operates out of his Albuquerque-based office and specializes in habeas corpus cases. Although he resides in Albuquerque, Geoffrey Scovil is a passionate fan of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) New York Knicks.

Last year, the NBA's board of governors approved a motion to allow teams to include advertisement patches on the front of their jerseys as another means of adding revenue. On October 11, the Knicks became the 17th team in the league to sign a jersey sponsorship deal, as it reached an undisclosed agreement with Squarespace, a New York-based website-publishing platform that has reached over $100 million in revenue since its launch in 2003. 

As part of the agreement, the Squarespace emblem will be featured on the Knicks' home and away jerseys throughout the season, while the team's ownership group, the Madison Square Garden Company, will provide financial support to local small businesses that utilize Squarespace as a platform for website services. Jerseys sold in the official team store will also have the Squarespace logo. Other jersey sponsorship agreements around the league include Philadelphia 76ers and StubHub, Cleveland Cavaliers and Goodyear, and Orlando Magic and Disney.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

NY Knicks Trade Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City Thunder

Drawing on nearly 20 years of legal experience, Geoffrey "Geoff" Scovil practices in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he represents clients accused of a variety of crimes, ranging from misdemeanor offenses to murder and conspiracy charges. Although he has lived in Albuquerque since 1998, Geoffrey Scovil is a passionate fan of the National Basketball Association's New York Knicks.

The Knicks will have a significantly different roster in 2017-2018 as the team recently dealt Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and the Chicago Bulls' 2018 second-round draft pick. Originally a first-round pick of the Denver Nuggets, Carmelo Anthony has spent the past seven seasons with the Knicks and has been an All-Star in each of those years. However, he requested a trade from the franchise this past summer in the midst of organizational turmoil. He had a no-trade clause, which gave him the ultimate say as to which team he would accept in a trade. 

While neither Kanter nor McDermott have the prestige of Anthony, both are serviceable players who should help the Knicks in different ways. Kanter is a 6-foot-11, 245-pound center who has averaged 11.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game throughout his six-year career. McDermott, meanwhile, is a 25-year-old, three-year veteran who has a career average of 8.0 points per game.

Friday, September 15, 2017

FC Barcelona Rookie Dembele Reveals Advice Received Before His Debut

Since 1998, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil has lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he serves as an attorney at law. A solo practitioner, he has handled a wide variety of cases from small misdemeanor charges to felony conspiracy cases. In his personal life, Albuquerque's Geoffrey Scovil is a soccer fan who counts FC Barcelona as his favorite team. 

Barcelona rookie Ousmane Dembélé recently revealed what two of the team’s key players told him before his first match for the team. Serving as a substitute, Dembélé debuted in the second half of the team’s game against Espanyol in early September, a game Barcelona won 5-0.

After the match, Dembélé revealed that the team’s manager, Ernesto Valverde, offered him advice. Valverde, who used to play for the team, suggesting the rookie relax and be calm. Luis Suarez, however, provided Dembélé with more practical advice, advising the rookie to give him the ball and he would score.

Following Suarez’ advice, Dembélé got the ball and indeed passed to the striker, assisting in the team’s fifth and final goal of the match. Afterward, Dembélé expressed that he was very pleased with the results, saying he had fulfilled a dream.