Friday, December 16, 2016

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. Members of these communities are encouraged to bring individual legal questions to ask the visiting attorneys. Depending on the situation, SCLO will open cases and provide full representation.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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 from having to find a hospital for small cuts. Make sure your kit includes such items as band-aids, tweezers, sunscreen, and personal medications.

4. Bring a map. Although you may have a GPS tracker, technology does not always work in the wilderness. Always bring a map of the area, and carry it whenever you leave the campsite. When hiking, tell someone of your plans, and go with a friend if possible.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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 affect travel options. Beyond that, winter and fall have cooler temperatures, but the mountains are susceptible to flash flooding and the desert often experiences extreme night temperatures.

Spring is regarded as one of the better times to visit Morocco. Most of the country experiences warm sunshine without getting too hot between the months of March and May. The mountains may still have some snow, but the air is noticeably crisp and fresh after the winter rainfall. Morocco’s coastal areas are also quite enjoyable. Since the country is coming from its offseason and moving into its peak season, prices can be a bit more manageable.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

How Running Makes People Nicer


As an attorney at law in Albuquerque with extensive felony trial experience, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil has handled cases including misdemeanors, conspiracy, and charges of murder. Outside of serving as one of the leading lawyers on contract with New Mexico's Law Office of the Public Defender, attorney Geoffrey Scovil also enjoys running.

According to avid runner and writer Jason Saltmarsh, not only does running make people healthier, but it makes them nicer. For instance, families that run together end up becoming closer, as they share a common interest to talk about at home. In addition, they feel the same joy and pain during and after a run. 

Runners also tend to be more environmentally aware. Due to an appreciation of their surroundings, they typically keep the environment safe and clean. Further, running teaches them how to set goals and develop the proper discipline needed to achieve these goals, which results in an increased sense of well-being.

The more runners train, the more their self-confidence improves and the more they feel good about themselves, which others take note of. Through this training they often strike a balance wherein they learn to accept that there are many people who can run faster and farther than they can. These realizations can result in a healthier outlook, including a positive attitude that makes runners tend to be kinder and more empathetic.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Curbing Gender Disparity in Politics


As an attorney practicing habeas corpus law on contract for the New Mexico Law Office of the Public Defender in Albuquerque, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil handles cases ranging from misdemeanors to murder cases. Apart from defending clients who are indigent in criminal cases in Albuquerque and all around New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil and his wife support organizations such as Emerge New Mexico, a foundation that trains and empowers women who are running for office as Democrats.

Although women are breaking down barriers in business and other professional fields such as law and medicine, gender disparity still exists in politics. The best solution to the problem of the under representation of women, according to Shane Gilbert, an intern at Emerge New Mexico, is to educate and encourage women to run for Congress. Gilbert believes that while organizations like Emerge New Mexico advocate for women, everyone should support the cause to diminish or totally end gender disparity, as it benefits future generations not only in the workplace and politics, but in all facets of life.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Youth Opera Program of the Outpost Performance Space


With approximately two decades of legal experience, Albuquerque resident Geoffrey Scovil focuses on habeas corpus law. The sole practitioner at the Albuquerque firm that bears his name, he functions as a leading legal contractor for the State of New Mexico Public Defender Department. Beyond dispatching his professional obligations, Geoffrey Scovil supports Albuquerque’s Outpost Performance Space.

A fine arts organization that hosts various musical and fine arts shows, the Outpost Performance Space was founded in 1988 and is supported through a membership program, advertising, donations, grants, and sponsorships. It also maintains several educational initiatives targeted at children and young adults, including the Youth Opera Program.

Designed for children between the ages of 4 and 14 and originally a part of the Santa Fe Opera outreach initiative, the Youth Opera Program provides a learning environment where youth collaborate to produce a short opera. Children learn a range of skills during the eight-week program, including choreography, costume design, harmonies, and lyrics.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The 39th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert Approaches


Geoffrey Scovil is an attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who specializes in Habeas Corpus law. Outside of work, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys jazz music, and one of his favorite musicians is John Coltrane. Each year, the John Coltrane Memorial Concert pays tribute to the jazz legend.

Held by the Northeastern Center for the Arts, the Northeastern Department of City and Community Affairs, and Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert, this year’s concert is to be held on October 29th at the Blackman Auditorium at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Subtitled, An Evening of Ballads and Blues, the 2016 John Coltrane Memorial Concert features performances by an ensemble cast including Carl Atkins, Billy Buss, Bill Pierce, Jason Palmer, Stan Strickland, Ron Savage, Avery Sharpe, Rick Stepton, Consuelo Candelaria, and Bobby Tynes. 

Hosted by Eric Jackson, the 2016 John Coltrane Memorial Concert will cost $30 for general admission, but seniors and students get in for $25. For those looking for a bit more, VIP tickets are $40.

To learn more about the event or to buy tickets, visit www.friendsofjcmc.org.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Three Tips for Desert Camping

 

Living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil is an attorney who specializes in Habeas Corpus law. Aside from work, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys camping. With Albuquerque being a desert city, the surrounding areas require special consideration when camping. If you are planning a camping trip to a desert area, consider these three tips to make the most of your time and help ensure safety.

1. Overstock on Water – One of the biggest threats you face in the desert is dehydration, especially when you are camping and cannot simply grab a glass of water from the kitchen. In desert environments, you should take a gallon of water per person for each day, and you will also need extra for cooking and cleaning. Taking more than you will need leaves you with water left over, while not taking enough may put your life in danger.

2. Tent – Setting up your tent in the desert requires special consideration. If at all possible, set the tent up in a shaded area. The desert heat will turn your tent into an oven during the hot days, potentially melting any food or plastic you leave inside. Also, pay attention to the direction of the wind and set up your tent so opening the entrance and back flap allows the air to flow through the tent. This prevents the tent from flapping around in the wind, and also provides air flow for cooling during the hot day.

3. Wildlife – Always pay attention for and be careful around desert wildlife. Desert areas are typically home to many varieties of snakes, spiders, and scorpions, some of which are poisonous. Educate yourself on local wildlife so you are better able to identify and avoid potentially dangerous animals.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Improving Your Softball Hitting


A solo practitioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil practices habeas corpus law through his legal office and as a contractor for the State of New Mexico Public Defender Department. In his free time, Geoffrey Scovil maintains an active lifestyle and enjoys playing softball in Albuquerque.

When working to improve your softball hit, a good place to start is with your grip. Having the wrong grip can play a significant role in how well you hit a softball. Ideally, pressure is applied with your fingers and not your palms. You control the swing using your bottom hand while providing loose support using your top hand. If you want more control, you can grip the bat higher up, but this usually results in a decrease in power. To get the most power behind your swings, hold the bat relatively high up so that your elbows point down and face your target. Keeping your hands roughly 4 inches away from your body also gives you ample room to complete the swing.

If your grip and hand positions are good, then the problem might be coming from your stance. Make sure your feet are positioned shoulder-width apart so that they line up in the direction of home plate. As you swing the bat, your body weight shifts from your back foot to your front foot. Your hips should rotate along with your upper body during the follow-through, but your head and eyes should stay in one place. For most pitches coming down the middle of home plate, you want to make contact with the ball around the area of your front hip. Inside pitches require contact a bit earlier than outside pitches, which should be hit around your back hip.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Many Ways to Support Outpost Productions



Geoffrey Scovil has practiced as an attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for nearly two decades. Beyond providing legal support to his Albuquerque community, Geoffrey Scovil supports the Outpost Performance Space, a nonprofit music and arts space that presents a wide range of musical performances and maintains several community programs.

Donating to the Outpost Performance Space and Outpost Productions organization is a one-time way of showing support. Donations are tax deductible and welcome at any time throughout the year. Additionally, Outpost mails donation requests in June and December. Donations can be made by phone, email, online, or in person, and donors can earmark funds for specific concerts or programs. Supporters also have the option to provide recurring donations in the form of membership dues. Membership costs range from $25 to $575 and include such benefits as ticket discounts, newsletters, and member-only events.

Beyond monetary donations, Outpost welcomes support in the form of volunteering, donated items, and business sponsorship. The organization regularly needs help at events and shows and welcomes any volunteers willing to contribute their time. Further, Outpost accepts certain items, particularly gift certificates, SUVs, and large vans, which help the venue supply artist hospitality and transport equipment. Meanwhile, businesses support the organization by sponsoring Outpost for anywhere between $500 and $10,000 a year or advertising on Outpost newsletters and at the venue.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Three hiking trails near Albuquerque


Geoffrey Scovil is an attorney specializing in habeas corpus. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys hiking. If you are in Albuquerque and looking for a relatively short afternoon hike, consider these three trails:

1. Piedras Marcadas Canyon . This lightly traveled trail in the Petroglyph National Monument near Albuquerque offers a glimpse into Native American history. The trail is home to one of North America’s largest collection of petroglyphs. The 1.6-mile hike is ideal for any skill level and is open from February to May. Dogs are also allowed on the trail provided they are kept on leash.

2. The Volcanoes
. Also located in Petroglyph National Monument, this trail takes hikers on a 2.9-mile loop around and on top of three volcanoes. Accessible all year, Volcanoes is suitable for any skill level. Hikers are treated to beautiful views of Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains. Those with dogs may use this trail as long as their pet pooches are kept on leash.

3. Tree Spring. This 3.9 mile out-and-back trail is located in the Cibola National Forest. The path is moderately trafficked and friendly to dog owners, provided they keep their dogs on leash. Open from April to November, Tree Spring offers nature lovers views of wildflowers, birds, and other wildlife.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance - Working to Save the Gila Region

 

Geoffrey Scovil, an attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, centers his practice on defending vulnerable individuals and protecting their constitutional rights. As an Albuquerque resident, Geoffrey Scovil also supports the efforts of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance represents a collaboration between ranchers, environmentalists, policymakers, scientists, and others who care about New Mexico’s natural beauty. These diverse groups come together to protect and preserve the state’s undeveloped wilderness and the animals who call it home.

The organization is currently focused on a few large-scale projects, including the Gila Campaign. Illegal grazing, mining, and recreational use of off-road vehicles threaten the Gila region, New Mexico’s largest wilderness and one of the most biodiverse parts of the state.

As part of the campaign, some 50 scientists are working to document the state of the Gila and identify the human behavior that jeopardizes its survival. Their continued fight against damming or diverting the river and other intrusive human activities could keep the area pristine for generations to come.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Three Tips for Learning Bass Guitar


Geoffrey Scovil is an attorney specializing in habeas corpus and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A fan of jazz music, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys playing the bass guitar. The bass guitar presents its own unique set of challenges and rewards. These three tips will help you get the most out of your bass learning experience.

1. Use headphones. When learning the bass guitar, you need to shut off any distraction. Plug your headphones into the amp and use them while you practice to block out distraction and avoid irritating those nearby.

2. Listen to the drums. If you are playing along to a song or jamming with friends, pay close attention to the drums, using them to determine a song’s beat. Snares will give you the backbeat and cymbals the tempo, while the bass drum tells you the song’s groove.

3. Stay on time. Even when you are just practicing, strive to always stay on time. For practice, use a metronome or rhythm machine.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Outpost Productions and the New Mexico Jazz Festival


A juris doctor graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Geoffrey Scovil has practiced in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for almost two decades. In addition to his legal work, Geoffrey Scovil supports jazz and the arts in Albuquerque through his contributions to Outpost Productions.

Established in 1988 in a remodeled print shop, the nonprofit Outpost Productions has moved twice--once in 1990 and once in 2000--but has stayed true to its foundation as a storefront, community-based, alternative performance venue. With more than 100 shows each year, the organization supports both touring and local artists from a wide range of musical genres, from experimental and pop music to classical music and jazz, among others.

As a community resource, Outpost Productions sponsors a variety of education programs and the annual New Mexico Jazz Festival. For the past 10 years, the New Mexico Jazz Festival has partnered with the Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Santa Fe Jazz Foundation to present concerts with more than 100 performers across three different stages. A two-week event, the festival is held every July. Past festivals have drawn tens of thousands of people and featured performers like the Christian McBride Trio, Venicius Cantuaria, and Esperanza Spalding.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Educational Programs at Outpost Productions

 


Focusing on habeas corpus law through his practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the State of New Mexico Public Defender Department, Geoffrey Scovil also has experience with felony trial cases and training young lawyers. A dedicated member of his Albuquerque community, Geoffrey Scovil supports a number of local organizations, including Outpost Productions.

A nonprofit organization, Outpost Productions has served as a music venue, art space, and community resource since its founding nearly three decades ago. The recipient of the 2001 Bravo Award as one of the city’s top arts organizations, it is supported by grants, its volunteers, and members. Membership benefits range from admission discounts and exclusive concerts to regular updates and newsletters. Each year, Outpost Productions hosts over 100 different shows and sponsors education programs, including Latin and jazz music classes.

Open to both adults and youth, the once-weekly sessions run for eight weeks. The intermediate and advanced jazz improvisation classes cover teamwork and ensemble playing. The advanced classes also cover elements of music theory and solo development to help each performer shine in the improvisational setting. The Latin music classes go beyond practicing scales and are designed to help participants understand and feel more comfortable with the style.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Community-Ran Outpost Performance Space Offers Youth Music Classes




Tuesday, May 31, 2016

TCU Horned Frogs Predictions for the 2016 Football Season


Attorney-at-law and Albuquerque resident Geoffrey Scovil focuses on public defense cases ranging from misdemeanor charges to murder trials. A licensed solo practitioner in New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil is also an avid runner and a fan of the Texas Christian University (TCU) Horned Frogs.

The TCU Horned Frogs support several different collegiate sport programs including football, basketball, and baseball. The university is probably most renowned for its football program; it is currently ranked seventh in the Top 25 Associated Press poll following the 2015 season, and number 19 by the Pro Football Focus for the 2016 preseason.

According to the 2016 strength of schedule which uses the win/loss method in predicting a team’s potential outcome in the upcoming season, TCU has a 51% chance of winning its games. This method is determined using the rankings from the previous season and based on 128 college football teams. The NCAA excludes FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) teams when releasing its list.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Jazz and Latin Music Course Offerings at Outpost Performance Space



Geoffrey Scovil has served the Albuquerque, New Mexico area for the last 18 years as an attorney operating out of his own firm. Outside of his professional life as one of the leading habeas corpus contractors for the State of New Mexico Public Defender Department, Geoffrey Scovil supports Outpost Performance Space—a community-based Performing Arts Center that specializes in live music (jazz, roots, folk, world, and more), education, and art.

Children and adults interested in learning more about jazz and Latin music have the opportunity to enroll in classes at the Outpost Performance Space. With spring classes recently having wrapped up, the next opportunities for these music courses will be open this fall. Here's what aspiring learners can expect from a class at the center.

Jazz improvisation classes for youth are taught by Sharon Eldridge. As part of her curriculum, she focuses on the basic elements of music and improvisation. Students are able to participate with their instruments in free expression sessions, both in individual and group settings. The ultimate goal for these courses is to group students of similar aptitude levels together for learning and to develop ensemble groups.

Jazz classes for adults are taught by Kanoa Kaluhiwa and Jim Ahrend. These courses center on ear training, song forms, music theory, and development of rhythm.

In addition to jazz, Latin music classes for both youth and adults of intermediate skill are also available under instructor C├ęsar Bauvallet.

For more information about jazz or Latin music classes, contact the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque at (505) 268-0044 or visit www.outpostspace.org.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Outpost Performance Space Presents 2016 New Mexico Jazz Festival


An Albuquerque, New Mexico-based attorney focused on habeas corpus law, Geoffrey Scovil has been serving clients as a solo practitioner in the city since 1998. In addition to his activities at work, Geoffrey Scovil dedicates his time and resources to local nonprofit organizations in Albuquerque. He currently supports several groups, including the Outpost Performance Space, which offers live music, public education, and arts programs.

Each year, the Outpost Performance Space and the Lensic Performing Arts Center host the New Mexico Jazz Festival, a two-week event that brings high-caliber jazz music to the residents of Albuquerque and Santa Fe. In the 10 years since the festival was founded, it has featured well-known ensembles and musicians including the Count Basie Orchestra, Esperanza Spalding, Allen Toussaint, Branford Marsalis, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The 11th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival will be held July 15-31, 2016. The festival will kick off with the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra at Hiland Theater in Albuquerque and will continue with subsequent performances at the Outpost Performance Space, the Lensic, and other venues throughout Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear the Dave Holland Trio, Django Festival All-Stars, Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, and a number of other great groups and artists.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Releases Wild Guide


For nearly two decades, experienced attorney Geoffrey Scovil has represented clients as a solo practitioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Outside of his professional pursuits, Geoffrey Scovil gives back to the Albuquerque community and the state of New Mexico through his support of organizations such as the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.

In addition to overseeing grassroots programs aimed at protecting and preserving wild areas throughout New Mexico, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance offers events and resources to help the state’s residents experience the natural beauty that surrounds them. Recently, the organization released Wild Guide: Passport to New Mexico Wilderness, a guidebook that provides an overview of the special wild places that New Mexico has to offer.

In its 255 pages, the publication features color maps, stunning photography, and a history of New Mexico wilderness. Wild Guide also includes ideas for hikes, camping trips, and backpacking adventures in the state’s designated wilderness areas and public lands. With details about both well-known and unfamiliar outdoor areas, the guidebook is a great resource for those looking to explore New Mexico. Wild Guide can be purchased for $19.95 in stores across New Mexico or online at www.nmwild.org.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Understanding Habeas Corpus



As an Albuquerque-based attorney, Geoffrey Scovil provides criminal defense representation in a wide range of matters. Through his solo practice in Albuquerque, Geoffrey Scovil specializes in issues related to habeas corpus.

Habeas corpus” is a Latin phrase that literally means “bring the body.” In law, habeas corpus in the principle that a person seized and jailed can demand to be brought before a neutral party, who will then determine whether there is a legitimate basis for that person’s detention.

The original purpose of habeas corpus was to provide a check on governmental power and to allay private citizens’ fear that they could be arrested and detained by the government for no reason. Habeas corpus is one of the foundational principles of the American criminal justice system, serving as a balance between law enforcement agencies entrusted with arrest powers and the right of the citizen to challenge an arrest before a judge.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Esperanza Spalding - Contemporary Jazz Bass and Vocal Talent


Serving clients in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil maintains a respected defense law practice. A jazz aficionado, Geoffrey Scovil supports the Outpost Performance Space, a nonprofit institution that brings diverse jazz, folk, and world music performances to the Albuquerque community. Outpost also co-sponsors the New Mexico Jazz Festival, which in 2015 featured the bass, cello, and vocal talent Esperanza Spalding.

Born in Portland, Oregon, Spalding began playing the violin as a child and took up the acoustic bass at age 15. Just months after starting on bass, she was recognized as a jazz prodigy and was hired as a Berklee College of Music instructor following her high school graduation.

Spalding earned critical plaudits through her diverse blend of jazz, blues, hip hop, and Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian styles. She had the opportunity to perform and tour with contemporary jazz scene giants, from Joe Lovano to Regina Carter. Her breakthrough came with the 2008 trio album Esperanza, which sat on the top of Billboard's contemporary jazz chart for more than 12 months. Today, Esperanza Spalding is a headline attraction at jazz festivals spanning the globe with her Emily’s D + Evolution project.