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.