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.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Three Unique Cities to Visit in Thailand


Albuquerque-based attorney Geoffrey "Geoff" Scovil has served his local community for nearly 20 years. When not providing legal counsel, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys traveling outside of Albuquerque and exploring the world, visiting countries including Thailand. When journeying to this culturally rich nation, three cities to consider discovering include: 

1. Krabi. A laid-back beach town in the southwest, Krabi offers visitors unspoiled beaches, seaside cliffs, and clear blue water. It is suitable scuba diving and rock climbing, and the nearby Railay Beach is renowned for its sunset views. 

2. Nong Khai. Sitting beside the Mekong River, this cultural capital is well known for its many yearly festivals, including the Thai New Year festival and the Anou Savari Festival. It's also dotted with temples and ancient rock formations. 

3. Kanchanaburi. For modern history enthusiasts, this city was greatly impacted by World War II, and still bears many scars from its embattled past. Despite this, it also offers several national parks that are apt for hiking and enjoying the area’s many caves and waterfalls.

Friday, August 25, 2017

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance’s Wilderness Ranger Program


For nearly two decades Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil has been working as an attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dedicated to supporting the Albuquerque community outside of the legal realm, Geoffrey Scovil supports the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.

As part of its efforts to protect and restore wilderness areas in the state, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance maintains several initiatives, including its Wilderness Ranger program, which operates as a partnership between the Forest Service and New Mexico Wild, and is designed to promote wilderness conservation. 

Individuals who participate in the program work in pairs in such wilderness areas as the Chama River Canyon and Santa Fe National Forest, and provide numerous services, including trail assessment and campsite rehabilitation.

In addition to their routine services, those working through the New Mexico Wilderness Ranger program interact with the public for a number of reasons. Hikers are encouraged to contact a ranger to set up a time to hike with them in the field. During this time, rangers show hikers the basics of collecting wilderness data and traveling through the backcountry. 

Further, volunteers who want to promote wilderness conservation can work with the members of the Wilderness Ranger program to address maintenance issues and monitor visitor use. These volunteers help the rangers in the program manage their daily activities and prevent backlog.

Friday, March 10, 2017

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 more than 250,000 acres of wild land. A land use plan revision is currently being created with early suggestions for recreation development and opportunities for solitude, as well as human impacts and infrastructure.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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. However, if you rest appropriately and take other precautions, you can be back to running at full strength within three to six weeks. 

As soon as you begin to notice pain along the front outside or inside part of the leg, you should allow time for the injury to subside; take more rest days, lessen the distance and intensity at which you run, and never allow the pain to pass four on a scale of 1-10. Most importantly, if you do continue to run, it's imperative that you wrap your shin and ice the affected area afterwards to reduce inflammation. You can also do various exercises before and after running to alleviate pain such as walking on your heels for 30 seconds, on and off four times. Alternatively, you might consider other ways to train and stay in shape that won't affect your shins, such as swimming or bicycling.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

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 takes on Coltrane’s voice in Chasing Trane, acting as a narrator for the musical great’s print interviews. According to Schienfield, Washington’s delivery is, in itself, a type of jazz. 

Chasing Trane premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2016.

Monday, January 30, 2017

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 to reduce your use of the brakes. Every time you brake, you have to spend extra time getting back up to speed. This reduces your overall cycling speed. Further, stretching can help reduce back strain, as can regular exercise and good nutrition. While these may seem unrelated to increasing cycling speed, they actually can play a role. Exercise helps you lose excess body weight and makes a big difference when it comes to your speed. Nutrition has a similar effect on weight and, thus, promotes increased speed.