Lucy River, Research Director
Lucy is the former Program Director of Leadership Santa Fe–a civics program located at the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, where she also provided marketing and communications services. As owner of a consulting practice, for which she became a 2015 Santa Fe Business Woman of the Year Nominee, she has been involved in government affairs since 2013, primarily with JD Bullington Government Relations. Her interest in policy, law, and the penal system began prior to that when she worked as a city Police Officer, and later as the Policy & Legislative Outreach Director for the New Mexico Corrections Department. Having seen the inner-workings of government at a local and state level firsthand, accountability in government has become a driving factor in her life and career. Lucy has a degree in Criminal Justice and a diploma in Speech & Drama from the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music & Drama in Ireland, where she was born and raised. Lucy is a published poet and author, a blue belt in jiu jitsu, and mother to a seven-year old girl.
Abby Feldman, Communications Director
Abby Feldman has been a passionate advocate for open, transparent government in New Mexico for over a decade. As the former Operations Manager of the ABQ Free Press, she worked closely with the editors, reporters, community organizations, and the public to bring to light important issues that affect citizens across New Mexico. Through her company Creative Events by Abigail she has designed, organized and managed over a hundred diverse events across the state including weddings, music festivals, conferences, and fundraisers. Having worked on eight political campaigns, she knows how to communicate well with donors and constituents. Her objective to impact her community in positive and important ways is paramount in her involvement with New Mexico Ethics Watch, since she believes transparency in government is of the utmost importance in creating positive change in society as a whole. In her spare time she is an artist, vendor coordinator, dancer, music enthusiast, and amateur chef.
Our Board Of Directors
Justice Richard C. Bosson (retired), Chair
Justice Bosson was a member of the New Mexico Supreme Court from 2002 to 2015. He was a member of the New Mexico Court of Appeals from 1994 to 2002. He served on the New Mexico Constitutional Revision Commission in 1994-95. Justice Bosson earned his law degree in 1969 from the Georgetown University Law Center after earning his undergraduate degree in 1966 from Wesleyan University. In 1998, after he already was on the high court, Justice Bosson received a master’s degree in judicial process from the University of Virginia School of Law. Justice Bosson was a founding member of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund in Albuquerque from 1970 to 1974 and was a member of the Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque. He lived in Colombia in 1975 as a recipient of a Latin American Teaching Fellowship sponsored by the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and associated with the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. In 1976, he went to work in the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. During his time there, Justice Bosson worked in the Consumer Protection Division and was Civil Division director. He started a private practice as a senior partner of Bosson & Canepa in Santa Fe in 1981, practicing there until 1994. During that time, he was bond counsel for the State Board of Finance and the city of Santa Fe.
Philip B. Davis, Secretary
Mr. Davis is a 1978 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law. In private practice in Albuquerque since 1981, he represents mostly plaintiffs in civil rights litigation, including police misconduct, employment, first amendment, whistleblower and discrimination cases. Mr. Davis serves as a mediator and an arbitrator in a wide array of civil rights, personal injury and employment cases. Mr. Davis has an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Civil Rights Law, Employment Law and First Amendment Litigation for many years. He was named Best Lawyers’ 2016 New Mexico Lawyer of the Year in the area of First Amendment Litigation.
Mr. Yohalem has been an attorney for over 42 years, the last 29 of which have been in New Mexico. He received his B.A. in 1970 from Yale University and a J.D. with honors in 1973 from Columbia University Law School. He is currently in private practice, focusing on first amendment, civil rights, open government, employment, and class action cases for plaintiffs, particularly in the areas of equal pay for women, whistleblower, discrimination, and retaliation claims. Mr. Yohalem has been awarded the William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Award (2006) as Lawyer of the Year by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, and the Cooperating Attorney of the Year (2002) by the ACLU of New Mexico. He has consistently been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Superlawyers of the Southwest. He has served on the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Board since 1998 and was President from 2002-2003. He is a founding Board member of the Santa Fe Neighborhood Law Center and New Mexico Ethics Watch and serves on the Board of the Santa Fe Community Homeless Shelter.
Mr. Bruno is President and Qualifying Broker of Vic Bruno Co. in Albuquerque. He has been a provider of industrial, office and commercial real estate consulting, advisory, managerial and transactional services for corporate America since 1973. He is a co-author of the Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Practice of the Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS and the SIOR Ethics Curriculum which he has presented as a Senior Instructor in the U.S. and Canada on behalf of the Society. He served as National Chair of the Society’s Professional Standards Committee, three terms on the National Board of Directors and as a Regional Vice President covering New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and Texas. He is a founding member, past president and REALTOR of the Year of the Commercial Association of REALTORS – NM and is a Member Emeritus of the National Association of REALTORS. Vic is the principal founder and past chairman of the Real Estate Education Foundation of NM.
Joleen K. Youngers
Ms. Youngers has practiced as a trial lawyer since 1992 with the law firm of Almanzar & Youngers, P.A., in Santa Fe and Las Cruces. Ms. Youngers’ practice primarily involves representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. She also represents persons whose civil rights have been violated, persons who are retaliated against after reporting wrongdoing by government officials and agencies, as well as victims of police misconduct, sexual abuse, discrimination and harassment. While she primarily represents plaintiffs, she also represents employers to defend and prevent employment and civil rights claims. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Youngers works as a mediator to help parties settle their disputes prior to trial. She also serves as a guardian ad litem for children and incompetent persons in personal injury and civil rights litigation. While Ms. Youngers spends most of her time litigating, she also frequently engages in teaching trial advocacy and Continuing Legal Education courses for trial lawyers and criminal defense lawyers. Several times a year, Ms. Youngers leaves her busy litigation practice to teach trial practice and deposition skills classes for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
Alfred L. Green, Jr.
Mr. Green is a native New Mexican who graduated with a B.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1969; a Master of Business from the University of Arkansas, 1972; and is a 1976 graduate of the UNM School of Law. Since 1980, he has been in private practice in Albuquerque with the firm of Butt Thornton & Baehr, primarily representing defendants in product liability; professional negligence; complex litigation and more recently rural electric cooperatives. Mr. Green has an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in The Best Lawyers of America and Southwest Super Lawyers in the area of product liability defense and mass tort litigation. He has taught numerous continuing legal education seminars and was an adjunct professor at the UNM School of Law. He was the 2008 New Mexico Defense Lawyer Association Defense Lawyer of the Year. He also served 11 years active duty in the United States Air Force and 12 years reserve with the United States Air Force.