Lucy River

Lucy River has represented clients in matters of personal injury, medical malpractice, civil rights, whistleblower protection, and employment discrimination from the victim’s perspective. She has also worked as a trial attorney in indigent criminal defense. Lucy graduated cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2019, where she received awards in the Child & Family Justice Clinic, Elements of Legal Argumentation III, and Civil Rights.

In addition to her legal experience, Lucy brings knowledge from past roles in various aspects of government and the criminal justice system. Lucy was the Director of Policy and Communications at New Mexico Ethics Watch, a non-profit dedicated to open government. She has also worked as a lobbyist with J.D. Bullington Government Relations, was the Policy and Legislative Outreach Director for the Department of Corrections, and — for a brief time — a police officer. Having seen these systems in operation, Lucy formed a passion for criminal justice reform, the enforcement of civil rights, and government accountability. Lucy received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies from New Mexico Highlands University, and a Diploma in Speech and Drama Studies from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin, Ireland, her country of birth. Lucy is a mother, published poet, two-stripe blue belt in jiu jitsu, yogi, and indoor cycling instructor. Lucy is licensed to practice before the New Mexico State Bar and the United States District Court of New Mexico. She is a Board Member of the State Bar of New Mexico’s Solo and Small Firm Section, YouthWorks, and the First Judicial District Bar Association. 

Her publications include “A ‘Working’ System Can Be Unfair,'” Lucy River, American Bar Association Student Lawyer Magazine, January 2019; “Not Yet Walking,” Lucy River & Kathleen Sabo, New Mexico Ethics Watch, January 2018; and “Learning to Walk: New Mexico’s Anemic Financial Disclosure Regimen,” Lucy River & Douglas Carver, New Mexico Ethics Watch, December 2016.