Gail Evans

Lead Counsel for Education
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Ms. Evans has been with the Center since 2004. She has 25 years of legal experience, all of which has been devoted to representing low-income individuals and families. Before joining the Center, Gail practiced criminal defense law, and primarily defended New Mexicans facing the death penalty.

Currently, she leads the Education team’s landmark litigation against the State of New Mexico’s Public Education Department. Yazzie v. State of New Mexico seeks to hold the state accountable for providing sufficient educational opportunities to all New Mexican children. Previously at the Center, in her role as Legal Director, she supervised staff attorneys and worked with the Center’s legal teams to improve the administration of New Mexico’s benefits programs, increase access to healthcare for low-income New Mexicans, win workers’ compensation for agricultural workers, and improve the state system of education. When Gail quits being a lawyer, she will happily be a chicken farmer by day and a high school tutor by night, with a bit of piano playing and running in between.

J.D. from University of New Mexico School of Law
LLM in Trial Advocacy from Georgetown University Law School