Gail Evans

Position
Lead Counsel - Yazzie v. State of New Mexico

Ms. Evans has over 25 years of legal experience, all of which have been devoted to fighting for the rights of low income individuals and families through impact litigation, lobbying and policy work.

She served as the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty’s Legal Director from 2004 to 2018, where she led successful campaigns and lawsuits to improve the administration of New Mexico’s benefits programsespecially for immigrant families; increase access to healthcare for low-income New Mexicans; improve language access services in the state’s largest hospitals and state agencies; create a loan-repayment assistance program for public interest attorneys; win a constitutional lawsuit ordering that agricultural laborers are entitled to workers’ compensation; and win a landmark education lawsuit, Yazzie v. State of New Mexico, in which the court ruled that the State of New Mexico is violating the constitutional rights of students to a sufficient education. Ms. Evans  continues to serve as the Center’s lead counsel in the Yazzie litigation as we enter the compliance and monitoring phase of the case.

Before joining the Center, Ms. Evans defended New Mexicans facing the death penalty. She also clerked for United States District Judge James A. Parker in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1986

J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1991

L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law School in 1998