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Help With The Hard Stuff: ‘Best of all Prevent’

Help With The Hard Stuff

Part 4 (of 10) –“Best of all Prevent”
By GINI NELSON, JD, MA

My last column introduced “third-sider” roles that might help you with the hard stuff. I also asked you to think about how a lawyer might help you prevent an escalation of conflict.

When there are latent tensions, intervention may prevent the tensions from erupting into violence. Many say prevention is the best intervention, and Ury suggests three prevention roles: Provider,Teacher, and Bridge-Builder.

Cross the threshold of these three opportunities, he says, and there is destructive conflict, violence


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Former LANB Employee Sentenced to Prison for Bank Fraud

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Deborah Gayle Wood, 56, currently residing in Grove, Okla., was sentenced Tuesday, March 26, to eight months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for her bank fraud conviction.

Wood also was ordered to pay $4,390.93 in restitution and a $10,000 fine.

Wood pled guilty in December 2011 to a felony information charging her with bank fraud. In her plea agreement, Wood admitted that, from 2004 to 2005, while she was employed as a trust officer by the Los Alamos National Bank, she defrauded the bank on numerous occasions by obtaining reimbursement for personal


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 22– Feb.27, 2013

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

ROGELIO ANAYA

Feb. 22 at 3:26 a.m. / Police arrested Rogelio Anaya, 20, of Los Alamos at 9th Street and Central Avenue and charged him with speeding, driving with an open container of alcohol, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a license, driving without insurance


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Fines Dropped: LANL 6 Given Community Service

LANL 6 protestors Cathie Sullivan, Wind Euler, Janet Greenwald, Benjamin (Summer) Abbott, Barbara Grothus and Pam Gilchrist. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com
 
LANL 6 News:
 
The six anti-nuclear activists who went before Judge Alan Kirk in Los Alamos Municipal Court last month have been granted their request to perform community service in lieu of paying fines. 
 
The LANL 6, as they became known, were arrested during a Hiroshima-Day protest at Las Alamos National Laboratory Aug. 6, 2012,
 
The defendants spoke during their Jan. 9 court appearance about

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 14– Feb.19, 2013

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Feb. 14 at 9:02 a.m. / A 31-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was being harassed in the 400 block of Ridgecrest.

MARK HENINS

Feb. 14 at 9:15 a.m. / Police charged Mark Henins, 46, of Los Alamos with harassment and issued him a summons to appear in court.

Feb. 14 at 9:21 p.m. / Police charged a 16-year-old Jemez Springs boy with shoplifting at Smith’s Food and Drugs Center on Central


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Spring DWI School Begins March 9

LAFC News:

Los Alamos Family Council is the State approved site for DWI School in Los Alamos County.

The next series of classes is scheduled to start 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9 and continue with two more sessions at the same time March 16 and 23.

The cost for the three-session program is $175 payable at the time of registration.

LAFC, at 1505 15th St., Suite C, offers DWI school four times a year. For more information, visit LAFC at www.lafamilycouncil.com or call 505-662-4160.


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NIST, DOJ Form Commission to Develop Guidelines for Forensic Labs

NIST News:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have announced the establishment of a National Commission on Forensic Science as part of a new initiative to strengthen and enhance the practice of forensic science.

The National Commission on Forensic Science will be composed of approximately 30 members, bringing together forensic science service practitioners, academic researchers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and other relevant stakeholders to develop policy recommendations for the Attorney General.

The


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Help With The Hard Stuff: Legal Process is All about Negotiation

Help With The Hard Stuff

Part 1 (of 10)Legal Process is All about Negotiation

By GINI NELSON, JD, MA
 

“Legal process” is different from “law.” Law is comprised of the compromises that have been negotiated or otherwise made into enforceable rules.

Legal process is what you are “in” if you are in a dispute with someone over what the rules are or how they are applied – it’s the enforcement part of “enforceable rules.”

Let’s assume that consulting with a lawyer is involvement in “legal process” even if the lawyer does not end up representing you in a formal legal action.

You are already a problem


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Former New Mexico State University Student Sentenced to Prison for Making False Bomb Threats

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Thursday morning, Jan. 17, a federal judge in Las Cruces, New Mexico sentenced Daud Anwar, 30, of Albuquerque to 24 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for his conviction for making false bomb threats.

Anwar’s sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales and Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.

SAC Carol K.O. Lee

On March 21, 2012, Anwar was charged with using electronic communication devices on March 3, 2011, to falsely claim that buildings on the New Mexico State University (NMSU)


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LANL 6 Found Guilty on Two of Three Counts

The self-named LANL 6 protesters outside the Los Alamos Justice Center Wednesday include Janet Greenwald, Catherine Euler, Pamela Gilchrist, Cathie Sullivan, Benjamin ‘Summer’ Abbott and Barbara Grothus. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Greg Kendall

Six defendants sat in the front of Judge Alan Kirk’s Municipal Courtroom at the Los Alamos Justice Center Wednesday morning with their defense lawyer, Santa Fe Attorney Jeffery Haas.

The defendants were on trial for charges of trespass, refusing to obey an officer and obstructing movement as a result of their actions


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