About Jim 1Jim came to Albuquerque in 1965 to attend college, knowing only four people.

This state and community have allowed me to get an education, have a family, and have a successful career. I want to continue to give back to New Mexico.


Jim is married to Nancy Wood, a former Albuquerque Public Schools Spanish/English teacher and administrator at Rio Grande, Sandia, and West Mesa High Schools.  Nancy recently retired from consulting with local non-profits through her own consulting firm.  Sons, Jay and Lucas who graduated from Sandia High School, and their wives, Seonji and Nicole, all are educators abroad.  Jim and Nancy have two grandsons and one granddaughter.

EducationAbout Jim4

  • Graduated from the University of New Mexico and served as Student Body President
  • Graduated from the University of New Mexico Law School and served as Student Bar President.

Business BackgroundAbout Jim5

  • Lawyer in New Mexico for over 35 years; retired December 31, 2011
  • Small business owner who operated his own law firm of several attorneys for over 20 years
  • Understands the meaning of running a business on a budget and meeting payroll each month
  • Law firm nominated for the Ethics in Business Award—Samaritan Counseling Center in 2004
  • Represented clients throughout New Mexico and other states and successfully tried two civil cases lasting two months.

Community ActivitiesAbout Jim6

  • Volunteer for Saranam, a nonprofit to end homelessness
  • Member of Executive Committee and Board of Directors for Senior Golfers of New Mexico
  • Little League president and coach
  • Boys and Girls Club basketball coach and recipient of Coach of the Year Award
  • Albuquerque  & New Mexico Jaycees Legal Counsel
  • UNM Law School Alumni Board
  • President of the Friends of the UNM LIbraries
  • Accomplished golfer qualifying/competing in 2 United States Golf Association Senior Amateur Championships and 2 British Senior Amateur Golf Championships
  • Two-time winner of the Senior Golfers of New Mexico Championship

About Jim7Law-Related Activities

  • Successfully fought/tried cases protecting New Mexicans’ right to open government and the First Amendment for over 20 years
  • Recipient of New Mexico Foundation for Open Government’s (NMFOG) inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and the initial William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Award in Law in 2002
  • Invited speaker for open government presentation to joint NM Legislative committee meeting
  • Presenter and organizer of seminars on open courtrooms and public records for New Mexico judges and press members
  • Presenter at police and news media relations seminar
  • Conducted numerous seminars in New Mexico on citizens’ rights to open government and the First Amendment
  • Past Chair of the Lawyer Malpractice Committee for the New Mexico Bar Association