Biographies


LYNNE CANNING, NLC Board member, moved to Santa Fe in 1995,after having served as Planning Commissioner and City Councilor in Arcata, California. She worked with the Santa Fe Land Use Resource Center from 1996 through 2003, on projects including the Railyard Community Planning Process, the City-County Regional Planning Authority, and the El Camino Real River Connection. Lynne participated in task forces to develop affordable housing ordinances for the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County, worked on strategic planning in the region with the Community Store, and served as Executive Director of Leadership Santa Fe. She helped revise the City’s Ethics ordinance, and prior to beginning law school, frequently served as a facilitator and recorder for New Mexico First Town Halls. Lynne also served on the Citizens Review Committee for Santa Fe Public Schools from 2009-2011. She is currently in her third and final year at UNM School of Law.

PETER A. DWYER is presently practicing law with Basham & Basham, P.C. He is a former County Attorney for Los Alamos County and a former City Attorney for the City of Santa Fe and the City of Espanola. He has been practicing law for 15 years, including 11 years of practice in municipal law. Peter graduated from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland with a B.A. in Liberal Arts in 1986. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law with a J.D. in 1991. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, New Mexico and the federal courts. His particular practice areas include public law, planning and land use, utilities, real property, and public finance.

KRISTINA MARTINEZ was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Arizona and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico. Ms. Martinez has practiced law in Santa Fe for the past eight years, and is currently with the firm of Coberly & Martinez, LLLP, where she focuses her practice in the areas of civil rights, employment, and general civil litigation. Ms. Martinez serves on the Ethics & Campaign Review Board for the City of Santa Fe as well as the Board of the St. Michael’s High School Foundation.

CHRISTOPHER L. GRAESER, a graduate of Southampton College and the University of New Mexico Law School, has over ten years of experience in local government, land use and real estate law. He counsels and represents local governments, state agencies, individuals and neighborhood groups, development applicants and small businesses. Mr. Graeser has extensive administrative law experience, having practiced in front of all local land use boards and numerous state agencies and serving as counsel to county property tax calculation protests boards throughout New Mexico. Mr. Graeser's work for builders and developers focuses on clients engaging in sustainable, responsible development and green building. His work in this area has included drafting covenants and design standards for the first community in the state to require all new homes to meet Build Green New Mexico® gold level certification. He is a member of the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico and 10th Circuit Court of Appeals bars, and holds a BV® Distinguished™ rating. Chris takes seriously the commitment to cost-effective representation that he makes to all his clients, private and public sector alike. 

JOHN B. HIATT is the former Land Use Director for the City of Santa Fe. Previously, he has served as the County Attorney for Grant County, General Counsel of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, Chief of Staff of the Public Regulation Commission, Director of the Consumer Protection Division in the Office of the Attorney General and Director of the New Mexico Securities Division. He has been a Judge Pro Tem, criminal prosecutor, defense attorney and police officer in Washington D.C. 

KELLY HUDDLESTON holds a J.D. from the UNM School of Law, an M.P.A from UNM, and a B.A. from the University of Utah. She started Huddleston Law LLC in 2012, where she primarily provides foreclosure defense counsel to private clients and free public service through a non-profit program known as the Northern NM Consumer Protection Law Center (CPLC). Prior to her current practice, Kelly worked for the law firms of Cuddy & McCarthy and The Graeser Law Firm, where she practiced real estate, land use, administrative law and Indian law. During law school, Kelly served on The Journal of Natural Resources and was a member of the Dean’s Natural Resources Committee. Before her law career, Kelly worked in various non profit and governmental organizations as a grantwriter and project manager. Kelly is a member of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe, located in Roseburg, OR.

FRANK D. KATZ served as City Attorney for the City of Santa Fe from 2006 to 2010. He was with the Multistate Tax Commission from 1999 to 2006, first as Deputy General Counsel and from September 2002, as General Counsel. He was Chief Counsel at the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department from 1984 through 1998 and General Counsel at the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration from 1983 to 1984. He served as an assistant attorney general in New Mexico in 1982. Frank was in private practice in San Jose, California from 1975 to 1979 and with the Santa Clara County Public Defender Office from 1970 to 1975. He clerked for Judge Charles Merrill on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit following three years at Stanford Law School. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan after receiving his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.

NANCY R. LONG is a shareholder and president of Long, Pound & Komer, P.C. based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ms. Long graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of Santa Clara and received her J.D. degree from the University of New Mexico. She worked as an associate and then partner at the Jones Firm in Santa Fe and has been at her present firm for 20 years. Ms. Long practices in the areas of land use, real estate, commercial work, education, public entity representation and related litigation. Ms. Long has served as Chair of the Extraterritorial Zoning Commission for 12 years, and currently serves on the Century Bank Board, the Board of Regents at New Mexico Highlands University, the City of Santa Fe Ethics Campaign Review Board, and the Santa Fe Community Foundation. She is married to Judge Tim Garcia who sits on the New Mexico Court of Appeals and they have two children, Ted and Amy.

FRED M. ROWE has been President of the Neighborhood Law Center since its 2007 organization. Previously he was President of the Neighborhood Network and a founding member since 1996. He has been Chair of the Santa Fe Ethics & Campaign Review Board since 2005 to 2012. After Yale Law School graduation in 1952, he served as law clerk to US Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark and became a Managing Partner of Kirkland & Ellis, a national law firm, in 1962. During the 1970's, he also was Adjunct Law Professor at the Yale Management School and Visiting Lecturer at the Yale, Harvard, and Univ. of California Law Schools. An author of many legal publications, he was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and Chair of the ABA and federal Antitrust Sections. A Santa Fe resident for 20 years, he is a member of the Bars of New Mexico (1996), New York (1953), DC (1955), and the US Supreme Court (1957).

BRUCE C. THRONE has been a resident of and practiced law in Santa Fe, primarily on behalf of consumers in the areas of public utility and telecommunications regulatory matters since 1976 after graduating from the George Washington University Law School. He is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Mexico, a past member and past chair of the Old Santa Fe Association from 1987 to 2006 and the Santa Fe Citizens Advisory Committee on the West Side "Relief Route" in 1985, and a past member of the Thaw Charitable Trust Water & Growth Management Advisory Groups from 1995 to 2003, the Santa Fe Federation of Community Groups from 1983 to 1985 and the City of Santa Fe's Advisory Group on Water Utility Rate Design in 2006. He was admitted to the Bars of New Mexico and Massachusetts in 1976. He has two children, Ariana and Gregory.

DANIEL YOHALEM has been engaged in the practice of public interest law for the past 35 years, first in Washington, D.C. and then in New Mexico. He is currently in private practice, representing plaintiffs in first amendment, civil rights, open government, employment discrimination and class action law reform cases aimed at the state medicaid and foodstamps programs, police department practices and the state juvenile justice system. Mr. Yohalem, who received his B.A. from Yale in 1970 and J.D. from Columbia University Law School in 1973, has litigated and supervised complex cases at every level of the Federal and State court systems. Mr. Yohalem has served as Chief Legal Counsel for the NM Taxation and Revenue Department, Chief of the Civil Division of the NM AG's Office, member of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Board since 1998 (President from 2002-2003), and co-founder and Vice President of the Santa Fe Neighborhood Law Center Board of Directors.