Morgan is a New Mexico native and received her BA in Spanish and Journalism from the University of New Mexico. After finishing her first year of law school at the University of Miami in Florida, she transferred home and graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2006. She recently relocated to Santa Fe, where she lives with her big, red dog – Bogart.
Morgan spent a year clerking for the Honorable Justice Pamela B. Minzner at the New Mexico Supreme Court, where she gained valuable research and writing experience, as well as insight into the inner workings of the appellate process and the importance of a trial record. She joined the Albuquerque office of the New Mexico Public Defender Department in September 2007. In February 2008, after a brief stint in the Metropolitan division, Morgan transferred to the Felony division. As a felony supervisor and sub-team leader, Morgan conducted numerous hearings and trials, defending individuals charged with a variety of crimes, from drug and property crime offenses to violent offenses, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and murder.
During law school, Morgan almost exclusively focused on immigration work. She worked at the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, conducting “Know Your Rights” presentations for immigrant detainees and assisted in removal defense cases. Before her third year of law school, she worked at the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School, representing African refugees and asylum seekers. During her last year of law school, she assisted victims of domestic violence and violent crime in obtaining visas and establishing a path to residency. From 2008 through 2011, Morgan acted as the Immigration Expert at the PDD, consulting with attorneys across the state on how to best represent non-citizen clients facing removal or deportation by the Federal government and state criminal charges.
Morgan is an adjunct professor at the UNM School of Law, and co-teaches “Crimmigration” – Immigration Consequences of State Criminal Convictions. Morgan has trained defense attorneys on a variety of issues, including Immigration, the use of experts at trial, defending sex crimes, speedy trial challenges, and search and seizure. Morgan’s practice is focused on criminal defense and immigration issues.
University of New Mexico School of Law, JD (cum laude), 2006
University of New Mexico, BA in Spanish (cum laude), 2003
State Bar of New Mexico, 2006
United States District Court, District of New Mexico, 2013
MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES
University of New Mexico School of Law - adjunct professor