Carlos Vigil CLE Scholarship

Carlos Vigil

Carlos Vigil, a criminal defense attorney in Santa Fe, was killed in a drive-by shooting on August 13, 1999 just a block from the Santa Fe courthouse. As a dedicated fighter on behalf of indigent clients, Carlos was much revered by the defense community and the Carlos Vigil CLE Scholarship Fund was set up by NMCDLA in his honor.

Carlos’ widow, Andrea Vigil, contributed significantly to the success of the death penalty repeal in Carlos’ honor — testifying before the legislature and speaking publicly on countless occasions as a murder victim’s family member.  She also has contributed her hand-crafted jewelry to NMCDLA’s auctions.

NMCDLA offers a limited number of partial scholarships (normally half of the registration fee) to CLE seminars. Current NMCDLA members may apply by sending an email to describing the need for a scholarship which will be forwarded to CLE co-chairs for prompt decision. To contribute to the Carlos Vigil Scholarship Fund, please use the button below, or send a check to NMCDLA,  P.O. Box 8324,  Santa Fe, NM 87504.

Click Here to make a donation to the Carlos Vigil CLE Scholarship Fund

Thanks to the below list of contributors in 2018 & 2019!

2019 Donors

Steven Almanza
Rosa Maria Cortez
Eric Hannum
Bill Stanton
Val Whitley

2018 Donors

Stephen Aarons
Angela Arellanes
Sylvia Baiz
Meredith Baker
Jamison Barkley
Ben Baur
Tom Blog
Christopher Cardenas
Brenda Casias
Tom Clark
Rosa Maria Cortez
Doug & Angela Couleur

John Day
Rothstein Donatelli
Steven Farber
Jay Faurot
Philip Larragoite
Jason Lidyard
Daniel Marlowe
Paula Maynes
Jean McCray
Dennis Murphy
Spence Pacheco
Jacquelyn Robins
Bill Stanton
Phyllis Subin
Juan Valencia
Ryan VillaVal Whitley
Marcia Wilson

Thank you!

*Contact NMCDLA regarding scholarships, or partial payments based on financial need.