Lawyer in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Attorney Geoff Scovil earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in just two and a half years. After graduating with honors in 1991, he spent a year as a history lecturer at the university’s El Paso campus; he also achieved a perfect score on the Law School Admission Test. In 1993, Geoff Scovil took the first steps toward becoming an attorney when he entered the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio.
While working toward his juris doctor at Case Western, Geoff Scovil performed volunteer work at the Cleveland public defender’s office. He moved to New Mexico shortly after graduating from law school with honors in 1996 and joined the New Mexico public defender’s office. He went into private practice in 1998, concentrating on criminal trial work and habeas corpus law.
Geoffrey Scovil remains committed to indigent criminal defense and protection of people’s constitutional rights. In many of his ongoing cases, he represents clients who are challenging their convictions based on ineffective assistance of counsel and improper sentencing. Geoff Scovil's favorite cases are where he is able to look back on a trial from arrest through conviction and examine all of the evidence to determine where the case could have been handled differently. He finds that this work makes him a better trial lawyer.
Outside the office, Geoffrey Scovil and his wife enthusiastically support a wide range of progressive organizations, including Emerge New Mexico, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, and the Animal Humane Association. They also support Albuquerque’s Outpost Performance Space, which showcases jazz musicians, both the famous and the not-so-famous, from around the world.