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Andrew Israel, MSW, JD

ANDREW B. ISRAEL, MSW, JD
Professor
New Mexico Highlands University
School of Social Work
1005 Diamond Ave., Room 211
Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701
Office:  505 454 3220
Cell: 505 429 1089
E-Mail:
abisrael@nmhu.edu

 Andrew Israel, MSW, JD
 
Administrative and Educational Responsibilities

Professor Israel is now serving as Interim Dean of the New Mexico Highlands University School of Social Work and teaches at the Las Vegas campus of the largest school of social work in the southwestern United States, with a combined student enrollment in excess of 500 students (the Las Vegas campus itself has an enrollment of approximately 140 BSW and MSW students). As Interim Dean, Professor Israel provided oversight of academic affairs and personnel management of nine full-time faculty and six administrative staff members. This includes co-management of an annual budget exceeding $4,000,000. It includes additionally the co-management with the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department of a federal Title IV-E grant totaling $2,000,000 per year for the training of protective service social workers.


Served in 2006-07 as co-director of the School’s two innovative academic initiatives:  1) the creation of an interdisciplinary joint degree (MSW/MBA) program in cooperation with the School of Business—the first of its kind in the southwestern United States, and 2) the development of a bilingual (English/Spanish) MSW concentration—the first of its kind in the United States.

Successfully directed the School’s national accreditation effort before the Council on Social Work Education and served as principal author of all accreditation documentation.

Designed and taught graduate core course sequence in law and ethics for social workers. The course sequence surveys law related to health and mental health, the rules of civil procedure, constitutional law, family law, Indian law, juvenile justice, the hearing process, and selected children's code issues. Course sequence additionally provides training in basic legal research, documentation, and trial testimony preparation and practice, together with paralegal training in legal writing and reasoning.

Designed and implemented trial practice training program for graduate social workers emphasizing children's court procedures, cooperative affiliation with attorneys, and the elements of the hearsay rule.

Designed and taught graduate social work course sequence in community organizing and agency administration. The course sequence teaches strategies of social planning, social action, locality development, and rural program design, with a particular emphasis on organizing within the diverse communities of New Mexico and the Southwest. The course sequence stresses clinical techniques of group leadership, community mobilization, agency design and administration, and legal issues associated with charitable (s. 501c) organizations.

Designed and taught graduate social work course in leadership and supervision for human service professionals. The course surveys legal and ethical aspects of agency administration and supervision in health, mental health, and child welfare and residential behavioral health care treatment settings. Additionally, the course provides practical guidance in the clinical supervision of agency employees and field students.

Designed and taught graduate core course sequence in social welfare policy, contemporary mental health policy. The courses survey national and regional governmental structure, the political process, and alternate governmental forms in New Mexico, including tribal government, acequia associations, and special use districts. The courses additionally outline contemporary national and regional policies relating to public assistance, health and mental health care, child welfare, and other selected topics. Additional emphasis is placed on the impact of such contemporary issues as privatization of basic governmental services, including health care and correctional services.

Supervised field students in clinical practicum placements with health and human service agencies in an around Las Vegas, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque, New Mexico; additionally served as liaison between and agencies and the School of Social Work.

Served as Special Assistant to the New Mexico Highlands University President with responsibilities including the provision of counsel to the President in the areas of human resources policy formulation and implementation, coordination of Highlands’ multiple statewide learning centers, acting as the President’s liaison with executive agencies and other external partners, and public representation of the President at governmental and legislative functions and hearings.  Additional responsibilities included directing Highlands’ reaccreditation drive before the national Higher Learning Commission and drafting all narrative documentation in support of that successful effort.

Visiting Professor of Social Work

New Mexico Highlands University(August 1996-August, 1998)

Taught core courses in the undergraduate policy sequence and elective courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including Law in Social Work Practice and Ethics in Social Work Practice.  Additionally served as field liaison and field consultant for social welfare agencies in and around Las Vegas, New Mexico.  Faculty responsibilities included student advisement and service on integrative paper committees.

Developed original course syllabi for two electives:  Ethics in Social Work Practice and Health Care Policy.  Developed original course syllabi for the entire undergraduate social policy sequence, including Social Welfare Policy/Services I and Social Welfare Policy/Services II.

Served as member of the Task Force on Reaccreditation and participated in the drafting and editing of the Response to CSWE Committee on Accreditation.

Additionally served as member of the School of Social Work Admissions and Curriculum Committees,  the University Ad Hoc Committee on Academic/Behavioral Code,  the University Ad Hoc Committee on Distance Education, and the University Ad Hoc Committee on Forensic Sciences. In conjunction with the University Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Behavioral Code, co-drafted a revision of the Highlands University Code of Student Conduct
.

 
Lecturer in Social Work

New Mexico Highlands University(January, 1996-August, 1996)

Taught courses at undergraduate and graduate levels in field practice seminar.  Additional responsibilities as field liaison to social service agencies in and around Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Provided MSW-level field supervision and additional advisement to undergraduate students.

Devised and drafted comprehensive academic/behavioral code for School of Social Work.  Co-drafted Title IV-E Joint Powers Agreement with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. Drafted revised traineeship agreement for stipend students.  Developed revised syllabi for Social Work and the Law and Foundations of Social Work and the Law courses, introducing students to basic legal research skills and providing practice in case readings emphasizing recent developments in constitutional civil rights law and the legal interpretation of contemporary social welfare policies.  Drafted revised syllabus for Field Project Seminar.

Additional faculty responsibilities included service on Admissions Committee. Participated as member of curriculum review task force and additionally drafted revised mission statement, goals and objectives for School of Social Work
.

 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Individual Private Law Practice

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110(May, 1987- June 1992)

Administered a general civil law practice emphasizing the areas of civil rights, family, and health and mental health law, including guardianship and commitment.  Provided client consultation, counseling and in-court representation in the aforementioned areas. Practiced extensively before the District, Family and Children's Courts of the Second and First Judicial Districts of New Mexico, as well as the Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Federal District of New Mexico.  Additional emphasis was placed on the employment of alternate dispute resolution in the settlement of legal disputes.

Administered an insurance program responsible for the direct provision of legal services to more than 500 families (including public employees) statewide in New Mexico.

Commenced appellate proceedings before the New Mexico Supreme Court successfully challenging the Bernalillo County Family Court's interpretation and implementation of child custody statutes in New Mexico.

 
Assistant General Counsel

New Mexico Human Services Department

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501(August, 1985- January, 1986)

Provided legal counsel to Secretary of Human Services Department primarily in the area of child welfare appellate practice. Responsibilities included legal research and document preparation in aforementioned area.

 
Individual Private Law Practice

Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544(August, 1983- April,1987)

Administered a general civil law practice emphasizing the areas of civil rights and family, and health and mental health law, including guardianship and commitment.  Provided client consultation, counseling, and in-court legal representation in those areas.  Practiced extensively before the Family and Children's Courts of the First Judicial District of New Mexico.

Organized, incorporated, served as general legal counsel to, and directed litigation on behalf of a major public interest group and citizen watchdog committee established to monitor the legislative activities of regional government and the management of land development within and around Los Alamos County.

Investigated and commenced litigation challenging the practices of the New Mexico Attorney General Office's criminal investigations unit with respect to allegations of gas price fixing within Northern New Mexico. The investigation and litigation focused on the surreptitious use of  tape recordation devices by state officials and the impact of this practice on the search and seizure rights of criminal suspects.

On behalf of the Lawyer Referral Program for the Elderly, consulted with and represented clients in the areas of elder abuse and neglect, health care, mental health, institutionalization and guardianship.  Additionally represented children and adults in child abuse/neglect proceedings.  Provided consultation, counseling and in-court representation to victims of domestic violence.

Elected to Board of Directors, State Bar of New Mexico Section on Public Law, 1987.

 
Associate Attorney

Jones, Gallegos, Snead & Wertheim,  P.A.

Santa Fe, New Mexico(May, 1982- February, 1983)

Served as an associate attorney in a private civil law firm emphasizing civil rights, employment, antitrust and family law.  Duties included client consultation and counseling, legal research, investigation, document preparation and provision of legal representation in the aforementioned areas of practice within the First Judicial District of New Mexico.

Participated as a staff attorney in the then-largest certified class action in New Mexico history (Brewer v. Southern Union Gas Co., et al.), which successfully challenged the monopolistic pricing practices of natural gas providers within New Mexico and the Southwest.

Reviewed legal title on behalf of the State of New Mexico to real property owned within Santa Fe County, and conducted an extensive study and analysis of the legal impact of all extant Spanish and Mexican land grants.

Provided legal representation to a major New Mexico newspaper in the interpretation of New Mexico's Open Meetings Act as it impacts the press's right of access to information regarding governmental processes.

 
Summer Associate

Jones, Gallegos, Snead & Wertheim,  P.A.

Santa Fe, New Mexico(May, 1981- August, 1981)

Served as law clerk in a private civil law firm emphasizing civil rights, employment, antitrust and family law.  Duties included legal research, investigation, client interview and document preparation in support of major litigation in the aforementioned areas of practice.

 
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS:

Cum laude graduate, Syracuse University College of Law, 1982

Elected to Editorial Board, Syracuse Law Review, 1981

Elected to Staff, Syracuse Law Review, 1980

Magna cum laude graduate, Manhattan College, 1979

Epsilon Sigma Pi Honor Society, 1979

Regents Scholarship, 1975-79.


 
 
LICENSES/CERTIFICATES/PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

Member, State Bar of New Mexico, 1982- present

Admitted to Practice, Federal District Court of New Mexico, 1988

Licensed Master Social Worker, New Mexico, 1996-present

Past Director, State Bar of New Mexico Section on Public Advocacy

Member, State Bar of New Mexico Section on Public Law

 
SPECIAL HONORS AND AWARDS:

Awarded Tenure, New Mexico Highlands University, 2003

Elected to Outstanding Teachers Roll, Faculty Affairs Committee, 1997-1999

Certificate of Recognition, Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque, for Volunteer Legal Services to the Albuquerque Pro Bono Project, 1986-1989

 
 
PUBLICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS:
  1. Israel, A.B. (2011) Using the Law: practical decision making in mental health. Chicago: Lyceum
  2. Israel, A.B. (2005). Providing Equal Protection: Managing diversity issues in the workplace. (Lecture before the Oxford Round Table, University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K. (March 13-17, 2005).
  3. Israel, A.B. (2002). Applied law in the behavioral health professions: a textbook for social workers, counselors, and psychologists. NY: Peter Lang.
  4. Israel, A.B. and Villa, R.F. (1997). Legal responsibilities of client service agents. (Presentation before the New Mexico Adult Protective Services Division, Children, Youth and Families Department, May 15, 1997).
 
COMMUNITY AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:

Participating Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque Pro Bono Project

Participating Attorney, Lawyer Referral Program for the Elderly

Board of Directors, State Bar of New Mexico Section on Public Law, 1987-1990

Volunteer Advisory Counsel, The American Radio Relay League

The American Radio Relay League is the principal representative of the Amateur Radio Services, an organization devoted to the protection of public access to, and fair use of, telecommunications. Amateur Radio General Class License WA2BEC held since 1975

 
 
REFERENCE LIST 
Alfredo A. Garcia, PhD
Dean, School of Social Work
New Mexico Highlands University
5041 Indian School Road NE, Suite 100
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110
Tel. 505 260 6180
Cell: 269 8486
E-mail:
a_garcia@nmhu.edu
Glen W. Davidson, PhD
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
New Mexico Highlands University (1996-2003)
115 East Chili Line Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508-1376
Tel. 505 473 7422
 
Hon. Toney Anaya, JD
Chair, Board of Regents,
New Mexico Highlands University (2004-05)
200 W. De Vargas, Suite 7
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Tel. 505 988 5050
E-mail:
toney@anayalaw.com
Julia Lucero, LISW
Director of Field Education
New Mexico Highlands University School of Social Work
Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701
Tel. 505 454 3326
E-mail:
lucero_jul@nmhu.edu
 
Jill H. Baker, PhD
Professor and Interim Associate Dean
Chair, Curriculum Committee
New Mexico Highlands University School of Social Work
Tel. 505 454 3409
E-mail:
jill_baker@nmhu.edu
 

Andrew Israel, MSW, JD