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Celebrating UNM School of Law Alumna Marsha (Head) Hardeman :: School of Law

Celebrating UNM School of Law Alumna Marsha (Head) Hardeman :: School of Law

February 15, 2022
– Lena Kassicieh

Marsha (Head) Hardeman hadn’t constantly envisioned herself as the multi-proficient regulation university graduate, educator, and civil rights advocate that she is now. Born in Indiana, Hardeman at first examined sociology and psychology. Fascinated by the human psyche and why individuals do the points they do, she realized she preferred to perform with people today. She had a enthusiasm for supporting people and staying concerned in her neighborhood and noticed these fields as ways to continue doing that skillfully. It was not till she moved to New Mexico with her husband in the 1970s that she assumed about graduate college, and what her up coming actions may be. 

While searching into graduate packages, she noticed that the UNM Faculty of Law was ranked nationally as a single of the leading 5 scientific law programs. “The thought that this scientific law software sought to provide the community seriously appealed to me, so I utilized,” she states. Turns out, it was a person of the most effective conclusions she at any time built.

After admission to the UNM College of Law, Hardeman uncovered many techniques to get involved. At the time, the Dean was Fred Hart, and Robert Desiderio was Affiliate Dean. Hardeman recollects both leaders quite fondly and says that the university genuinely felt like a 2nd home. “Students really had the prospect to forge associations with professors, which was these a uncommon thing. Many of those people relationships have lasted till this working day. There is a distinctive longevity to these friendships men and women have stayed related and are continue to close friends all these several years afterwards.”

Marsha Hardemen, older woman of color sitting at a desk in a library

Marsha (Head) Hardeman recalls lots of fond recollections in the Legislation Library


For practically all three years of legislation faculty, she baked her way by. She first started out by bringing in do-it-yourself items and sharing them with the school as items. Fred Hart, the dean at that time, who savored the smell of the do-it-yourself fruit cake, instructed her she ought to start out promoting them, and with his blessing, she did just that. With the honor method, she’d leave the goodies in the cafeteria, and learners and college would place some alter into a minor, slotted coffee can she experienced made. At the finish of the working day, she’d go accumulate her revenue, and that’s how she helped fork out her way by means of college.

Outside of her baking interest, Hardeman found many means to get included with the school and her fellow college students. She was the first girl and initially Black college student elected as the Pupil Bar Association president, from 1976-77, and she also served as the Black American Law Students’ Affiliation (B.A.L.S.A.) president from 1975 as a result of 1976. Just after she graduated in 1977, she went on to function for the Metropolis of Albuquerque in the Metropolis Attorney’s place of work, as court administrator for the aged municipal court, then afterwards as staff director for the City. Ahead of she still left her many roles with the Town, she experienced served beneath a few (and a 50 {e421c4d081ed1e1efd2d9b9e397159b409f6f1af1639f2363bfecd2822ec732a}!) various mayors, with supplemental provider as Director of the Human Services Division and Director of the Albuquerque Convention Middle. Her occupation then took her in various and numerous directions, a testament to her character and her drive to continue to be lively, continually be mastering and engaged with her communities. From starting off her very own management education/consulting business enterprise and educating persons about work legislation, lawful liabilities in the office, cultural diversity and civil legal rights trainings, to educating at the College of Phoenix in subjects ranging from felony justice, human resources management, small business law and enterprise communications, Hardeman has finished it all, and continues to be actively associated in a selection of techniques with her church and local community.

But Hardeman does not just define herself in these techniques she thinks in becoming a effectively-rounded person with quite a few distinctive experiences, mainly because which is how she believes you grow and learn. Anything she views as a lifelong pursuit.

Her enthusiasm for pedagogy and raising recognition about civil rights ongoing into her present-day function as an Adjunct School member with The College of New Mexico’s Africana Studies section. Hardeman has been teaching Introduction to Black Studies, TheCivil Legal rights Movement, Black Girls in the Civil Rights Motion, Blacks in the U.S. West and TheHarlem Renaissance, amongst other courses. “Every training modality drills down the discovering in different techniques, as experiential, simple application, and relatable, historic simple fact.  My purpose in teaching is to find strategies to encourage learning by one of these modalities in a way that is exciting and engaging,” she claims about her method. “I am impressed by mentors who have engaged with their communities and histories. You have to make heritage and the stories therein relatable for learners I just present that we are all so inextricably related to a person another. Persons get it,” she adds. She goes on to quote poet laureate Maya Angelou, who wrote, “We are more like, my mate, than we are unalike. We are extra alike, my friend, than we are unalike.”

Hardeman is an inspiration to discuss with, listen to, and understand from, and the UNM College of Regulation is proud to celebrate her as an alumna and a trailblazer in her discipline and community.


Marsha Hardeman, older woman of color sitting on a wooden bench in front of a concrete building