George Bach

George Bach practices in civil rights, labor law, criminal defense and general civil litigation. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in New Mexico, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, and the Fifth Circuit and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

During and after law school, George worked for attorney K. Lee Peifer litigating in civil rights, union-side labor law, and employee-side employment law. In 2005, George joined the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico as its first staff attorney, where he litigated a wide variety of civil rights cases in state and federal courts. In 2009, George teamed up with Matthew L. Garcia and formed the law firm of Bach & Garcia.

A former President of the New Mexico Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association, George was honored with a Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance “Treasure” Award in 2007 for his work in the LGBT community. In 2009, U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich appointed him to the New Mexico State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. George was a member of the University of New Mexico School of Law faculty from 2011-2015, where he taught Constitutional Law, Federal Jurisdiction, Evidence/Trial Practice, and other courses. In 2012, he was presented with the “Mr. Holland’s Dopest” professor award by the graduating class, and the class of 2014 named him “Professor of the Year.”

George’s publications include: Out and About Because I Can Be, Out and About – The LGBT Experience in the Legal Profession (American Bar Association 2015); Answering the “Serious Constitutional Question”: Ensuring Meaningful Review of All Constitutional Claims, 117 West Virginia L. Rev. 177 (2014); Defining “Sufficiently Serious” in Claims of Cruel and Unusual Punishment, 62 Drake L. Rev. 1 (Fall 2013); State Law to the Contrary? Examining Potential Limits on the Authority of State and Local Law Enforcement to Enforce Federal Immigration Law, 22 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 67 (Fall 2012); and Iqbal Is Not a Game-changer for Discovery in Civil Rights Cases, with Matthew L. Garcia, 42 N.M. L. Rev. 329 (Summer 2012).

George serves as a member of the Legal Panel of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico and on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Press Women.