George Bach is of counsel with Garcia Ives Nowara LLC. He serves as an Assistant Professor of Law with the University of New Mexico School of Law, teaching Constitutional Law, Federal Jurisdiction, Evidence, Employment Law, and Clinic. In 2012, he was presented with the “Mr. Holland’s Dopest” professor award by the graduating class.
George first worked for labor lawyer K. Lee Peifer for five years (as a law clerk and then as an associate attorney), litigating civil rights, union-side labor law, and employee-side employment law. Along with Peifer and attorney Kari Morrissey, George received the 2004 ACLU-NM Cooperating Attorney of the Year award for his work challenging Albuquerque’s Draconian sex offender laws. From February 2005 until December 2009, George served as a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, where he litigated a wide variety of civil rights cases in state and federal courts. In 2009, he and Matt Garcia formed Bach & Garcia LLC, practicing in civil rights, personal injury, employment law, and criminal defense.
In March 2007, the Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance honored George with a “Treasure” Award for his work in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. In 2007, he was identified as one of “Ten Faces Changing the Face of Albuquerque” by IQ magazine. In 2009, U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) nominated him to the New Mexico State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
George’s work in published opinions include: Poolaw v. Marcantel, 565 F.3d 721 (10th Cir. 2009); Protection & Advocacy Systems v. City of Albuquerque, 145 N.M. 156 (Ct. App. 2008); and ACLU of N.M. v. City of Albuquerque, 139 N.M. 761 (Ct. App. 2006). He is admitted to practice in New Mexico, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and U.S. District Courts for New Mexico and the Western District of Texas.
Outside work, George volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of New Mexico and has performed in Albuquerque community theatre, most recently as the Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon in Tennessee Williams’s “Night of the Iguana” at the Vortex Theatre. He has two dogs, Boswell and Ladybug.