Nick Estes is retired UNM University Counsel, a position in which he served for 18 years. Previously he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, where he specialized in water rights and other natural resource issues, and an Assistant City Attorney in Albuquerque, where he specialized in public property, planning and zoning. He helped acquire the Elena Gallegos Grant for the City and U.S. Forest Service.
Since retiring from the University of New Mexico in 2005, Nick worked for the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and New Mexico Voices for Children, working on access to health care for low-income families and children. He is a founding board member of Explora in Albuquerque.
Nick has studied economics and political science since being a debater at Manzano High School in Albuquerque. He is knowledgeable about voting behavior, public policy analysis, the economics of health care, and national economic issues such as income inequality, unemployment, tax policy, and the federal budget.
Nick has a BA in history from Harvard College and a JD from Harvard Law School. He is married and has two grown sons and is an active liberal Democrat.