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About Mary Leto Pareja

Mary Leto Pareja has been teaching at the UNM School of Law since the fall of 2005. Before moving to Albuquerque, she spent nearly nine years in private practice. Most recently, Pareja was an equity partner at a large Denver law firm with offices around the world. While in private practice, she specialized in employee benefits law, and worked primarily on issues related to pension, retirement, and health plans.

At the UNM School of Law, Pareja teaches Health Law, Torts, and Tax as well as supplementing the business law curriculum as needed. In addition, she regularly travels to Madrid, Spain as part of UNM’s Madrid Summer Law Institute and teaches Spanish law students about U.S. law and the common law legal system.

Pareja's research interests focus on economic justice issues, including asset building, wealth preservation, and retirement and health security for low- and middle-income individuals and communities. She is particularly interested in how the tax system can be used to effectively and efficiently promote economic independence, with particular emphasis on women’s issues, low-income taxpayer issues, and health and retirement security issues.

Pareja speaks Spanish fluently.


Faculty Member, University of New Mexico School of Law


Law, Tax Law, and Torts

Research Interests

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  • Business and Tax Clinic
  • Employee Benefits Law
  • Estate and Retirement Planning
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Health Law
  • Introduction to US Law for Foreign Law Students
  • Sale of Goods
  • Small Business Law and Policy


1996 J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
1991 A.B., Smith College

Contact Information

UNM School of Law
Office: 3120
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Ph.: 505-277-2268