L. Helen Bennett is an experienced attorney who specializes in supporting lead counsel and clients with highly skilled analytical work, research, and writing. A graduate of Northeastern School of Law in Boston, Helen also holds a Master’s in Christian Theology and spent several years working with families in crisis and transition, many of which were on the margins of society, before pursuing her legal career.
The experience of her parents’ divorce as a young adult cemented the importance of family law in her mind. Helen is a firm believer that this work goes far beyond financial negotiations and truly impacts the hopes, dreams, and lifelong wellbeing of her clients.
Her personal and professional experience has taught her that, when handled with expertise and empathy, a divorce doesn’t have to be the end of a family. It can actually be the start of something better.
Prior to joining the Batley Family Law team, Helen spent over 20 years in appellate practice covering a wide range of areas. She was formerly the lead legislative analyst for the New Mexico House Judiciary Committee and New Mexico Senate Conservation Committee and is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Junior State of America Foundation, which teaches civic engagement, political awareness, and leadership skills to high school students throughout the United States and its territories.
Helen is also passionate about international travel, which she believes helps to deepen her empathy and enhance her problem solving skills.
Qualifications & Awards
Collaborative Law and Dispute Resolution
Mediation and Settlement Facilitation Certified
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington C.F.R.E.
Fuller Theological Seminary
Pasadena, California M.A.
Santa Barbara, California B.A.
Northeastern University School of Law
Boston, Massachusetts J.D.
Peter Johnstone Family Law Settlement Program
Divorce Options Workshop
Instructor/Settlement Facilitator 2011-present
New Mexico Family Legal Assistance Group and New Mexico Legal Aid
Advice and Counsel to Indigent Clients, Settlement Facilitation 2005-2015
Dismas House New Mexico
Community Reconciliation Volunteer 1998-2014
Fr. Charley Driscoll Award Recipient (2004)
University of New Mexico School of Law Moot Court Judge
Pro Se Civil Rights Selection Committee
U.S. District Court
H.V. Payne American Inn of Court