Spotlight on Greg Gambill, ABA YLD DR 23

Vol. 39 No. 4


Greg Gambill is the 2012–2014 ABA YLD District Representative for New Mexico and Arizona. If there is a typical path to follow to become a lawyer, Gambill did not follow it.

Experience of Leadership

Not so long ago, a college friend convinced Greg to sign up for a forestry crew in eastern Washington State, and so began his summer gig fighting wildfires while studying at the University of Washington. After graduation, and faced with the choice between putting his humanities degree to use or continuing a career putting out fires, he took a position as a member of the Smokey Bear Hotshot Crew in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

Hotshot crews are highly skilled 20-person fire suppression teams employed mostly by the U.S. Forest Service and less frequently by the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, various Native American tribes, Alaska, Utah, Kern County (California), and, in the case of the Granite Mountain Hotshots in Arizona, a municipality. Hotshot crews started in Southern California in the late 1940s in the Cleveland and Angeles National Forests. The name was meant to refer to these crews’ difficult assignments on fires. There are around 115 hotshot crews nationwide.

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