The Committee on Women and the Legal Profession seeks to address issues adversely affecting female lawyers and judges and promotes systemic changes and opportunities to advance the role of women in the legal profession.
In 1991, the New Mexico Board of Bar Commissioners appointed a Women and the Legal Profession standing committee to evaluate and implement the recommendations of the Task Force on Women and the Legal Profession that had recently conducted a study. The study concluded that, while the law had made significant gains toward eliminating gender bias, bias still existed in the administration of the law and in the treatment of women as professionals.
Since its inception, the Committee on Women and the Legal Profession has worked to address issues affecting female lawyers and judges and to monitor the substantive issues faced by New Mexican women served by the legal system. In addition to various educational and networking events, the Committee has drafted and helped pass gender-neutral legislation; created a #LawMom speaking series; organized a clothing closet to benefit UNM School of Law students; held numerous golf clinics and golf networking events for women; hosted financial literacy seminars; published the Ask Pat column in the New Mexico State Bar Bulletin; updated, printed, and distributed domestic violence assistance cards statewide; and hosted various CLEs on issues effecting women in the legal profession. Presently, the Committee is working on a study to reevaluate the status of women in the legal profession, a thirty-year retrospective, to be published in 2020.