Constitution Day

Public Law 108-447 Sec. 111 Division J - SEC. 111(b) states that all levels of educational institutions receiving federal funds are required to educate students on our U.S. Constitution. Constitution Day is celebrated each year on September 17.

In the spirit of Constitution Day, the Young Lawyers Division organizes a public education program each year that provides participating New Mexico fifth-grade classes with U.S. Constitution booklets to keep and an educational lesson from a licensed New Mexico attorney. Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Since September 17, 2016 falls on a Saturday we will be offering this opportunity to celebrate during the week of September 12-16, 2016.

Fifth-grade educators in New Mexico are invited to sign up to participate in this public service. After sign up, you will be contacted regarding further details about your participation. You will be paired with an attorney in your community who will come to the classroom and teach a lesson.  

For more information, contact Member Services Coordinator Breanna Henley at 505-797-6039 or

If you are an attorney who would like to volunteer to participate, contact Breanna Henley at 505-797-6039 or

State Bar Student Essay Contest

The State Bar of New Mexico invites all New Mexico high school juniors and seniors to participate in the annual State Bar Student Essay Contest. Essays, judged by a panel of lawyers, judges, State Bar staff, and educators, will be evaluated according to content, originality, writing skills, and a public school essay scoring rubric. A panel of sitting judges will evaluate the finalist essays, picking three winners. Prizes of up to $1,000 are sponsored by the Modral, Sperling, Roehl, Harris, & Sisk PA law firm. The question for the Essay Contest is announced in December, Entries are due in late February/early March, and the prizes are awarded in May.

Visit the Essay Contest page for more information

Video Contest: "Breaking Good"

The State Bar of New Mexico’s Legal Programs and Services Committee is hosting the Breaking Good Video Contest . The goal of the Contest is to provide students with an opportunity to share their creative and artistic talents while learning about non-profit civil legal service providers in their community and sharing that knowledge with others. Through their work, they will be able to help educate others about non-profit civil legal service providers. The State Bar may use entries as public service announcements. The Contest is open only to New Mexico high school students, grades 9-12. Prizes are awarded up to $1,000. View the Video Contest page for more information.
This is GENERAL and BASIC information only. Laws are constantly changing. Exceptions and special circumstances exist. You should seek legal advice from an attorney to your choice who can take into account all the factors relevant to your particular situation.