Announcements and Deadlines
Below are upcoming deadlines and announcements from the State Bar, Court system, and other organizations and groups involved with the legal community. To have an announcement added, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the State Bar of New Mexico
2019 Budget Disclosure: Deadline to Challenge Expenditures
The State Bar of New Mexico Board of Bar Commissioners has completed
its budgeting process and finalized the 2019 Budget Disclosure,
pursuant to the State Bar Bylaws, Article VII, Section 7.2, Budget Procedures.
The budget disclosure is available in its entirety by Nov. 1 2018 on the
State Bar website at www.nmbar.org on the financial information page under
the About Us tab. The deadline for submitting a budget challenge is on
or before noon, Nov. 30, 2018, and the form is provided on the last page
of the disclosure document.
The BBC will consider any challenges received by the deadline at its Dec.
13, 2018, meeting.
Address challenges to:
Executive Director Richard Spinello
State Bar of New Mexico
PO Box 92860
Albuquerque, NM 87199
Challenges may also be delivered in person to the State Bar Center, 5121
Masthead NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.
Board of Bar Commissioners: Appointments to Client Protection Fund and Access to Justice Commissions
The Board of Bar Commissioners will make two appointments to the Client Protection Fund Commission for three-year terms and one appointment to the N.M. Access to Justice Commission for a three-year term. The Commission is dedicated to expanding and improving civil legal assistance by increasing pro bono and other support to indigent people in New Mexico. Active status attorneys in New Mexico who would like to serve on either Commission should send a letter of interest and brief résumé by Nov. 26 to Kris Becker at email@example.com or fax to 505-828-3765.
Board of Bar Commissioners: 2018 Election
Voting in the 2018 election for the State Bar of New Mexico Board of Bar Commissioners will begin
Nov. 9 and close at noon on Nov. 30. Four candidates submitted nomination petitions for the three open
positions in the First Bar Commissioner District (Bernalillo County), so there will be an election in
that district. Voting will be conducted electronically. With regard to the remaining positions, one nomination petition was submitted for the open position in
the Second Bar Commissioner District (Cibola, McKinley, San Juan and Valencia counties) from Joseph
F. Sawyer, so he will be elected by acclamation; one nomination petition was submitted for the open position in
the Third Bar Commissioner District (Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties) from Constance G. Tatham, so
she will be elected by acclamation; and no nomination petitions were submitted for the open position in the Sixth Bar Commissioner
District, so the Board will appoint someone from that district to fill the vacancy at their February meeting. To view the candidate bios for the First Bar Commissioner District and for voting procedures, view the Nov. 7 Bar Bulletin.
Board of Editors: Seeking Applications for Open
The Board of Editors of the State Bar
of New Mexico will have open positions
beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Both lawyer and
non-lawyer positions are open. The Board
of Editors meets at least four times a year
(in person and by teleconference), reviewing
articles submitted to the Bar Bulletin and the
quarterly New Mexico Lawyer. This volunteer
board reviews submissions for suitability,
edits for legal content and works with authors
as needed to develop topics or address other
concerns. The Board’s primary responsibility
is for the New Mexico Lawyer, which is
generally written by members of a State Bar
committee, section or division about a specific
area of the law. The State Bar president,
with the approval of the Board of Bar Commissioners,
appoints members of the Board
of Editors, often on the recommendation of
the current Board. Those interested in being
considered for a two-year term should send
a letter of interest and résumé to Evann
Kleinschmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply by Nov. 30.
Natural Resources, Energy
and Environmental Law
Section: Nominations Open for 2018
Lawyer of the Year Award
The NREEL Section will recognize an
NREEL Lawyer of the Year during its annual
meeting of membership, which will
be held in conjunction with the Section’s
CLE on Dec. 21. The award will recognize
an attorney who, within his or her practice
and location, is the model of a New Mexico
natural resources, energy or environmental
lawyer. More detailed criteria and nomination
instructions are available at www.nmbar.
org/NREEL. Nominations are due by Nov. 16
to Breanna Henley, email@example.com.
From New Mexico Courts
Second Judicial District Court: Announcement of Vacancy
The Second Judicial District Court announces
the retirement of the Hon. Judge
Alan M. Malott effective Oct. 31. Inquiries
regarding more specific details of this judicial
vacancy should be directed to the chief
judge or the administrator of the court.
Dean Sergio Pareja of the UNM School
of Law, designated by the New Mexico
Constitution to chair the District Court
Nominating Committee, solicits applications
for this position from lawyers who
meet the statutory qualifications in Article
VI, Section 14 of the New Mexico Constitution.
Applications, as well as information
related to qualifications for the position,
may be obtained from the Judicial Selection
judsel/application.php, or by email by
contacting Beverly Akin at 505-277-4700.
The deadline for applications has been set
for 5 p.m., Nov. 14. Applications received
after that date will not be considered. Applicants
seeking information regarding
election or retention if appointed should
contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office
of the Secretary of State. The Judicial
Nominating Committee will meet at 9 a.m.
on Nov. 27, at the Second Judicial District
Court located at 400 Lomas Blvd NW,
Albuquerque to evaluate the applicants
for this position. The committee meeting
is open to the public and members of the
public who wish to be heard about any of
the candidates will have an opportunity to
Second Judicial District Court: Destruction of Tapes
In accordance with 188.8.131.522
NMAC, taped proceedings on domestic
matters cases in the range of cases filed
in 1972 through 1998 will be destroyed.
To review a comprehensive list of case
numbers and party names or attorneys
who have cases with proceedings on tape
and wish to have duplicates made should
verify tape information with the Special
Services Division 505-841-6717 from 8
a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.- Fri. The aforementioned
tapes will be destroyed after Dec. 15.
Second Judicial District Court: Notice to Attorneys and Public
Effective Nov. 1, the Second Judicial
District Court Clerk’s office will no longer
accept cash bills larger than $20. The Second
Judicial District Court will continue
to accept cashier checks and money orders.
The Second Judicial District Court does
not accept personal checks, credit cards
or debit cards at this time.
Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court: Announcement of Vacancy
A vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court will exist as of January 1, 2019, due to the retirement of the Hon. Judge Sharon Walton, effective Dec. 31. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the administrator of the court. Sergio Pareja, chair of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission, invites applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 28 of the New Mexico Constitution. Applications may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website: http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php. The deadline for applications has been set for 5 p.m. Dec. 13. Applications received after that time will not be considered. Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State. The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9 a.m. on Jan. 18, 2019, to interview applicants for the position at the Metropolitan Courthouse, located at 401 Lomas NE, Albuquerque. The Commission meeting is open to the public, and anyone who wishes to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.
Fourth Judicial District Court: Mass Reassignment
On Oct. 4, pursuant to the authority of
Article VI, Sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution
of the State of New Mexico, Chief
Justice Nakamura appointed Flora Gallegos
to fill the vacant position in Division
III of the Fourth Judicial District Court.
Effective Oct. 26, all cases previously assigned
to Division III shall be assigned to
Judge Flora Gallegos. Pursuant to Rules
1-088.1, 5-106, and 10-162 NMRA, parties
who have not yet exercised a peremptory
excusal will have 10 business days from
Nov. 21, to excuse Judge Flora Gallegos.
From the New Mexico Legal Community
Department of Labor: New Payroll Audit Independent
Determination (PAID) Program
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage
and Hour Division has announced a
new nationwide pilot, the Payroll Audit
Independent Determination program,
which facilitates resolution of potential
overtime and minimum wage violations
under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The
program’s primary objectives are to resolve
such claims quickly and without litigation,
to improve employers’ compliance with
overtime and minimum wage obligations.
Under the PAID program, employers
are encouraged to conduct audits and,
if they discover overtime or minimum
wage violations, to share this information
with WHD, work with us in good faith
to correct their mistakes, and provide
due compensation to their employees in
an expedited manner. Employers that
voluntarily self-report and work with the
department in good faith to take corrective
action under the PAID program will not
be subject to liquidated damages or civil
money penalties as a condition to finalize
settlements.For more information about
the program, please visit www.dol.gov/
whd/paid/ or call the WHD office at 505-
Gene Franchini High School
Mock Trial Competition: Judges Needed for the Qualifier
The Gene Franchini New Mexico
High School Mock Trial Competition
needs judges for the qualifier rounds. The
qualifier competition will be held Feb. 8-9,
2019. It will be hosted by the Bernalillo
County Metropolitan Court. Mock trial
is an innovative, hands‐on experience
in the law for high school students of all
ages and abilities. Sign up at http://www.
civicvalues.org/index.php by Jan. 20, 2019.
If you have any questions, contact Kristen
at the Center for Civic Values at 764‐9417