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Legal Resources for the Elderly Workshop 
Nov. 24, 2020-The next FREE virtual webinar presented by the Legal Resources for the Elderly Program will take place on December 9th at 11:00 am. To register, please go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/regi.../2139345473337499917...Read More

Consumer Debt Bankruptcy Workshop 
Nov. 18, 2020-The next  free virtual Consumer Debt Bankruptcy Workshop will take place on December 9, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. via video conference (Zoom). To register please call 505-797-6094...Read more

Divorce Options Workshop 
Nov. 17, 2020-The next free virtual Divorce Options Workshop will take place on December 2, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. via video conference (Zoom). To register please call 505-797-6022...Read More


2020 Election - Appeals Candidate Forum Recording 
Oct. 30, 2020-The State Bar of New Mexico Appellate Practice Section hosted a forum for the candidates running for the New Mexico Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of New Mexico. Watch a recording  of the candidates for the New Mexico Supreme Court and New Mexico Court of Appeals...Read More

2020 Election - Appeals Candidate Forum
Oct. 15, 2020-The State Bar of New Mexico Appellate Practice Section will host a forum for the candidates running for the New Mexico Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of New Mexico this November. The forum will be live-streamed at 6 p.m. on Oct. 28 via our YouTube page...Read More

EAC Formal Opinion 2020-01
Oct. 12, 2020- Topic is Lawyer's Responsibility When Acting as Local Counsel for a Client in Association with Pro Hac Vice Counsel...Read more

2020 Ask-A-Lawyer Call-in Program Date Announced
Oct. 9, 2020- The annual Ask-A-Lawyer Call-in Program will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m...Read for more information

New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission Voting Recommendations 
Sept. 28, 2020- The New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (JPEC) has released its recommendations to voters on 65 judges, one New Mexico Supreme Court justice and 64 District Court judges, who are standing for retention in the upcoming election...Read More

New Mexico's Diversity Clerkship Program, by Justice David K. Thomson
Sept. 28, 2020 - When I joined the ABA’s Judicial Division as a Trial Court Judge, one of the first programs I participated in was the Judicial Clerkship Program (JCP). Now, as a Justice on the New Mexico Supreme Court, and inspired by my experience with the JCP, I have begun an initiative that mentors, educates, and creates externship opportunities for minority and disadvantaged students...Read More

State Bar Sections and Divisions 2021 Board Election Season
Sept. 3, 2020 - The State Bar Sections and Divisions have begun their election season for 2021 Board of Directors. Each membership group will receive an eBlast indicating how many seats are open for election and the duration of each term. You may also learn about each group at their respective webpages (About Us > Sections/Divisions). Deadline for section applications is Friday, Oct. 2 and applications for divisions are due by Friday, Sept. 25. For further questions, contact Member Services at memberservices@nmbar.org 

Supreme Court Committees, Boards, and Commissions: Notice of 2020 Year-End Vacancies

Sept. 1, 2020 - The Supreme Court of New Mexico is seeking applications to fill upcoming year-end vacancies on many of its committees, boards, and commissions. The application deadline is Oct. 2, 2020... Read more

Crisis Fatigue with a Side of Humor, by Pamela Moore

Aug. 26, 2020 - Right now, my bed is my favorite place in my house. Sometimes I just want to stay there for hours, even after I am awake. Has it always been my favorite place in my home, you ask? No, this is a recent development. Well, what has changed recently that would cause this shift? Yes, this is a sarcastic question... Read more

State Bar Announces 2020 Annual Award Recipients

Aug. 26, 2020 - The Annual awards recognize those who have distinguished themselves or who have made exemplary contributions to the State Bar or legal profession in the past year. The awards will be presented during the virtual 2020 Annual Meeting and Member Appreciation Event on Sept. 25. Recipients include Deborah Dungan, Renee Valdez, William Slease, New Mexico Immigrant Law Center, Veronica Gonzales-Zamora, Julia Barnes, Judge Alvin Jones (posthumously). Read more

State Bar Announces the 2021 Judicial Clerkship Program

Aug. 26, 2020 - The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), 9 week summer internship program open to all second-year diverse law students. Justice David K. Thomson of the New Mexico Supreme Court, the State Bar of New Mexico Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession and the Young Lawyers Division are proud to announce the application process is now open for the inaugural Judicial Clerkship Program... Read more

State Bar President Tina Cruz on Diversity and Wellness

Aug. 23, 2020 - To navigate the uncertain times associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, I hope you are doing well personally and with your professional endeavors. This year has proven to be remarkably challenging as a consequence of the pandemic and has become far more complex in light of concerns regarding racial justice, which have been highlighted at both the national and local levels.  Along with others, I have been thoughtfully considering how best to respond to these issues as a leader of our diverse and integrated bar association... Read more

Remote Oral Arguments: Things to Think About, by Justice David K. Thomson

July 22, 2020 -Coping with the COVID-19 pandemic has required all of us to be flexible and get creative in finding ways to maintain business as usual. Many people are working and schooling from  home,  and  opting  to  video  call  loved  ones  instead of visiting them in person. Nearly all businesses now offer curbside delivery, and we are all suddenly used to wearing our masks and keeping a distance... Read more

Justice Michael E. Vigil becomes Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court

July 15, 2020 - Justice Michael E. Vigil was sworn in today as Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.He was elected to the position by his colleagues on the five-member court and will serve a term ending in April 2022. He succeeds Justice Judith K. Nakamura, who had served as Chief Justice since 2017... Read more

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