Below are upcoming events, deadlines and announcements from the State Bar, Court system, and other organizations and groups involved with the legal community. To have an announcement or event added, email

State Bar Meetings

The State Bar of New Mexico reopened to members and the public on June 29; availability is limited pursuant to the current State Health Orders.  To book a meeting, please contact us at 505-797-6000 or

Board of Bar Commissioners 2020 Election Results

The nomination period has ended for the 2020 election for the Board of Bar Commissioners and there were no contested districts.  The following individuals have been elected by acclamation to three-year terms:  Elizabeth J. Travis in the First Judicial District; Aja N. Brooks in the Second Judicial District; Robert Lara in the Third and Sixth Judicial Districts, Mitchell Mender in the Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts, and Erinna M. “Erin” Atkins in the Twelfth Judicial District.  No nomination petitions were received for a vacancy in the Second Judicial District, two vacancies in the Seventh and Thirteenth Judicial Districts, or the Out-of-State District position.  A notice for those vacancies is included in this Bar Bulletin and the board will make those appointments at their Feb. 5 meeting

Board of Bar Commissioners Commissioner Vacancies in the Second, Seventh and Thirteenth Judicial Districts and Out-of-State District

Rule 24-101 (C) and (D) NMRA have been amended by the supreme court to reflect that the bar commissioner districts shall follow the established state judicial districts. On Jan. 1, there will be four vacancies on the Board of Bar Commissioners as follows:  One vacancy in the Second Judicial District, two vacancies in the Seventh and Thirteenth Judicial Districts, and one vacancy for an Out-of-State District position.  The appointments will be made by the Board of Bar Commissioners at the Feb. 5 meeting to fill the vacancies until the next regular election of Commissioners, and the terms will run through Dec. 31, 2021.  Active status members with a principal place of practice (address of record) in the Districts with vacancies are eligible to apply.  The remainder of the 2021 Board meetings are scheduled for: April 16, June 11, Oct. 7, and Dec. 8 or 9 (TBD); depending on the COVID-19 situation, at least a couple of the meetings may be held virtually.  Members interested in serving on the Board should submit a letter of interest and resume to by Jan. 15 COB.

Employee Assistance Program: Managing Stress Tool for Members

The Solutions Group, the State Bar's free Employee Assistance Program, announces a new platform for managing stress. My Stress Tools is an online suite of stress management and resilience-building resources which includes: training videos, relaxation music, meditation, stress tests, a journaling feature and much more. My Stress Tools helps you understand the root causes of your stress and gives you the help you need to dramatically reduce your stress and build your resilience. Your Employee Assistance Program is available to help you, 24/7. Call at 866-254-3555.  


Monday Night Support Group

- Dec. 28
- Jan. 4
- Jan. 11
This group will be meeting every Monday night via Zoom. The intention of this support group is the sharing of anything you are feeling, trying to manage or struggling with. It is intended as a way to connect with colleagues, to know you are not in this alone and feel a sense of belonging. We laugh, we cry, we BE together. Email Pam at or Briggs Cheney at and you will receive an email back with the Zoom link. 

New Mexico Access to Justice Commission

The Board of Bar Commissioners will make two appointments to the NM Access to Justice Commission for three-year terms.  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 interested in serving on the Commission should send a letter of interest and brief resume by Jan. 15 to

Section’s Annual Meeting of the Membership

The sections of the Bar have begun holding annual meetings for their respective membership. You may find your section’s annual meeting date either through an eBlast announcement or through the weekly eNews. Although this year has posed many challenges for us all, all of the voluntary groups have stayed active and continue to give back to their members and community at large. Learn of their accomplishments and what plans they have for next year. For further information, email Member Services at  

Solo and Small Firm  Section January Virtual Lunch 

Presentation: Keeping Up with the Pandemic Developments
Dr. Greg Mertz, a UNMH doctor who specializes in vaccines and antivirals with an emphasis on clinical trials, will lead a timely presentation and discussion, joined by Robert McNeill, an Albuquerque attorney who previously served as state health and environmental secretary and established the state's epidemiological office. Please join the virtual lunch on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at noon. All State Bar members, State Bar staff, and their guests are welcome to attend. RSVP to member services at

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