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2019 State Bar of New Mexico Annual Awards: Call for Nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 State Bar of New Mexico Annual Awards to recognize those who have distinguished themselves or who have made exemplary contributions to the State Bar or legal profession in 2018 or 2019. The awards will be presented during the 2019 Annual Meeting, Aug. 1-3 at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. View the award descriptions, previous recipients, and nomination instructions at The deadline for nominations is May 1. For more information, contact Kris Becker at 505-797-6038.

ADR Superpower Skills Workshop

The ADR Committee invites State Bar members to a skills workshop for those who are new as well as for those who are experienced with the practice of ADR. It is an opportunity to identify and develop the core skills for success in facilitating communication, collaboration and constructive conflict management. Attendees will work in small groups, with a coach, to experience the profound and positive impact of skillful listening and acknowledgement. Join JoEllen Ransom, Jon Lee and Anne Lightsey from UNM Ombuds for Staff from noon-1 p.m. on April 25 at the State Bar Center for this free workshop. R.S.V.P. to Breanna Henley at Attendees are welcome to join the ADR Committee meeting from 11:30 a.m.-noon in advance of the presentation.   

Albuquerque Bar Association: Secretary Maggie Toulouse Oliver is the Law Day Luncheon Keynote Speaker

The Albuquerque Bar Association Annual Law Day Luncheon registration is now open! Please join us from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on May 1 at the Embassy Suites Hotel located at 1000 Woodward Pl NE in Albuquerque. We are pleased to welcome Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver as this year’s keynote speaker. Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver has spent her career as a public official working for greater transparency and ethics in government, fair and efficient elections, and increased voter access. First elected in 2016, Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver is focused on providing increased transparency in financial disclosure and campaign finance reporting, modernizing the online campaign finance system, encouraging New Mexicans to get registered and vote, and advocating for good government and stronger ethics legislation. Luncheon tickets are $40 each, or 10 for $360. Sponsorships are available. Visit to register and sponsor online or contact to submit a check payment.

Board of Bar Commissioners: Appointments

The Board of Bar Commissioners will make appointments to the groups below. Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest and brief resume by May 1 to Kris Becker at or fax to 505-828-3765.
Young Lawyer Delegate to ABA House of Delegates
The BBC will make one appointment of a young lawyer delegate to the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates (HOD) for a two-year term, which will begin at the conclusion of the 2019 ABA Annual Meeting in August and expire at the conclusion of the 2021 ABA Annual Meeting. The delegate must be willing to attend ABA mid-year and annual meetings or otherwise complete his/her term and responsibilities without reimbursement or compensation from the State Bar; however, the ABA provides reimbursement for expenses to attend the ABA mid-year meetings.  Members wishing to serve as the young lawyer delegate to the HOD must have been admitted to his or her first bar within the last five years or be less than 36 years old at the beginning of the term; be an ABA member in good standing throughout the tenure as a delegate; and report to the NM YLD Board during the YLD Board’s scheduled board meetings throughout the tenure as a delegate. 
DNA – People’s Legal Services, Inc.
The Board of Bar Commissioners will make two appointments to the DNA – People’s Legal Services, Inc., Board for four-year terms.  Active status attorneys in New Mexico may apply.
Civil Legal Services Commission
The Board of Bar Commissioners will make one appointment to the Civil Legal Services Commission for a three-year term.  All members of the commission must have experience with the civil legal matters affecting low-income persons.  Active status attorneys in New Mexico may apply.

Public Law Section: Cydney Beadles is the 2019 Public Lawyer of the Year

Since 1996, the Public Law Section has presented the annual Public Lawyer Award to lawyers who have had distinguished careers in public service and who are not likely to be recognized for their contributions. The legal community is cordially invited to honor recipient Cydney Beadles at 4:30 p.m. on May 3 at the Capitol Rotunda in Santa Fe. R.S.V.P. to Breanna Henley at

Roundtable Discussionb in Farmington 

The Solo and Small Firm Section is hosting Roundtable event in Farmington on May 13. The Roundtable events are gathering in which attendees discuss practice management and other business trends. For more information, contact Deian McBryde at or 505-465-9086 or Breanna Henley at

Young Lawyers Division: Annual Ask-a-Lawyer Law Day Call-in Program

The YLD’s annual Ask-a-Lawyer Law Day Call-in Program will take place from 9 a.m.-noon on April 27. Throughout the morning, New Mexico residents from around the state phone in with questions typically related to areas of family law, landlord/tenant disputes, consumer law, real estate, probate, employment law, contracts and general practice. Volunteer attorneys are needed to receive calls and provide up to 15 minutes of legal advice. Arrival time is 8:30 a.m., calls will begin at 9 a.m. and breakfast and coffee will be served. Practice area(s) can be indicated upon sign-up. Call centers will be located in Albuquerque and Farmington. Attorneys fluent in Spanish are needed. Visit for more information and to sign up.

Young Lawyers Division: Welcome New Attorneys to the Profession

A new group of young lawyers are being sworn in to the State Bar of New Mexico on April 29. Please join the YLD in welcoming them to the profession at a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m., April 29, at St. Clair Winery located at 901 Rio Grande Blvd NW B-10 in Albuquerque. Drinks and hors’ devours will be provided. R.S.V.P. at

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