Notices

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 notices@nmbar.org.

ABA House of Delegates

The Board of Bar Commissioners will make one appointment to the American Bar Association House of Delegates for a two-year term, which will expire at the conclusion of the 2022 ABA Annual Meeting. The delegate must be willing to attend 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 on the board must be a current ABA member in good standing and should send a letter of interest and brief resume by May 15 to Kris Becker at kbecker@nmbar.org or fax to 505-828-3765.

Board of Bar Commissioners Commissioner Vacancy Fifth Bar Commissioner District (Curry, DeBaca, Quay and Roosevelt counties)

A vacancy exists in the Fifth Bar Commissioner District (Curry, DeBaca, Quay and Roosevelt counties). The appointment will be made by the Board of Bar Commissioners to fill the vacancy until the next regular election of Commissioners, and the term will run through Dec. 31. Active status members with a principal place of practice located in the Fifth Bar Commissioner District are eligible to apply. The remainder of the 2020 Board meetings are scheduled for June 18-19, Sept. 25,, and Dec. 9 Members interested in serving on the Board should submit a letter of interest and resume to Kris Becker, at kbecker@nmbar.org or fax to 505-828-3765, by May 15.

Board of Editors Seeking Applications for Open Positions

The Board of Editors of the State Bar of New Mexico has open positions. 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 Laird at elaird@nmbar.org. Apply by June 30.

Free Consumer Debt/Bankruptcy Workshop Via Video and Teleconference

A Consumer Debt/Bankruptcy Workshop will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, via video and teleconference. Here are the instructions to join the Video Conference the day of the workshop: 1) Go to https://www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/ronholmes, 2) Click “Join Online Meeting”, 3) Enter your name and e-mail (you do not need to create an account) and 4) Click “Join.” To join the meeting only by phone, please dial 701-802-5493 and enter the access code number 8688319. The workshop includes a presentation by a volunteer attorney, an open question-and-answer period, and a free one-on-one consultation with an attorney. This free event is a community service open to the public. Call for details 505-797-6000 or 505-797-6094 to register.

Client Protection Fund Commission

The Board of Bar Commissioners will make one appointment to the Client Protection Fund Commission for the remainder of an unexpired term through Dec. 31, 2021.  Active status attorneys in New Mexico who would like to serve on the Commission should send a letter of interest and brief resume by May 15 to Kris Becker at kbecker@nmbar.org or fax to 505-828-3765.

Divorce Options Workshop Via Video and Teleconference

A Divorce Options Workshop will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, via video and teleconference. Here are the instructions to join the Video Conference the day of the workshop, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82873818897 and use the meeting ID number 828 7381 8897. Call 505-797-6022 to register.

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.

Judicial Standards Commission

The Board of Bar Commissioners will make one appointment to the Judicial Standards Commission for a four-year term. The time commitment for service on this Commission is substantial and the workload is voluminous.  Receiving, reviewing, and analyzing substantial quantities of electronic documents are necessary to prepare for Commission matters. Strict adherence to constitutional, statutory, and regulatory authority governing the Commission is mandatory, expressly including but not limited to confidentiality. Commissioners meet at least six times per year for approximately three hours per meeting. A substantial amount of reading and preparation is required for every meeting. In addition to regular meetings, the Commission schedules at least three week-long trailing dockets of trials. Additional trials, hearings, or other events may be scheduled on special settings. Additionally, mandatory in-house training sessions may periodically take place. Unless properly recused or excused from a matter, all Commissioners are required to faithfully attend all meetings and participate in all trials and hearings.  Appointees should come to the Commission with limited conflicts of interest and must continually avoid, limit, or eliminate conflicts of interest with the Commission's cases, Commission members, Commission staff, and with all others involved in Commission matters. Members wishing to serve on the Commission should send a letter of interest and brief resume by May 15 to Kris Becker at kbecker@nmbar.org or fax to 505-828-3765.

Monday Night Support Group

-May 18
-June 1
-June 8
As of March 30, 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 pmoore@nmbar.org or Briggs Cheney at BCheney@DSC-LAW.com and you will receive an email back with the Zoom link.

New Mexico Legal Aid

The Board of Bar Commissioners will make one appointment to the New Mexico Legal Aid Board for the remainder of a three-year term through December 31, 2020; this vacancy is to be filled by a member of the Indian Law Section.  Members wishing to serve on the NMLA Board should send a letter of interest and brief resume by May 15 to Kris Becker at kbecker@nmbar.org or fax to 505-828-3765.

Public Law Section Now Accepting Nominations for Lawyer of the Year Award

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 Public Law Section is now accepting nominations for the Public Lawyer of the Year Award, which will be presented at the state capitol at 4 p.m. on May 15. Visit nmbar.org/publiclaw to view previous recipients and award criteria. Nominations are due no later than 5 p.m. on April 20. Send nominations to Andréa Salazar at asalazar@santafenm.gov. The selection committee will consider all nominated candidates.

State Bar of New Mexico 2020 Annual Awards Call for Nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 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 the past year. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have canceled the Annual Meeting, but will be holding an event in the fall and will present the annual awards at that time; details about that event will be announced at a later date. The deadline for nominations has been extended to June 5. Previous recipients for the past three years are listed below. To view the full list of previous recipients, visit www.nmbar.org/Awards. A letter of nomination for each nominee should be sent to Kris Becker, State Bar of New Mexico, PO Box 92860, Albuquerque, N.M. 87199-2860; fax 505-828-3765; or email kbecker@nmbar.org. Nominations may also be submitted through the following link: https://form.jotform.com/sbnm/2020amawards. The link to the Jotform can also be found on the Annual Awards page on the State Bar website at www.nmbar.org/AnnualMeeting. We will be preparing a video about the award recipients, which will be presented at the State Bar of New Mexico Annual Meeting in Santa Fe. Please include in the nomination letter the names and contact information of three or four individuals who would be willing to participate in the video project. The deadline for nominations is June 5. For more information or questions, please contact Kris Becker at 505-797-6038 or kbecker@nmbar.org.

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