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

New Mexico Legal Aid

The Board of Bar Commissioners will make three appointments to the New Mexico Legal Aid Board for three-year terms, with two members from the First and Second Congressional Districts and one member of and recommended by the Indian Law Section.  Active status members admitted to practice in New Mexico interested in serving on the Board should send a letter of interest and brief resume by Nov. 25 to Kris Becker at or fax to 505-828-3765.

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 MexicoActive status attorneys in New Mexico interested in serving on the Commission should send a letter of interest and brief resume by Nov. 25 to Kris Becker at

State Bar of New Mexico Access to Justice Fund Grant Commission

The Board of Bar Commissioners will one appointment to the State Bar of New Mexico ATJ Fund Grant Commission for a three-year term.  The ATJ Fund Grant Commission solicits and reviews grant applications and awards grants to civil legal services organizations consistent with the State Plan for the Provision of Civil Legal Services to Low Income New Mexicans.  Active status attorneys in New Mexico, not affiliated with a civil legal service organization which would be eligible for grant funding from the ATJ Fund, interested in serving on the Commission should send a letter of interest and brief resume by Nov. 25 to Kris Becker at

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. 

Disciplinary Board

The president of the Board of Bar Commissioners will make one appointment to the disciplinary board for a three-year term.  Members wishing to serve on the board should send a letter of interest and brief resume by Dec.4 to Kris Becker at

Board of Bar Commissioners Appointments to Newly Created New Mexico State Bar Foundation Board

The Board of Bar Commissioners of the State Bar of New Mexico will appoint four directors to the newly created New Mexico State Bar Foundation Board, three of which shall be active members of the State Bar and one member of the public who is a non-attorney.  The term of the at-large directors shall be established by lot at the first meeting of the new board, with one director having a term of one year, one director having a term of two years, and two directors each having a term of three years.  Thereafter, the term of office of at-large directors shall be three years.  The New Mexico State Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the State Bar of New Mexico representing the legal community’s commitment to serving the people of New Mexico and the profession.  The goals of the Foundation are to:  enhance access to legal services for underserved populations; promote innovation in the delivery of legal services; and provide legal education to members and the public.  Members interested in serving on the Board should submit a letter of interest and a resume to by Nov. 25.


Monday Night Support Group

- Oct. 12
- Oct. 19
- Oct. 26
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. 

Intellectual Property Law Section Virtual Pro Bono Fair

The Intellectual Property Law Section seeks volunteer attorneys for its third Pro Bono IP Fair. This year the Fair will take place virtually the week of Nov. 2-7. Many creatives and inventors in our community need our help to get their journey started. Appointment start time any earlier than 9am or later than 4:30pm on any given day of the Fair. Attorneys will provide free consultations (web or teleconference) in all areas of IP law and/or business law. Visit for more information!

Natural Resources, Energy and Environment Law Section: Section Nominations Open for 2020 Lawyer of the Year Award

The Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law 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. 18. 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. Award criteria and nomination instructions are available at Nominations are due by Nov. 13 to Member Services at

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 Small Firm October Virtual Lunch Series: Jerry Pacheco, President of the Border Industrial Association

Please join the virtual lunch on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at noon. All Bar members, Bar staff, and their guests are welcome to attend. RSVP to Member Services at Jerry Pacheco, president of the Border Industrial Association, will speak at the October Virtual Lunch Series for the Solo and Small Firm Section. Pacheco is also the Executive Director of the International Business Accelerator, the only state-wide international trade counseling program, based in Santa Teresa, N.M. He also is an industrial business recruiter based in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, who is responsible for the recruitment and attraction of approximately $1 billion of investment, and the creation of more than 4,000 jobs to New Mexico’s border region. He will present on New Mexico’s international trade situation and what is going on at the border. 



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