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Young Lawyers Division

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of New Mexico was formed as a Section in the early 1960's and was known as the Junior Bar. In 1978, the Section becamethe Young Lawyer Division, which is an affiliate of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA-YLD).

The mission of the Young Lawyers Division is to promote the integrity and respect of the legal profession, provide services and outreach to its members, and support and encourage public service.

All State Bar members in good standing under the age of thirty-six (36), as well as those who have been admitted to the practice of law in any state for five (5) years or less are YLD members.

If you have questions or need further information regarding the YLD, contact D.D Wolohan at 797-6039 or via e-mail to

Jaramillo Summer Law Clerk Trainning Session

YLD members Sarita Nair, Lynn Mostoller, Aja Brooks, Robert Lucero, Denise Chanez and Keya Koul spent May 19 at the UNM School of Law training the student fellows accepted into the State Bar of New Mexico Arturo L. Jaramillo Summer Law Clerk Program. Program






YLD Section Liaisons


Every section board of directors has a representative from the Young Lawyers Division, who reports back to the Young Lawyers Division board on section activities and events discussed during section board meetings.  The YLD Section Liaison also reports back to the section boards on YLD events and networking opportunities.  A list of the YLD Section Liaisons can be found at the link below.


YLD Section Liaisons

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Law Day 2014



National Hispanic Cultural Center Welcomes New Exexutive Director

The National Hispanic Cultural Center Board of Directors welcomed a new Executive Director on Jan. 16, Rebecca Avitia. Rebecca is a YLD member and chair of the State Bar's Health Law Section board of directors. Rebecca was a shareholder at Montgomery and Andrews, PA before assuming her current position.  Here is her welcome reception speech.


ABA YLD Spring Conference Report


ABA YLD Next Steps Challenge

The State Bar Young Lawyers Division has been selected by the American
Bar Association YLD as the runner-up for the 2012-2013 ABA YLD Next
Steps Challenge. The YLD has been awarded a $1,000 sub-grant to be
used for its diversity initiative and veterans outreach in Indian Country.


In the fall of 2012, Jennifer Broomfield, a licensed social worker, lawyer, and Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist at the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System (NMVAHCS), approached the SBNM YLD to explore how to expand the pro bono legal services available to military veterans from the State Bar of New Mexico and legal service providers from around the state, and how to partner with other community stakeholders to address clinical recovery and community integration when delivering legal services.  That exploring led to a formal agreement between the NMVAHCS and State Bar of New Mexico for the purpose of implementing a Veterans Civil Justice Initiative (VCJI) in New Mexico. 


The VCJI expands civil legal services to military veterans in a big way and improves the quality of legal services the Bar provides to our nation’s veterans. The VCJI offers veterans a broad range of veteran-specific and non-veteran-specific legal services through a series of monthly clinics held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month in the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Conference Room (Building 45) at the Raymond G. Murphy Medical Center (VA hospital) in Albuquerque. Click through the hyperlinks below to see a more detailed overview of the VCJI, as well as a cultural competency training offered to our clinic staff. To get involved, e-mail Greg Gambill at and Keya Koul at


Understanding Military Culture and Engaging Veterans - Powerpoint Training


Veterans Civil Justice Legal Initiative


YLD Members Needed to Conduct Interviews

The Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of New Mexico is seeking YLD member volunteers who are interested in interviewing an experienced member of the Bar. Volunteers should provide a short proposal regarding the interview they wish to conduct. For those proposals that are accepted, each excerpted interview will form part of a series of interviews to be published in the Bar Bulletin during the coming months. If you are an interested in exploring this project further and you are a member of the YLD, please contact Greg Gambill at for more details.




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