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Christine Morganti
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State Bar’s Annual Meeting to Feature
Prominent National Attorneys

Albuquerque, N.M. – The State Bar of New Mexico will host their 2010 Annual Meeting, July 15–17, at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero. State Bar President Stephen S. Shanor chose “Staying Connected and Cohesive…Local Law Practices Make New Mexico Advances” as the theme of a meeting that will serve over 400 attorneys from across the state. The event will provide opportunities for continuing education credits and for networking with members of the profession practicing in New Mexico.

Nationally prominent speakers will bring a variety of perspectives to the program.

• Charles P. Rose general counsel for the U.S. Department of Education, is the special guest speaker. He serves as the chief legal officer for the department and as the legal adviser to the secretary of education on all matters affecting the department’s programs and activities. He was a founding partner and corporate secretary of Franczek Radelet PC where he represented school districts, municipalities, and other public employers across Illinois with respect to labor relations and collective bargaining matters, general matters of labor and employment law, and education law.

• Keynote Speaker Stuart A. Forsyth is owner and principal of The Legal Futurist, an independent consulting practice providing long-range strategic planning and visioning services to all components of the justice system including courts, bar associations, law firms, CLE providers, lawyers, judges and educators. His presentations on the future of the legal profession, courts and continuing education have received nationwide acclaim.

• Author of the critically acclaimed book If It Does Not Fit, Must You Acquit? Your Humorous Guide to the Law (2002), Sean Carter has been called America’s funniest lawyer. His humorous yet practical CLE presentations have been heard by over 200 organizations and his humor columns have appeared in such publications as the National Law Journal and on websites such as His Sue Unto Others As You Would Have Them Sue Unto You will be a must-see professionalism program.

• David Gross is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. Named as one of the “Top Ten Winning Litigators in the U.S.” by the National Law Journal, Gross has previously been listed as one of the nation’s 50 “Rising Litigation Stars” by The American Lawyer based on his track record of high profile intellectual property litigation victories as well as his prominence as a national speaker on trial practice and patent litigation. The 2007 recipient of the Center for Legal Education’s National Speaker of the Year Award, Gross is a former clerk to the Honorable Levin H. Campbell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston and a former trial attorney for the Civil Division of the U. S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He is the co-author of The Power Trial Method and has served as lead attorney for a nationwide pro bono investigation resulting in a national report on the status of Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

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The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.