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Christine Morganti
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Juveniles in Justice System Create Tools for Success

Albuquerque, N.M. – Juveniles in court-ordered programs will create works of art on canvas bags based on the theme “Tools for Success” in the Seventh Annual Art and Writing Contest sponsored by the State Bar Children’s Law Section. The annual event, supported by generous contributions from the legal community, seeks to change the lives of New Mexico’s troubled youths by celebrating children’s artistic talent and promoting mentorship for positive behavior to children in the delinquency system.

Courts in Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Valencia, Sandoval, Luna and San Juan counties are participating in the contest. All pieces will be judged in Albuquerque from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 16. Winners will be contacted after the judging. The media should contact Cindy Salazar at the Juvenile Justice Center should they wish to interview any of the children.

A reception and display of the artwork will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Oct. 28, at Scalo Northern Italian Grill, Albuquerque. Justice Petra Jimenez Maes will be the honored guest and present awards to the winning children. Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish has been invited.

Information on last year’s contest may be found at


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.