New Commissioners Take Office
Albuquerque, N.M.—New members to the 2010 Board of Bar Commissioners were invested and attended their first meeting on February 26. The 22-member governing board of the State Bar develops policies, procedures and regulations; monitors financial performance, programs and services; and serves as advocates for the State Bar.
Justice Charles W. Daniels of the New Mexico Supreme Court administered the oath of office at the State Bar Center.
First Bar Commissioner District
Michelle Lujan Grisham
a leader in areas of health policy and senior services, was director of the Lawyer Referral for the Elderly Program for the State Bar in 1987. In 1991 Governor King appointed her to direct the New Mexico State Agency on Aging. She took a small program and turned it into a ground-breaking agency, known nationwide for such innovative practices as undercover evaluations of nursing homes and enhanced legal protections for elders. Governor Richardson appointed her as secretary of Aging and Long-Term Services in 2002 and in 2004 secretary of the Department of Health. She spearheaded the reorganization of state government programs for seniors and people with disabilities. She resigned to run for the U.S. House of Representatives for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District and has led the effort for significant public policy shifts that have improved the quality, dignity and independence of New Mexicans.
earned her Ph.D. in biology from UNM and her J.D. from the UNM School of Law. She also has a master’s degree in environmental science from New Mexico Highlands and a B.A. in biology from the University of San Diego. Noskin is currently a registered patent attorney with Peacock Myers PC. She has experience working with people in the political arena, grass-roots, public and private sector, and non-profits. Past business experience includes director of government affairs for Giant Industries, Inc. and an environmental scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Idaho National Engineering Laboratories. She has chaired the Fair Judicial Elections Committee. She is a member of the State Bar’s Committee on Women and the Legal Profession and the Lawyers Assistance Program. She is a board member for the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber and a member of the District of Columbia Bar. She served on the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board.
Seventh Bar Commissioner District
is a native of Las Cruces and a staff attorney for the 3rd Judicial District Court. Prior to this position, she practiced in the area of civil litigation for law firms in Albuquerque and Las Cruces. Chacon received her bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University and her law degree from the UNM School of Law. She is a former chair of the Young Lawyers Division and is the current district representative for the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. She was appointed by the Doña Ana County Bar Association to serve on the board of directors for New Mexico Legal Aid. In addition, she serves on the board of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association and the UNM School of Law’s alumni board. Chacon was named the Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year by the State Bar of New Mexico in 2003.
Paralegal Division Liaison
Deborah R. Tope
is a certified litigation paralegal at Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Ives & Duncan, PA, in Albuquerque. She is a charter member of the Paralegal Division and has served in numerous officer, board and committee positions over the last ten years. She has a bachelor’s degree from UNM, an associate’s degree in paralegal studies from Central New Mexico Community College, and is certified by the National Association of Legal Assistants/Paralegals and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations. Tope is the chair of the Paralegal Division for 2010.
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.