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Jan. 25, 2012

Christine Morganti, (505) 797-6028

cmorganti@nmbar.org

New Commissioners Take Office at State Bar

Albuquerque, N.M.—The State Bar of New Mexico Board of Bar Commissioners welcomed new board members Jan. 20 when New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles W. Daniels administered the oath of office to new commissioners. Elected by the general membership of the State Bar, the 22-member governing board develops policies, procedures and regulations; monitors financial performance, programs and services; and serves as advocates for the State Bar. Newly elected commissioners are listed below.

First Bar Commissioner District (representing Bernalillo County)
M. David Chacon, II is a sole practitioner who represents corporate clients and individuals on various civil and commercial litigation-related matters, including personal injury, workers’ compensation, real estate, and administrative and governmental affairs. His substantial criminal practice includes misdemeanor and felony representation ranging from simple shoplifting charges to murder. He previously taught as an adjunct professor of law at UNM and clerked for Court of Appeals Judge Michael D. Bustamante from 1996–1998. He serves as an administrative hearing officer appointed by the New Mexico Gaming Control Board. He also served in this capacity for the Pueblo of Isleta Gaming License Review Office from 2002–2010. He is a former 13-year member of the New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners, including serving the last three years as its chair. Chacon is married and is the proud father of his twin six-year old children.

Gerald G. Dixon is a shareholder in the law firm of Dixon, Scholl & Bailey PA, where he practices in the areas of professional malpractice defense, commercial litigation and construction disputes. He is a frequent speaker before professional groups on professional liability and risk management issues. Dixon was admitted to the State Bar of Colorado in 1981 and the State Bar of New Mexico in 1986. He is a member of the Albuquerque Bar Association (president, 1994) and American Bar Association. Dixon attended Texas Tech University (BBA, J.D.). He is a member of First United Methodist Church of Albuquerque where he has served or chaired various committees and taught a Sunday School class to high school students. He has served on the board of directors for the Landsun Homes Foundation since 2000 and the board of directors for the Texas Tech School of Law Foundation since 2005.

Julie J. Vargas is a native of Albuquerque. She attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island (undergraduate degree, 1990) and the UNM School of Law (J.D., 1993). Vargas comes from a family of lawyers, including her father (retired) and her brother, who currently practices in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. For the past 17 years, she has worked with the firm of Hunt & Davis PC, where she has been a shareholder since 2002. Her practice is focused primarily in the areas of real estate and commercial litigation.

Second Bar Commissioner District (representing San Juan, Cibola, Valencia and McKinley counties)
Bradford J. Dalley graduated from Farmington High School in 1988. He served a two-year LDS mission in southwest England and South Wales. Dalley attended Brigham Young University (B.A., Political Science, 1994) and the UNM School of Law (J.D., 1998). Shortly after becoming licensed in 1998, he was employed by the New Mexico Public Defender Department in their newly opened Farmington office. In 2000, he entered private practice and became a partner of Fortner, Whitehead and Dalley. In October 2011, he opened his solo practice. He is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. His areas of practice include criminal defense, personal injury, domestic relations, civil litigation and GAL appointments. Dalley is married with three children and a stepson. He spends his free time with his children and volunteering in the community.

Sixth Bar Commissioner District (representing Lincoln, Chaves, Otero, Eddy, and Lea counties)
Scotty A. Holloman is a shareholder, director, and president of Maddox, Holloman & Kirksey PC in Hobbs. He attended Texas Tech University (B.B.A., Accounting, 1980) and Texas Tech University School of Law (J.D., 1983). Holloman was admitted to practice law in Texas in 1983 and in New Mexico in 1984. He is a member of the State Bar Real Property, Trust and Estate Section and the State Bar Business Law Section. He served as president of the Lea County Bar Association. For the past two years, he has served as the out-of-state liaison to the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors. Holloman and his wife, Terry, have three children: Aaron, an attorney in Roswell, and wife Kelli; Emily and Jacob.

Dustin K. Hunter is a partner in the Roswell law firm of Kraft & Hunter LLP, where he practices in civil and corporate matters, including family law, business litigation, insurance coverage litigation, contracts and personal injury. He volunteers and provides pro bono services through the Legal Resources for the Elderly Program and has partnered with New Mexico Legal Aid to conduct pro se divorce clinics. He currently serves on the Chaves County Pro Bono Committee and is currently the secretary of the Chaves County Bar Association. Hunter is the president of the Valley Christian Academy Board of Directors and is a director for HD Studios, which manages and broadcasts Channel 77, Roswell. Hunter attended Cameron University (B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude) and Texas Tech University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude), where he was a member of the Texas Tech Law Review. Hunter has been married for 19 years to his wife Jennifer and has two children, Lauren and Ethan.

Young Lawyers Division Chair
Samantha Hults is an assistant city attorney with the City of Albuquerque. She formerly practiced at the Albuquerque office of Jackson Lewis LLP, a national labor and employment firm. A New Mexico native, Hults attended Occidental College, Los Angeles, California (B.A., Urban and Environmental Policy) and the UNM School of Law (J.D., 2005). Her legal practice focuses on counseling and representing the City regarding labor and employment issues and related business matters. Her experience includes Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the ADA, the ADEA, the FMLA, the City Labor Management Relations and Personnel Acts and other city, state and federal employment and labor laws. Hults also has a background in health care law and civil litigation and practices before administrative agencies.

Paralegal Division Liaison
Evonne Sanchez joined the Judicial Standards Commission in 2004 as a paralegal. She has been an active member of the Paralegal Division since 2000, became a board member in January 2009, and is the chair for 2012. She has been the Albuquerque area coordinator for the division’s continuing legal education programs since 2006 and chair of the committee for statewide CLE programs since 2008. She has legal assistant and paralegal experience spanning over 21 years. Prior to joining the Commission staff, the majority of Sanchez’s legal work was performed as a paralegal and office manager for an Albuquerque law firm specializing in criminal defense. Sanchez also has substantial experience in the areas of personal injury and civil litigation.

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.