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Christine Morganti
(505) 797-6028

Public Records Act Gets Attorneys’ Attention

Albuquerque, N.M.—The State Bar of New Mexico Public Law Section will sponsor the 2010 New Mexico Administrative Law Institute Oct. 22 at the State Bar Center.

Topics and presenters include: New Mexico Administrative Law Update by Professor Eileen Gauna, UNM School of Law; Public Records Act and the New Model Administrative Procedures Act by John Martinez, Administrative Law Division, N.M. State Records Center and Archives and Mona Valicenti, Assistant Attorney General; Ethical Issues in E-Discovery and Electronic Record Retention by Victoria Garcia, Department of Information Technology; and Professionalism: Pro Bono Practice and the Public Sector by Hon. Sarah Singleton, First Judicial District Court.

In addition, Stephen Ross, Santa Fe County Attorney; William Herrmann, Chief Hearing Examiner, N.M. Public Regulation Commission; Darcy Bushnell, Utton Center; and Shannon Beaucaire, ADR Coordinator, City of Albuquerque, will comprise a panel addressing the Use and Practice of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Government.

Administrative law integrates several areas of law, which include administrative rules, regulations and procedures for government agencies and bodies; the scope of agency authority, in particular individual privacy; and enforcement powers of agencies. In the United States, access to information about the government is also an integral part of administrative regulations. Administrative law expanded greatly during the twentieth century, as legislative bodies worldwide created more government agencies to regulate the increasingly complex social, economic and political spheres of human interaction.

Visit to register and to view the full schedule.

Note: News media are welcome to attend and cover the sessions. Please notify Christine Morganti, or (505) 797-6028 if you plan to attend.

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.