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Christine Morganti
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State Bar of New Mexico Supports Pro Bono Committees

Albuquerque — The State Bar of New Mexico Board of Bar Commissioners gave the state’s judicial district pro bono committees a real boost this year by providing a $24,000 pool to support legal service projects throughout the state.

Formed by the New Mexico Supreme Court and overseen by the Access to Justice Commission, 16 judicial district committees have been busy doing the groundwork needed to get pro bono activities up and running. Far from a top-down process, each committee accessed the needs and resources of their communities and formulated their own plans. That groundwork is now largely finished. It was time, the BBC decided, to give them the support they need to accomplish their goals and bring their plans to fruition.

For years, the annual dues form has provided a means by which members of the State Bar can contribute to various pro bono activities and initiatives. Beginning in July of this year, a $24,000 pool was specifically designated to reimburse pro bono committees for expenses related to their various projects. This support helps the committees implement their plans, which includes renting space and paying for needed equipment and furnishings for legal fair, seminars, and other initiatives for delivering legal services.

“The enthusiasm this has generated among the pro bono committees is tremendous,” said State Pro Bono Coordinator Amy LaFaver. “It has really energized them for the work they hope to accomplish this year and will have a positive impact on the continued state-wide delivery of legal services to those in need.”

More information on the Access to Justice Commission may be found at https://www.nmbar.org/Attorneys/AccessJusticecommission.html.

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.