State Bar of New Mexico Elects 2010 Officers
Albuquerque, N.M. – The State Bar of New Mexico recently elected officers and new members to the 2010 Board of Bar Commissioners. 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. Bar Commissioners attend approximately six BBC meetings per year (with up to three meetings outside of Albuquerque) and participate in State Bar committees and other events.
Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court Edward L. Chávez administered the oath of office in the Supreme Court Chambers Dec. 9.
President Stephen S. Shanor is a partner in the Roswell office of Hinkle Hensley Shanor & Martin LLP. His practice involves litigation, primarily in the areas of medical malpractice defense, general liability and tort defense, water law and real estate transactions. Shanor received a B.A. degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and his J.D. degree from the University of Denver, College of Law. He was a law clerk for the 5th Judicial District in New Mexico, served as president of the Eddy County Bar Association for three years, and was director of Quadrant 3 for the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar. He was a member of the 5th Judicial District Local Rules Committee, the Bench/Bar Relations Committee, and was co-chair of the 5th Judicial District Bench and Bar Conference Committee. Active in his community, Shanor served on the board of the Roswell Symphony Orchestra and was yearly campaign chair for the Professionals Division of the United Way. He is currently on the board of Noon Optimist Little League Baseball and is a cubmaster for Pack 25 of the Rio Hondo District, Conquistador Counsel of the Boy Scouts of America. Shanor and his wife, Heidi, have three children, Katelyn, Andrew, and Matthew. Shanor also represents the 6th Bar Commissioner District.
President-Elect Jessica A. Pérez is a native of Bernalillo where she practiced for five years with her father, former District Court Judge George Pérez, her brother Christopher, and her mother Veronica, their paralegal. She is currently employed as a field representative for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, primarily handling health care policy and issues. Pérez was previously employed as an assistant attorney general in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque and as an analyst for the New Mexico State Senate. A Bar Commissioner since 2003, she serves as chair of the Personnel Committee and as a member of the Bylaws and Policies Committee, Annual Meeting Planning Committee, Bench and Bar Relations Committee, CLE Advisory Committee and the Legislative Committee. She is also the current president of the Sandoval County Bar Association. Pérez received a B.A. in political science from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and a. J. D. from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Pérez and husband Al Park have one daughter, Ella Grace. Pérez will also represent the 3rd Bar Commissioner District.
Vice President Hans Voss has been practicing law in New Mexico for the last 11 years and is serving his fifth year as a member of the BBC. He participates as a member of the Executive, Finance, and Governmental Affairs committees. He is the BBC liaison to the Uniform Jury Instructions Committee (Civil) and the Appellate Rules Committee.
Voss earned his J.D. from the UNM School of Law in 1998. Additionally, he holds an M.A. in economics (UNM ‘94), a B.A. in economics (UNM ‘92), and an A.S. in engineering (UNM ‘91). Voss also represents the 7th Bar Commissioner District.
Secretary-Treasurer Andrew J. (Drew) Cloutier is a partner in the Roswell office of Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor & Martin LLP. He has practiced law for 21 years, primarily in the areas of oil and gas, commercial, and complex litigation. He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and received a B.A. from the University of Dallas in 1984. Cloutier is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and Texas. He is a review officer for the Disciplinary Board, a member of the Rules of Civil Procedure Committee, and was previously a director of the Bankruptcy Law Section. He presently serves as president of the Sidney Gutierrez Middle School Foundation, on the executive board of the Conquistador Boy Scouts Council, as scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 149, and as 9th grade religious education instructor at his church.
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.