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State Bar Honors Longest Serving Judge, Youngest Practicing Member

and Those Serving the Profession 25 and 50 Years at 124th Birthday Party


Albuquerque, N.M.—Members and their guests gathered at the State Bar Center Feb. 26 to commemorate the State Bar’s 124th birthday. Honored guests included Justice Charles W. Daniels, Justice Petra Jimenez Maes and members of the Board of Bar Commissioners.

The State Bar of New Mexico was organized by 19 members on January 19, 1886, in Santa Fe and has operated uninterrupted since then. The original constitution states that it was formed to “cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice; to elevate the standard of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession; to encourage a thorough and liberal legal education; and to cherish a spirit of brotherhood among the members. . . .” established by state statute on March 17, 1925.


It has become a tradition at the birthday celebration to extend special recognition to members who have practiced law for 25 and 50 years, as well as honors for those members who have achieved special milestones in the legal profession.

The Honorable Edmund “Ted” Kase was recognized as the “Longest Serving Judge” and Lauren Reed was recognized as the “Youngest Active Member.” Judge Kase also celebrates 50 years in the State Bar. Ironically, Reed Frequently appears before Judge Kase in his 7th Judicial District Court.


State Bar President Stephen S. Shanor presided over the festivities and presented certificates of recognition to the honorees.

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.