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Your Proposed 2015 Board of Directors
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Hello, Members:
The Bankruptcy Law Section Nominating Committee has issued its report, below, proposing a slate of officers for 2015. If you want to contest the election, please get the signatures of at least 10 members of the section on the petition, email it to D.D. Wolohan by Oct. 31, and state which position you are contesting. A runoff will follow. If there is no opposition after Oct. 31, the slate is approved by acclamation and will serve in 2015.

Bankruptcy Law Section Nominating Committee Report

Position 1,  01/01/15 through 12/31/17 term

KAREN H. BRADLEY is a managing partner in the Albuquerque law firm of Little, Bradley, & Nesbitt, P.A.  Her practice is primarily limited to representing lenders in real estate foreclosure, bankruptcy, and related actions. Ms. Bradley serves on the Local Rules Amendments and Advisory Committee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Mexico. She is a former board member and past chair of the State Bar's Bankruptcy Section. Ms. Bradley received her undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton in 1978, and her J.D. degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1981. Prior to limiting her practice, Ms. Bradley handled commercial transactions and practiced general civil litigation in state and federal courts.

Position 2,   01/01/15 through 12/31/17 term

THOMAS D. WALKER is a shareholder in the six-lawyer Albuquerque law firm of Walker & Associates, P.C., where he concentrates his practice in the areas of bankruptcy law, debtor-creditor law, commercial litigation, commercial foreclosures and workouts, and real estate law. Mr. Walker received an undergraduate degree in economics from Tulane University in 1981, attended the Institute of Political and Economic Studies in London, England, and received his J.D. degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1985. He is a member of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a past chair for multiple terms of the State Bar's Bankruptcy Law Section.

Position 3,   01/01/15 through 12/31/17 term

DANIEL A. WHITE is an associate at Askew & Mazel, LLC, presently serving as the Young Lawyers Division's liaison to the Bankruptcy Law Section, as well as a committee leader with the Young & New Members Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute. His efforts as YLD liaison to the Bankruptcy Law Section have included restarting the Bankruptcy Law Section's newsletter, and holding a social event for the section at Isotopes Park during the summer. His practice primarily focuses on bankruptcy litigation and representation of bankruptcy trustees.

Position 4,   01/01/15 through 12/31/17 term

MICHELLE K. OSTRYE practices law in the firm Sutin, Thayer & Browne, primarily in bankruptcy and commercial litigation as well as in the area of general, complex litigation. Michelle is a shareholder in the firm and she has represented clients in all kinds of disputes including employment discrimination, construction, banking, oil and gas, breach of contract, and personal injury cases. She is licensed to practice law in Texas, New Mexico and federal courts.  Before becoming a lawyer, Michelle was an economic development analyst for Southwestern Public Service Company (now Xcel Energy). Michelle is a frequent speaker and writer on issues relating to bankruptcy and creditor rights. She is the mother of twins, an avid motorcycle rider and a member of the Patriot Guard Riders.

Leslie Maxwell, chair

Nominating Committee


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The general purpose of the Bankruptcy Law Section shall be the promotion of the objectives of the State Bar of New Mexico within the particular fields designated by the name of this Section. To that end, it shall be the purposes of this Section:

A. To provide a forum in which this evolving area of the law is considered and discussed as a whole;

B. To recognize the interrelationship among various components of bankruptcy law; and

C. To provide an organizational recognition of the importance of bankruptcy law to the state and its legal profession.

Membership in the Bankruptcy Law Section is open to any lawyer licensed in New Mexico in good standing of the State Bar of New Mexico.

You may enroll at any time during the year; however, your membership will expire in December of the same year.



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