The general purpose of the 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 promote the legal interests of children and youth by improving the legal system and the administration of justice as it pertains to youth and children;
B. To improve the relationship of children and youth with the legal system by promoting and assisting in the delivery of highly effective legal services to children and youth in all appropriate venues.
C. To promote and maintain high standards of integrity, education and competency for attorneys providing legal services to children and youth.
D. To identify opportunities for and promote participatioin by attorneys in pro bono services for children and youth.
E. To provide a forum for the discussion of matters relating to the practice, development and reform of areas of law which impact on the well-being of children.
F. To promote and provide continuing legal education in technical fields of substantive law and other disciplines directly related to providing effective legal services to children and youth.
G. To encourage law students to explore opportunities for practice in the area of children's law.
H. To participate in legislative, executive and judicial processes by informing Section members about issues affecting children, youth and the legal system relating to the purposes of the Section. Upon approval of the Board of the Section, such further action shall be taken as may be necessary to present the views of the Section to the appropriate court, executive office or legislative body for consideration.
Membership in the Children's 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.
Law Day Speaker, Francis Guzman and Art/Essay Contest
Realizing the Dream: Equality for All
Hosted at the Children’s Court
The Second Judicial District Court hosted Law Day 2013 Realizing the Dream: Equality for All, on May 3. Francis Guzman, a Soros Justice Fellowship recipient and juvenile justice lawyer from the National Center for Youth Law in Oakland, Calif. spoke to the attendees. He also spoke at the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center and the detention center. Students were given awards for their essays and art on equality. Numerous donated door prizes were given away throughout the event. This was be the first Law Day ever held at the Children’s Court and focused on empowering troubled young people to believe in themselves and realize their inner potential. This year’s events were sponsored by the State Bar of New Mexico, the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association, the State Bar Young Lawyers Division, the Children’s Law Section, ARAG Legal, and Youth Matters Inc.