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Purpose of Indian Law Section


1.2 PURPOSE. The general purpose of the Section shall be the promotion of the objectives of the State Bar of New Mexico within the particular field designated by the name of this Section. To that end, it shall be the purpose of this Section:

A. To analyze societal problems unique to the various tribal communities and their non-Indian neighbors; to help members learn when, whether, and how laws are to be applied to solve such problems, and how the laws of the different jurisdictions inter-relate; and to encourage communication, analysis of the issues, and solutions to jurisdictional and other problems facing tribal and non-tribal communities;

B. To analyze and upgrade the quality of the administration of justice in Indian country, for Indian and non-Indian citizens alike;

C. To foster and maintain learning and provide a public service through the education of attorneys and private citizens alike; to educate citizens concerning how to approach or handle legal matters and disputes involving Indian land, tribal courts, or Indian individuals;

D. To provide a forum for the discussion of Indian law issues and other matters pertaining to the practice of law, law reform, continuing legal education, and both substantive and procedural law as applied to Indian country; to share experiences, knowledge, and ideas and to provide members with the opportunity to stay informed about Indian law developments and their practical ramifications; and

E. To participate in the various legislative, judicial, and executive processes by informing its members about relevant issues affecting the legal systems affecting tribal and non-tribal individuals and communities.

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