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Your Proposed 2015 Board of Directors
Real Property, Trust & Estate Section 

Hello, Members:
The Real Property, Trust & Estate 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.

Real Property, Trust and Estate Section Nomination Committee Report

Position 1   01/01/15 - 12/31/17 term
Chris Melendrez
graduated from NMSU in 2000 with a B.S. in City Planning and Geography, and from UNM School of Law in 2008. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked as a land use and development planner for six years in the public, private, and non-profit sectors - including approximately two years with Consensus Planning Inc. in Albuquerque. After law school he clerked for the New Mexico Court of Appeals for two years, worked as a legal analyst for the New Mexico Legislature's Senate Conservation Committee, and practiced for two years as a Land Use and Real Estate Transactions Lawyer for the New Mexico State Land Office. He presently serves as Chief Legal Officer for the Albuquerque City Council, where he provides general legal counsel with particular emphasis on land use and development issues. Mr. Melendrez previously served on the Bernalillo County Planning Commission, and as President of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association. Although he does diverse work for the City Council, his primary professional interests remain in land use, real estate, and public-private partnerships. He is interested in becoming active in the Real Property Division.

Position 2   01/01/15 - 12/31/17 term
Fletcher Catron
practices law with the firm of Catron, Catron, Pottow & Glassman, P.A., in Santa Fe. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of New Mexico School of Law and has been in the practice of law since 1973. Mr. Catron's largest single area of practice is in estate planning, trusts and probate; he is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). He is a board member of the Elder Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico, and a board member and past chair of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Section of the State Bar of New Mexico. Mr. Catron has been both a board member and chair of the Bar Association of the First Judicial District and the Estate Planning Council of Santa Fe.  He was co-chair of the State Bar committee that obtained adoption of the Uniform Health-Care Decisions Act and chair of the State Bar committee that reviewed and successfully lobbied for passage of the Uniform Trust Code. He has several times represented the position of the Real Property, Trust and Estates Section at the New Mexico Legislature with respect to proposals for probate and trust legislation, including the legislation enacting the newest amendments to the Uniform Probate Code.

Position 3   01/01/15 - 12/31/17 term
Charles Price
is a 1968 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy (B.S.) and served in the Air Force as an aeronautical engineer from 1968 to 1972. He graduated from the University of New Mexico Law School in 1976. His practice has included the representation of real estate investors, developers and lenders in all aspects of development, including land acquisition and sales, loan documentation and negotiation, land use planning, homeowners' associations and covenants, commercial lease negotiations, loan foreclosures and workouts. Recent Albuquerque work includes advising developers of urban revitalization projects, use of Public Improvement and Tax Increment Development Districts, and public/private development agreements. Mr. Price has served as a member of the City of Albuquerque Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission. He is also a past president of the New Mexico Chapter of NAIOP-Commercial Real Estate Development Association, a past member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1987, and is named as a leading real estate lawyer in New Mexico by the Chambers USA publication.

Position 4   01/01/15 - 12/31/16 term
Johanna Pickel, J.D., LL.M.,
is the sole shareholder of Johanna A. Pickel, LLC, serving clients in Sandoval, Bernalillo, Valencia, and Santa Fe.  Her current practice is focused on elder law, estate planning, probate, estate and trust administration, guardianships and conservatorships, and business planning. She earned her B.A. from the University of Montana, M.A. from New Mexico State University, J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and her LL.M from the Western New England School of Law.

Matt Myers
Real Property, Trust and Estate Section
Nominating Commission Chair

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Property & Probate is a publication of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Section of the American Bar Association, and a flagship member-only magazine. It is a bi-monthly magazine, designed to provide lawyers with up-to-date, practical information regarding real estate, wills, trusts and estate planning to better help serve clients.


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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, the purposes of this Section shall include:


A. The consideration of all matters of legal interest relating to the various subjects covered by the respective committees and divisions; and to communicate, through the State Bar Bulletin and otherwise, with the members of the Section respecting these matters;

B. The study of the law relating to interests in real property, title thereto and transactions therein, and of the possibilities of increased uniformity in such law, and of improvements and reforms in such law and in title and recording practices, through legislation, title standards or otherwise; and

C. The consideration of the various questions with reference to wills, the creation and administration of estates, the relation of probate court jurisdiction to general judicial administration, the subject of trusts in all its various aspects, including the subjects of the creation of trust estates, trustees and their powers and duties, trust companies and their relationship to the trustors, beneficiaries and the public, and social and economic aspects of the trust, the investment, control and protection of trust funds, the function of the various forms of trusts created, the advisability of other specific probate or trust statutes or rules, the possibility of increased uniformity in the various aspects of the probate and trust law, pending legislation and current literature in the field, noteworthy probate and trust statutes and decisions and other matters of interest concerning probate and trust law.

You may be enrolled as a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section if

a) you are a member in good standing of the State Bar of New Mexico, and
b) you submit a Section Application Form to the State Bar of New Mexico, and
c) your payment of the stated amount due is submitted with your application.

You may enroll at any time during the year; however, your membership will expire in December of that same year. Dues for membership in this Section are $15 per calendar year. Please contact D.D Wolohan, 797-6039, if you have a question regarding payment of dues.




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