The State Bar of New Mexico Bar Bulletin shall be the official publication of the State Bar of New Mexico ("State Bar"). The Bar Bulletin shall be published and distributed in accordance with the editorial policy developed by the Board of Editors and approved by the Board of Bar Commissioners.
The purpose of the Bar Bulletin shall be to provide an educational resource for all members of the State Bar on matters related to the justice system, the regulation of the legal profession, and the improvement of the quality of legal services. The Board of Editors shall have editorial content responsibility for the Bar Bulletin. The Board of Editors is a committee of the State Bar and is subject to the State Bar bylaws and policies pertaining to committees, and shall exercise its editorial responsibility in accordance with this section. As the communications vehicle for the members of the State Bar, the Bar Bulletin shall, among other things:
The publication shall not be used as a vehicle for the advocacy of political or politically ideological matters.
Board of Editors
The Editor, an employee of the State Bar, is responsible for coordinating assigned content of State Bar publications and ensuring that editorial policy is followed. The Director of the Membership and Communications Department shall serve as Managing Editor and as such shall supervise the work of publication staff and independent contractors. The Editor shall serve as a non-voting member of the Board of Editors and shall call meetings of the Board of Editors as needed.
Bar Bulletin: The State Bar of New Mexico Bar Bulletin shall be the official publication of the State Bar. The Bar Bulletin shall be published in accordance with the editorial policy developed by the Board of Editors and approved by the Board of Bar Commissioners. The weekly Bar Bulletin shall be provided to active members of the State Bar as a member benefit and to others free of charge as designated by the Board of Bar Commissioners. The Bar Bulletin is also available on a paid subscription basis.
The purpose of the Bar Bulletin shall be to provide an educational resource for all members of the State Bar on matters related to the justice system, the regulation of the legal profession, and the improvement of the quality of legal services. The Board of Editors shall have editorial content responsibility for the Bar Bulletin. As the communications vehicle for the members of the State Bar, the Bar Bulletin shall, among other things:
• present practical and informative articles on law, legal history, and people;
• advise members of recent court decisions, rule changes, and legislation;
• apprise of matters relating to the State Bar; and
• provide a forum for the exchange of opinions and discussion of views directly related to the administration of justice.
Articles shall not be used as a vehicle for the advocacy of political or politically ideological matters.
A. Content - The Bar Bulletin shall publish, space permitting:
- The text of all opinions, orders, and notices issued by the New Mexico Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, including head notes (except that space considerations may preclude publication of some dissenting opinions), and notices and certificates issued by the Clerk of the Supreme Court; significant opinions on matters of New Mexico law issued by the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico and the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; notices of changes in the local rules of those courts, the United States Bankruptcy Court or the United States Magistrate Court; and announcements of state and federal courts;
- Notices, rules and opinions issued by certain courts and regulatory arms of the State Bar, such as the Disciplinary Board, Legal Specialization Board, MCLE Board, and others;
- Announcements, agendas and summaries of minutes of the Board of Bar Commissioners;
- Reports and announcements issued by State Bar committees, sections, divisions, and programs, including State Bar convention schedules and announcements;
- Notices pertaining to the activities of national, local, or specialty bar associations;
- Activities of the Bar and its members, profiles, and stories of general interest; and
- Memorials to recently deceased members of the State Bar.
B. Articles, letters to the editor and other such material shall be referred to the Board of Editors for consideration for publication based on the following criteria.
- All submissions are subject to the Board of Editor’s approval based on majority vote. The Board of Editors reserves the right to edit or reject any material submitted for publication.
- All submitted articles should directly relate to the practice of law or the legal community in New Mexico.
- Primary preference shall be given to original articles written by members of the State Bar expressly for first publication in State Bar publications.
- Selection for publication shall be based on the article’s relevance to readers, determined by content and timeliness. Articles appealing to the widest range of interests shall be encouraged. Commentaries dealing with more specific areas of law shall be given equal consideration. The Board of Editors shall encourage free expression of ideas and shall not reject submissions based on differences of opinion or points of view.
- Articles should contain more than one source of information and explore more than one perspective.
- Citations should conform to the Uniform System of Citation. Authors are solely responsible for the completeness and correctness of citations.
- Submissions may be heavily edited for appropriateness, tone, clarity, style, grammar, length and use of AP style.
- Authors will be notified when a submission has been rejected. Rejected submissions meeting subject-matter criteria may be reworked and resubmitted.
Routine columns generally are not distributed to the Board of Editors in advance of publication unless the Editor or Managing Editor is concerned about the content or quality of articles. Such columns might include the “Message from the President of the State Bar;” “Hearsay“ and “In Memoriam;” reports from boards and committees of the Supreme Court and Board of Bar Commissioners; regular columns written by sections, divisions, or committees of the State Bar; and stories covering State Bar or other events in the legal community.
New Mexico Lawyer: The New Mexico Lawyer shall be a supplementary publication to the Bar Bulletin and shall focus on a single topic of current interest to a broad segment of the legal community. Provided that adequate staffing and financial resources are available, it shall be published quarterly in the Bar Bulletin and may be authored by a division, section, or committee of the State Bar; by a department within the State Bar; or by another entity approved by the Board of Editors. The Board of Editors shall review and approve all articles within each issue prior to publication based on the criteria above.
Material published in the Bar Bulletin and the New Mexico Lawyer remains the property of the State Bar. The author grants to the State Bar the following rights:
The author also agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the State Bar from and against any and all third party claims, demands, actions, suits, losses, liabilities, damages and all related costs and expenses, including attorneys fees, due to, arising from or related to, claims that might arise involving ownership of rights in the content I have provided.
Letters to the Editor
Letters to the editor are designed to encourage constructive dialogue among members of the legal community in New Mexico.
The following procedure shall control the means for addressing grievances by persons whose articles, letters or other submissions are rejected for publication, or by persons who object to inclusion of material for publication.
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