On May 1, 1968, by joint resolution, Congress designated May 1st as “Law Day”. The State Bar of New Mexico, together with the Young Lawyers Division, sponsors several events during the week of Law Day. In addition, other events are listed below that celebrate this special day.
High School juniors and seniors across the state were invited to submit essays for the annual high school contest, sponsored by the Modrall Sperling Law Firm. Awards were presented at the Albuquerque Bar Law Day Luncheon, co-sponsored by the State Bar, and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners received cash prizes.
School “Dialogue” Series
During the week of Law Day, attorneys and judges from around the state went into local schools to lead students in a dialogue on the annual theme. The State Bar prepared packets for volunteers and students to engage in a meaningful discussion on the years topic.
Each year the Young Lawyer’s Division and the State Bar host the “Ask-A-Lawyer” call-in program where people may call and consult with an attorney by phone at no charge. If the caller needs more in-depth assistance, then the caller is referred to the appropriate agency or State Bar program for private attorney referral. Local attorneys volunteer in four call-in areas; Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Farmington and Roswell.
Albuquerque Bar Association Law Day Luncheon
Each year the Albuquerque Bar Association sponsors a luncheon to celebrate Law Day.
Children's Law Section - Law Day Speaker and Art/Essay Contest
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 is a Soros Justice Fellowship recipient and juvenile justice lawyer from the National Center for Youth Law in Oakland, Calif.
Public Law Section - Public Lawyer of the Year Award
The Public Law Section announced its Public Lawyer of the Year Award during Law Day.