About the State Bar of New Mexico

The State Bar of New Mexico is a professional membership organization of attorneys licensed to practice law in New Mexico. The organization was established in 1886 and is currently a 501(c)(6) corporation. The mission of the State Bar is to be a united and inclusive organization serving the legal profession and the public.


The State Bar is governed by a volunteer Board of Bar Commissioners, all of whom are licensed attorneys elected by their peers from designated bar commissioner districts throughout New Mexico. The State Bar’s Executive Team and staff help to execute member projects and goals.

Wesley Pool is the principal and owner of Pool Law Firm, PC, in Clovis, and current President of the State Bar of New Mexico. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University, B.A., and Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, J.D.  He is admitted to practice in New Mexico and Texas, The United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Mexico, The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The firm focuses on commercial litigation in addition to real estate, bankruptcy, probate, wills and estate planning, personal injury and domestic relations. Pool is a member of the Curry/Roosevelt Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Trial Lawyers Association, the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association and the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Business Law Section and as the BBC liaison to the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board. 

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What We Do

Learn more about what the State Bar of New Mexico offers to its members and the public .

New Mexico State Bar Foundation

The public service and educational arm of the State Bar is the New Mexico State Bar Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in 1991. Learn how the Bar Foundation assists the public and the services it provides. Contact Stephanie Wagner, swagner@nmbar.org, to make a donation that will contribute to the continuation of important services.

Center for Legal Education

The Bar Foundation houses the State Bar’s continuing legal education course provider: the Center for Legal Education. Member dues do not subsidize CLE operations. Find a program in our one-stop shop for affordable and convenient courses including live and self-study.