Notices

Below are upcoming events, deadlines and announcements from the State Bar, Court system, and other organizations and groups involved with the legal community. To have an announcement or event added, email notices@nmbar.org.

2019 State Bar of New Mexico Annual Awards: Call for Nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 State Bar of New Mexico Annual Awards to recognize those who have distinguished themselves or who have made exemplary contributions to the State Bar or legal profession in 2018 or 2019. The awards will be presented during the 2019 Annual Meeting, Aug. 1-3 at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. View the award descriptions, previous recipients, and nomination instructions at www.nmbar.org/AnnualMeeting. The deadline for nominations is May 1. For more information, contact Kris Becker at 505-797-6038.

ADR Superpower Skills Workshop

The ADR Committee invites State Bar members to a skills workshop for those who are new as well as for those who are experienced with the practice of ADR. It is an opportunity to identify and develop the core skills for success in facilitating communication, collaboration and constructive conflict management. Attendees will work in small groups, with a coach, to experience the profound and positive impact of skillful listening and acknowledgement. Join JoEllen Ransom, Jon Lee and Anne Lightsey from UNM Ombuds for Staff from noon-1 p.m. on April 25 at the State Bar Center for this free workshop. R.S.V.P. to Breanna Henley at bhenley@nmbar.org. Attendees are welcome to join the ADR Committee meeting from 11:30 a.m.-noon in advance of the presentation.   

Appellate Practice Section: Brown Bag Lunch 

Appellate Practice Section’s brown bag lunch with Judge Linda M. Vanzi. Judge Linda M. Vanzi will be the featured speaker at noon March 29, at the State Bar Center. R.S.V.P with Jazmine Ruiz at jjr@atlerfirm.com.

Board of Bar Commissioners: Appointments

The Board of Bar Commissioners will make appointments to the groups below. Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest and brief resume by May 1 to Kris Becker at kbecker@nmbar.org or fax to 505-828-3765.
Young Lawyer Delegate to ABA House of Delegates
The BBC will make one appointment of a young lawyer delegate to the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates (HOD) for a two-year term, which will begin at the conclusion of the 2019 ABA Annual Meeting in August and expire at the conclusion of the 2021 ABA Annual Meeting. The delegate must be willing to attend ABA mid-year and annual meetings or otherwise complete his/her term and responsibilities without reimbursement or compensation from the State Bar; however, the ABA provides reimbursement for expenses to attend the ABA mid-year meetings.  Members wishing to serve as the young lawyer delegate to the HOD must have been admitted to his or her first bar within the last five years or be less than 36 years old at the beginning of the term; be an ABA member in good standing throughout the tenure as a delegate; and report to the NM YLD Board during the YLD Board’s scheduled board meetings throughout the tenure as a delegate. 
DNA – People’s Legal Services, Inc.
The Board of Bar Commissioners will make two appointments to the DNA – People’s Legal Services, Inc., Board for four-year terms.  Active status attorneys in New Mexico may apply.
Civil Legal Services Commission
The Board of Bar Commissioners will make one appointment to the Civil Legal Services Commission for a three-year term.  All members of the commission must have experience with the civil legal matters affecting low-income persons.  Active status attorneys in New Mexico may apply.
Access to Justice Fund Grant Commission: Vacancy
One vacancy exists on the State Bar of New Mexico ATJ Fund Grant Commission. The term for the position is for the remainder of 2019 along with two optional three year terms. The ATJ Fund Grant Commission will solicit and review grant applications and award grants to civil legal services organizations consistent with the State Plan for the provision of civil legal services to low income New Mexicans. Active status attorneys in New Mexico, not affiliated with a civil legal service organization which would be eligible for grant funding from the ATJ Fund, who are interested in serving on the Commission should send a letter of interest and brief resume by April 15 to Kris Becker at kbecker@nmbar.org or fax to 505-828-3765.

Board of Bar Commissioners: Commissioner Vacancy First Bar Commissioner District (Bernalillo County)

A vacancy exists in the First Bar Commissioner District, representing Bernalillo County. The appointment will be made prior to the May 17th Board of Bar Commissioners meeting to fill the vacancy until the next regular election of Commissioners, and the term will run through December 31, 2019. Active status members with a principal place of practice located in the First Bar Commissioner District are eligible to apply. The remainder of the 2019 Board meetings are scheduled for May 17, August 1 (Hotel Albuquerque, in conjunction with the State Bar of New Mexico Annual Meeting), Sept. 26-28 (Taos, Retreat), Oct. 25, and Dec. 11 (Santa Fe).  Members interested in serving on the Board should submit a letter of interest and resume to Kris Becker, at kbecker@nmbar.org or fax to 505-828-3765, by April 15.

Call for CLE Proposals

The New Mexico State Bar Foundation Center for Legal Education invites all State Bar members; sections, divisions and committees; and voluntary bar members to submit proposals for CLE programs that could be presented at the State Bar Annual Meeting or at other times during the year. We are looking for hot topics in your areas of law. This year’s annual meeting will be held Aug. 1-3 at Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town, Albuquerque.  Breakout sessions will be one hour in length and 12 spots are available. Complete and submit this form https://form.jotform.com/90175355209154 with a hot topic program in your area of law by COB March 29.
 

Minimum Continuing Legal Education: New Phone Number

The Minimum Continuing Legal Education program has a new phone number. Members can contact MCLE at 505-797-6054, mcle@nmbar.org or www.nmbar.org/MCLE.

Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section: Meet the Regulators Event

The New Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section has organized a social event to meet and mingle with regulators from the Environmental Improvement Board, Interstate Stream Commission, Office of the State Engineer, Department of Environment, Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Public Regulation Commission, Department of Game and Fish, State Land Office, Attorney General's Office, Department of Agriculture, Mining Commission, Water Quality Control Commission and others. The event is from 3:30-5:30 p.m., April 12, at the Roundhouse Rotunda in Santa Fe. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres provided.

New Mexico Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program: Monitor Training

The NMJLAP will be hosting a monitor training for those interested in volunteering as a monitor or already serving as a monitor; Monitors are crucial in the NMJLAP Monitoring Program success as they are attorneys and judges who have lived experiences with recovery and mental health conditions. They have the desire to assist and support a peer who is going through a similar struggle. The first monitor training of the year will take place at the State Bar Center The second monitor training will also take place at the State Bar Center on 11 a.m.-12 p.m., April 6, For more information or to signup, contact Erica Candelaria at ecandelaria@nmbar.org or 505-797-6093.

New Mexico Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program: Committee Meeting

The NMJLAP will be having its second quarter Committee meeting at 10-11 a.m., on April 6, at the State Bar Center. All JLAP Committee members are encouraged to attend. For those that cannot be there in person, a teleconference will be provided. Coffee and a continental breakfast will be provided. R.S.V.P. with Erica Candelaria at ecandelaria@nmbar.org or 505-797- 6093 no later than April 2. For questions, contact Pam Moore at 505-797-6003 or pmoore@nmbar.org.

New Mexico Access to Justice Fund Grant Commission: Request for Proposals

The State Bar of New Mexico Access to Justice Fund Grant Commission is pleased to announce that the 2019-20 grant process will open on February 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. Applications are due no later than April 19, 2019 at noon. The Grant Commission shall be responsible for reviewing the applications and awarding grants to civil legal service organizations consistent with the current State Plan for the Provision of Civil Legal Services to Low Income New Mexicans. For more information on the application process, visit www.nmbar.org/atjfundgrant.

Public Law Section: Accepting Award Nominations

The Public Law Section is accepting nominations for the Public Lawyer of the Year Award, which will be presented at the state capitol at 4 p.m. on May 3. Visit www.nmbar.org/publiclaw to view previous recipients and award criteria. Nominations are due no later than 5 p.m. on April 5. Send nominations to Geraldine Garduno at Geraldine.Garduno@state.nm.us. The selection committee will consider all nominated candidates and may nominate candidates on its own. 

Solo and Small Firm Section: Scott Gordon Discusses Workplace Respect

On April 16, Scott Gordon will conduct a practical and academic discussion of the laws surrounding employment harassment and discrimination and how to cultivate respect in the workplace. Gordon is director at the Rodey Law Firm and has conducting this presentation to lawyer groups including the Tenth Circuit judges and staff. A superb discussion among attendees is inevitable. The Solo an Small Firm hosts these monthly luncheon programs with an open invitation to all judges and attorneys. This is the final luncheon in the spring series and it will take place from noon-1 p.m. at the State Bar Center. R.S.V.P. to Breanna Henley at bhenley@smbar.org

Young Lawyers Division: Annual Ask-a-Lawyer Law Day Call-in Program

The YLD’s annual Ask-a-Lawyer Law Day Call-in Program will take place from 9 a.m.-noon on April 27. Throughout the morning, New Mexico residents from around the state phone in with questions typically related to areas of family law, landlord/tenant disputes, consumer law, real estate, probate, employment law, contracts and general practice. Volunteer attorneys are needed to receive calls and provide up to 15 minutes of legal advice. Arrival time is 8:30 a.m., calls will begin at 9 a.m. and breakfast and coffee will be served. Practice area(s) can be indicated upon sign-up. Call centers will be located in Albuquerque and Farmington. Attorneys fluent in Spanish are needed. Visit https://form.jotform.com/sbnm/LawDayCall-in for more information and to sign up.

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