Announcements and Deadlines

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

From the State Bar of New Mexico

2019 Budget Disclosure: Deadline to Challenge Expenditures The State Bar of New Mexico Board of Bar Commissioners has completed its budgeting process and finalized the 2019 Budget Disclosure, pursuant to the State Bar Bylaws, Article VII, Section 7.2, Budget Procedures. The budget disclosure is available in its entirety by Nov. 1 2018 on the State Bar website at www.nmbar.org on the financial information page under the About Us tab. The deadline for submitting a budget challenge is on or before noon, Nov. 30, 2018, and the form is provided on the last page of the disclosure document. The BBC will consider any challenges received by the deadline at its Dec. 13, 2018, meeting. Address challenges to: Executive Director Richard Spinello State Bar of New Mexico PO Box 92860 Albuquerque, NM 87199 rspinello@nmbar.org Challenges may also be delivered in person to the State Bar Center, 5121 Masthead NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.
Board of Bar Commissioners: Appointments to Client Protection Fund and Access to Justice Commissions
The Board of Bar Commissioners will make two appointments to the Client Protection Fund Commission for three-year terms and one appointment to the N.M. Access to Justice Commission for a three-year term. The Commission is dedicated to expanding and improving civil legal assistance by increasing pro bono and other support to indigent people in New Mexico. Active status attorneys in New Mexico who would like to serve on either Commission should send a letter of interest and brief résumé by Nov. 26 to Kris Becker at kbecker@nmbar.org or fax to 505-828-3765.

Board of Bar Commissioners: 2018 Election
Voting in the 2018 election for the State Bar of New Mexico Board of Bar Commissioners will begin Nov. 9 and close at noon on Nov. 30. Four candidates submitted nomination petitions for the three open positions in the First Bar Commissioner District (Bernalillo County), so there will be an election in that district. Voting will be conducted electronically. With regard to the remaining positions, one nomination petition was submitted for the open position in the Second Bar Commissioner District (Cibola, McKinley, San Juan and Valencia counties) from Joseph F. Sawyer, so he will be elected by acclamation; one nomination petition was submitted for the open position in the Third Bar Commissioner District (Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties) from Constance G. Tatham, so she will be elected by acclamation; and no nomination petitions were submitted for the open position in the Sixth Bar Commissioner District, so the Board will appoint someone from that district to fill the vacancy at their February meeting. To view the candidate bios for the First Bar Commissioner District and for voting procedures, view the Nov. 7 Bar Bulletin.

Board of Editors: Seeking Applications for Open Positions
The Board of Editors of the State Bar of New Mexico will have open positions beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Both lawyer and non-lawyer positions are open. The Board of Editors meets at least four times a year (in person and by teleconference), reviewing articles submitted to the Bar Bulletin and the quarterly New Mexico Lawyer. This volunteer board reviews submissions for suitability, edits for legal content and works with authors as needed to develop topics or address other concerns. The Board’s primary responsibility is for the New Mexico Lawyer, which is generally written by members of a State Bar committee, section or division about a specific area of the law. The State Bar president, with the approval of the Board of Bar Commissioners, appoints members of the Board of Editors, often on the recommendation of the current Board. Those interested in being considered for a two-year term should send a letter of interest and résumé to Evann Kleinschmidt at ekleinschmidt@nmbar.org. Apply by Nov. 30.

Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section: Nominations Open for 2018 Lawyer of the Year Award
The NREEL Section will recognize an NREEL Lawyer of the Year during its annual meeting of membership, which will be held in conjunction with the Section’s CLE on Dec. 21. The award will recognize an attorney who, within his or her practice and location, is the model of a New Mexico natural resources, energy or environmental lawyer. More detailed criteria and nomination instructions are available at www.nmbar. org/NREEL. Nominations are due by Nov. 16 to Breanna Henley, bhenley@nmbar.org.

From New Mexico Courts


Second Judicial District Court: Announcement of Vacancy
The Second Judicial District Court announces the retirement of the Hon. Judge Alan M. Malott effective Oct. 31. Inquiries regarding more specific details of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the chief judge or the administrator of the court. Dean Sergio Pareja of the UNM School of Law, designated by the New Mexico Constitution to chair the District Court Nominating Committee, solicits applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 14 of the New Mexico Constitution. Applications, as well as information related to qualifications for the position, may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website: http://lawschool.unm.edu/ judsel/application.php, or by email by contacting Beverly Akin at 505-277-4700. The deadline for applications has been set for 5 p.m., Nov. 14. Applications received after that date will not be considered. Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State. The Judicial Nominating Committee will meet at 9 a.m. on Nov. 27, at the Second Judicial District Court located at 400 Lomas Blvd NW, Albuquerque to evaluate the applicants for this position. The committee meeting is open to the public and members of the public who wish to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.

Second Judicial District Court: Destruction of Tapes
In accordance with 1.17.230.502 NMAC, taped proceedings on domestic matters cases in the range of cases filed in 1972 through 1998 will be destroyed. To review a comprehensive list of case numbers and party names or attorneys who have cases with proceedings on tape and wish to have duplicates made should verify tape information with the Special Services Division 505-841-6717 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.- Fri. The aforementioned tapes will be destroyed after Dec. 15.

Second Judicial District Court: Notice to Attorneys and Public
Effective Nov. 1, the Second Judicial District Court Clerk’s office will no longer accept cash bills larger than $20. The Second Judicial District Court will continue to accept cashier checks and money orders. The Second Judicial District Court does not accept personal checks, credit cards or debit cards at this time.

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court: Announcement of Vacancy
A vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court will exist as of January 1, 2019, due to the retirement of the Hon. Judge Sharon Walton, effective Dec. 31. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the administrator of the court. Sergio Pareja, chair of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission, invites applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 28 of the New Mexico Constitution. Applications may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website: http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php. The deadline for applications has been set for 5 p.m. Dec. 13. Applications received after that time will not be considered. Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State. The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9 a.m. on Jan. 18, 2019, to interview applicants for the position at the Metropolitan Courthouse, located at 401 Lomas NE, Albuquerque. The Commission meeting is open to the public, and anyone who wishes to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.

Fourth Judicial District Court: Mass Reassignment
On Oct. 4, pursuant to the authority of Article VI, Sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution of the State of New Mexico, Chief Justice Nakamura appointed Flora Gallegos to fill the vacant position in Division III of the Fourth Judicial District Court. Effective Oct. 26, all cases previously assigned to Division III shall be assigned to Judge Flora Gallegos. Pursuant to Rules 1-088.1, 5-106, and 10-162 NMRA, parties who have not yet exercised a peremptory excusal will have 10 business days from Nov. 21, to excuse Judge Flora Gallegos.

From the New Mexico Legal Community

Department of Labor: New Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) Program
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has announced a new nationwide pilot, the Payroll Audit Independent Determination program, which facilitates resolution of potential overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The program’s primary objectives are to resolve such claims quickly and without litigation, to improve employers’ compliance with overtime and minimum wage obligations. Under the PAID program, employers are encouraged to conduct audits and, if they discover overtime or minimum wage violations, to share this information with WHD, work with us in good faith to correct their mistakes, and provide due compensation to their employees in an expedited manner. Employers that voluntarily self-report and work with the department in good faith to take corrective action under the PAID program will not be subject to liquidated damages or civil money penalties as a condition to finalize settlements.For more information about the program, please visit www.dol.gov/ whd/paid/ or call the WHD office at 505- 248-6100.

Gene Franchini High School Mock Trial Competition: Judges Needed for the Qualifier Rounds
The Gene Franchini New Mexico High School Mock Trial Competition needs judges for the qualifier rounds. The qualifier competition will be held Feb. 8-9, 2019. It will be hosted by the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. Mock trial is an innovative, hands‐on experience in the law for high school students of all ages and abilities. Sign up at http://www. civicvalues.org/index.php by Jan. 20, 2019. If you have any questions, contact Kristen at the Center for Civic Values at 764‐9417 or Kristen@civicvalues.org.