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

2019 Licensing Certifications and Fees Due

2019 State Bar licensing requirements are now due. To avoid sanctions, please submit by Feb. 1, 2019. In order to complete annual licensing requirements and pay by credit card, visit Email to request a PDF copy of the license renewal form. For questions, email For help logging in, email

ADR Committee: Debugging Regulatory Myths and Pitfalls when Setting up a Business

If you plan to start a new business, whether for profit or not for profit, get started on the right foot by meeting registration and licensing requirements and understanding tax consequences of the many decisions you must make. Failure to comply penalties and interest can be costly and confusing. Failure to understand the requirements is not a defense. Join Ginny Stanley, an ADR Committee member with over 40 years of business and tax experience, from noon-1 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the State Bar Center for a presentation and lunch. R.S.V.P. to Breanna Henley at All are welcome to attend an ADR Committee meeting from 11:30 a.m.-noon in advance of Ginny’s presentation.

Immigration Law Section: Meeting with First Judicial District Court Judges

State Bar members are invited to meet with Judge Sylvia F. LaMar, Judge-elect Maria Sanchez-Gagne and Judge Matthew J. Wilson of the First Judicial District Court to discuss Special Immigrant Juveniles Cases, kinship guardianships, custody matters and U visa certifications. The meeting is informal and intended to create an opportunity to have an open discussion about the current trends with USCIS. Please join the meeting from noon-1 p.m., Feb. 7, in Judge LaMar’s Courtroom located at 225 Montezuma Ave in Santa Fe. Please send questions for the judges to Eunice Herrera at no later than Jan. 25. The Immigration Law Section is sponsoring lunch and a vegetarian option is available upon request. Eunice Herrera at

Minimum Continuing Legal Education: Deadline to Report Credits

CLE credits taken in 2018 must be reported to Minimum Continuing Legal Education by Jan. 31. If you took an MCLE approved course, the course provider will report and pay for your credits for you. Please note that, due to a high volume of CLE credit reporting, there is a several week delay in CLE credits appearing in attorney on-line MCLE transcripts.  Please be assured that all CLE credits taken in 2018 will be applied to your 2018 record.  

Legal Services and Programs Committee: Equal Justice Conference Attendance Financial Assistance Available

The Legal Services and Programs Committee has made available three $1,000 stipends to provide financial assistance to individuals interested in attending the 2019 Equal Justice Conference on May 9-11 in Louisville, KY.  Visit for more information and to apply. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Jan. 25 for consideration. 

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 on Feb. 2, 10-11 a.m.. 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 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 or 505-797- 6093 no later than April 2. For questions, contact Pam Moore at 505-797-6003

Solo and Small Firm Section: Professor Richard Wood Raises Broad Cultural Issues

On Feb. 19, UNM Interim Provost and Sociology Professor Richard Wood raises broad cultural issues of particular relevance to judges and lawyers when he presents on "Navigating Conflict and Contention in the Modern University: Gender, Religion, Sexuality, Diversity and Incivility." 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. The luncheons take place from noon-1 p.m. at the State Bar Center. R.S.V.P. to Breanna Henley at

Young Lawyers Division: Volunteers Needed for Veterans Civil Legal Clinic

The YLD seeks volunteers to staff the Veterans Civil Legal Clinic from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on March 11 at the N.M. Veteran's Memorial located at 1100 Louisiana Blvd SE in Albuquerque. Volunteers should arrive at 8 a.m. for orientation and complimentary breakfast. The clinics offers veterans a broad range of veteranspecific and non-veteran specific legal services, including family law, consumer rights, worker’s comp, bankruptcy, driver’s license restoration, landlord/tenant, labor/employment and immigration. To volunteer, visit

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