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

Announcing the 2020 Judicial Clerkship Program

The State Bar of New Mexico will begin accepting applications for its inaugural Judicial Clerkship Program on Dec. 20 for second-year law students. This program was jointly initiated by New Mexico Supreme Court Justice David K. Thomson and the State Bar’s Committee on Diversity and Young Lawyers Division. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), 10 week, summer internship program open to all second-year diverse law students. The program provides opportunities to underrepresented students, which may include, but is not limited to, members of racial or ethnic minorities, women, identify as LGBTQIA+, students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged. Interested students must submit applications via PDF format no later than Feb. 7. To learn more about this inaugural program, visit

Appellate Practice Section Brown Bag Presentation with Justice Bacon and Justice Thomson

You are invited to the first appellate brown bag luncheon of 2020 where Justices C. Shannon Bacon and David K. Thomson of the New Mexico Supreme Court will be our guest speakers. The luncheon is informal and intended to create an opportunity for appellate practitioners to learn more about Justices Bacon and Thomson and the work of the Court. Those attending are encouraged to bring their own "brown bag" lunch. Please join us on Feb. 19 at the State Bar Center. R.S.V.P. to Jazmine Ruiz at

Client Protection Fund Commission

The Board of Bar Commissioners will make one appointment to the Client Protection Fund Commission for the remainder of an unexpired term through Dec. 31, 2021. Active status attorneys in New Mexico who would like to serve on the Commission should send a letter of interest and brief resume by Feb. 21 to Kris Becker at or fax to 505-828-3765.

Employee Assistance Program: Managing Stress Tool for Members

The Solutions Group, the State Bar's free Employee Assistance Program, announces a new platform for managing stress. My Stress Tools is an online suite of stress management and resilience-building resources which includes: training videos, relaxation music, meditation, stress tests, a journaling feature and much more. My Stress Tools helps you understand the root causes of your stress and gives you the help you need to dramatically reduce your stress and build your resilience. Your Employee Assistance Program is available to help you, 24/7. Call at 866-254-3555.

New Legal Professionals Support Group focused on Depression/Anxiety

• Jan. 22, 5:30-7 p.m.
This group meets from 5:30-7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month at the UNM School of Law, King Room. (Law Library, upstairs and to immediate left). The purpose of this group is to address the negative impact anxiety and depression can have in people’s lives and to develop the skills on how to regulate these symptoms through learning and developing several different strategies and techniques that can be applied to their life. The process will help the individual to understand and manage cognitive, behavior, and physiological components of anxiety and depression. The group will incorporate cognitive behavioral, psycho educational, and stress reduction techniques that are considered a practical and structured form of psychotherapy. You are not required to sign up in advance, so feel free to just show up! Conact Tenessa Eakins at 505-797-6093 or for questions.

Solo and Small Firm January Lunch Series: Hon. Edward L. Chavez

The Solo and Small Firm invites you to the first Lunch Series presentation on  Jan. 22 at noon. Hon. Chavez will host an informal conversation around recent Supreme Court administrative issues. There is no cost for members of the Solo and Small Firm Section and lunch will be provided. Those would like to join the SSFS can pay $15 on the date of the event, or join the SSFS here which includes lunch, membership in the SSFS for the. Guests are welcome to attend the presentation. To R.S.V.P please contact Member Services at

Solo Small Firm February Lunch Series: Bob Huelskamp, Private Nuclear Security Contractor

Bob Huelskamp, career nuclear nonproliferation and security expert, returns as featured speaker for the Feb. 18 luncheon, noon at the State Bar Center, hosted by the Solo and Small Firm Section and open to all members of the bar, including staff and guests. Huelskamp, formerly with Sandia Labs in this international capacity for 25 years, is now a private contractor. His presentation in Nov. 2018 on legal controls to prevent international nuclear confrontation was widely-acclaimed, and his topic again will be especially timely: "Iran's Nuclear Weapons Ambition: Maintaining the Strategic Balance in a Dangerous World." Lunch is provided free of charge all to section members, including those who join ($15 annual section fee) at the luncheon, and also available to all registrants, who may purchase lunch for $15. Please RSVP to Member Services at

State Bar of New Mexico 2020 Licensing Certifications and Fees Due by Feb. 1, 2020

2020 State Bar licensing requirements are now due. To avoid late fees, submit by Feb. 1, 2020. In order to complete annual licensing requirements and pay by credit card, visit Email to request a PDF copy of the license renewal form or if you have any questions.

Volunteer Attorneys/Paralegals Needed for Bernalillo Wills for Heroes

The Young Lawyers Division will be hosting the first 2020 Wills for Heroes event in Bernalillo County on Feb. 29. Wills for Heroes volunteer attorneys provide wills, advance healthcare directives and powers of attorney free of charge to New Mexico first-responders. Volunteer paralegals will serve as witnesses and notaries. For more information and to sign up, please visit

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