Access to Justice Fund Grant Commission
The Access to Justice Fund Grant Commission seeks grant applications from nonprofit organizations that provide civil legal services to low income New Mexicans within the scope of the State Plan. The 2020-21 RFP is available at nmbar.org/ATJFundGrant. The application due date is noon, April 17 and the grant period will be July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 (12 months). Approximately $900,000 will be awarded. Contact Vannessa Sanchez at email@example.com with any questions.
ABA House of Delegates
The Board of Bar Commissioners will make one appointment to the American Bar Association House of Delegates for a two-year term, which will expire at the conclusion of the 2022 ABA Annual Meeting. The delegate must be willing to attend 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 on the board must be a current ABA member in good standing and should send a letter of interest and brief resume by May 15 to Kris Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 505-828-3765.
Board of Bar Commissioners Commissioner Vacancy Fifth Bar Commissioner District (Curry, DeBaca, Quay and Roosevelt counties)
A vacancy exists in the Fifth Bar Commissioner District (Curry, DeBaca, Quay and Roosevelt counties). The appointment will be made by the Board of Bar Commissioners to fill the vacancy until the next regular election of Commissioners, and the term will run through Dec. 31. Active status members with a principal place of practice located in the Fifth Bar Commissioner District are eligible to apply. The remainder of the 2020 Board meetings are scheduled for April 17-18 in Albuquerque, June 18 (Eldorado Hotel, Santa Fe, in conjunction with the State Bar of New Mexico Annual Meeting), Sept. 25 in Albuquerque, and Dec. 9 (Supreme Court, Santa Fe). Members interested in serving on the Board should submit a letter of interest and resume to Kris Becker, at email@example.com or fax to 505-828-3765, by April 15.
Board of Bar Commissioners Appointment New Mexico Legal Aid
The Board of Bar Commissioners will make one appointment to the New Mexico Legal Aid Board for the remainder of a three-year term through Dec. 31, 2020; this vacancy is to be filled by a member of the Indian Law Section. Members wishing to serve on the NMLA Board should send a letter of interest and brief resume by April 15 to Kris Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 505-828-3765.
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 April 15 to Kris Becker at email@example.com
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.
Judicial Standards Commission
The Board of Bar Commissioners will make one appointment to the Judicial Standards Commission for a four-year term. The time commitment for service on this Commission is substantial and the workload is voluminous. Receiving, reviewing, and analyzing substantial quantities of electronic documents are necessary to prepare for Commission matters. Strict adherence to constitutional, statutory, and regulatory authority governing the Commission is mandatory, expressly including but not limited to confidentiality. Commissioners meet at least six times per year for approximately three hours per meeting. A substantial amount of reading and preparation is required for every meeting. In addition to regular meetings, the Commission schedules at least three week-long trailing dockets of trials. Additional trials, hearings, or other events may be scheduled on special settings. Additionally, mandatory in-house training sessions may periodically take place. Unless properly recused or excused from a matter, all Commissioners are required to faithfully attend all meetings and participate in all trials and hearings. Appointees should come to the Commission with limited conflicts of interest and must continually avoid, limit, or eliminate conflicts of interest with the Commission's cases, Commission members, Commission staff, and with all others involved in Commission matters. Members wishing to serve on the Commission should send a letter of interest and brief resume by May 15 to Kris Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 505-828-3765.
Monday Night Support Group
As of March 30, this group will be meeting every Monday night via Zoom and phone conference call. The intention of this support group is the sharing of anything you are feeling, trying to manage or struggling with. It is intended as a way to connect with colleagues, to know you are not in this alone and feel a sense of belonging. We laugh, we cry, we BE together. Teleconference participation is available. Dial 1-866-640-4044 and enter code 7976003#. The Zoom link will be on the NMJLAP website or email Pam at email@example.com and she will email it to you. For more information, contact Latisha Frederick at 505-948-5023 or 505-453-9030, Bill Stratvert at 505-242-6845, or Pam Moore at 505-228-1948.
Public Law Section Now Accepting Nominations for Lawyer of the Year Award
Since 1996, the Public Law Section has presented the annual Public Lawyer Award to lawyers who have had distinguished careers in public service and who are not likely to be recognized for their contributions. The Public Law Section is now accepting nominations for the Public Lawyer of the Year Award, which will be presented at the state capitol at 4 p.m. on May 15. Visit nmbar.org/publiclaw to view previous recipients and award criteria. Nominations are due no later than 5 p.m. on April 20. Send nominations to Andréa Salazar at firstname.lastname@example.org. The selection committee will consider all nominated candidates.