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

Board of Bar Commissioners Appointments

Appointment to New Mexico Legal Aid Board

The Board of Bar Commissioners will make one appointment from the First Congressional District to the New Mexico Legal Aid Board for a three-year term.  The NMLA Board is responsible to see that the organization faithfully pursues its mission and to provide policy and fiduciary governance of the organization.  Active status members in the First Congressional District admitted to practice in New Mexico who wish to serve on the Board should send a letter of interest and brief resume by March 29 to

Appointment to DNA – People’s Legal Services, Inc.

The Board of Bar Commissioners will make one appointments to the DNA – People’s Legal Services, Inc., Board for a  four-year term.  Active status attorneys in New Mexico who wish to serve on the board should send a letter of interest and brief resume by March 29 to

Appointment of Young Lawyer Delegate to ABA House of Delegates

The Board of Bar Commissioners 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 2021 ABA Annual Meeting in August 2021 and expire at the conclusion of the 2023 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. Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest and brief resume by March 29 to

State Bar Meetings

The State Bar of New Mexico reopened to members and the public on June 29; availability is limited pursuant to the current State Health Orders.  To book a meeting, please contact us at 505-797-6000 or

Board of Bar Commissioners 2020 Election Results

The nomination period has ended for the 2020 election for the Board of Bar Commissioners and there were no contested districts.  The following individuals have been elected by acclamation to three-year terms:  Elizabeth J. Travis in the First Judicial District; Aja N. Brooks in the Second Judicial District; Robert Lara in the Third and Sixth Judicial Districts, Mitchell Mender in the Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts, and Erinna M. “Erin” Atkins in the Twelfth Judicial District.  No nomination petitions were received for a vacancy in the Second Judicial District, two vacancies in the Seventh and Thirteenth Judicial Districts, or the Out-of-State District position.  A notice for those vacancies is included in this Bar Bulletin and the board will make those appointments at their Feb. 5 meeting 

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.  


Monday Night Support Group

- Dec. 28
- Jan. 4
- Jan. 11
This group will be meeting every Monday night via Zoom. 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. Email Pam at or Briggs Cheney at and you will receive an email back with the Zoom link. 

Section’s Annual Meeting of the Membership

The sections of the Bar have begun holding annual meetings for their respective membership. You may find your section’s annual meeting date either through an eBlast announcement or through the weekly eNews. Although this year has posed many challenges for us all, all of the voluntary groups have stayed active and continue to give back to their members and community at large. Learn of their accomplishments and what plans they have for next year. For further information, email Member Services at  

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