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

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.

Fee Arbitration Program Seeks Volunteer Arbitrators

The State Bar’s Fee Arbitration Program provides attorneys and clients with an out-of-court method of resolving fee disputes. Volunteer arbitrators review case materials, hold hearings and issue awards. For more information or to volunteer, visit

Minimum Continuing Legal Education Compliance Deadline Approaching

Dec. 31 is the last day to complete 2019 Minimum Continuing Legal Education requirements. For a list of upcoming MCLE approved courses, visit Contact MCLE with questions at 505-797-6054 or

New Legal Professionals Support Group focused on Depression/Anxiety

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. All participants must sign up before their first attendance ONLY. Conact Tenessa at 797-6093 to particpate or for questions.

Nominations for Solo and Small Firm Leadership

Solo and Small is BIG news! The Solo and Small Firm Section has open positions for Section leadership roles, including membership on the board of directors and committees for the 2020 term. We are looking for candidates from across New Mexico with diverse experiences, backgrounds, and geography. Whether you a new solo or a seasoned pro in the small firm world, we’d love to get to know you. Board commitment is one meeting monthly plus membership in a committee. Committee work depends on the purpose of each committee but expect both slow and busy times. Plans for 2020 committees are in the works now, so your input is critical. To express interest, contact Deian McBryde, Chair-Elect, at 505-465-9086 or email

NREEL Section Nominations Open for 2019 Lawyer of the Year Award

The Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law 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. 20. 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. Award criteria and nomination instructions are available at Nominations are due by Friday, Nov. 15 to Member Services at

Solo and Small Firm Section 2019 Annual Meeting 

The Solo and Small Firm Section will host their Annual Meeting on Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. Section members are invited to attend the annual meeting to hear what the section has done in 2019 and the exciting plans for 2020. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided. The meeting will be preceded by a CLE co-sponsored by the section that will run from 3 – 4 p.m. Members can attend in person, attend the CLE and then and stay on via webcast, or call-in via teleconference. To R.S.V.P. for the meeting, please email 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. For questions, email For technical support, email

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