August 30, 2019
17th Annual Children's Law Section Art Contest
Art Contest Reception, Oct. 23 at the South Broadway Cultural Center
Donations Now Being Accepted!

Through the years, the Children’s Law Section Art Contest has demonstrated that communicating ideas and emotions through art and writing fosters thought and discussion among youth on how to change their lives for the better. This year’s theme is designed to encourage youth from around the state who have come in contact with the juvenile justice and/or the child welfare systems to think about how they want and will market themselves to the world.

Support the Children’s Law Section Art Contest by way of a donation that will enable contest
organizers to purchase supplies, display artwork, provide prizes to contestants and host a reception for the participants and their families. Art supplies and contest prize donations are also welcome. To make a tax deductible donation, visit . For more information contact Alison Pauk at .

Upcoming Events

State Bar of New Mexico Events
  • Sept. 13: 30th Annual Appellate Practice Institute

Court Events
  • Sept. 13: Twelfth Judicial District Bar Association Bar Conference
  • Sept. 18: Oliver Seth American Inn of Court Meeting

Legal Community Events
  • Sept. 3: Solo and Small Firm Roundtable in Albuquerque
  • Sept. 4: September Meeting of the Albuquerque Lawyers Club
  • Sept. 4: BBC Event in the Seventh District in Las Cruces
  • Sept. 10: Albuquerque Bar Association Luncheon
  • Sept. 13: BBC Event in the Sixth District in Ruidoso
  • Sept. 13: NMDLA Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon and Golf Outing
  • Sept. 16: Constitution Week Begins with Young Lawyers Division
  • Sept. 17: Solo and Small Firm Section Luncheon
  • Sept. 21: New Mexico Legal Aid's Second Annual Fiesta for Justice
  • Oct. 14: New Mexico Bar Foundation's Golf Classic Tournament
  • Oct. 23: Children's Law Section Art Contest Reception
Important Announcements and Deadlines

State Bar Announcements and Deadlines

Court Announcements and Deadlines 
  • Administrative Office of the Courts: Notice of Online Dispute Resolution
  • Oliver Seth American Inn of Court 2019-2020 Schedule
  • Second Judicial District Court: Destruction of Tapes and Logs
  • Second Judicial Court: Destruction of Exhibits
  • Third Judicial District Court Self Help Center Volunteer Opportunities
  • Eighth Judicial Court Notice of Retirement
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Recently Released Opinions by the New Mexico Supreme Court and Court of Appeals
  • 2019-NMCA-033, S-1-CA-35807, LEGER V. GERETY
  • 2019-NMCA-034, A-1-CA-35800, CUMMINGS V. UNM BD. OF REGENTS
  • 2019-NMCA-035, A-1-CA-37442, N.M. HUMAN SERVS. DEP'T V. TONEY
  • 2019-NMCA-036, A-1-CA-35208, STATE V. GONZALES
  • 2019-NMCA-037, A-1-CA-35462, STATE V. DORADO

More Content from New Mexico's Courts
• Clerk's Certificates
• Recent Rule Making Activity
• Court of Appeals Opinions List
Administrative Office of the Courts
Notice of Online Dispute Resolution

Online dispute resolution (ODR) becomes available in debt and money due cases in all New Mexico Courts in September. The free service allows the parties to negotiate online to quickly resolve debt and money due cases without appearing in court. If a resolution is reached, the ODR system will prepare a stipulated settlement agreement and electronically file it in court. ODR has been piloted since June in the Second, Sixth and Ninth Judicial Districts and the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. Statewide implementation of ODR occurs Sept. 1.

The plaintiff’s attorney or a self-represented plaintiff will receive an email notification to begin ODR after the defendant files an answer to the complaint. Once the plaintiff makes an offer for possibly settling the dispute, an email goes to the defendant with an opportunity to respond. During the first two weeks of negotiations, the parties can request the help of a trained online mediator. If no agreement is reached after 30 days, the case will move forward in court. ODR notices will be emailed to the parties from The parties should check their inbox, spam and junk mailboxes to ensure they receive the ODR notices. For more information, visit the Judiciary’s ODR website at this link:
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How to Practice Series: Parentage and Issues in Domestic Violence
(5.5 G, 1.0 EP)
Sept. 6, Live Webcast/Live Seminar

How to Practice attendees will: 
  • Experience an interactive format using case studies and speaker role plays
  • Learn about the start to finish training in the "flow of the case"
  • Receive example forms and checklists in electronic format to use in practice
  • Have training in core practice skills and how to avoid common pitfalls

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