In This Issue: April 8, 2016


State Bar Center Meeting Space
An auditorium, conference rooms, and classrooms provide ideal space for meetings, training, conferences, and mediations/arbitrations.
Call 505-797-6000.
2016 Annual Meeting-
Bench & Bar Conference

Aug. 18-20,
Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino

2016 Annual Awards

The Annual Awards are presented each year to recognize those who have distinguished themselves or who have made exemplary contributions to the State Bar or legal profession in 2015 or 2016. The nomination deadline is May 20. View award descriptions
Upcoming Deadlines
Board of Bar Commissioners Appointments to:
Judicial Standards Commission (four year term)
American Bar Association House of Delegates (two year term)
Civil Legal Services Commission (three year term)
Risk Management Advisory Board (term expires June 2018) (deadline extended)
Read more about the positions

Fifth Judicial District Court
Judicial Vacancy
Deadline: 5 p.m., April 19
More information
Entrepreneurs in Community Lawyering
New Mexico's solo and small practice incubator program will train new attorneys to be successful solo practitioners. Now accepting applications from licensed attorneys with 0-3 years of practice. Click here for application details or contact Stormy Ralstin, 505-797-6053.
Center for Legal Education
Guardianship in New Mexico: The Kinship Guardianship Act 
Friday, April 15, State Bar Center or Webcast 
Gain an understanding of legal foundations of the Kinship Guardianship Act, its role, relevant tools and related immigration concerns. (5.5 G, 1.0 EP)
Best and Worst Practices
Including Ethical Dilemmas in Mediation
Friday, May 6, State Bar Center or Webcast 
This program will address various aspects of mediation and its challenges presented by a distinguished panel and moderated by Denise Torres. (3.0 G, 1.0 EP)
State Bar News
Committee on Women and the Legal Profession
Golf Swing Clinic
All lady golfers (not just attorneys) are invited to a Golf Swing Clinic at 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 23, at Sandia Resort & Casino. The price is $65 per person which includes instruction, rental clubs (if needed) and lunch. For more information, contact Jocelyn Castillo. Register online

Paralegal Division
Law Day CLE
Attend the Division's Law Day CLE program (3.0 G) from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., April 30, at the State Bar Center. Topics include working with medicare, current issues in immigration and recent changes to the federal rules of Civil Procedure. For more information about payment and registration, contact Carolyn Winton, 505-888-4357 or visit the Division's website.

Solo and Small Firm Section
Luncheon and Discussion of Relations with Cuba
Only a few weeks after President Obama's controversial visit to Cuba, David Serna, Leon Encinias and John Samore will present "The Emerging Future of Legal Relationships with Cuba" at noon, April 19, at the State Bar Center. Lunch is provided. R.S.V.P.
Other News
Mexican American Law Student Association
21st Annual Fighting for Justice Banquet
MALSA will award Hon. Justice Cruz Reynoso of the California Supreme Court (ret.) with the 2016 Fighting for Justice Award for his remarkable work in civil rights at the 21st Annual Fighting for Justice Banquet at 6 p.m., April 16, at Hotel Albuquerque. Tickets and sponsorship packages can be bought online.

New Mexico Women's Bar Association 
2016 Henrietta Pettijohn Awards Event
NMWBA will honor Antonia Roybal-Mack at the 2016 Henrietta Pettijohn Awards Event at 5:30-8:30 p.m., April 28, at the Albuquerque Country Club. For more information contact Peggy Graham
New Mexico Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program
You don't have to manage alone. 
Help and support are only a phone call away

Free Confidential 24-Hour Helpline
Judges: 888-502-1289
Attorneys and Law Students: 505-228-1948 or 800-860-4914

Support Groups
First Monday of the month: 5:30 p.m.
Second Monday of the month: 5:30 p.m. (to attend by teleconference, dial 1-866-640-4044 and enter 7976003#)
Third Monday of the month: 7:30 a.m.
For more information, contact Bill Stratvert, 505-242-6845, or Hilary Noskin, 505-449-7984.
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