In This Issue: March 25, 2016


Fee Arbitration Program
This program helps to resolve fee disputes between attorneys and their clients or between attorneys.
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 expiring June 30, 2018)
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
Tech Tock, Tech Tock: Social Media and the Countdown to Your Ethical Demise 
Monday, March 28 
State Bar Center: Live and Webcast

What NASCAR, Jay-Z & the Jersey Shore Teach About Attorney Ethics-2016 Edition
Monday, March 28
State Bar Center: Live and Webcast
2016 Annual Meeting-
Bench & Bar Conference
Aug. 18-20, Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, Santa Fe

Annual Awards

Nominate someone who has distinguished themselves or made exemplary contributions to the legal profession in 2015 or 2016.
Court News
Fifth Judicial District Court
Retirement Celebration for Judge Steven L. Bell
Members of the legal community are invited to a retirement ceremony for the Hon. Steven L. Bell at 3 p.m., March 25, at the Chaves County Courthouse, Historic Courtroom 1. A reception will follow on the first floor of the courthouse in the historic rotunda.
Other News
Albuquerque Lawyers Club
April Lunch Meeting
The Albuquerque Lawyers Club invites members of the legal community to its lunch meeting at noon, April 6, at Seasons Rotisserie & Grill. Jean Bernstein, CEO of Flying Star Cafes and Satellite Coffee, will be presenting. The luncheon is free for members and for $30 non-members. For more information, email Yasmin Dennig.

New Mexico Criminal Defense
Lawyers Association 
Civil Rights Solitary Confinement CLE Program

By popular demand, the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association is hosting a special civil rights CLE (5.2 G, 1.0 EP) on solitary confinement on April 8 in Albuquerque for criminal defense and civil rights plaintiffs' attorneys. Register online
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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