January 12, 2018
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Programming from the Center for Legal Education

The New Mexico State Bar Foundation announces its brand new "How to Practice" series, providing practitioners with hands-on basic skills they can use right away. Attendees will receive an overview of substantive law, hands-on training (including sample forms) and ethics/professionalism. Mark your calendars for Adult Guardianship (Feb. 2), Probate and Non-probate Transfers (March 23) and Civil Litigation (May 4). Watch for Family Law later in the year. For more information, email, call 505-797-6020 or register now.
State Bar News, Events and Deadlines
Board of Bar Commissioners Vacancy
A vacancy exists in the Third Bar Commissioner District, representing Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties. Active status members with a principal place of practice located in the Third Bar Commissioner District are eligible to apply. View the requirements. Members interested in serving on the Board should submit a letter of interest and résumé to Kris Becker by Feb. 9.
Volunteers Needed for Rio Rancho Wills for Heroes
The YLD is seeking volunteer attorneys, paralegal volunteers and law students to help provide free wills for its Wills for Heroes event for Rio Rancho first-responders from 9 a.m.-noon, Feb. 24, at Loma Colorado Main Library, in Rio Rancho. Volunteers should arrive at 8:15 a.m. for breakfast and orientation.  Click here to volunteer.
Equal Justice Conference Attendance Financial Assistance Available
The Legal Services and Programs Committee has made available three $1,000 stipends to provide financial assistance to civil legal service providers staff and attorneys interested in attending the 2018 Equal Justice Conference on May 10-12 in San Diego. Visit www.nmbar.org/LSAP for more information and to apply. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Jan. 26 for consideration.
Proposed Cannabis Law Section
Interested in becoming a part of history and joining a proposed brand-new State Bar Cannabis Law Section? The Cannabis Law Section shall strive to be the preeminent legal section dedicated to addressing and solving all cannabis law issues as they involve the New Mexico medical cannabis program, cannabis legislation, the interplay between the State Bar of New Mexico and the cannabis industry, litigation issues concerning cannabis, and any other issue concerning current and future laws, rules and regulation relating to cannabis. If you are interested in this proposed practice section, click here to sign the petition. 
Around the New Mexico Legal Community
First Judicial District Bar Association January Luncheon   
The event will be noon-1:30 p.m., Jan. 29, at the Santa Fe Hilton. The presenter will be attorney Hallie N. Love, national CLE presenter. Love's presentation is entitled "Start the Year Off Right-Understanding Mindfulness for Better Professionalism."For more information, click here . Admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Attendees should note that this presentation will be filmed from the back of the room by Love's assistant. R.S.V.P. with Mark Cox by COB Jan. 25. 
New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Criminal and civil attorneys  are welcomed to "Best Practices in Law Office Management" (4.5 G, 2.0 EP) on Jan. 26. Attendees can buff up on digital security, master the ethical use of social media and increase the efficiency of their office. This program is hosted by the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. The trust hour is provided by the New Mexico State Bar Foundation Center for Legal Education. For more information and to register, visit  www.nmcdla.org

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