March 23, 2018
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Abuse and Neglect Case in Children's Court
Co-Sponsors: Children's Law and Family Law sections   
9 a.m.-12:15 p.m., March 29, 2018

State Bar Center and Live Webcast (3.0 G)
This program will cover the abuse and neglect case in Children's Court from the perspective of the Court, the Respondent's Attorney and the Guardian ad Litem. Presenters will discuss what an abuse and neglect case is and how the parents and the child move through the process.  Register now.
Basic Guide To Appeals for Busy Trial Lawyers
1-4:15 p.m., March  29, 2018
State Bar Center and Live Webcast (3.0 G)
This presentation will be in two parts. The first will discuss the basics of preserving issues for appeal, with a focus on areas where waiver often happens. Presenters will also describe the basics of the appellate process in New Mexico's state courts and in the Tenth Circuit: the filing of a notice of appeal; superseades bonds in cases with money judgments; docketing statements and the calendaring process; and the timeline for submission to a panel, oral argument, and decision.  Register now.
Speaking to Win: The Art of Effective Speaking for Lawyers
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., March  30, 2018
State Bar Center and Live Webcast (5.0 G, 1.0 EP )
More than any other profession, the practice of law depends on the effective use of words, communication and persuasion. Through the study primarily of some of the great American political speeches and presentations of recent times, this practical program focuses on the basics of public speaking for all lawyers. More than any other profession, the practice of law depends on the effective use of words, communication and persuasion. Register now.
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State Bar News, Events and Deadlines
Employee Assistance Program Offered by NMJLAP
This new program is being offered to all attorneys, judges, law students and their families. The EAP will include free counseling sessions/issue/year for any mental health, addiction, relationship conflict, anxiety and/or depression issue. Counseling sessions will be with a professionally licensed therapist. Other free services will include management consultation, employee mediation, video counseling and a 24/7 call center. Providers will be located throughout the state.  For more information contact Pam Moore.
Public Law Section Accepting Award Nominations
The Public Law Section is accepting nominations for the Public Lawyer of the Year Award, which will be presented at the state capitol at 4 p.m. on April 27. Visit to view previous recipients and award criteria. Nominations are due no later than 5 p.m. on April 9. Send nominations to Section Chair Chris Melendrez at The selection committee will consider all nominated candidates and may nominate candidates on its own. 
Paralegal Division Seeks CLE Speakers
The Paralegal Division is looking for an attorney to present at our Law Day CLE seminar for attorneys and paralegals.  The seminar is scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon, on April 28, at the offices of the State Bar of New Mexico.  If you are interested, please email Lynette Rocheleau at with your topic.

Around the New Mexico Legal Community
Law student Wellness Twitter Chat with ABA COLAP
Students face myriad issues and stressors as they transition both into law school and ultimately from la w school into the profession. Some students will seek assistance when issues and pressures mount, while others will attempt to go it alone. A national Twitter chat from 1-2 p.m. ET on March 28 aims to encourage students to seek help when they need it, by addressing questions around stigma, bar application character and fitness, and anything else on the minds of students and those who care about them. Join the chat by searching #LawStudentWellness on Twitter. More information.
Annual Legislative Update CLE
The Albuquerque Bar Association will be holding its annual Legislative Update CLE on April 3. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and the presentation will begin at 12:05 p.m.  The lunch and CLE are $30.00 for members of the Albuquerque Bar Association and $40.00 for non-members. CLE will be at the Hyatt Regency. Register online at or send a check to Deborah Chavez, Office Manager, Vance, Chavez & Associates, LLC 320 Gold Ave. SW, Suite 1400 Albuquerque, NM 87102 and made out to the Albuquerque Bar Association.
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