November 23, 2018
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Programming from the Center for Legal Education
Your  Choice. Your Program. Your Bar Foundation.
2018 Animal Law Institute: Updates, Causes of Action and Litigation
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 29, 2018
State Bar Center  (6.0 G) Register here.
Co-sponsor: Animal Law Section
Join the Animal Law Section for its annual CLE to cover a variety of topics such as: police encounters with dogs and their implications for civil and criminal actions, evaluating companion animal cases and reviewing the one-hundred years of the migratory bird treaty act. 
Law Practice Potpourri for Lawyers and Paralegals
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 30, 2018
State Bar Center  (5.0 G, 1.0 EP) Register here.
Co-sponsor: Paralegal Division
Join the Paralegal Division for their annual CLE that covers a range of topics perfect for paralegals and lawyers alike. Some topics covered will be uninsured/under-insured motorist coverage, workers compensation and discovery. 
To browse the Center for Legal Education's full CLE offerings, click here

State Bar News, Events and Deadlines
Board of Bar Commissioners Election 2018
Voting in the 2018 election for the State Bar of New Mexico Board of Bar Commissioners began Nov. 9 and closes at noon Nov. 30. Four candidates are running for the three open positions in the First Bar Commissioner District (Bernalillo County). Members with a principal place of practice in the First Bar Commissioner District and active members who reside outside the State of New Mexico shall vote in this election, which is the district in which the State Bar office is located. To view candidate biographies and Q & A and information about the positions in the Second, Third and Sixth Bar Commissioner districts, click here.
Cannabis Law Section Board of Directors Meeting Open to Membership
On Aug. 9, the Board of Bar Commissioners approved a membership petition to form a State Bar of New Mexico Cannabis Law Section. The Section's Board of Directors will meet from noon-1 p.m., Nov. 30, at
the State Bar Center and the general State Bar membership is invited to attend, share ideas and enroll in the Section. R.S.V.P. to Breanna Henley. Visit to join the Section.
Client Protection Fund Commission Appointments
The Board of Bar Commissioners will make two appointments to the Client Protection Fund Commission for three-year terms. Active status attorneys in New Mexico who would like to serve on the Commission should send a letter of interest and brief résumé by Nov. 26 to Kris Becker or fax to 505-828-3765.
Minimum Continuing Legal Education Compliance Deadline Approaching
Dec. 31, is the last day to COMPLETE 2018 Minimum Continuing Legal Education requirements. Jan. 31, 2019, is the last day to SUBMIT 2018 credits without penalty. For a list of upcoming MCLE approved courses, visit Contact MCLE with questions at  505-821-1980 or
New Mexico Access to Justice Commission Appointment  
The Board of Bar Commissioners will make one appointment to the N.M. Access to Justice Commission for a three-year term. The Commission is dedicated to expanding and improving civil legal assistance by increasing pro bono and other support to indigent people in New Mexico. Active status attorneys in New Mexico who would like to serve on the Commission should send a letter of interest and brief résumé by Nov. 26 to Kris Becker or fax to 505-828-3765. 
Solo and Small Firm Section SSF Roundtable Breakfast
The Solo and Small Firm Section is hosting its first SSF Roundtable Breakfast. The event will take place at 8:30 a.m., on  Dec. 4,  at the State Bar Center.  We'll have food and a discussion on the state of business, technology tips, a chance for you to ask the group about pressing issues in your practice and networking.  All State Bar Members are invited. For the first meeting, breakfast is FREE for both section members and prospective section members who register with Deian at . There are only 30 spots available.
Solo and Small Firm Section Annual Meeting/Social Gathering
The Solo and Small Firm Section will be hosting their annual meeting/social gathering at 4-7 p.m. on Dec. 6, at Seasons 52 restuarant located on 6600 Menaul Blvd NE.
Around the New Mexico Legal Community   
Albuquerque Lawyers Club Monthly Lunch Meeting
The Albuquerque Lawyers Club invites members of the legal community to its December lunch meeting. U.S. District Court Judge James Browning is the featured speaker. The title of his presentation is "Are those Expensive Experts Worth It? Rethinking Expert Testimony in Jury Trials." The lunch meeting will be held on Dec. 5, at noon at Seasons Restaurant, located at 2031 Mountain Rd, NW, Albuquerque. The cost is free to members and it is $30 non-members. For more information, email
Albuquerque Bar Association's 
Membership Luncheon and Annual Meeting
Join the Albuquerque Bar Association for their membership luncheon and annual meeting at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Dec. 4, at Hyatt Regency 330 Tijeras NW, Albuquerque. This event will celebrate the ABA's judge and lawyer of the year. The judge and lawyer of the year will be announced closer to the event. The cost will be $30 for members and $40 for non-members. There will be a $5 walk-up fee. Register for lunch by 5 p.m. Nov. 30 with interim executive director Deborah Chavez or call 505-842-6626.  Parking is available on the streets surrounding the Hyatt Regency if the visitor parking garage becomes full. Plan to arrive early to find parking.
Justice Mary Walters 2019 Honoree Nomination
Each year, the Women's Law Caucus chooses an outstanding woman in the New Mexico legal community to honor in the name of former Justice Mary Walters, the first woman appointed to the New Mexico Supreme Court.  The Women's Law Caucus will be accepting nominations until Dec. 15. View the nomination form and email it to Law Caucus at
New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association 
Presents its Annual Civil Rights Seminar
Join the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association for its annual Civil Rights Seminar on Dec. 7, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque. This seminar is designed for the intermediate and advanced civil rights/government liability practitioner, including claims adjusters and state, county and municipal attorneys. Visit to register and for more information.
UNM Law 3L Welcome to the Law Alumni Association Happy Hour 
Join UNM Law to welcome their newest members to the UNM Law Alumni/ae Association and to celebrate the holiday season. On Nov. 30, at UNM School of Law 5-6:30 p.m. Register at or call 505-277-1457 for more information.
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