November 9, 2018
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Programming from the Center for Legal Education
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2018 Business Law Institute
8:50 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 14, 2018
State Bar Center  (5.0 G, 1.0 EP) Register here.
Co-sponsor: Business Law Section
Do your business clients bring you issues involving New Mexico gross receipt taxes; minimum wage, overtime and independent contractor status; insurance coverage, or estate planning strategies? How about recent and upcoming legislation? Have you considered the ethical aspects of representing a marijuana business? All of these topics presented by highly-regarded speakers, are on the agenda for the 2018 Business Law Institute.
2018 Probate Institute
8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Nov. 15, 2018
State Bar Center  (6.5 G, 1.0 EP) Register here.
Co-sponsor: Real Property, Trust and Estate Section
Join the 2018 Probate Institute! Some of the topics covered will include: what fiduciaries see and what they would like to see in estate planning documents interpreting ascertainable standards, estate planning for creators of intellectual property and litigating non-probate transfers.
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 their 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. 
To browse the Center for Legal Education's full CLE offerings, click here

State Bar News, Events and Deadlines
Appellate Practice Section: Luncheon with Justice Charles W. Daniels
Join the Appellate Practice Section for a brown bag luncheon at noon, Nov. 16, at the State Bar Center with guest Justice Charles W. Daniels of the New Mexico Supreme Court. The lunch is informal and is intended to create an opportunity for appellate practitioners to learn more about the work of the Court. Those attending are encouraged to bring their own "brown bag" lunch. R.S.V.P. to Carmela Starace.
Attorney Memorial Scholarship Reception 
The Senior Lawyers Division will present three UNM School of Law third-year students with $2,500 scholarships in memory of New Mexico attorneys who have passed away over the last year. The deceased attorneys and their families will be recognized during the presentation. The reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Nov. 13, at the State Bar Center. All State Bar members, UNM School of Law faculty, staff, and students and family and colleagues of the deceased are welcome to attend. A list of attorneys being honored can be found at under "Attorney Memorial Scholarship." Contact Breanna Henley to notify the SLD of a member's passing and to provide current contact information for surviving family members and colleagues. 
Board of Bar Commissioners Election 2018
Voting in the 2018 election for the State Bar of New Mexico Board of Bar Commissioners begins Nov. 9 and will close at noon on Nov. 30. Four candidates submitted nomination petitions for the three open positions in the First Bar Commissioner District (Bernalillo County), so there will be an election in that district. 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 the district where the State Bar office is located (Bernalillo County). 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. 
Nominations Open for 2018 NREEL Lawyer of the Year Award 
The NREEL Section will recognize an NREEL Lawyer of the Year during its annual meeting of membership, which will be held in conjunction with the Section's CLE on Dec. 21. The award will recognize an attorney who, within his or her practice and location, is the model of a New Mexico natural resources, energy or environmental lawyer. More detailed criteria and nomination instructions are available at Nominations are due by Nov. 16 to Breanna Henley
Rio Arriba Raid: Lonesome Dave and the Tiger of the North
Join the Historical Committee for their annual historical presentation from noon-1 p.m., Nov. 14, at the State Bar Center. Deputy State Historian Rob Martinez will present "Lonesome Dave and the Tiger of the North" an intriguing account of the professional and public relationship between then Governor of New Mexico Dave Cargo and land activist Reies Lopez Tijerina who went on to defend himself in trial. At the heart of the dynamic interaction was the dramatic 1967 Courthouse Raid at Tierra Amarilla. Lunch will be provided. R.S.VP. to Breanna Henley
Senior Lawyers Division Annual Meeting of Membership
The Senior Lawyers Division invites Division members to its annual meeting of membership to be held at 4:30 p.m., Nov. 13, at the State Bar Center. The meeting will last an hour and attendees are welcome to stay for the Attorney Memorial Scholarship Reception following the annual meeting.
Solo and Small Firm Section Monthly Speaker Series Features
Robert Huelskamp

Robert Huelskamp will share his insights from almost 40 years working with nuclear weaponry, non-proliferation, and counter terrorism, in "Russia, Iran, and North Korea: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?" from noon-1 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the State Bar Center in Albuquerque. The presentation is open to all State Bar members and lunch will be provided with R.S.V.P. to Breanna Henley. Visit to view the line-up of future speakers.
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 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.
Around the New Mexico Legal Community   
Second Judicial District Court Announcement Of Vacancy
The Second Judicial District Court announces the retirement of the Hon. Judge Alan M. Malott effective Oct. 31, 2018. This vacancy is for a criminal case docket. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., Nov. 14. To read the full notice of vacancy and for more information about the application and selection process, view the Nov. 7 Bar Bulletin or visit
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 5:30-6:30 p.m. Register at or call 505-277-1457 for more information.
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